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Roland scoops three BLI wide-format awards

Independent testing services and analytical information provider Buyers Lab (BLI) - part of Keypoint Intelligence - has given 2020 Wide Format Pick awards to machines from Roland and Ricoh.
The awards acknowledge the products that gave the best performances in Buyers Lab’s field tests over the prior year. Winners this time around are: - Roland DG TrueVis SG2-540/SG2-640 (CMYK) ‘Outstanding Entry-Level CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54/64in Printer’ - Roland DG TrueVis VG2-540/VG2-640 (8-colour with orange) ‘Outstanding Gamut Expansion Eco-Solvent/Latex 54/64in Printer’ - Roland DG TrueVis VG2-540/VG2-640 (8-colour with white) ‘Outstanding Enhanced CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54/64in Printer - Ricoh Pro L5160 (Dual CMYK) ‘Outstanding High Production CMYK Eco-Solvent/Latex 54/64in Printer’ “Roland made several significant upgrades to the TrueVis printers that clearly offer an enhanced user experience,” said David Sweetnam, Keypoint Intelligence’s director of EMEA/Asia research and lab services. “The printers now feature automated sheet cutting as well as inline perforated cut capabilities that will surely be appreciated in busy print shops.” New TrueVis inks are included in the entire device portfolio. “The VG2-540 with orange and VG2-640 with white received exceptional scores in every aspect of image quality. Most notably, the VG2-540 with orange produced wide colour gamuts that exceeded the Adobe RGB colour space in the orange region of the spectrum, a feat some devices have approached but never surpassed - until now.” On the Ricoh machine Sweetnam said: “The dual CMYK Ricoh Pro L5160 is designed with the end user in mind, and the end result is pure class. Highlights include an intuitive colour touchscreen with 30 configurable media presets, simplified and automated maintenance, ergonomically friendly roll loading, and high (1,200 ml) capacity latex ink cartridges. Print shops will also benefit from the Ricoh Pro L5160’s rapid turnaround. It excelled in our productivity assessment with speeds that were 54% faster than average when printing on Avery Dennison MPI 3000 monomeric vinyl and 24% faster than average printing on MPI 1105 premium vinyl at the most productive setting.”

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