Roland DG, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers, printer/cutters and vinyl cutters worldwide, has announced the launch of the GR-640/540/420 professional vinyl cutters – the latest additions to its CAMM-1 series. According to Yohei Shinomura, Product Manager of Roland DG’s Digital Printing Business, the GR series has been completely redesigned “from the ground up” to deliver best-in-class cutting quality and productivity– due to increased accuracy, speed, media versatility and additional state-of-the-art cutting features. The new ergonomic L-shaped design of the integrated stand and machine provides the stability required to ensure precision cutting even at high speeds. The redesigned cutting carriage, blade holder and other core mechanisms enable the machines to achieve a maximum cutting speed of 1,485 mm/s and up to 600g of downforce for cutting through difficult media with a single pass. Models are available in 1,651 mm, 1,397 mm and 1,075 mm cutting widths to allow users to pair them with the inkjet printers they’re currently using.
“The cutting industry has become increasingly diverse,” Shinomura added. “In addition to sign making, cutting now includes the production of window and vehicle graphics, window tinting and car protection film for automotive restyling, personalized apparel, labels and decals, packaging prototypes, paint/sandblast stencils and more. The breadth of applications demands the ability to handle a wide range of materials of varying thicknesses – such as window films, high intensity reflective materials, heat transfer materials including flock and glitter, cardboard, and sandblast mask.”
The GR series is equipped with electronic pinch rollers that can adjust the pressure to 10 pre-set levels at the touch of a button for smooth feeding of any media thickness. The overlap cutting function allows up to ten times overlap cutting for difficult-to-cut substrates. The intuitive overcut function emulates the results from a tangential cutter and delivers sharp, clean corners on challenging media. The cutters are also capable of reading crop marks on pre-printed data to accurately align graphics.
The bundled Roland CutStudio features a perforating cutting function that’s convenient for making die-cut-effect stickers and decals, and a cut-by-colour function that’s useful when outputting designs with multiple coloured sheets. A new function automatically creates weed lines for more efficient weeding after designs have been cut. Roland CutStudio includes plug-in software that allows outputting from Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw. A media basket is provided to collect cut sheets. Since 1988, Roland DG has sold more than 440,000 vinyl cutters worldwide.