L to R: Ross Chapman from Keypoint Intelligence, Stefania Cimino – Roland DG President & CEO, South Europe, Marc Artigas – Sales Manager, Roland DG Iberia, Massimiliano Calvaresi – Sales Director, Roland DG Mid Europe and Gillian Montanaro, Head of Marketing Roland DG EMEA
In a comprehensive laboratory evaluation, BSGA Member Roland DG’s TrueVIS VG series wide-format printer/cutters won two prestigious Buyers Lab awards, including Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco Solvent/Latex 54″/64″ Printer (7-Color) and Outstanding High Production CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54”/64” Printer (Dual CMYK). Keypoint Intelligence’s Buyers Lab (BLI) is the world’s leading independent provider of testing and analysis for the document imaging industry.
To determine results, BLI analysts evaluated a variety of inkjets from contenders globally in a number of key performance categories, including Image Quality, Usability and Speed. In earning the Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54”/64” Printer (7-Color) award, Roland DG’s TrueVIS VG series (VG-640, VG-540) demonstrated “very high-quality output even when printing at the most productive speed settings.” VG series printer/cutters were also cited for producing “the widest gamut of bright, saturated colours, as well as smooth skin tones with very good highlight details and contrast.” In addition, the tests showed that the TrueVIS VG yielded “extremely accurate dimensional stability and colour consistency.”
Roland’s TrueVIS series printer/cutters earned their second BLI Award in the “Outstanding High Production CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54”/64” Printer (Dual CMYK)” category. The BLI analysts reported, “At the high-speed print quality setting, this 64-inch unit excelled at producing bright halftone images with very good details and saturation, as well as neutral greys and smooth skin tones while the highest quality print setting was significantly faster than that of the next fastest device. Pair that with the accurate PANTONE® colour-matching capabilities, as well as above-average print speeds, and this large-format device will undoubtedly satisfy the strictest quality and colour demands of any print shop.”
When evaluating “usability,” BLI noted that the VersaWorks Dual RIP software bundled with both the VG-640 and VG-540 provided intuitive operation for diverse tasks such as job tiling and nesting, job queue and ink consumption monitoring, and the ability to readily modify process and PANTONE colours. Also impressing the BLI analysts were other advanced VG series features, including the standard take-up reel for unattended printing, an ink pouch replacement system that reduces overall waste, and remote printer monitoring via iOS and Android devices.
In a presentation ceremony at SGIA Expo in Las Vegas in the booth of Roland DGA, Roland DG’s US-based sales and marketing subsidiary, David Sweetnam, Director of Research and Lab Services for Keypoint Intelligence, congratulated Roland DG and cited how the VG stood out among the competition. “This printer/cutter is all about fast turnaround without sacrificing quality, as many of our test images exhibited neutral greys, fine details, and smooth skin tones even at the high-speed print setting. We were also impressed by the VG with 7-colour plus White ink, which produced the largest colour gamut we have tested to date and delivered excellent colour matching in our tests with an average of only 3.45 Delta E00. Both the VG-640 and VG-540 earned very good marks across the board for image quality, speed, and the functionality and user-friendliness of their included Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software.”
Accepting the awards at the SGIA Expo, Kohei Tanabe, President of Roland DG’s Digital Printing Business Division, commented: “We are honoured that BLI has recognised the print quality and productivity of our VG printer/cutters which are engineered to deliver versatility, precision and power,” said Tanabe.
“The ‘VIS’ in TrueVIS is Latin for ‘Vision,’ which is very appropriate when you consider how these advanced machines allow users to bring their visions to life, giving them a true competitive business advantage.”
Additionally, BLI’s Ross Chapman presented duplicate awards for Roland DG’s EMEA region to Stefania Cimino, President & CEO, South Europe at Viscom Italia. On the occasion, Stefania said: “We are delighted to have won two prestigious awards from such a respected organisation as BLI. Throughout Europe, the TrueVIS range is consistently a top choice for PSPs and sign-makers, and these awards are a testament to the outstanding performance, quality and reputation of Roland’s TrueVIS print and cut technology.”
To learn more about Roland DG’s award-winning TrueVIS series large-format printer/cutters, or the complete Roland DG product line, please visit https://www.rolanddg.co.uk/products/printers/truevis-vg-wins-bli-awards. For more information about Keypoint Intelligence and Buyers Lab, visit https://www.keypointintelligence.com/about-us.