Roland has now released new versions of its flagship VG series, the VG2-540 and the VG2-640 printers.
With more than 40 exciting enhancements which deliver wide-ranging user benefits in terms of print quality and accuracy, cutting performance and same-day finishing productivity across a huge range of applications, Kohei Tanabe, President, Digital Printing Business Division, stated the company’s objective in creating the VG2 series was to improve upon the already incredibly high standards set by the previous award-winning VG series. “To create printer/cutters that boast the highest output quality in Roland DG history, we did not stick to existing concepts, but redefined product development by focusing on dozens of little details. The result is that the new TrueVIS VG2 series offers customers a true competitive advantage.”
The new TrueVIS VG2 series is the obvious choice for busy print service providers looking for fast turnaround, with prints ready for lamination in as little as 6 hours*. It’s now possible to print, laminate and apply graphics the same day with the reassurance of high-quality output and reliable installation, enabling print professionals to deliver against their customers’ expectations and to beat their competitors’ time to market.
The VG2 adopts a new generation of eco-solvent TR2 ink, which in addition to the previous seven colours (CMYKLcLmLk) and White, now includes Orange to expand the breadth of colour gamut even further, optimise colour accuracy and deliver print of incomparable realism. Ideal for corporate branding applications, with the new Multiprocess Color Function, Orange ink can be used in all file types as a process colour or as a spot colour if specific colour matching is required. Plus, a new colour management preset, True Rich Color, takes full advantage of the VG2’s superior colour reproduction capability and the wide colour gamut provided by TR2 ink so there is no need to compromise on colour accuracy or vibrancy- True Rich Color gives you the best of both. “Now for the first time,” Tanabe explains, “vibrant colour can be combined with neutral greys, smooth gradations and natural skin tones to create stunning graphics.”
The VG2 offers a host of technological advancements to deliver high-precision print and cut accuracy for even more reliable results during unattended operation. New middle pinch rollers raise automatically prior to starting the cutting process, allowing the media to be cut without the rollers travelling over the printed area. New crop mark options for cutting laminated prints or long production runs of print and cut graphics provide perfect cutting performance when used in combination with the new optimised side pinch roller pressure functionality. A new optional take-up unit supports two modes according to the type of media chosen, ensuring take-up stability for smooth post processes.
Meticulous attention to detail by Roland DG engineers delivers even greater performance and reliability for the VG2. Roland DG FlexFire printheads produce the precision ink firing that enables printing neutral greys, vivid colours, and smooth skin tones even at the highest speeds.
TrueVIS VG2 and TR2 ink is certified by the 3M™ MCS™**, providing assurance of the quality and reliability of graphics. The VG2 with TR2 ink also supports Avery’s ICS performance guarantee and is certified GREENGUARD Gold for safe indoor graphic applications.
Included VersaWorks 6 RIP software supports the latest Harlequin® RIP dual core engine with PDF 2.0 and native 64-bit processing plus new, easy-to-use capabilities that make it the most powerful RIP software ever.
Noting that the previous VG series won the 2019 Pick Awards for Color and Productivity from Buyers Lab, Tanabe concludes “Roland DG is committed to providing products to help graphic providers and sign makers unleash their creative possibilities, transform their imagination into reality, and enjoy a sense of accomplishment when people react to their output graphics with ‘WOW!’”.