Direct-to-textile or direct-to-transfer paper? You don’t need to choose with the Texart RT- 640M, says Roland DG

At various stages in their careers, print service providers need to make important choices that could determine the shape of their business in the future,” says Roland DG. “There are few more important considerations than where to invest in new technology.” The world of dye-sublimation printing offers the perfect example – do you purchase a direct-to-textile printer, asks the company, or one that lets you print on transfer paper?

According to Roland DG, either choice can have big ramifications for your business and will invariably lead to a sacrifice – be it in the types of product you can offer, or the time it takes to produce certain applications. “If this sounds like a familiar quandary, you’ll be happy to learn that it’s a choice you don’t have to make anymore,” it says.

Roland DG reports that its new Texart RT-640M is the “only large format sublimation printer in its class“ to offer both direct-to-transfer paper and direct-to-textile options in the same competitively priced machine. It continues: “Due to the wide range of possible applications, it’s the ideal choice for print professionals who want to offer a complete package to their customers without compromising on floor space, production time or indeed quality.”

The RT-640M opens up a vast range of possible applications, including aluminium photo panels

Create soft signage in the morning and sublimated 3D objects in the afternoon

Flexibility is reported to be just one of the areas in which the RT-640M excels; building on the advances of the earlier RT-640, this sublimation printer promises a host of advantages to businesses of all sizes. Print service providers can benefit from Roland’s Texart SBL3 inks, available in four- colour (CMYK) or eight-colour (CMYKLcLmOrVi) configurations. With the eight-colour option, the additional orange and violet inks extend the colour gamut considerably, while light cyan and light magenta offer clean and subtle gradations and delicate skin tones. Texart SBL3 ink is also available in fluorescent pink and yellow for specialist fashion and sportswear applications.

To assist with high-volume production, the Roland Ink Switching System automatically switches to a back-up ink pouch when the first pouch runs out, allowing uninterrupted output and on-the-fly ink changes. The RT- 640M is also equipped with advanced, eight-channel print head features, including dedicated sublimation waveform and maintenance sequence control. These features work in harmony to ensure efficient ink coverage that lowers running costs.

This combination of high-quality ink and cutting-edge hardware is made complete by what Roland DG describes as “a powerful and user-friendly RIP package“. ErgoSoft Roland Edition 2 is specifically designed for use with Texart printers and includes print modes for most common applications. “With a host of features such as eight simultaneous RIP servers and its Colour Replacement feature, it’s no surprise that it is widely regarded as the premier RIP software in the textile and dye sublimation market,” adds the company.

According to Roland DG, the only thing more impressive about the printer than its top-of-the-line technology is the vast range of possible applications. With the RT- 640M, you can create soft signage or double-sided flags in the morning, then switch to sublimated 3D objects or rigid signage in the afternoon. “With this multi-function sublimation printer, you can offer a more complete package to satisfy a wider range of industries and get stunning results with everything from custom apparel to aluminium photo panels,“ the company explains. This flexibility lets you expand your offering and increase your customer base, which should mean a faster return on your investment, suggests Roland DG, adding: “With this additional income, who knows – you could be in a position to invest more in your business sooner than you thought.”