Allows production of cost-effective proofs and prototypes on-demand
Print and packaging specialist, Fingerprint FO+, wanted a proofing, prototyping and short-run production solution that could match its versatile offset technology, and found it in Roland’s VersaUV LEC-540.
The UK Company says that the new machine allows it to create accurate packaging prototypes and short-run applications from its desktop computers onto exactly the same range of media it puts through its two Heidelberg Speedmasters.
The company regularly prints on a broad range of substrates from polypropylene, PVCs, foils and boards to more specialist substrates like Mirri reflective media. It also produces applications using clings and lenticular effects. As such, it was critical that Fingerprint FO+ was able to produce cost-effective proofs and prototypes on-demand, as well as short runs and specials, using the actual materials used for the main print run.
In this respect the Roland VersaUV LEC-540, provided by Atech, a Roland Authorised Dealer, ticked every box on Fingerprint FO+’s criteria for generating mock-ups and to experiment with different materials. With a maximum width of 1370mm, high quality UV-curable ink and additional white and clear options, it has eliminated costly wet proofing and makes it a simple job to create concepts for customers and designers.
“Since we’ve taken ownership of the machine, we’ve gone far beyond just proofing and increasingly use it to trial new materials,” explained Doug McBride, sales director at Fingerprint FO+. “Previously we were working with an aqueous-based, wide-format unit for proofing but, whilst it could produce accurate colour, it didn’t offer the high levels of flexibility we get from this UV-curable system.”
Roland said the VersaUV LEC-540 is unique in the way it combines printing and cutting in a single unit for packaging and point-of-sale work and mock-ups. “For a company that specialises in producing innovative packaging and point-of-sale applications, the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 can open new doors to even greater creativity in the future,” commented Steve Chappell, Roland DG’s business. “At Fingerprint FO+, it’s quickly proved to be the ideal solution for prototyping and experimenting with new materials and finishes. Additionally, this integrated print-and-cut system with its durable, flexible UV-curable inks is the only machine of its kind which can produce design concepts and short-run applications in a single unit.”
Chappell added that Roland’s VersaUV LEC print-and-cut series is becoming increasingly attractive to companies in the commercial print, packaging and label sectors that want an efficient, colour-accurate proofing system.
“Its compact footprint is complemented by the fact it only needs a standard 13 amp power supply, thus making it a very cost-effective unit both in purchase and usage terms,” he emphasised.
Available in two sizes of 762mm and 1370mm, the Roland VersaUV LEC-540 chosen by Fingerprint FO+ is the larger option. It incorporates low energy LED-curing with long-life lamps that are able to work with a broad of range of traditionally tricky and sensitive materials without damaging the surface or buckling the media.
Further information about Fingerprint FO+ contact:
Tel: 0044 (0) 1707 322996
For details on Roland DG’s VersaUV LEC-540:
Tel: 0044 (0) 845 230 90 60
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