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Te c hno lo g y R e v i ew By Chris and Kathi Morrison Roland's 64-in.-wide, SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640 printer Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoftcertified systems engineer. More than we can mention Key Information Roland DGA Corp. 15363 Barranca Pkwy. Irvine, CA 92618 (800) 542-2307 Contact: Marc Malkin, PR Representative/Copywriter (800) 542-2307 Y ou'll find many features to love in Roland's 64-in.-wide, SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640 digital printer, and each demonstrates Roland's expertise that follows 15 years of digital developments. The XF-640 features front-loading, ink-cartridge slots; push-button access to the maintenance bay; and an updated software RIP that makes this edition both highly productive and user-friendly, but there's more. The XF-640 also sports Roland's latest dual-mirrored printheads, faster media take-up and a newly developed, pinch-roller setup. Roland says it built the XF-640 for high-volume, print-production houses. The machine produces high-class imagery at speeds up to 1,098 sq. ft./hr., and it will handle numerous customer requests: indoor and outdoor banners, vehicle and fleet wraps, window graphics, posters, tradeshow graphics, backlit displays, POP and more. Did we mention the eco-friendly, solvent-based Eco-Sol MAX 2 inkset that produces vibrant, wide-gamut colors? Or, the reinforced chassis? The stronger chassis construction, 16-pinch-roller architecture and solidly built mechanical systems Specifications: Roland's SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640 inkjet printer Printing Technology Maximum Print Resolution Media Width Ink Type Ink Colors Maximum Speed 42 SIGNS OF THE TIMES April 2014 Piezoelectric inkjet 1,440 dpi 10.2 to 64 in. Roland Eco-Sol MAX 2 ink (440 cc) CMYKKYMC 1,098 sq. ft./hr. vanquish any inappropriate printhead movement and ensure precision, ink-drop placement. The mirrored, CMYK/KYMC, offset-printhead configuration virtually eliminates chromatic banding that may be inherent in some printers as the speed increases. And speed? Generally, prior to printing, a printer owner selects either high quality or high speed, because seldom do they meet. Not here. The XF-640's inkset, 1,440dpi resolution and seven different droplet sizes produce vast color shades, with smooth transitions and color vibrancy - at any speed. Finally, the media-heat system ensures fast-drying prints, and its take-up system maximizes overall output. Roland's SOLJET XF-640 is for any print-production house. Its speed, image quality and ease of use are nice touches, but, even better, the printer clearly exhibits Roland's 15 years of progressive engineering that have always produced machines that meet your shop's requirements. Did we mention the two-year, trouble-free "Gold Edition" manufacturer's warranty - that includes two, preventative maintenance visits? ■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - April 2014

Signs of the Times - April 2014
Columns & Departments
ST Update
Technology Update
ISA Sign Expo 2014 – Making the most of it
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review: Roland’s SOLJET Pro 4 XF-640 printer
Technology Review: EFI’s VUTEk GS2000/3250 digital-hybrid printers
Sign Museum News
New Products
The 2014 Intl. Sign Contest
2nd Annual Readers’ Choice Award
For the Record
ISA Expo Adds SEGD Component
Surprising Evidence about Neon’s History
Editorially speaking
Advertising index

Signs of the Times - April 2014