Lancashire-based Quality Print Services Ltd (QPS) has been appointed as an Authorised Roland Dealer for dye-sublimation applications.
Says Chris Bailey, Director, QPS: "We're thrilled to have been appointed as an Authorised Roland Dealer for dye-sublimation applications. We have supplied and supported a range of dye-sublimation inks and heat transfer papers to the trade for over a decade.
"This is an exciting, progressive market, so we're very pleased to be now helping our customers expand their business even further by adding Roland's wide-format technology to our portfolio."
The first machine to be made available through QPS will be the Roland VersaArt RE-640, with the company already confirming its first sale to one of its existing dye-sublimation customers.
The Roland VersaArt RE-640 features an eight-channel mirrored ink configuration (CMYKKYMC) for colour consistency while the Roland Intelligent Pass Control system accurately controls dot placement between passes to virtually eliminate banding. Variable droplet control produces seven different droplets sizes to accentuate an image's fine details.
This 1.6m-wide machine can print at speeds of up to 23.1sqm/hr onto heat transfer paper, making it ideal for the rapid, high-quality production of transfers for ceramic, sports apparel, flag and soft signage applications.
The VersaArt RE-640 displays the Roland Eco-Label, showing it meets the manufacturer's environmental standards based on ISO 14021 Type II accreditation. This ties in with other environmentally conscious products and services available from QPS such as Ilford BioMedia biodegradable display boards, films and laminates and its ink cartridge recycling scheme.
QPS will supply the VersaArt RE-640 with premium digital water-based inks, enabling wide-format print businesses to cut the cost of dye-sub printing without compromising quality or consistency.
Rob Goleniowski, Business Manager, Sign & Graphics at Roland DG (UK) says, "We were very impressed by the technical knowledge of the team at QPS and their ability to offer the customer a complete package. Their attitude to customer service also mirrors Roland's in that they want to do all they can to ensure their customers are delighted with their purchase, so the synergy made it an easy decision to appoint them as an Authorised Roland Dealer for dye-sublimation solutions."