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Metallic ECO-SOL MAX Ink

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  • Metallic ECO-SOL MAX Ink

    Roland’s all-new Silver Ink lets you print a wide range of true metallics. Formulated specifically for use with Roland’s new high-performance 54” SOLJET PRO III XC-540MT and 64" VersaCAMM VS-640 inkjet printer/cutters, Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ is the industry’s first metallic silver eco-solvent ink from a major inkjet printer company.

    DPI AwardWinner of the DPI 2009 Product of the Year award in the Ink Category, Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink can be used to create vibrant silver text and graphics previously impossible with any inkjet printer. Metallic Silver can also be combined with CMYK to create an entire spectrum of metallic hues including gold, bronze and a host of pearlescent colours. This breakthrough silver ink technology delivers high density and enables stunning effects on vinyl, paper, PET film, banner and even canvas for both indoor and outdoor display. It is ideal for showcasing premium stickers, window decorations, labels, packaging prototypes, POP displays, signs, banners, posters and more. For many users, these applications can generate significant revenue and open up lucrative new markets for a distinct competitive advantage.

    Feature Summary

    • Designed exclusively for the XC-540MT and the VS-640
    • Outstanding Print Quality
    • Excellent Opacity and Density
    • High Gloss Level and Brilliance
    • Print Metallic Silver Only or with CMYK + White
    • Uncoated Media Compatibility
    • VersaWorks RIP Support - Metallic Colour System Library
    • Automated Ink Circulation System
    • Available in 220 ml Cartridges
    • Profitable Metallic Applications

      Metallic apllicationsMetallic inks are often used to achieve distinctive effects on labels, brochures, window decorations, posters, signs, banners, vehicle graphics and POP displays or to enhance the impact of packaging for cosmetics, wines, spirits, automobiles and other luxury items.

      The brilliance of silver, gold, and other metallic colours adds a touch of exclusivity to any product and improves the value perception of the brand in a retail environment. Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ ink is part of a profitable new printing solution that enables graphics professionals to differentiate their services from the competition.

    • Advanced ECO-SOL MAX™ Ink Technology

      ECO-SOL MAX™ eco-solvent ink delivers high colour density and a wide gamut for exceptional images print after print. Roland’s unique Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ ink formulation enables precise dot shape control to produce sharp text and graphics. Text as small as 7 point and lines as thin as 0.1 point remain clear and well defined when printing.

      Packaged in no-mess 220ml cartridges, ECO-SOL MAX™ is virtually odorless for maximum convenience and comfort.

    • Print Metallic Silver Only or With CMYK

      Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ ink produces rich silver and metallic colour fills along with sharp text and graphics that look great both up close and at a distance. You can print Metallic Silver only or combine it with CMYK to create thousands of metallic colours. Text and graphics are especially vibrant when printed on clear media and with files containing CMYK, Metallic Silver and White layers. Printing white as an undercoat further enhances the opacity of Metallic Silver and CMYK. Users can choose either single-pass or dual pass printing. In total, there are eight printing options:

      On Standard media:

      • CMYKMt (v)
      • MetallicSilver (v)

      On transparent media:

      •  CMYKMt (v)
      •  MetallicSilver (v)
      • CMYKMt (v) onWhite
      • CMYKMt (v) underWhite
      • White->CMYKMt (v)
      • CMYKMt->White (v)
    • Excellent Media Compatibility

      MediaMetallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ ink delivers excellent opacity and density on a wide range of substrates. It has been tested and profiled for outstanding imaging performance on both coated and uncoated media options including Roland’s SCM-SPVCT Clear Adhesive Vinyl, ESM-CSF Clear Solvent Film and ESM-CCVP Clear Calendered Vinyl with Permanent Adhesive.

      With Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX ink, the degree of reflectance achieved is impacted by the glossiness of the media. Gloss and semi-gloss materials offer the best shine and reflection for high impact graphics.

    • Indoor and Outdoor Durability

      Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ can be used for both indoor and outdoor applications. On vinyl and banner media, Metallic Silver ink printed as a spot colour offers up to 3 years of outdoor durability. On transparent PET film, expect durability of less than 1 year without lamination.

      Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ ink is less scratch resistant than CMYK inks. However, printing with Metallic Silver as an undercoat for CMYK increases its scratch resistance. For better protection when using Metallic Silver ink, Roland recommends lamination.

    • Dry Time

      When dry, Metallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ demonstrates superior smoothness and an even surface appearance on clear media. Recommended drying time is 15 minutes to ensure complete dryness and full image saturation when overprinting in CMYK or using a White undercoat. The XC-540MT includes the DU-540 dryer/blower unit standard to ensure optimum performance.

    • VersaWorks™ RIP Software

      VersaWorksMetallic Silver ECO-SOL MAX™ Ink was developed in tandem with VersaWorks™.

      Built upon the genuine Adobe® PostScript® CPSI 3018™engine, VersaWorks recognises the unique properties of files created for Metallic Silver ink and optimises those files for output to the XC-540MT or VS-640. In addition, VersaWorks advanced profiles help ensure quality output when using the high density required for silver ink applications.

      VersaWorks includes a palette of 512 vibrant Roland Metallic colours in its spot colour library. These colours can be specified as solid fills or percentages in Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. Users can modify, create and save their own custom metallic colours for complete creative freedom.

    • Running Costs

      The average ink cost for a full silver flood as a spot colour comes to about $26 per square meter on vinyl and about $22 on clear film. Less silver ink is required when combining Metallic Silver and CMYK for a lower cost per square meter. Costs vary depending on the colour selected.

    • Metallic Silver Ink Maintenance Requirements

      Due to the unique characteristics of Metallic Silver ink, additional care is required when installing and maintaining a Roland printer with metallic ink. Metallic Silver is similar to White ink and has a tendency to settle in the cartridge, making it necessary to agitate the cartridge before installing in the printer and before each use. The XC-540MT and VS-640 automatically performs routine ink system maintenance to ensure ink lines remain free of sediment.

      The XC-540MT includes two firmware-controlled maintenance routines for proper operation: Ink Circulation and Ink Discharge. Ink Circulation is performed automatically every 12 hours. About 1.5ml is discharged from the Mt and W heads. The XC-540MT begins the automatic maintenance by displaying [Circulating Ink] on the control panel. If the Mt or W inks are not used for printing for over 6 hours, the settled ink in the Mt and W dampers and heads is discharged before printing. Approximately 13ml is discharged.

      Roland recommends that the DU-540 dryer unit is set to 15 minutes of Dry Time via Roland VersaWorks for the XC-540MT configured with Metallic Silver and White ink. This ensures proper ink drying when performing single and dual-pass printing.

      Once an XC-540MT or VS-640 is configured at installation as CMYK+Metallic Silver+White or CMYK+WW, it cannot be converted over to a different ink configuration. The main power switch on the back of the printer must be kept ON at all times. This will insure that the automatic ink circulation system is functioning correctly and will prevent Metallic Silver and White inks from settling in the printer.

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