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Roland Introduces 8-Col Hi-Fi JET PRO

Industries First Variable – Droplet Technology

SEYBOLD, San Francisco, CA – August 29, 2000 – Roland DGA Corporation introduced the newest model of the award-wining Hi-Fi Jet at seybold San Francisco, August 29-31. The Hi-Fi JET PRO (Fj-400 and FJ-500) offers the industry’s first variable-droplet wide-format device with three times the speed of the original Hi-Fi JET. The new FJ-400/500 prints true 1440 x 1440 dpi resolution in eight colors instead of six and can be configured in four or eight colors, including CMYK plus OG and LcLm. Printing with two sets of CMYK produces the highest throughput.

Rick Scrimger, Senior Product Manager said that the FJ-400/500 is the worlds first wide format printer to deliver variable droplet technology. “The previous Hi-Fi JET has proven to be a favorite with photographers and fine artist,” Scrimger said. “Now, with Roland’s unique variable droplet technology plus the Hi-Fi JET PROs greatly enhanced speed, we believe it will be equally as popular among print for pay shops needing mural sizes, multiple images and reliable, unattended, high resolution output.” 

Scrimger said that the combination of variable droplets and eight colors is expected to further Roland’s popularity in markets demanding optimum quality with consistent, repeatable results, archivability and unmatched reliability. “Our new Hi-Fi JET PRO will automatically adjust the droplet size that the dots are larger in solid areas and smaller in pastel, gradient and lighter areas. This enhances the image quality of an already very fine resolution for smoother gradations, more detail, superior dot placement and improved color accuracy,” Scrimger said. “Our ability to vary droplets means we can address more colors as well a subtle gradations between colors. Eight-color capability allows us to run CMYK with light cyan and light magenta for high fidelity plus orange and green for greatly enhanced color gamut. Or shops can choose to run two sets of CMYK for three times the output speed of previous Hi-Fi JET models.”

Additional improvements to the Hi-Fi JET PRO include the latest version of Roland ColorChoice (RCC) software RIP. RCC is the first RIP, which is Adobe Postscript 3 compatible and provides full 8-color printing with automatic variable droplet control. In addition, RCC enables user to RIP and print at the same time which when combined with the FJ-400/500’s faster printing speeds result in much faster production times.

“The newest member of the Hi-Fi JET family will offer Ethernet and high-speed ECP parallel connectivity,” Scrimger concluded. “Mac and windows users are now able to be connected with a direct cable or across a network.”
According to Scrimger, the 52” inch model will begin shipping immediately and the 42” model is sold out through November. Pricing will be above current Hi-Fi JET models, which will continue Roland color product lineup. “PANTONE Hexachrome Certification of the FJ-400/500 is ongoing,” he said. Introduced in August1998, the original Hi-Fi JET was the worlds first wide-format printer with true 1440 dpi resolution and is still the only wide format, print-only inkjet machine capable of stimulating over 97% of the solid PMS Colors (PANTONE Matching System Colors) using PANTONE Hexachrome licensed technology.

One of the major factors in the Hi-Fi JET product family’s success, according to Scrimger, has been Roland pigment inks which offer the advantages of vivid colors and exceptional UV stability. Independent testing on selected media indicates an expected indoor print permanence of over 120 years. Dye inks are also available.

Roland is based in Irvin, California and can be reached at (949) 727-2100. Additional information on Roland and Roland products can be obtained from the Roland Website at www.rolanddga.com.

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