Roland DGA (Irvine, California) has introduced its new VW-S1 Densitometer “that makes colour matching easier and more cost-effective than ever before.” Designed to work in tandem with Roland DG’s updated VersaWorks 6.8 RIP and print management software, the VW-S1 lets users make adjustments and share colour accuracy between two ‘like printers’ using the same ink type. The powerful tool complements other innovative colour-matching features within VersaWorks 6.8, which comes bundled with new Roland DG inkjet printers and is also available as an update for current VersaWorks users free of charge.
“We pride ourselves on providing our customers with everything needed – the highest quality printers, software and accessories – to produce superior, customer-pleasing output,” said Jay Roberts, Roland DGA Product Manager for UV Printers. “Knowing how important accurate colour-matching is when it comes to achieving outstanding graphic results, we developed the VW-S1. This compact, pen-like device is simple to use and priced significantly lower than other colour-matching tools. It’s just one more reason purchasing a state-of-the-art Roland DG inkjet is a smart business decision.”
Colour matching is one of the key functions of Roland DG’s VersaWorks 6.8 software, which enables users to accurately control colour differences between printers. This process typically involves printing a colour chart for each printer that needs to match colours, then measuring the results with a spectrophotometer to generate individual values that are compared and automatically adjusted for. Until now, using a spectrophotometer – a device that requires a high skill level and can cost $1,500 or more – has been considered essential for the process.
The company added that the new VW-S1 densitometer offers Roland DG users a more affordable option. It’s also very simple to operate, making it ideal for those with little or no colour-matching experience.
“The VW-S1 provides the density measurements required for colour-matching at a third of the price of a spectrophotometer,” Roberts added. “The ease of use is also a big plus – you just tap the tip of this compact device against the relevant colour in the VersaWorks 6-colour chart, and press the button. Completing measurements with the VW-S1 is a quick process – a 4-colour chart takes about 90 seconds and a 6-colour chart takes about two minutes.”