Compare the latest ultra HD smart television to the tubed monstrosities of the past and you’ll notice something.
It’s the same thing you see when you compare the latest smart phone to the cellular telephones (bricks) of the 90s and early 2000s.
Everything’s getting smaller.
Digital printers are no different – with printing industry leaders packing powerful technologies into smaller and smaller devices.
This article takes a closer look at one of these compact printers – the impressive Roland BN-20.
Made for printing environments where space is an issue, the Roland BN-20 has an impressive set of printing capabilities for its size:
- Shop window stickers
- Vehicle decals
- Food & beverage labels
- Clothing Heat Transfer Decals
- License disc holders
- Canvas Prints A1 and smaller
- Domed badges / Name Badges
- Cosmetic and other product labels
The built-in contour cutting feature ensures that irregularly-shaped printed decals are cut out perfectly with the precision of a surgeon.
The Roland BN-20 printer was designed to allow smaller printing establishments to get off of the ground without a huge investment. Key features include:
- Small enough to fit on a desk or countertop
- Uses Roland VersaCAMM® printing technology
- Comes with VersaWorks RIP® & design software
- Prints up to 1440 dpi using variable droplets
- Uses Quadralign® contour cutting technology
- Gold-plated head reduces static, preventing clogs
- Online printer support through Roland OnSupport
Through Roland OnSupport, an online Roland printer support website, Roland BN-20 printer owners are able to troubleshoot any printer issues, quickly download firmware updates, and even be notified via text when printing jobs are done or ink is running low.
The Roland BN-20 printer was designed to last you years, with regular maintenance from a certified Roland printer technician:
Technology: Piezoelectric inkjet
Printing Width: 150mm – 515mm
Printing/Cutting Width: Maximum 480mm
Printing Thickness: Maximum 1.0mm with liner
Cutting Thickness: Maximum 0.4mm with liner, 0.22mm without liner
Cartridges: Roland ECO-SOL MAX (220 cc) or Roland aqueous pigment (FPG)
Printing Resolution: Maximum 1,440 dpi
Dimensions: Width= 1009mm; Depth=582mm; Height=293mm; Weight=36kg
Printer Sales, Repairs & Maintenance
Like most things, Roland printers require a seeing to from time to time. We’re the KwaZulu-Natal representatives of Roland in South Africa, and are able to assist with new Roland printer sales, printer maintenance and repairs, printing consumables, and sourcing previously-owned Roland printers. Need advice on the right printer for your needs? Speak to us right here!
Looking to use the Roland BN-20 for apparel printing predominantly? This makes sense, as many customers will come asking you to transfer a specific design (or photograph of a loved one) onto a substrate (like shirts, pants, towels, bags, etc. This might sound like a daunting task at first, but the below video from Stahls explains how to print specific graphics for specific purposes:
There are three colour configurations one can use on the BN-20. These are:
- 4-colour (cyan – yellow – magenta – black)
- White Ink
- Metallic Ink
The four colour configuration is best used for your everyday heat-transfer printing. This configuration offers the fastest printing speed, and will lead to the least amount of maintenance over time.
The white ink configuration lays down a layer of white ink, then builds the design upon that using the four colours mentioned above. This configuration is best used for product labels, decals, etc.
The metallic ink configuration is also used for decal printing, like vehicle wraps and door/window signage, but this printing application adds a metallic ‘sheen’ to the printed graphics.