“At Roland DG we aim to be the best, not the biggest”
In 1981 Roland DG was formed in Hamamatsu, Japan and now, almost 40 years later, it has become a worldwide leader in the digital printing industry. The company began as a subsidiary of Roland Corporation, renowned in the music world for developing MIDI technology and for producing keyboard music equipment, and its advanced plotting technology was originally used to record the sound waves for Roland Corporation’s line of iconic music synthesizers.
This precision plotting technology garnered widespread acceptance during the CAD/CAM revolution of the 1980s and provided the basis for new generations of digital technologies. Within a few short years, Roland DG introduced several innovative products including vinyl cutters, wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters which blazed new trails for entire industries.
Print & Cut
Roland DG’s reputation for innovation, quality and reliability has secured their position as the world’s number one provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market.
Eco-solvent inkjet printers use eco-solvent ink to print on vinyl, canvas, paper and other media. Roland produces a range of eco-solvent devices for all needs, from the compact VersaSTUDIO BN-20 desktop printer/cutter to the award-winning TrueVIS range, all the way up to the high-performance SOLJET Pro3 XR-640.
These printer/cutters are capable of contour cutting printed photos, illustrations, text and other graphics, making them ideal for creating stickers and labels, as well as apparel heat transfers, advertising and more. Select models also feature metallic silver ink to deliver luxurious results for big-name brands, or for creating unique fine art.
These devices deliver exceptional quality and productivity and feature user-friendliness and versatility to suit both professionals and entry level users throughout the sign and display industry. Roland DG continues to expand its digital printing business, developing innovative core printer technologies like print heads, inks and software.
UV-LED inkjet printers use UV ink that is cured by exposure to UV (ultra-violet) light. They are capable of printing CMYK ink onto a wide variety of materials, such as leather, film, textiles and resin substrates. The optional white ink also makes it possible to print outstanding colours onto clear substrates and the addition of clear ink produces unique 3D effects like textures and embossing.
Today these devices are popular for printing stickers and labels, as well as packaging prototypes, smartphone and tablet cases, stationery and other unique products. They are also used for producing personalised accessories, novelty gifts and customised items, with the UV market expected to grow even further in the future.
Ranging from the VersaUV LEF-12i benchtop UV printer up to the wide-format S-Series, Roland DG’s UV printers have been installed in production lines to accommodate the customisation and decoration of parts and modules, as well as final products to meet the increasing premium placed on aesthetic value that goes beyond mere functionality.
Roland DG was one of the first in the industry to see the potential of inkjet printers in the textile printing market. In 2014, Roland DG launched the Texart brand of dye-sublimation printers to accelerate its sales in these markets. The range includes the high-volume XT-640 and the new RT-640M capable of both direct and indirect textile printing.
These printers are used for a wide range of textile decoration applications, including sports and fashion apparel, soft signs such as polyester banners and flags, curtains and other interior décor as well as promotional goods and personalized gifts.
With the inflexibility and environmental impact of traditional screen printing, Roland DG are answering the demand for clean, efficient printers that can accommodate efficient high-mix, low-volume production, personalisation, and design prototyping for fashion apparel and interior décor.
Roland DG have also recently released the VersaSTUDIO BT-12 direct-to-garment printer, providing a compact, entry-level textile printing solution for safe and simple garment personalisation.
All new Roland DG devices come with one year’s RolandCare warranty, offering customer support that is unmatched throughout the industry. Their range of extended warranties give Roland DG customers fast and effective support, as well as peace of mind.
Dedicated training courses are available with the Roland DG Academy, helping users improve their skills and knowledge, and get more from their devices. The Roland DG Academy also offers free online resources such as videos and webinars.