New bloke joins GPT

Written by Colin Gillman on Thursday, 23 February 2017.

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roz chast starter sympathy cards new yorker cartoon resizedGraphic Printing Technologies (GPT) has announced the appointment of Adam Booth as its new National Hardware sales manager.

Booth has 18 years sales experience in the large format printing market and has previously worked for Repropoint (GDL), Fuji Film and Perfect Colours. 

The picture we were sent wasn't usable so we thought this image would be appropriate. We wish him well in his new job.





OKI launch new ColorPainter E-64s wide format printer

Written by Colin Gillman on Tuesday, 10 January 2017.

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OKI Europe Ltd has officially launched its new ColorPainter E-64s as the new model in the ColorPainter family of professional printers. This competitively priced, 64-inch, wide format ColorPainter E-64s is equipped with ColorPainter technology that has already proved highly-effective in the M-64s and the H3-104s, providing premium performance, high levels of precision and ease-of-use while fully supporting entry-level, environmentally-friendly printing

The ColorPainter E-64s retails at €12,990; this price includes take-up unit, ONYX RIPCenter and two year warranty including print heads without nozzle shot or production restrictions.

“The ColorPainter E-64s is a remarkable printer offering print businesses affordable entry to very profitable, high-precision, wide-format printing on a large spectrum of media which may have previously been unattainable” says Frank Jänschke, general manager Marketing, Wide Format Printers, OKI Europe Ltd. “As an advanced and extremely versatile printer, packed with functionality, it successfully meets all the requirements in a field where commercial opportunities are expanding but must be seized quickly and effectively in order to maximise revenue.”

Using OKI’s high-pigment ECO solvent SX ink, the ColorPainter E-64s delivers the optimum level of colour for high-quality indoor and extra-durable outdoor applications at all print-speeds. Its low costs of adoption and ability to handle a wide range of media make the E-64s the ideal choice for every user of large-format printers seeking an agile solution. Impressive results are achieved whether printing on back- or front-lit materials, technical textiles, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, banner, vinyl and many other types of media.

OKI says the ColorPainter E-64s’ user-friendly construction and functionality ensure that managing and handling the printer from preparation to operation, right through to maintenance, are remarkably convenient and easy.  This printer, says OKI, has the versatility to open up a huge range of new commercial possibilities.

We say, if this new E-64s is anywhere near as good as its stablemate - the M64s - it will be well worth your while in checking it out.


First look at OKI’s new E-64s ColorPainter dropping this December

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 24 October 2016.

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OKI Europe Ltd is set to launch its new E-64s ColorPainter wide format printer in December 2016. 

The company says the E-64s provides premium performance and offers a high-level of precision and ease-of-use as well as supporting entry-level, environmentally friendly printing. 

According to OKI this printer uses OKI’s high-pigment ECO solvent SX ink, and is able to deliver the optimum level of colour at all print speeds for both indoor and outdoor applications across a wide range of media.

Proven technologies associated with OKI’s M-series ColorPainter including Smart Pass 4, Smart Nozzle Mapping 3 and Dynamic Dot Printing as well as H3-series technologies such as the Safe Scanning System, are all integrated within this new printer to ensure optimum printed results. 

Finally, OKI says the new ColorPainter E-64s achieves impressive results whether it is printing on back-/front-lit, technical textile, wallpaper, canvas, hard PVC, banner, vinyl or any kind of paper.


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How Welsh wall mural business Wallpaperink ‘Got into Wide Format with Roland’

Written by Colin Gillman on Friday, 09 September 2016.

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Print professional Scott Evans was just 18 when he started out in the print industry seven years ago, opening his own sign company business called Customised. With little knowledge of the sector, Evans needed to learn the tricks of the trade in as short a time as possible, and so he approached Roland DG after recommendation from a colleague. He sought a compact desktop cutter that was easy to use and, most importantly, would help him make a success of his newfound business venture. After deciding on a Roland DG CAMM-1 GX-24 Desktop Cutter, the predecessor to the CAMM-1 GS-24, Customised was soon able to produce small graphics and signs that provided the stepping stone needed to progress in the industry.

Speaking about his first experience of Roland DG, Evans said: “Committing to Roland DG was the best thing I did as an entrepreneur starting off in the sign industry; the quality of products that our Roland DG machine produces are flawless. Not only are Roland DG’s machines easy-to-use, but the support we received from the team from the onset was second to none.”

In 2012, Evans realised that in order to stand out in the crowded market he needed to expand Customised’s product range to increase its customer offering and continue to grow the business. So, in a bid to enter new markets, he invested in a Roland DG VersaCAMM VS-540i. The integrated print and cut machine enabled the South Wales based business to expand its product range by tapping into the digital print market and specialising in the production of wall murals. The powerful wide-format printer meant Evans and his team could bring something new and exciting to the market, and so with the change in direction for the business, Customised was re-launched as WallpaperInk.

The newly branded business quickly took off and despite demand for the high-quality, bespoke wall murals growing rapidly, the Roland DG VS-540i was able to match the fast pace needed to meet the high production requirements with ease. Using Roland DG’s comprehensive VersaWorks RIP software, Evans was able to programme and design bespoke prints to suit each individual’s detailed preferences, and therefore charge a premium price.

As demand for product doubled in the short space of two years, Evans looked to invest in a second machine to sustain growth and continue the efficient and reliable service his customers had come to expect.

“After being so impressed with the high-quality output, superior customer service and support Roland DG provided, I reached out to the dealer and was able to subsequently secure the first delivery of the newly launched VersaEXPRESS RF-640 that was shipped into Europe,” he says. “The machine was able to print premium quality products at impressive speeds, and was the ideal investment to take WallpaperInk to the next level of high-quality printing.”

Using the RF-640, WallpaperInk began printing up to 50 square meters of media per hour, 12 hours each day and shipping wall murals all over the world. The quality and durability of the products has meant that the Welsh business is seeing repeat customers from the UK, America and even Germany. Furthermore, over the last six months WallpaperInk has seen traffic to its website grow by double digits, with business having never been so good. To sustain the high levels of production, Evans has now invested in a second VersaEXPRESS RF-640, which will enable the business to produce twice as much stock to continue to promote its rapid business growth.

“What we love about Roland DG is that it’s not just about purchasing a machine. As a business we also utilise Roland DG’s propriety inks, have attended Roland DG training courses and benefit from the on demand support and advice whenever we need it. Roland DG has given us both the tools and skills needed to develop as a business and we have seen a direct upsurge in customer interest and therefore profit from the premium quality products that we are able to produce,” says Evans.

After attending an Intermediate Digital Print course at the Roland DG Academy, Evans was immediately overwhelmed with the industry specific knowledge and creative guidance that was provided. In turn, this knowledge has enabled the team at WallpaperInk to make use of a number of advanced features on their Roland DG machines and offer customers products with a more professional output.

“Attending the Roland DG academy course was really beneficial for us as we were able to fully understand the machine’s capability and deliverables. In addition to this, we were shown practical examples of creative and diverse products that could be achieved on our versatile Roland DG machine that we would have never of thought of otherwise!”

As WallpaperInk looks to the future, Evans hopes that the business will be able to continue to grow over the next five years and has ambitions to expand its offering further by investing in a Roland DG SOLJET PRO 4 XF-640 wide format inkjet printer, one of Roland DG’s most productive printers to date. At 64” wide, the large format printer would enable the team to increase business production to larger wall murals and bespoke personalised canvases, all of which command premium prices which help to provide a high return on profit.


Take the Roland EJ-640 Challenge and let Roland show you how it can be printed cheaper

Written by Colin Gillman on Monday, 05 September 2016.

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With running costs an important factor in any print shop, the introduction of a lower-cost per print printer that could produce up to 10x the amount of work probably sounds too good to be true. That’s why Roland DG UK is putting its money where its mouth is and is providing customers with physical proof in the form of a free printed banner along with full VersaWorks Dual calculations showing how long your print took to print including all costs and ink usage to prove its point. All you have to do is email the company a banner print file to find out.

According to Sales Support manager Rob Goleniowski, the Roland EJ-640 is a revolution in high volume printing, combining speed and economical production in one device that would benefit a huge amount of businesses. “Our EJ-640 Challenge aims to prove that. Send us in any banner file and we know we can print it cheaper; just let us show you how.”

Goleniowski says that running at high speed, the EJ-640 can easily produce up to 102m2 of media in just one hour; at a cost of just 98p per square meter. “With those calculations, it’s easy to see how a business purchasing an EJ-640 could bring in a profit within the first month,” he says.

The company says that as well as the attractive low production costs, the EJ-640 offers reliability without compromise, with the ability to support heavy media rolls with no complaint. Combined with Roland OnSupport for remote monitoring through email updates, and Roland Ink Switching System for uninterrupted printing utilising two of the EJ-640’s 1L bulk CMYK EJ INK cartridges, the only limit on your production capabilities is when you run out of media.

As UK market leader with decades of experience in the industry, Roland DG says it knows how important it is to reach out and provide the same level of service and care anywhere. The challenge can be accessed through the Roland DG UK website below.


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About Roland DG (UK)

Roland DG (UK) Ltd is the UK and Irish marketing, distribution and sales arm of Roland DG Corporation, Hamamatsu, Japan, a worldwide leader in the sign, graphic arts, commercial print, packaging, labelling, promotional gift, textile, engraving, milling and 3D modelling industries. Founded in 1981 and listed on the Tokyo Stock Exchange, Roland DG is the world’s number one provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market.

Alongside wide-format printers, Roland DG also manufactures high-quality vinyl cutters, 3D scanners, milling machines and engravers. In the UK and Ireland, these products are sold through an extensive dealer network that provides expertise in the different markets we serve. At Roland DG (UK) Ltd we aim to be “the best, not the biggest” in what we do and are proud of the quality of products and services we provide our customers.

We are committed to offering the best after-care support in the industry through dedicated training at the Roland DG Academy and our RolandCare warranties. We aim to help our customers feel comfortable and confident when using Roland products, always be on hand to assist when a customer needs help and to continue to contribute to the growth and success of our customers’ businesses.

In December 2014, Roland DG (UK) celebrated their success at gaining the Silver level Investors In People (IIP) accreditation. This well-known award recognises Roland DG's commitment to training and supporting its staff, to make the company a wonderful place to work and a great company to deal with.

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