SOS, GMG and Vivid are teaming up for an open house event on 14 and 15 September to show the production of colour-accurate packaging proofs using Roland inkjet printers and Vivid cutting and laminating systems.

The ‘3D proof’ event will take place at Vivid’s showroom in Ashby De La Zouch, Leicestershire, and will demonstrate the production of packaging mock-ups, including cartons, labels and foil packs, on real packaging substrates.

Printing will be done on Roland machines supplied by SOS, the LEC2-330 and LEF2-300. Samples will then be cut and folded on Vivid’s VeloBlade cutter range, enabling visitors to take away a finished product. 

The Roland LEC2-330 UV printer prints directly onto the production substrate and premium labels. It has a maximum 762mm media width and can print, cut, perforate, varnish, emboss and add textured UV. The LEF2-300 is a direct-to-object benchtop UV printer, for objects up to 100mm thick. It enables the printing of photos, graphics and finely-detailed text onto PVC and plastics, canvas, wood, leather, fabric, acrylics and glass.

The event will showcase GMG colour management on the LEC2-330, which enables accurate proofs on packaging production substrates, incorporating white ink, allowing for accurate colour reproduction on transparent and metallic materials.

Also featured will be Vivid’s range of print finishing equipment, including lamination, digital foiling, cutting, creasing and folding. Vivid will also be demonstrating its Zip Core Packaging Software, which has been developed to support the packaging design process.

SOS sales manager Ashley Fleming said, ‘The latest equipment and software for packaging proofs can achieve levels of speed and accuracy which a decade ago would be unheard of. This is a must-see event for anyone in the packaging industry.’

Opening times are 10am to 5.30pm on 14 September 2022, and 10am to 3.30pm on 15 September 2022.