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Roland announces larger, faster UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Press release from the issuing company

Irvine, Calif. - Roland DGA Corp. today introduced the 54" VersaUV LEC-540 UV-LED wide-format inkjet printer/cutter. Based on award-winning VersaUV technology, the LEC-540 prints CMYK + White + Clear and contour cuts virtually any substrate up to 1 mm (0.04") thick for luxurious, custom graphics with unique special effects and finishes. 

"The LEC-540 is based on low-cost VersaUV technology that has revolutionized the packaging prototype and short run label industries," said Hiroshi Ono, product manager for Roland DGA Corp. "With the new LEC-540, professionals can print, contour cut, crease and perforate graphics all on one device.  The LEC-540 prints on an unprecedented range of materials including popular large-format media. New built-in front and back tables facilitate the handling of rigid substrates for folding cartons and other packaging prototypes."

The new LEC-540 is the third model in Roland's VersaUV series. It is faster than previous VersaUV models and offers greater versatility for applications ranging from packaging prototypes, short-run labels and membrane panels to interior décor items, point of purchase (POP) displays and large-format window graphics. 

The LEC-540 prints on a wide variety of flexible and rigid media, including synthetic paper, polyester film, paper and vinyl banner media, PET, leather, plastic, polycarbonates and paper boards.  In high quality mode, the LEC-540 prints 25 percent faster than the 30" LEC-330 due to new larger UV-LED lamps that expedite production. LEC-540 lamps automatically reposition themselves for high-speed performance and the highest image quality in all print modes. The LEC-540 also offers high-quality artistic print mode (1440 x 1440 dpi) for images that rival offset and gravure print quality.

The LEC-540 is offered in three ink configurations: the standard CMYK + White + Clear configuration, CMYK + White + White for high-opacity white printing on transparent films, and CMYK + Clear + Clear for thick dimensional effects such as embossing. Clear ink can be layered into both gloss and matte finishes including 72 ready-to-apply patterns from the Roland Texture Library included in Roland's VersaWorks RIP software.

Users of the LEC-540 can also take advantage of the Roland OnSupport system which allows remote monitoring of production activities.  When a job is completed or ink runs low, the printer will automatically send an e-mail notification to a smart phone or computer.  Unattended operation and easy maintenance are further ensured by an automated white ink circulation system that prevents pigments in the ink from settling, minimizes waste and ensures continuous uninterrupted printing. The LEC-540 is Roland Eco Label and Energy Star certified.

The LEC-540 is priced at $67,995. The VersaUV series also includes the 30" LEC-330 and 30" LEC-300A. VersaUV was introduced in 2008 as the world's first UV-LED inkjet printer/cutter and has been recognized with prestigious DPI and EDP awards for outstanding innovation.




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Richard Romano

Richard Romano, Section Editor/Senior Analyst
Richard has written about communication, graphics hardware and software trends for the past 15 years.

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