YPS Review: Roland Open Day

Wednesday 8th November saw Your Print Specialists host their first Roland Open Day. Customers were invited along to our offices to see a range of Roland printers in action and speak to the team about the applications and capabilities of each machine. Also in attendance were Ronee and Joe from Roland DG who brought along their knowledge and expertise.


The Roland TrueVIS VG-640, VersaUV LEF-300 and VersaSTUDIO BN-20 were available to demonstrate. The TrueVIS VG-640 was used to produce wallpaper, vinyl for car wraps as well as poster prints.

Roland Print and Cut…

The Roland BN-20 is a great entry level piece of kit with the ability to open up a whole range of new business opportunities. This desktop printer can print up to 480mm wide and also has a cut function for labels and stickers. During our Roland Open Day the BN-20 printed posters alongside print and cut t-shirt transfers using our own heat transfer media Rainbow Light.

For those looking for more than a desktop print and cut, we also had the Roland TrueVIS VG-3640 on a display printing a mix of both posters and decals. Our new decals for the delivery van were printed on the Roland and applied on the day. We also printed and installed our bespoke YPS demo room wallpaper on this machine.Roland Open Day at Your Print Specialists

Roland Direct to Object printing…

Direct to object printing with the Roland LEF-300 LED UV printer is impressive to watch. The LEF-300 can print on to a huge variety of substrates up to 100mm in height.  Joe kindly oversaw the running of this machine and was printing everything from phone cases to bottle openers, acrylic panels and even house bricks!

Thanks to everyone who attended our Roland Open Day! We can’t wait to see you at our next event!

If you would like to find out more about the Roland DG portfolio of products, please contact the sales team on 0191 256 6889 or via our contact form.

Mimaki announces LA series heat-assisted laminators and film for laminating UV-curable inks

Mimaki has announced the new LA Series of wide format, heat-assisted laminators and laminating film to complement the new Mimaki UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutters.

Mimaki Laminator range now available at Your Print Specialists

“Mimaki continues to bring innovative solutions to market that make it faster, easier and more cost-effective for sign & display graphics and other businesses to produce outstanding full-colour sign and display graphics,” said Ronald Van den Broek of Mimaki Europe. “This laminating solution is another example of that innovation, and when paired with Mimaki’s new UCJV series of print-and-cut solutions, provides a turnkey offering that will help companies drive more profit to their bottom lines.”

Key features

Heat-assist provides superior finishing: LA Series laminators are heat-assisted devices with a maximum temperature of 60˚C. This heat assistance improves overlaminate film adhesion, particularly to surfaces printed with UV-curable inks, and reduces the potential for the silvering effect created by pressure sensitive overlaminates. Due to instant curing, UV inks tend to have a slightly uneven surface which can trap air bubbles during the laminating process, causing silvery specs that can take away from the appearance of the product.

Fast throughput speeds: Laminating speeds of up to 7.5m per minute means that the finishing can keep up with production and reduce bottlenecks.

Simple and reliable operation: The easy-to-use laminator includes all functions on one operation panel, with easy access to the pressure handle and foot pedal. Additionally, a take-up reel makes it simple for one person to control the entire process.

Mimaki Vision Laminate: Designed specifically for use with UV-curable inks and LA Series laminators, Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 (Gloss) film offers fine finishing with a glossy feel while maintaining the colour brightness of the print. This high quality, heat assisted overlaminate is also a cost-effective alternative to cold laminating films.

Complete system from Mimaki

“LA Series laminators with Mimaki Vision Laminate film will be the ideal companions to a UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutter,” explains John de la Roche of Mimaki’s UK & Ireland distributor, Hybrid Services. “UCJV prints are instantly dry meaning they can immediately be finished on a LA Series laminator. This complete, harmonised solution ensures reliable performance and quality output for those times when a protective overlaminate is required.”


LA Series laminators and films are expected to be available towards the end of 2017. Two models will be available: the 158cm LA-160W model and the 170cm LA-170W model. Mimaki Vision Laminate 310 will also be available in two sizes: 310-137 (137cm) and 310-152 (152cm).

For more information on the Mimaki Laminator range, please contact the YPS team.

New Mimaki UCJV launches with enticing trade-in offer

Mimaki’s UK and Irish distributor, Hybrid Services has announced that the recently released Mimaki UCJV Series LED UV printer/cutter range is to benefit from a special launch trade-in offer of up to £4,000.

Mimaki UCJV trade in offer launch

“Take up of the new Mimaki UCJV300 and UCJV150 printer/cutters has been excellent,” says Hybrid’s National Sales Manager, John de la Roche. “This offer is designed to make it even easier for owners of existing printers across a range of ink types to enjoy the benefits of the LED UV technology.”

The trade-in is available for any 700mm or wider solvent, eco-solvent, latex or SUV printer, with £3,000 offered against the Mimaki UCJV150-160 and £4,000 against the range-topping UCJV300-160.
With ultra-low running costs, the ability to print to a broad range of materials, instant finishing, thanks to the unique properties of the machine’s LED UV ink and integrated cutting just a few of the features that set the new printer/cutter apart, de la Roche is unsurprised at the uptake. “We’ve already received a number of orders for the UCJV and we can see the potential it has to benefit so many different types of print customer,” he states.

“With its strong eco-credentials and innovative, creative capabilities, the UCJV is already proving attractive to not only sign makers and graphics producers, but the retail, education and public sectors as well.”

Priced from just £16,995, the Mimaki UCJV Series will ship during the autumn, with the launch trade-in offer available on orders placed before December 21st 2017. The UCJV300 features white ink and both machines deliver high quality prints to materials including vinyl, banner, paper, backlit, display fabrics, PET film and more. With GREENGUARD Gold ink certification and powerful, yet easy to use RIP and cutting software included as standard, the UCJV provides broad reaching capabilities for producing profitable and innovative graphics.

Contact the YPS team about this game changing machine on 0191 256 6889 or be clicking here.