Far From Normal Company News

Far From Normal Louisville is Moving!!

Our Louisville location will be closed November 28th to November 30th. The phones will be forwarded to our Fargo location for orders.

We will reopen in the new location on December 1st.

Far From Normal Louisville
3311 Gilmore Industrial Blvd., Suite 2
Louisville KY 40213

We are moving to a larger location to better serve you. Sorry for any inconvenience this may cause.




 


Introducing the TrueVIS SG Series Printer from Roland

Whether you're just starting out or wanting to expand production, new TrueVIS SG series printer/cutters offer all the quality and versatility of a Roland, at an unbeatable price. TrueVIS ushers in a new era of integrated printing and contour cutting, and the SG delivers the value you need to quickly and easily build your business.

Make Everyday Print/Cut Production Easier

  • Legendary Roland quality and reliability with a two-year warranty
  • Rigid new industrial design minimizes vibrations for optimum printing and cutting
  • Improved motor and drive systems add durability for continuous production
  • Newly designed grit roller for non-skew media handling
  • New Roland VersaWorks Dual RIP software included with purchase
  • Optional take-up and drying units available to boost performance

All new VersaWorks™ Dual RIP Included

  • VersaWorks™ Dual is included with the purchase of the TrueVIS SG and utilizes both PDF and PostScript engines to give users superfast preview times and improved file handling, plus all the user-friendly features of VersaWorks.
  • User-friendly VersaWorks™ interface
  • Natively processes transparencies, drop shadows and other effects
  • Ability to save and store unlimited queue settings
  • Built-in Pantone® and Roland Color System - spot color libraries
  • Predictive ink calculator estimates the amount of ink needed for each job
  • Advanced cropping, tiling, nesting and variable data functions

List Price
SG-540 - $14,995
SG-300 - $11,995

Download the brochure
Watch the TrueVIS SG Series Printer in action.

Questions? Email us today.




 


Signlab 10 Available Now

The latest version of the world's most widely used sign making, large format display software product will be Is now available.

  • Layer Manager with InstantReplay functions
  • TrueShape, contour cut and clipped object nesting
  • New special effects filters
  • Unicode standardization. All languages supported.
  • Windows™ 10, 8 and 7 support (64/32 bit)
  • ClipArt Manager with direct online access to 1,000,000's of images

The undisputed pioneer in specialized computerized design and production software products, CADlink Technology once again leads the way in new, easy to use and innovative software tools with SignLab v10. For nearly 25 years, SignLab software has been the everyday choice of more sign makers worldwide than any other similar type product. Commitment to developing new features and industry-leading after-sales support is why existing customers upgrade with each new version release and more and more shops that once used "other" software are switching over to SignLab. It's no wonder that SignLab v10 has been recognized by end-users as an absolutely stellar release.

Download Signlab 10 new features brochure.

Questions? Email us today.




 


The future of print & cut has arrived.

Roland announces the new TrueVIS VG Series printer/cutters. Completely reimagined. With the new TrueVIS VG Series, Roland didn't just make a few upgrades to their print/cut technology – they reimagined everything. New print heads that deliver beautiful prints more efficiently. New TrueVIS INK that is more vibrant and cost-effective. New cutting technology that increases accuracy. New tech to communicate with your existing phones and tablets. And so much more. The future of print/cut has arrived.

  • All new TrueVIS INK available in 500ml pouches
  • New cutting carriage and blade increase downforce and accuracy
  • Built in remote control panel allows you to perform control panel functions from a smartphone or tablet
  • New VersaWorks Dual RIP
  • Legendary two-year warranty
  • Many more improvements!

List Price:

  • VG-640 $24,995
  • VG-540 $20,995

Lease Price: (for 60 months, OAC)

  • VG-640 $500
  • VG-540 $420

Read more about TrueVIS VG Series printer/cutters today!

Click here to schedule your demonstration today.




 


Far From Normal Acquires Imager's Supply

Fargo, N.D. (Feb. 29, 2015) — Far From Normal, a Fargo, North Dakota-based wholesale sign and supply company, has acquired Imager's Supply. Both companies are licensed by Roland DGA, the world's leading provider of wide-format inkjet printers for the durable graphics market. [ Read More ...]

Imager's Supply has locations in Indianapolis and Louisville, Kentucky. Far From Normal President Dan Huggins says the acquisition will help the company expand its ability to sell and service the Roland line of equipment and supplies in Kentucky, Ohio and Indiana. It will also enable Far From Normal to offer one-day shipping to a larger portion of the U.S.

"With similar philosophies, the acquisition seemed like a natural fit," Huggins said. "We will be retaining all Imager's Supply employees, and we're excited for the opportunity to continue the level of service they've provided since 1997 as Far From Normal expands into this new market."

Roland DGA Midwest Sales Manager Joe Morreale says the company is excited by the synergy of these two strong service-oriented Roland dealers joining forces. "This merger will help Roland end-user's in the Midwest Region receive ever-improving service and value with Roland products," he said.




 


Roland Introduces VersaUV® LEF-300 UV Flatbed Printer

The LEF-300 is the latest and greatest of our VersaUV LEF series of flatbed printers. It offers the same brilliant color and direct printing capabilities on a vast array of materials, including three-dimensional items up to 3.94" thick, and now also enables printing larger items and higher quantities. Featuring a 30" print width, four print heads and two UV-LED lamps for faster curing, the LEF-300 significantly increases productivity and delivers stunning results.

Power-Up Your Workflow

The LEF-300 offers a host of productivity features, including:

  • Expanded print area 30" wide by 13" long
  • Four print heads increase production speed and offer bidirectional printing
  • Two UV-LED lamps – one of which moves – ensure instant curing of inks
  • White and clear (gloss) ink are circulated through two rows of nozzles each, for fast, multi-layer printing with increased density and opacity
  • New draft print mode for users in need of quick prototype print

A Whole New Level of Speed and Production

The LEF-300 puts flatbed printer production into overdrive with a larger print area and faster print speeds – approximately 1.6 times faster than previous models when in CMYK mode. It allows users to take their graphic production and print customization to the next level.

Achieve High-Quality on a Wide Range of Materials

While a vacuum table makes it easy to hold thin materials in place, the LEF-300 is also able to accommodate items up to 3.94 inches in height. With the LEF-300, you can print on a wide variety of substrates such as PET, ABS, and polycarbonate, and soft materials such as TPU and leather, as well as three dimensional items, including pens, smartphone cases, signs, personalized awards, giftware, promotional items, laptop covers and more. The possibilities are virtually endless.



Contact us today for more details!




 


From Start to Finish – The Perfect Wrap in Just 14 Steps.

Click here to watch "14 Steps to the Perfect Wrap" live webcast, hosted by Matt Richart of Digital EFX Wraps. Worth you time to listen With just a few clicks of the mouse you can pick up a wealth of tips from a vehicle wrap master! Click on this link to watch the webcast.




 


Far From Normal Roland DGA Service Engineer Terry Carpenter Wins Roland DG Global SE Awards Championship in Hamamatsu, Japan

Masahiro Tomioka, chairman and president of Roland DG (left in photo) and Ron Ball, senior director of services at Roland DGA (right in photo), present the Roland DG Global SE Awards championship trophy to Terry Carpenter during a recent ceremony at Roland DG headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan. Carpenter, a certified Roland Service Engineer (SE) with Fargo, N.D.-based dealer Far From Normal, outperformed 20 other SE finalists from 18 different countries to win the coveted title of "World Champion."

Irvine, Calif., Nov. 5, 2015 — A total of 21 Roland Service Engineers (SEs) from 18 different countries competed in the Global SE Awards 2015 finals held Oct. 20-22 at Roland DG headquarters in Hamamatsu, Japan. After two days of intense competition, which included a series of demanding written exams and hands-on inkjet printer troubleshooting tests, a new World Champion was crowned. Terry Carpenter, a Service Engineer with Far From Normal, out-performed his highly-skilled peers to walk away with the coveted title.

“Winning this prestigious event and bringing the championship trophy home to the States is a tremendous honor,” said Carpenter. “It was a pressure-filled two days that really tested the limits of my endurance, as well my product knowledge and technical abilities. This event brought together the very best Roland SEs from all around the world, so coming out on top against such a talented field was a truly thrilling experience.”

At this year's event, the competing SEs took part in an extensive series of timed (15 to 30-minute) test modules covering everything from network systems and color theory to electrical schematics and printer troubleshooting. Carpenter tallied the highest cumulative point total after completing all of the modules to earn the title of “2015 World Champion.” Finishing in second was Alexandre Geraldi, representing Roland DG Brazil, while the third-place finisher was Peter De Bont, representing Roland DG Benelux in Belgium.

Roland DG held its first SE awards competition in 2008, however, those early events were limited to Roland Service Engineers from Japan only. In 2013, the company opened up the competition to SEs from Roland subsidiaries around the world to support and acknowledge Roland DG Care activities on a global scale. This year, local competitions were held in 15 different locations from February through August, with 449 certified SEs participating in those regional contests. Based on their performance, a total of 21 finalists were selected to compete for the title of “World Champion.”

The overall goal of the event, which takes place every two years, is to recognize Roland's ongoing commitment to providing its customers with the highest levels of service and support possible. The competition also helps to continuously raise the performance bar for Roland DG Service Engineers. SEs from each of Roland DG's business divisions, including Roland DGA, earn the right to compete in the Global SE Awards final by winning regional contests hosted by each subsidiary.

“We're extremely proud of Terry, not only for his accomplishments at the 2015 global competition, but also for providing Roland customers with superior service on a daily basis, said Roland DGA's president, Rick Scrimger. “Since Terry is a Roland DGA Service Engineer based here in the U.S., the championship trophy will be proudly displayed in the Creative Gallery at our Irvine, California headquarters until the next Roland DG Global SE Awards event in 2017. Congratulations to Terry!




 


Introducing the New Roland SOLJET EJ-640 Large Format Printer

Crank up Productivity, Volume and Quality. Cut Costs.

A busy, high-volume print shop needs never-say-die people, and a printer that can deliver quality output at high speeds. Meet the new EJ-640 large format digital printer. With dual staggered print heads and a rigid new industrial design, productivity and quality are built in.

So are big-time savings.

The EJ-640 runs with new Roland DG EJ INK, which is available in 4 or 7 colors and 1-liter cartridges that cost up to 35% lower than the competition. The result? High-volume, low-maintenance printing and bold, exciting colors with higher profit margins.



Contact us today for more details!




 


Flat Fee Upgrade To Signlab V9.1 Print And Cut $750 USD

From virtually any previous version and any other previous package regardless of level*.
(only $500 from v8 packages, except v8 Print and Cut, only $350)

The opportunity

CADlink has now had SignLab v9.1 available for some time and we are giving you the opportunity to upgrade at the lowest price possible at special "customer appreciation", flat fee upgrade promotional pricing. By upgrading now, you will get all the latest time saving features and when that next version of SignLab is released, you will also be as current as possible making the step to a brand new release even more affordable.



Please call 1-800-877-1907 or contact Far From Normal in order to get caught up and take advantage of all the latest features.




 


Arlon Unveils New Blogsite Hub

Arlon is proud to announce the launch of a new blog website. Check it each month to read about the latest news, announcements and tips on some of Arlon's most popular products and other industry topics. http://arlon.com/blog/



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Arlon Launches 4500 LX and 4600LX.

DPF 4600LX

DPF 4600LX is a premium print media film that allows you to complete a high-quality vehicle graphic at the right cost. DPF 4600LX can be used with or without an overlaminate while maintaining the perfect balance of body and conformability. The repositionable light gray adhesive allows for easy installation while ensuring enough opacity for covering existing graphics. The new LX (Low Profile) X-Scape Technology provides installers a bubble-free installation with a smooth, paint-like finish. Contact us today for more information and pricing. DPF 4600LX is designed for use on simple to moderate curves.

Recommended Applications:

  • Vehicle Wraps and Decals
  • Window Graphics
  • Real Estate Signage
  • POP Displays
  • Tradeshow Graphics
  • Other Standard Signage

DPF 4500LX / GX

DPF 4500LX / GX are easy to install solutions for your short to medium-term permanent applications. The bright white gloss finish has built in opacity* to maintain the integrity of the printed graphic. Offered with both a tinted and clear, permanent adhesive and LX Low Profile X-Scape Technology allows for easy installation and long-term bond. DPF 4500LX / GX are the best value air egress vinyls for every day sign applications.
*Only applies to DPF 4500LX

Recommended Applications:

  • Short to Medium-Term Signage
  • Real Estate Signage
  • POP Displays
  • Tradeshow Displays
  • Kiosks


Contact us today for more details!




 


Flexi 12 Now Available

The engine of your business is now giving you more horsepower. The new Flexi 12 drives profitability with features geared for better control over your business, more e‑cient production, and more accuracy and precision. Speed past the competition with the new features in Flexi 12.

More Control

  • Easily manage artwork changes and approvals using the Artwork Approval Tool
  • Save up to 50% media on print-&-cut jobs with Contour Cut True Shape Nesting
  • Speed up cutting with the Cut Order tool by manually selecting the pattern in which design objects are cut
  • Worry-free computer upgrades for Windows 10, 8, and 7
  • Option to get the latest Flexi for a low monthly operating expense
  • Check in while on-the-go with Cloud Storage and Mobile App

More Productivity

  • Save time with Banner & Canvas Finishing tools for grommet and stitch marks, folds, and bleeds
  • Use QR, Data Matrix and bar codes along with the Auto Serialization Tool to easily create a series of variable-data print jobs
  • Print with metallic and white inks more easily with new settings to apply Choke or Bleed for each spot ink channel
  • Increase automation and produce tiled print jobs more quickly by applying presets to job tiling settings

More Accuracy

  • Reduce production errors by previewing cut paths with the Animated Cut Viewer
  • Print more vibrant reds, greens and blues with CleanColor™ for pure hue
  • Get smoother printed gradients using the Stochastic 2 dot pattern
  • Match spot colors more easily with the updated PANTONE COLOR MATCHING SYSTEM library


Contact us today for more details!




 


Roland's New HeatSoft PLUS Heat Transfer Media Now Available

Roland's premium-quality heat transfer material, HeatSoft PLUS ESM-HTM3, is a thin yet durable inkjet-printable polyurethane media that images beautifully, stretches and weeds easily. Extremely versatile, HeatSoft PLUS ESM-HTM3 makes transferring graphics to a variety of materials, including cotton, polyester, poly-blend, spandex/Lycra® and leather, quick and easy. HeatSoft PLUS ESM-HTM3 helps produce customized apparel and accessories with a soft hand, vibrant color and exceptional detail. Capable of withstanding up to 50 wash cycles, it also offers unsurpassed durability. HeatSoft PLUS HTM3 is easily transferred by lifting the graphic off its backing liner with Roland's HeatSoft PGM-PTM2 heat transfer mask and applying it to the clothing item or accessory. The mask ensures the dimensional stability of this thin, stretchy media during the heat transfer process. HeatSoft Plus ESM-HTM3 heat transfer material is compatible Roland's Versastudio®, VersaCAMM® SP-i and VersaCAMM® VS-i series printers.



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ValuMetal – An Affordable Sign Panel

NUDO's ValuMetal sign panels are comprised of a recycled thermoplastic core sandwiched between two sheets of white aluminum. They are extremely lightweight, durable and resist moisture. ValuMetal panels also feature the ability to digitally print direct to the panel, thereby allowing for complete design flexibility. If you are looking for an affordable, lightweight, and functional panel ValueMetal is your solution. Stocking in 4'x8' white panels.



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R-Tape Offers SYNAPS OM Polyester Film For Superior UV Inkjet Print Media

Synaps® OM is a next generation synthetic print media made from high grade polyester film, not vinyl. Polyester films have superior dimensional stability and unmatched lay-flat characteristics. The result: great looking finished prints that hold their shape and color without extra laminating or mounting. With Synaps® OM you can say goodbye to bowing, curling, delaminating and fading, in the toughest environments, inside or out. Engineered to deliver outstanding image quality on a wide range of devices - from UV inkjet printers to latex printers - Synaps® OM delivers effortless, efficient processing combined with beauty and strength to create high impact, high margin, large format graphics.



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MACtac B-Free Window Films Will Save You Time and Money!

Mess-free application of large scale window graphics – the only tools you need for a perfect application are tape and a squeegee! JT5796M Frosted and JT5798M Dusted are 3.1-mil matte translucent vinyl with special finishes for etched, sandblasted, or frosted effects. JT5999M Clear is a 3.1 mil clear vinyl. Graphics can be printed in reverse to be read through glass. The acrylic permanent adhesive features MACtac's proprietary air-egress structure for fast, easy, no-mess DRY application and a smooth print surface.

The media can be printed on with solvent, eco-solvent, and UV wide-format machines. They are designed to be used on flat or simply curved clear and translucent surfaces and for backlit graphics.



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RitRAMA Releases RI-Vision Digital Wide-Format Media

Highly Conformable, Scuff Resistant, Environmentally Friendly, Printable Wrap Film Ri-Vision Gloss White Urethane Wrap 3-3679 and Clear Urethane Overlaminate 4-0964 are durable, high performance products designed for wrapping and over laminating demanding vehicle, watercraft, railroad cars, trailers and fleet wrap applications.

  • Easy to apply and extremely conformable
  • Environmentally friendly
  • Superior scuff resistance
  • Excellent solvent, eco-sol, latex and UV ink jet printablilty
  • Excellent long-term durability - 10 years on white, 8 years on clear unprinted, see warranty for further details


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Temporary Wall Graphics Made Easy with General Formulations WallMark Wall Vinyl Film

Concept® 226 is a 6.0 mil premium white matte semi rigid calendared vinyl film with a specially formulated microsphere acrylic removable pressure sensitive adhesive backed by a 90# layflat liner. The combination of vinyl and adhesive allows removability of this product from normal wall surfaces. The 90# tight release digital liner provides excellent stability for processing using standard solvent and UV curable digital inks common to wide format digital printing systems.

Concept® 226 is designed for temporary application of decals and graphics to most types of painted interior walls and windows. This includes most flat, semi gloss and gloss paint finishes. Decals may also be applied to sealed wall coverings. The surface must be smooth and clean prior to application. If applying to new paint consult the paint manufacturer for proper drying conditions before Concept® 226 application.



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TransferRite comes to Far From Normal!

American Biltrite sign, screen, digital and specialty tapes are now available at Far From Normal. ABI got its start in 1908 as a producer of rubber products and one of the earliest product offerings was friction tape, which positions them as one of the country's first tape manufacturers. Historic Trenton NJ, once the rubber manufacturing capital of the world, was the birthplace of American Biltrite more than 100 years ago. Choose from a variety of application tape styles and tack levels to help make your project more professional and profitable. ABI also manufactures numerous products for installing UV screen printed decals, large die cut parts, RV paint mask, and vehicle graphics. They have A variety of tape products for textile screen printing, paint mask and laser engraving applications.



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Roland introduces the Roland GS-24

The Roland CAMM-1 GS-24 desktop vinyl cutter is precision and efficiency - to the max. Equipped with a completely redesigned cutting and blade holder, the GS-24 offers greater stability and a 39.5 percent increase in downforce (from 250g to 350g). Translation: you can cut like never before - even on thick, dense substrates. Vehicle graphics, signs and decals, decorated apparel, specialty graphics, and more. With cutting-edge capabilities and unmatched reliability, backed by a Three-Year Trouble-Free Warranty, the GS-24 is Roland's best desktop vinyl cutter ever.

  • Overlap cutting (up to 10x), for cutting thicker media like magnetic materials and card stock.
  • Perforated cutting function makes it easy to create labels and decals ready for individual sale.
  • Efficiently cuts up to 20-inches-per-second, providing maximum productivity.
  • Perfect for cutting vinyl, paint mask, reflective vinyl, twill, heat transfers, sandblast material and more.
  • Roland CutStudio software (included) allows you to cut TrueType® fonts without the need for outlining and vectorization tool generates cut lines from any JPEG or Bitmap image.
  • Three-Year Trouble-Free Warranty



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    Lease a Roland

    Enjoy all the benefits of ownership with optimum flexibility and the potential to enhance your profits for business growth and success. Leasing allows you to respond quickly to new opportunities with minimal financial difficulty so you can get your Roland up and running and making you money.

    • Up to 100% financing with minimal or no costs up front
    • Financing for media, inks and training up to 25% over the machine's purchase price
    • Tax and accounting benefits to enhance your profitability
    • Flexible payment and end-of-lease options to support your financial goals
    • Technology upgrade options to keep your business on the cutting edge

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    NEW! Roland VersaUV® LEJ-640FT Flatbed UV Printer

    A natural extension of the award-winning VersaUV series, the LEJ-640FT flatbed UV printer delivers unparalleled printing capabilities and superior compatibility with the widest range of substrates, including heavy, rigid materials up to six inches thick and weighing up to 220 pounds.

    In addition to CMYK, the LEJ-640FT adds White and Clear Coat ECO-UV inks for spectacular POP displays, interior design, art, promotional products, and 2-sided signs with high visual impact and unique dimensional effects. The result is a flatbed printer for exceptional graphics that are anything but flat.

    Summary

    • Unsurpassed media compatibility for substrates up to 6" thick and up to 220 pounds
    • Robust 64" x 98" flatbed
    • Powerful, zoned vacuum system for holding difficult materials flat
    • ECO-UV inks, available in two formulations:
      • ECO-UV ink in CMYK plus White and Clear
      • ECO-UV S for added flexibility (CMYK and white only)
    • Low-heat UV LED curing system
    • Patent-pending Automated Ink Circulation System
    • Delivers a maximum print speed of 133 sqft/hr.
    • Produces flawless 1440 x 1440 dpi prints
    • Dual gear stepper motors and rack and pinion drive system for precision printing
    • Easy-to-use handheld control unit for full printer operation and status monitoring
    • Pin registration for material placement accuracy
    • Replaceable felt print surface for substrate protection
    • Dual media sensors for print head protection
    • Cross-hair laser guide for extreme base-point selection
    • Roland Intelligent Pass Control™ for enhanced image quality
    • VersaWorks® RIP software included
    • Color proofing support available from CGS, EFI, GMG
    • Enhanced media presets included for added convenience
    • Roland OnSupport™ sends production updates via email
    • Two-Year Trouble-Free Warranty


    Contact us today to set up your demonstration!




     


    NEW! Roland Texart™ RT-640 Dye-Sublimation Printer

    The market for dye-sublimation printing is growing rapidly. Sportswear, décor, Point Of Sale (POS) displays, trade show exhibits and a wide range of promotional products are just a sample of the many opportunities available.

    The Roland Texart™ RT-640 sublimation transfer printer was designed to provide superb quality, productivity and value with ease of operation that will please both experienced operators and beginners. It boasts new Texart SBL3 ink and advanced, state-of-the-art print control technology for quality imaging and color consistency at a top speed of 351 square feet per hour.

    To better satisfy your shop's particular needs, we've included the premier RIP for sublimation - ErgoSoft Roland Edition Textile RIP– and a choice of either four-color (CMYK) or eight-color (CMYKLcLmOrVi) printing. A new feed adjuster and the included take-up system provide stability during high-speed printing. For trouble-free continuous printing and increased production capability, the RT-640 is equipped with the Roland Ink Switching System. In four-color configuration, this innovative system allows the printer to automatically switch to a new ink pouch when the original runs out, providing up to 2000ml of ink per color (CMYK only) for unattended printing.

    Take a close look at the stunning output, then add up all the innovative features and we think you'll agree: the RT-640 is simply brilliant.

    Summary

    • 64" integrated dye-sublimation transfer printer
    • New Texart dye-sublimation ink for dense, vivid color
    • ErgoSoft Roland Edition Textile RIP included
    • Choose from two ink configurations
      • Dual CMYK
      • CMYKLcLmOrVi
    • Maximum speed of 351 sqft/hr
    • Gold-plated 8-channel print head for improved static control and variable droplet printing
    • Advanced feed adjuster for highly stable printing
    • Integrated bulk ink system and ink switching system* for unattended printing
    • Roland Printer Assist iPad app allows remote management of common printer functions**
    • Included media take-up system handles 110 lb. media rolls for greater capacity
    • Ethernet connectivity for high-speed data transfer
    • Two-Year, Trouble-Free Warranty


    Contact us today to set up your demonstration!




     


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