Roland launches new dye sub printer

Roland DG has announced a new 64-inch dye sublimation printer, the Texart RT-640. This is designed to print to transfer paper and is available in either four- or eight-colour ink configurations.

Mark Elvidge, Roland DG product manager, the RT-640, says the printer has a number of advanced features: “One of the Texart RT-640’s major innovations is our new ink. Previously, colours sublimated to fabrics could look distorted with dull blacks, missing greys and fuzzy details. The RT-640’s variable droplet technology in combination with new Roland Texart dye sublimation ink displays bold, vibrant colours and rich velvety blacks, as well as subtle gradations and fine details.”

The RT-640 is equipped with a bulk ink system that uses one litre airtight-sealed pouches. The Roland Ink Switching System allows users to load a fresh pouch without stopping the printer. In four-colour CMYK mode, this system provides two litres per colour and automatically switches to the other ink pouch when the first pouch runs out.

Elvidge added: “Adding Orange and Violet inks increases the colour gamut and allows for exceptional reds, oranges, deep blues and purples, while Light Cyan and Light Magenta provide subtle gradations and beautiful skin tones.”

It has a gold-plated, anti-static print head capable of printing seven different droplet sizes for smooth gradations and dense colour. It has a newly designed Feed Adjuster, combined with a more powerful fan and an included take-up system, ensures added stability for high-speed printing up to 32.6 sqm/hour. For software, there’s a choice between Roland’s VersaWorks RIP and a Roland edition of the ErgoSoft RIP.

Roland has also officially opened its new head office and Creative Centre in Clevedon, near Bristol in a ceremony officiated by the global President of Roland DG Corporation, Mr Tomioka.  Jerry Davies, Managing Director, Roland DG (UK) Ltd commented: “We’ve had a very successful few years of growth here in the UK, and this state-of-the-art facility gives us everything we need to ensure we can continue to grow and serve all our customers in a manner they deserve and are accustomed to.”


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