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VersaUV LEC-540

Textile & Fabric Signage Solutions

Soft Signage involves using printing on fabric or textile media for signage and display. It has become widely popular with a wide varieties of fabrics that can be printed by eco-solvent, UV and aqueous inks just like printing PVC and paper. The most popular fabric is polyester with different thickness and texture for many different applications such as banners, exhibition signage and textile solutions. Cotton and canvas are also becoming popular especially for photo realistic indoor graphics and art display. In addition to the these applications, fabric media has certain environment benefits over traditional PVC based media.

Most PVC based medias used for sign graphics and digital printing contain chemical components that pollute the environment. Many of these materials do not easily degrade and cannot be recycled. On the other hand, most of fabrics do not contain harmful chemical components and do not generate environmental wastage. Fabrics degrade much faster and can be also recycled. In addition to the environmental benefits, fabric medias offer brilliant colour and are much lighter and flexible than PVC for handling, hanging and transport, and yet are strong enough to replace big billboard banners.

As well as standard eco-solvent or UV printing for fabric, sublimated textiles are growing rapidly in popularity. Sublimated prints are easily transferred to polyester fabric for vibrant flags, banners and textiles that preserve the fabric’s natural drape and texture. Featuring eight piezo inkjet print heads, the 74" Roland Hi-Fi Express FP-740 produces stunning graphics from custom-formulated, clog-free Heatwave SBL2 sublimation inks. Roland also offers the VersaArt RS-640S printer in a 64” sublimation model featuring Heatwave SBL2 sublimation inks.

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  • VersaUV LEC-540

    Request SampleRoland VersaUV printer/cutters have revolutionised the packaging prototype and short-run label industries with their ability to print CMYK plus White and Clear ink for special effects, on a vast array of substrates. Now, the all new LEC-540 takes your productivity to the next level with 1371mm (54”) print width, enhanced print & cut workflows such as producing folds and perforated cuts, and also built-in support for rigid substrates.

    Imagine producing one-off packaging prototypes and short-run labels on a vast array of substrates, including metallic and synthetic papers, foils, BOPP, PE and PET film, even leather and fabrics.

    Roland’s DPI award-winning VersaUV LEC series is the world’s first UV inkjet printer/cutter line using safe, low-heat LED lamps. VersaUV prints CMYK + White + Clear for unmatched colour, texture and dimension. Clear coat adds remarkably rich special effects ranging from high-gloss finish for area highlights to custom-textured effects such as faux leather and crocodile skin. Roland ECO-UV inks produce graphics that are easy to handle and can be stretched across both curved surfaces and sharp edges without cracking.

    The top-of-the-line LEC-540 offers faster production printing up to 11.7 sq m./hr. and high image quality up to 1440x1440 dpi, making it ideally suited for short-run production of labels and specialty graphics – as well as prototyping applications. The VersaUV LEC-540 can also be configured in your choice of three ink combinations. The LEC-540’s Intelligent Ink Circulation System optimises ink usage and minimises waste and an optimised hood design ensures compatibility with semi-rigid substrates including card stocks and polycarbonates.

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    Feature Summary

    • 54” UV inkjet printer/cutter
    • Prints, contour cuts, perf-cuts and creases designs
    • Environmentally friendly ECO-UV inks
    • Layered Clear produces unique textures and finishes
    • Supports hundreds of media options including support for semi rigid substrates
    • Safe, long lasting and energy efficient LED Lamps
    • Intelligent Ink Circulation System prevents white ink from settling
    • Software drivers available from leading providers of color management and proofing software (CGS, GMG, EFI)
    • Integrated Print/Cut Feature

      Print & CutThe LEC series streamlines the production process by automatically contour cutting printed graphics. By eliminating the need to reload and reposition graphics, the LEC integrated cutter saves valuable time and effort. The LEC can contour cut through the top layer of lined media or create a perforated cut on non-lined media (like card stock for packaging prototypes). By switching out the cutting tool, the LEC can also crease your media for easy, accurate folding of packaging prototypes.

    • Versatile Production Tool

      CMYK + White + Clear + Contour Cutting - Across an unprecedented range of substrates, the LEC-540 prints CMYK + White + Clear Coat and contour cuts for unmatched versatility. The LEC-540’s White ECO-UV ink creates crisp, flawless graphics and text and can be used as an undercoat to enhance the brightness of four-colour prints. ECO-UV Clear Coat adds remarkably rich special effects ranging from high-gloss finishes for area highlights to custom-textured effects such as faux leather, crocodile skin and even Braille. Contour cutting produces graphics of virtually any size and shape.

      Ideal Pre-Press Device - The VersaUV is a very capable pre-press and proofing device that can save commercial printers the many costs associated with press downtime. In fact, each time a shop has to take a flexo or gravure press offline to print a proof or prototype, significant productivity and profits are lost. Flexo printing even a single proof or comp requires creating plates, adding labor and material costs to the job. The LEC series eliminates these issues for businesses and allows them to keep larger presses online for production. Support for color proofing with CGS ORIS Color Tuner, GMG Color Proof and FlexoProof/Dot Proof and EFI Print Pack 2 for Color Proof XF and Fiery XF RIP is available. With the ability to print directly to many offset, rotogravure and flexo stocks and the ability to simulate UV varnish and embossing, the LEC generates very realistic proofs at a fraction of the cost and time.

      Perfect for Short Run Label Production - Print CMYK plus White on foils, BOPP, PE, PET film and offset printing stock. Clear coat adds 3-dimensional effects. Variable data printing allows you to print a hundred personalised labels – each with a different name, serial number or artwork. Perfect for prototyping a series of packages or production of custom, high-end wine bottles.

      One-Off Packaging Prototypes - With all of the packaging options available today, creating accurate proofs and prototypes has become more challenging than ever. Whether it’s a box, bag, label or shrink film, the VersaUV series prints vibrant CMYK plus White plus Clear Coat. These amazing devices also automatically crease, contour cut or perf-cut virtually any shape or dieline with absolute precision.

      Folding Carton Workflow - 1) Start with your choice of stock and your art file; 2) The VersaUV will print, crease and die cut your folding carton; 3) Pop out your prototype and assemble.

      Membrane Panels - With the VersaUV, you can print a single membrane panel or several. The LEC accommodates reverse printing White ink then printing CMYK+ Clear Coat on polycarbonate stocks without the need to create screens for each colour.

      Specialty Graphics - With VersaUV, you can eliminate outsourcing for short production runs as well. In small quantities, you can easily produce truly unique, customised graphics and wraps of virtually any shape, size and texture. Production is easy. With VersaUV, there are no plates or film to produce. Simply design on your personal computer, send your file to the printer, and VersaUV does the rest, printing and digitally die-cutting your finished print quickly and easily.

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    • Unsurpassed Media Compatibility

      ECO-UV ink adheres to a wide range of treated and untreated substrates with exceptional colour gamut including foils, BOPP, PE, PET film, offset printing stock and more. Instant-drying and flexible, ECO-UV ink produces prints that require no degassing and can be stretched and applied around curved surfaces and edges without cracking.

      The low heat UV LED lamps allow printing on heat-sensitive media such as shrink wrap, pressure sensitive media and paper stocks with no risk of damaging the substrate. You can also use the VersaUV to create original patterns and 3D domed corporate logos directly onto synthetic and natural leathers and to customize window coverings, tapestries and other interior décor items. The LEC series support a straight media path with a redesigned ventilation hood that enables printing on semi-rigid sheet stocks such as card stocks for folding cartons and thicker polycarbonate sheets for membrane switch applications. The LEC-540 also features a two-way sliding table and horizontally mounted rear cover for semi-rigid stock up to 1mm thick.

    • Environmentally Friendly ECO-UV Ink

      Across an unprecedented range of substrates, the LEC series come with ECO-UV inks in CMYK + White + Clear. In addition, the LEC-540 can be configured with any of these three ink combinations:

      • CMYK + White + Clear
      • CMYK + White + White
      • CMYK + Clear + Clear

      As the most versatile ink configuration, CMYK + White + Clear can be used for a wide range of applications including packaging prototypes, labels, high end press-proofs and unique textured graphics.

      The CMYK + White + White mode (LEC-330/540) achieves higher opacity without slowing down the printing with overprinting, perfect for white text and graphics, undercoats and to enhance the brightness of four-color prints. The white produced with this ink configuration can be up to 1.5 times more opaque than the normal white, all without requiring a complicated workflow or overprinting.

      ECO-UV inkECO-UV Clear adds remarkably rich special effects ranging from high-gloss finishes for area highlights to custom-textured effects such as faux leather, crocodile skin and even Braille. The CMYK + Clear + Clear mode (LEC-330/540) can build up three-dimensional textures twice as fast as the normal ink mode and can produce more dramatic effects with bigger reliefs.

      ECO-UV ink shines for indoor graphics, offering superior scratch and chemical resistance. Outdoors, ECO-UV ink lasts up to two years when Clear is applied as a finish and up to six months without Clear. Packaged in no-mess 220ml cartridges, ECO-UV ink is VOC-free and safe after curing. With ECO-UV ink, proper ventilation is recommended. The LEC series is ventilation-ready, featuring a ventilation hood for easy connection with an air filtration system.

    • LEC-540 Production Print Speeds

      The LEC-540 features larger UV LED lamps to expedite production. Equipped with six high-precision print heads, the LEC-540 delivers a maximum print speed of 11.7 sq m./hr. in High Speed mode. Across the LEC series, each print mode has been meticulously fine tuned for the head configuration to deliver optimised performance and superior print quality. The 1440x1440 dpi mode produces press-proofs with flawlessly smooth gradations, super fine details and sharp text on actual substrates used for production. Roland Intelligent Pass Control™ ensures consistent print quality with virtually no signs of banding in all print modes.

    • Innovative Automated Ink Circulation System

      The Intelligent Ink Circulation System circulates the white and clear inks in LEC-540 model every eight hours to prevent the settling of pigments in the lines. In addition, this system controls the discharge of white ink and minimises waste by monitoring the white ink usage and the types of jobs that are printed.

      By preventing unnecessary discharges and minimizing the amount of ink that is subject to settling, this automated system reduces significantly the ink waste and eliminates the need for daily and bi-weekly Ink Renewal cycles. In fact, internal tests show that the LEC-540 discharges 60% to 90% less ink than the LEC-540, for significantly lower operating costs and improved yield of white and clear cartridges.

      Note - the white ink cartridge still needs to be shaken prior to use each day as the ink in the cartridge is not circulated by this system.

    • Advanced LED UV Lamps

      Longer Life - VersaUV LED lamps last up to 10,000 hours which is ten times longer than conventional UV lamps.

      Low Heat - While conventional UV lamps can reach temperatures as high as 800°C (1500°F) requiring complex heat management systems, the LED lamps on the LEC series generate very little heat. This ensures that the UV lamps virtually eliminate any heat-related risks such as substrate damage and head crash caused by media deformation.

      Instant On/Off - LED lamps can be turned on and off instantly and are ready to use immediately after the printer is turned on. By contrast, conventional curing systems may take up to ten minutes to reach the targeted output level. Conventional curing systems also require complex, noisy and failure-prone shutter systems to protect substrates and head capping systems from exposure to UV light and heat.

    • State of the Art Curing System

      UV LampsThe staggered arrangement of UV lamps, with the left lamp mounted in line with the print heads and the right lamp mounted forward, is another Roland innovation.

      This first-of-its-kind configuration enables a choice of gloss or matte Clear finishes. When gloss finish is selected, only the right lamp is used for curing, allowing enough time for Clear droplets to spread and form a smooth surface which reflects light evenly. For matte finish, both lamps are used, curing the Clear droplets shortly after they land on the media to form a rough surface which scatters the light.

    • Advanced Media Take-Up System

      The LEC-540 includes an automated media take-up system to facilitate precision unattended printing. This pre-assembled unit includes an advanced tension-controlled take-up system for optimum media feed and tracking.

    • VersaWorks RIP Software

      VersaWorksVersaWorks RIP software has been developed exclusively for Roland inkjet printers and printer/cutters. This RIP ensures exceptional production output with unmatched ease of use.

      VersaWorks supports the Roland Color system which accurately reproduces more than 1,000 spot colors from color charts and swatch books. For the VersaUV LEC series, VersaWorks also includes the Roland Texture Library featuring 70 ready-to-use textures that can be applied to designs by layering the LEC’s clear coat ink. For white ink applications, you can select from either single pass or dual pass modes. In addition, VersaWorks features Variable Data Printing and supports up to four Roland devices simultaneously including printers, printer/cutters and cutters. It automatically estimates the ink usage and print time for each graphic so you can accurately monitor time and costs.

      VersaWorks features include embedded ICC profile support, ink level adjustment tools, software proofing capabilities, error diffusion for outstanding print quality and advanced cropping, tiling and nesting options. Support for Roland cutters allows you to pair a Roland cutter with any wide-format or desktop printer for print/cut applications. The PerfCut function produces precision perforated cut lines. VersaWorks 4.0 is fully compatible with Windows 7, Vista, XP and 2000.

    • Roland OnSupport Online Production Assistance

      OnSupportThe LEC-540 features Roland OnSupport, an online customer support system allowing users to remotely track the status of LEC activities. The system sends e-mails to users notifying them of important information such as when a job is completed and when ink is running low. With Roland OnSupport, users can also quickly download firmware updates and important product information by accessing an exclusive website with just one mouse click.

    • Roland Intelligent Pass Control

      Roland Intelligent Pass Control technology developed by Roland software engineers represents the pinnacle of inkjet printing. This patent-pending system precisely controls dot placement between passes and delivers unprecedented imaging performance in all resolutions. The technology actually enhances image quality at higher print speeds thereby increasing productivity. As a result, the LEC-540 produces smooth gradations and flawless solid colors while achieving faster throughput with virtually no banding in all print modes.

    • Environmental Certifications

      LEC-540 requires only 370W of power – a fraction of the power required by conventional UV printers. Accordingly, the LEC series can be operated on a standard electrical outlet without an additional power supply. The LEC series automatically enters a low power mode when it is not used for an extended period of time. This low power design automatically saves thousands of dollars in electric bills each year and reduces considerably the emission of green house gases.

      In addition, the LEC uses a light source that is completely ozone free and emits light in the range called Near-UV of the UV spectrum, making it a safe alternative to conventional UV lamps. The LEC series carries Roland’s Eco-Label for environmental compliance.

    • Standard Roland Features

      Network Connection - Equipped with Roland’s own 100 BASE-TX/10 BASE-T interface, the LEC-540 connects seamlessly to office networks without additional software, achieving an increased data transmission rate of 100 Mb/sec. This makes it easy to configure a highly efficient printing environment.

      Reliability You Can Count On - The LEC-540 is designed to be a bulletproof production machine. With regular maintenance, it will provide years of trouble-free service. But, unlike most inkjets that require daily maintenance, the LEC-540 requires significantly less servicing.

      Quality Assurance - Roland’s international ISO certification is your quality assurance. We build reliable, high-performance products and back them up with first-rate customer service and a wide variety of supplies and accessories.

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    Model LEC-540
    Printing technology Piezo electric inkjet
    Ink cartridges Type Roland ECO-UV INK
    Capacity 220 cc
    Color Six colors (cyan, magenta, yellow, black, white, and gloss)
    Configuration *1 CMYK+Gloss+White, CMYK+White+White, or CMYK+Gloss+Gloss
    Ink-curing unit Dual UV-LED Lamp
    Media Width 260 to 1371 mm (10.2 to 54 in.)
    Thickness Maximum 1.0 mm (39 mil) with liner, for printing
    Maximum 0.4 mm (16 mil) with liner and 0.22 mm (9 mil) without liner, for cutting
    Roll outer diameter Maximum 210 mm (8.3 in.)
    Roll weight Maximum 30 kg (66 lb.)
    Core diameter*2 76.2 mm (3 in.) or 50.8 mm (2 in.)
    Printing/cutting width*3 Maximum 1346 mm (53 in.)
    Printing resolution (dots per inch) Maximum 1440 dpi
    Cutting speed 10 to 600 mm/s (10 to 300 mm/s in media-feed direction)
    Blade force 30 to 300 gf
    Blade offset compensation 0.000 to 1.500 mm (0 to 0.0591 in.)
    Software resolution
    (when cutting)
    0.025 mm/step (0.000984 in./step)
    Distance accuracy
    (when printing) *4 *5 *9
    Error of less than ±0.3% of distance traveled, or ±0.3 mm, whichever is greater
    Distance accuracy
    (when cutting) *4 *9
    Error of less than ±0.4% of distance traveled, or ±0.3 mm, whichever is greater.
    When distance correction has been performed (when the setting for [CUTTING MENU] - [CALIBRATION] has been made):
    Error of less than ±0.2% of distance traveled, or ±0.1 mm, whichever is greater.
    Repetition accuracy
    (when cutting) *4 *6 *9
    ±0.1 mm or less
    Alignment accuracy for printing and cutting *4 *7 *9 ±0.5 mm or less
    Alignment accuracy for printing and cutting when reloading media *4 *8 Error of less than ±0.5% of distance traveled, or ±3 mm, whichever is greater
    Connectivity Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX, automatic switching)
    Power-saving function Automatic sleep feature
    Power requirements AC 100 to 240 V ±10%, 50/60 Hz, maximum 5.5A
    Power consumption During operation 490 W
    Sleep mode 15.3 W
    Acoustic noise level During operation 64 dB (A) or less
    During standby 40 dB (A) or less
    Dimensions (with front table and stand) 2925 (W) × 1120 (D) × 1260 (H) mm
    (115.2 (W) × 44.1 (D) × 49.6 (H) in.)
    Weight (with stand) 225 kg (496 lb.)
    Environmental Power on Temperature: 20 to 32°C (68 to 90°F) [22°C (72°F) or higher recommended] , humidity: 35 to 80% (no condensation)
    Power off Temperature: 5 to 40°C (41 to 104°F),
    humidity: 20 to 80% (no condensation)
    Accessories Stands, power cord, crease tool (XD-CT), blade (ZEC-U5022 and ZEC-U3050), blade holder (XD-CH2), media clamps, replacement blade for separating knife, cleaning kit, software RIP (Roland VersaWorks ), and user's manual, etc.
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