What Roland Printer is Right For You

Everyday we get the question what Roland Printer is right for my business? In about 3 questions we can answer this question.

1. What type of printing are you looking to do?  Vehicle wraps, banners, heat transfers, fine art, ETC.

2. What speed are you looking for? When a new business is starting out speed is not a huge factor because they don’t have that large customer base. The slower print speed is okay and it saves them money with allows to buy that extra piece of equipment that may be needed.

3.  Space?  We always want to make sure that you have enough space in the facility where your putting your printer.

The four printers below are the most popular printers’s that Roland Makes. All four have the Print and Cut capability in one unit

BN-20 packs everything into one, powerful, profit-producing package. With award-winning eco-solvent inks including metallic and white options, a range of material compatibility and integrated contour cutting, the BN-20 is easily the most versatile print device in its class. The BN-20 is perfect for creating t-shirt graphics, poster prints, stickers and decals – all from the comfort of your desktop.

McLogan’s #1 seller
Roland 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. With two models to chose from 30″ and 54″

XR-640 large format printer/cutter with metallic and white ink delivers maximum versatility and productivity with unsurpassed image quality. Thousands of print service providers have built their business on the XR-640, with the ability to produce everything from banners, vehicle wraps and fine art to print/cut labels, decals, point-of-purchase displays and so much more.

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Roland Pro 4 SOLJET

The two printers below are great for doing banners ,vehicle wraps and or businesses that are larger and already have vinyl cutters.

VersaEXPRESS RF-640 is a large-format inkjet printer the smart choice for your business. Efficient, reliable and affordable, the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 delivers outstanding prints day in and day out.

New EJ-640 large-format color printer has 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 that costs up to 35% less than the competition. The result? High-volume, low-maintenance printing and bold, exciting colors with higher profit margins.

Let Mclogan help you make the best printer choice for your business at one of our four locations.

McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kits

Screen Printing Starter Kit

The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit is finally here! We’ve been working hard the past few months on getting these amazing kits ready and we can’t wait to share them with you. Whether you are wanting to start your own screen printing business, or looking to print a few shirts as a hobby; this is the best universal kit for everyone. McLogan has hand picked all of our top selling, reliable, eco-friendly products and equipment and placed them into one kit. We’ve designed the perfect start up shop from a one color professional screen printing press, mesh wood screen, all the chemicals needed, tools, bulbs, instructional manual, and a DVD.

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What’s Inside The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit Box:

  • 1-One Color Professional Screen Printing Press 
  • 1-19×22 160 Mesh Wood Screen – A larger screen than seen in other kits, so you can screen print larger images
  • 1-Tekamar TBHV Pallet Adhesive With Applicator
  • 10-Mclogan Waterproof Film 8.5×11 – To print on your ink jet printer for your film positive
  • 1-14″ Emusion Scoop Coater – To evenly apply a perfect coat of emulsion
  • 1-8oz Chromatech WR Emulsion
  • 1-13″ Squeegee
  • 1-8oz Franmar Degeaser – For cleaning screens
  • 1-8oz Franmar Emulsion Remover
  • 2-Scrub Pads
  • 1-8oz Matsui Black Ink – Top brand ink to ensure that you get the best print possible
  • 10-Ultimate Clean Up Cards – Disposable cards for scraping and scooping, making your job so much easier
  • 1-Darkroom Light Safe Bulb
  • 1-Screen Exposure Bulb
  • 1-Instruction Manual – Step-by-step manual that explains how to set up, create, expose and print your first shirt
  • 1-Instructional DVD

We look forward to introducing screen printing to you! The McLogan Screen Printing Starter Kit will make all the steps along the way so easy.  Create your own brand, have some fun and start making money through screen printing.

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5 Must-Have Tools for Sign Makers

Here are the top 5 must-have tools for your sign shop:

  1. The Big Blue Safety Ruler maximizes straight cutting with minimal effort.  Chip resistant, non-slip, smudge proof and a finger guard makes this the best safety ruler.
  2. Pro-Roll Tape Applicators allow for better control and use of application/transfer tape. The applicators come in 3 different sizes, so now you can apply your transfer tape with only one person.  Making your job easier and more efficient.
  3. Knifeless Tech Tape will cut like a plotter, have a slight stretch to adjust to curves or great for straight lines for pin-striping. There’s no preheating of vinyl or knifes required. Just break the tape with your hands and pull up. Such a time saver!
  4. Xtreme Cutting Mats is a counter sealing top mat that is super durable, solvent proof and helps to lengthen the life of your cutting knife.
  5. Wetedge Squeegee is the only squeegee made to be used wet. Slides over vinyl easily, ensuring a smooth, scratch free finish. It can also be used without water if you’d prefer.

May the addition of these tools save you time and become your favorite sign tools in your shop! If you have any question feel free to call us. We love hearing from you!

New Product: Thermotron Heat Presses

Thermotron Heat Presses are great additions to any sign supply, screen printing shop, or graphic design business.  With 6 different presses to choose from, there’s sure to be one perfect press for your business needs.  All presses come with a digital LCD screen that reads as a timer, counter, and thermostat!

9×12 Hobby Swing Press: This is the perfect start up press from someone doing smaller scale transfers.

Hat Press:  For all your hat transfer needs, this is the best press on the market.

Odyssey 15×15 Clamshell: Medium scale transfers and t-shirt heat press.

Odyssey 16×20 Clamshell: Large scale transfers for t-shirts and sublimation.

15×15 Swing Away:  Medium scale transfers with the swing away option so that it’s easy to print without burning yourself.

16×20 Swing Away:  Large scale with swing away movement.

Aside from Thermotron designing great products that are stainless steel and solid steel, their warranty is reassuring.

Warranty:
1. Free life-time technical support on all heat press.
2. One-year warranty on entire heat press machine.
3. Two-year warranty on castings, welds.
4. Three-year warranty on heating plate.

Come visit us today to try out one of these presses!

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10 Best Screen Printing and Sign Supply Products

There’s been a big shift in the screen printing industry towards eco- friendly products that yield great results, while being healthy for you and the planet.  We’ve also seen vinyl take off, with car wraps and the majority of those jobs being either for advertisements, or just strait up color changes.

Here’s our top 5 Screen Printing Supplies:

  1. Franmar Color Change:  an eco-friendly way to unclog and clean screen printing mesh.
  2. Eco Click Frames: environmentally safe product where you buy 1 screen and then can switch out and change mesh counts as needed.  No glues or chemicals needed!
  3. Thermotron Heat Press:  affordable heat press with the 3 in 1 LCD screen to help manage the tempature, time, and quantity.
  4. Livingston Tag Pallet Board:  allows for printing of a t-shirt neck label and the front of the t-shirt in one step.
  5. Mclogan Emulsion Remover Concentrate: most affordable emulsion remover on the market.

Top 5 Sign Supplies:

  1. Magnetic Vinyl Applicator:  the magnetic squeegee will hold your knife, while the squeegee will hold your vinyl in place.  You don’t even need to use tape!
  2. Knifeless Tech Design Line:  Tape that cuts through vinyl just like a plotter…genius!
  3. Avery Supreme Vinyl Wrap: This dual layer vinyl combines both color and clear protective layers providing a paint-like finish that is both durable and dazzling.
  4. Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640:  Roland’s fastest, most powerful wide – format color printer/cutter ever, the 64-inch Pro 4 ushers in a new era of quality, precision and performance.
  5. Nikkalite Reflective Vinyl:  Highly reflective vinyl with a 7 year warranty.

xr640-1It’s been a great year and we thank you for your business.  Now that 2015 is officially off and running we hope that your year is filled with love, wealth, happiness and health!

 

Large Format Vinyl Wrapping

Updating the look of your RV, truck or boat can be as easy as printing a new vinyl wrap and applying it.  Let your creativity go into full force as you design an image that can represent you and/or your business.  Here’s how to print on a large format printer and  how to vinyl wrap a large object (truck, houseboat, rv).

Roland SOLJET Pro 4 XR-640 is the best large format printer on the market!  This wide format (64 inch) plotter and cutter is precise, quick and efficient.  Offering the use of 8 different colors with 4 different color variations.  These large format prints are so vivid and offer up a “wow” factor unlike other printers.  This printer is perfect for banners, signs, decals, vehicles, boats, etc.

Here are the 4 different color variations that help make the prints look so real:

  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black
  • CMYKLcLm + White + Metallic
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + White
  • CMYKLcLm + Light Black + Metallic

Most people will design their large image in Photoshop Illustrator and then send it to Roland Versaworks Rip Program where you can then tweak your design as needed. You can adjust the ink amount that goes onto the vinyl, adjust the colors, or flip the image if you are printing on two sides of something.

When it comes to vinyl wrapping a large object you first want to take accurate measurements of whatever you plan on wrapping.  For this post we will be talking about a houseboat, so we took overall measurements, took some photos of the houseboat and took measurements of all the windows where there wouldn’t be any vinyl.  Some vehicles will have exact templets of the vehicle make and model that you get online, this doesn’t apply with a houseboat, but for other large vinyl jobs it is convenient.

Once you have your measurements and templet made then you can begin the design process in Photoshop Illustrator.  Adding in ghost images that overlap to create depth, business logos/brands, splatters, dripping ink pieces, shadows, themes… let your creativity run wild!   Then transfer your image to Versaworks and get ready to print.

If you are printing on Avery or Oracal you want to do a color profile to ensure that your colors print the way you intend for them to look.  Most people will pick a piece of their artwork to test print.  However, some vinyl printers do NOT do test prints unless there is a specific pantone color that they need to match for brand recognition (think of McDonald’s golden arches).

You can choose to print your image vertically or horizontally depending on the surface you are wrapping, how many people you have to helping you, and by the number of seams that you will want to have.

The picture below shows a houseboat being wrapped horizontally which look challenging, but they had enough guys helping to make it work.  Also their design was very detailed so it was probably a smarter choice for them to have just one seam to have to worry about lining up rather than 5 or 6.

When you get to the actual vinyl wrapping process you first want to clean and prep it.  Some people will detail their vehicles before, but for a houseboat you can spray and wipe down RapidPrep.  Once the surface is fully dry then you can begin to wrap.

If you are wrapping vertically then you would tape the middle, cut the backing off of the top and apply the top vinyl piece first.  Then you would apply the bottom piece.

If you are wrapping horizontally you would tape along the bottom edge, flip it down, peel off the backing and cut off the backing as close to your cut edge as possible.  Then flip it up and start squeegeeing from the middle out.  Using a wet edge squeegee with a wet application usually works best so that you don’t scratch the image.  You can get a Wet Edge Squeegee here and the Rapid Tac application fluid here.

Ducky Vinyl Wrap is the fluid to finish the job.  This will remove all the water spots, protect and enhance the shine of your nice new wrap!

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Grow Your Business With Roland Printers

Roland Printers offer superior digital printing equipment with reliability, service and support. Roland’s inkjet family includes a wide range of technologically advanced, yet user-friendly, color printers and printer/cutters designed to suit the varying needs of graphics and specialty imaging professionals.

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Die Cut Labels and Decals
Roland’s printer/cutters are perfect for creating die-cut labels and decals of virtually any shape with optimum precision, speed and ease. Integrated printing and contour-cutting technology simplifies the process dramatically, saving you considerable time and money. Roland’s printer/cutters also allow for unattended printing. You can program a job to run all night, and your labels or decals will be perfectly printed, contour cut and waiting for you in the morning.

Banners
Offering different ink configurations and boasting advanced  print head technology, Roland printer/cutters are designed to produce stunning banners at fast speeds. State-of-the-art print head and variable droplet technology delivers banners with rich color density, greater detail in the highlights and smoother blends and transitions overall.  248820_1873122682165_7340521_n

Signs
Roland printer/cutters work in conjunction with Roland’s Eco-Sol MAX  eco solvent ink to create signs with exceptional images and text that are durable up to three years outdoors without lamination. Offering high color density and a wide gamut, Eco-Sol MAX  performs beautifully on a wide range of coated and uncoated media. Prints dry quickly for easy handling and production throughout the sign production and finishing process.

Vehicle Wraps
Roland’s large format (30”-64”) printer/cutters are synonymous with professional quality, eye-catching vehicle wraps and graphics. Each model boasts an integrated two-stage heater system that dries prints quickly, even in high-speed modes, for immediate finishing, installation or collection by the take up roll.  111 Ink vehicle wrap

Posters and Backlit Displays
Eco-Sol MAX ink increases the versatility of every Roland printer/cutters by performing on a wide range of both coated and uncoated media, including a variety of papers for posters and film for unsurpassed backlit displays.

Wall Graphics and Murals
Roland printer/cutters are ideal for producing a variety of wall graphics and murals for residential, office and retail applications. Roland’s newest media offerings are designed to perfectly complement the performance of Roland’s advanced large-format inkjets and Eco-Sol MAX  inks. This results in stunning, easy to apply and remove graphics for enhancing the walls of any home or workplace.  th-4

Fine Art and Photos
Eco-Sol MAX ink and variable droplet technology allow the RIP to choose from seven different droplet sizes, enabling each Roland printer/cutter to deliver fine art and photographic reproductions with exquisite detail and vivid color. Roland’s line of Solvent Canvas Media offers excellent gamut and image quality with Roland Eco-Sol MAX ink.

Colorful Print & Cut Heat Transfers
Making profit on custom short run apparel is all about versatility and ease of use. The Roland printers deliver vibrant printing, contour cutting and metallic ink for creating full-color, short-run T-shirts, sweatshirts, bags, hats and other textiles. Choose our specialized HeatSoft® Transfer Material (ESM-HTM2) and Polyester Transfer Mask (PGM-PTM), specifically designed to work with Eco-Sol MAX ink for print/cut inkjet heat transfers to cotton or cotton blend garments.

Product Spotlight: Plasticade Signicade Deluxe

Plasticade Signicade Deluxe signs make advertising your business easy, upscale and customizable.  These A-frame signs offer a “quick change” feature where signs are easily slid in and out.  Signs can be screen printed, done with vinyl, or dry eraser markers.  Once the signs are on the Coroplast (3/16″ thick or less) or marker board,  then slide them into place and the “stay tabs” will ensure that the signs stays put.  This sign since it’s an A-frame holds two signs (24″ W x 36″ H).

These A-frame signs are maintenance free since they are plastic and look good inside or outside.  They are weighted internally with sand, for a clean professional, stable look.  They are available in colors white and black.

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Sign Gold 22 KT Vinyl

Sign Gold is a product that most people have seen on fire trucks, boats, cars and some signage, but here’s some information on why this is a top selling product at Mclogan Supply.

Sign Gold is actual gold and silver metal that is deposited into the underside of a durable weather resistant film.  The best news is that a sealing agent and permanent self-adhesive are applied creating a super durable film.  It’s a superior alternative to gold leafing, since you can create your designs on your computer, then have it cut on a plotter.  You’ll get the same gold leafing look, but with Sign Gold it is much faster and cheaper.  Even if you were to go with a standard gold vinyl, the finish would not look like actual gold leafing.  There’s a brilliance, and texture that comes with using a Sign Gold Vinyl.

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There’s 3 vinyls that will be offered on our websites and in stores:

  • 22 KT is a pure gold color
  • 23.5 KT is more of a “yellow” color of gold vinyl
  • .999 Silver is a pure silver color vinyl

22KT and 23.5 KT vinyls are available in 15″ and 24″ rolls, depending on the finishes.  The Florentine Swirl, Satin Surface, Large Engine Turn, X-Large Engine Turn, Large Engine Turn (23.5 KT) are all available in 15″ and 24″ rolls.  The Small Engine Turn is only available in the 15″ roll.  All finishes in the .999 Silver are sold only as 15″ rolls.  The finish Large Engine Turn is only available in the 23.5 KT vinyl in both 15″ and 24″.  claymont

Sign Gold is a product that will enhance your sign business and is now on our website.

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Day Glo

Day Glo is a top selling product for us here at Mclogan.  If you aren’t familiar with Day Glo and the different types of series here’s some information:

DayGlo 215 Series Screamin’ Paint is premium fluorescent solvent-based brushing paint.  This product is used for short term, bright signage.  This enamel paint is not water based, therefore can be used in a variety of applications that are exposed to the elements.  Applications can be anywhere that requires high visibility brushing paints such as navigational aids, safety markings, equipment, machinery, fire protection equipment, first aid kits, traffic controls, boats, buoys, docks, and life saving equipment.  The 215 must have a white base to be at it’s brightest.  Two coats are recommended and to extend the life of the colors we recommend the 215-08 Filter Ray (clear top coat), just brush it over the color.

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The Day Glo WAW (waterbased paint) Series is a premium fluorescent water-based brushing pain.  The WAW Tempera Paint is suitable for application on posters, show-cards, layouts, and displays. It is especially useful for short-term exterior displays such as signs on glass windows and automobiles. It has excellent adhesion to display materials such as paper, cardboard, glass, and many plastic foams.  One of the primary uses of this product is for window decorations and displays.  This product is NOT water/rain proof and the user must determine the suitability of the application, desired coats and you may want to add the clear coat to help preserve the display.  A white base coat is recommended so that the product is at it’s brightest.

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All Day Glo products work under black lights, so the uses and applications are endless.  Let your imagination go and the Day Glo color will definitely enhance and brighten your next project!

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