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Trade Comment

Wide-format Equipment

Jo Goldng asks: “How is your latest wide-format equipment leading the way in this sector, for example, in terms of capability and producing a high quality finished result?”

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Phil George, director, Signmaster Systems

Higher production

Wide-format continues to grow and deliver more to the end-user especially with such machines as the new Roland TruVIS range and OKI E64s. Signmaster Systems can now offer the end-user both extraordinary solutions, ensuring that whatever the customer’s needs or however they are looking to progress their business, we have a solution for them.

The new OKI Colorpainter E64s enters the market to offer a more cost-effective solution to the market leading M64s. Packed with advanced features, the M64s has excelled in the UK market by becoming recognised as the machine that does not make compromises, offering ease-of-use, productivity, low ink costs, and impressive quality at speed. OKI have taken the ink formulation and advanced features of the M64s and put them into a new chassis, the E64s achieves impressive quality at 21sq m p/h, and also has a new fine detail print mode which opens up even more applications.

The new OKI Colorpainter E64s enters the market to offer a more cost-effective solution to the market leading M64s


The E64s is certainly going to be popular for people looking to get into wide-format printing and at the same time is perfect for companies looking for a cost-effective way to add higher production to their business.

Roland have continued to uphold their reputation for producing the best print and cut devices in the market with the TruVIS series. An impressive offering of machines that fit both start-ups and mid-production customers. The TruVIS machines sport Roland’s latest TR ink, which delivers bold and glossy prints whilst the new flexfire heads help to deliver quality and speed.

Flexible systems


Steve Pridham, UV flatbed sales manager, Spandex



It is positive to see that there is now a huge range of platforms available, in the direct-to-substrate (DTS) printer market today. The benefits of DTS are clear—a reduction in manufacturing costs, greater production efficiency, and extreme application diversity.

In an industry where new applications are constantly being conceived and markets are compressing, everyone will want to print everything and why not? It certainly no longer follows that the market you are in is the market you will stay in and so the question is not if you should invest but where you should invest.

As a dedicated manufacturer of UV flatbed printers, Swiss Q Print offers high end solutions in UV flatbed technology for graphic producers who are looking for either higher quality ‘consistent’ prints, increased production or simply greater diversity—or all three.

The question is not if you should invest but where you should invest


Given this context, I believe that, Swiss Q Print responds to the market’s needs extremely well by focusing on designing and building the most flexible reliable systems, which offer extreme ease of use and long service life to enable graphic producers to print high quality prints on a range of substrates of their choice—all this backed up by an equally reliable distributor network.

I have visited the manufacturing plant in Switzerland several times and I see that the Swiss’ long standing culture of neutrality—meaning you need to please everyone all the time—and world class engineering with an acute eye for detail are reflected in how Swiss Q Print design and build their machines. Their effort of building world class print systems consistently for such a fluid market is remarkable.

Spandex is the exclusive reseller for Swiss Q Print in the UK, Belgium, Holland, Switzerland, and Eastern Europe. Spandex always aims to sell the best products and to offer aspirational solutions that will help our customers grow their business.

Expanding business


Phil McMullin, UK sales manager pro graphics, Epson



Having recently exhibited at The Print Show in Birmingham, Colourbyte, one of our major UK suppliers, has been inundated with requests for wide-format technology, and this is no real surprise, given how popular this area of the market is. Colourbyte is getting interest from not only the traditional sign-making market, but also from commercial print companies that are looking to move into wide-format print.

Colourbyte stocks a wide range of solutions from Epson, including the Sure Color F-Series dye sublimation and textile print machines. Models in this range include the 44" Sure Color F6200, the 64" Sure Color F7200, and 64" Sure Color F9200.

Epson and Colourbyte showed off the F-Series to visitors at The Print Show in October, alongside a number of others that we offer. We have seen a high level of demand for the Sure Color SC-S Series 64" eco-solvent printers, which offer a cost-effective way to create applications such as signage, high-end displays, and décor on various substrates.

Colourbyte is getting interest from not only the traditional sign-making market, but also from commercial print companies that are looking to move into wide-format print


For companies in the point-of-sale and graphics areas of the market, Colourbyte also stocks our Sure Color SC-T Series high-speed, four-colour printers, which combine Epson’s Precision Core TFP print heads and Ultra Chrome XD pigment ink. We also offer the SC-T5200D MFP 36" model, complete with scanner.

Elsewhere, the Sure Color SC-P7000 24" large-format printer/proofer boasts Ultra Chrome HDX ten-colour pigment inks, which are capable of producing highly accurate colours and, when used with Colourbyte proofing media, comply with all FOGRA 51/52 standards.

We only anticipate demand for these machines to increase as we move into the New Year, with many customers and potential clients having stated their desire to expand their business.

Latest technology


Debbie Astle, marketing manager, Grafityp UK



Grafityp UK Ltd are suppliers of the complete range of Roland wide-format printers, print and cut devices, and UV printers, and as such have achieved the status of being its most successful authorised UK dealer for three years in a row.

The range of Roland machines has always been highly regarded in the print world but continually they strive for better in design, output, speed, features, ink performance, durability, and drying times. As these perfections are achieved, so new models arrive in the marketplace giving us as an agent the ability to offer our customers the very latest technology available.

Two of the newest models introduced are the TrueVIS print and cut SG and VG models. The SG models, SG-300 30" wide and SG-540 54" wide, give you the ability to print and cut on one device.  They will print in high speed mode at up to 9.4sq m/h per hour and have two new generation print heads. They utilise the all new TrueVIS inks which come in 500cc pouches, meaning they do not have to be changed as often and included in the purchase is Roland’s latest VersaWorks Dual RIP Software. Both machines come at a truly affordable price and are an ideal choice for entry level digital printers.

At the Grafityp showroom in Tamworth, Staffordshire, we invite potential purchasers to visit and see the machines in action


Also launched under the TrueVIS badge is the VG-540 54" and VG-640 64" print and cut machines, which will print at speeds up to 49.1sq m/h  per hour, again using the 500cc ink pouches. They incorporate a new cutting carriage, blade holder and blade, include the latest VersaWorks Dual RIP Software, and are available in three different ink configurations. An optional take up system and dryer unit are available for this model.

At the Grafityp showroom in Tamworth, Staffordshire, we invite potential purchasers to visit and see the machines in action, get all the latest information and any questions answered. This can be arranged by calling for an appointment.

Ensuring the use of high quality print media alongside your printer is also essential for first class print results and at Grafityp, we have an extensive range of Grafiprint media produced by Grafityp in Belgium. The range offers products for a multitude of applications from posters to building wraps or vehicle wraps. As well as this we have an excellent collection of printable garment films on offer which are manufactured by Siser in Italy, and perfect for print and cut applications.


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