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Roland DG expands its benchtop line with VersaUV LEF-20

Tuesday, 24 September 2013
By Print 21 Online Article

Wide format manufacturer Roland DG has launched its latest edition of benchtop UV inkjet printers, the VersaUV LEF-20, offering a more powerful LED curing system.

The LEF-20 prints directly on materials up to 20-inches (508mm) in width, 300mm in length and 100mm in height. It features a UV-LED lamp that cures the ink at a faster pace compared to previous models, and prints at more than twice the speed for CMYK and gloss varnish.

The new printer is targeted at businesses that produce custom promotional products, giftware and awards, and business that specialise in UV printed items for the packaging and prototyping markets. “Since its introduction two years ago, the LEF series has opened up new creative possibilities for these businesses, enabling direct printing on a wide variety of solid materials,” said John Wall, sales director, Roland DG Australia.

Users can automatically set up the LEF-20 for their most popular jobs, saving time and labour with up to 20 different presets available to store settings for both the print area and height position.

“We have taken this technology to the next level. In addition to expanding the print area, we have introduced the new LED curing system, advanced ECO-UV inks, and optomised print control technology which increase the productivity and performance of the LEF-20,” said Wall.

It comes with Roland Eco-UV ink in CMYK, white and clear formulations for a wider colour gamut, bright, high-opacity white images and text, and premium varnishing and embossing effects.

For jobs requiring transparent or dark coloured materials, the LEF-20 features an Eco-UV high-density white ink and optimised print technology, while clear Eco-UV ink can be layered into patterns and textures in both gloss and matte finishes.

The LEF-20 has an enclosed airtight cover to protect the user from UV light during printing and to prevent dust from settling onto the surface of materials. The flatbed design automatically adjusts the distance between the print head and the surface of the material for maximum print quality of the LEF-20.

It comes with Roland VersaWorks RIP point management software for easy operation of the printer and job management. It allows the user to choose from generic print mode for printing fine details and distance mode for printing on curved surfaces. Variable date printing is also included, making it easier to personalise printed objects with individualised serial numbers, logos, graphics and names.

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