Roland DGA Introduces New VW-S1 Densitometer for Easier, Less Costly Color Matching

Written October 12, 2020

Categories: AD News, Apparel Decoration, Digital Textile, DT News, GP News, Graphics Production

Roland DGA has introduced a new VW-S1 densitometer — an affordable, easy-to-use device that makes color matching easier and more cost-effective than ever before.  Designed to work in tandem with Roland DG’s updated VersaWorks 6.8 RIP and print management software, the VW-S1 lets print service providers make adjustments and share color accuracy between two like printers using the same ink type.* It’s a powerful tool that complements other innovative color matching features within VersaWorks 6.8, which comes bundled with new Roland DG inkjets and is also available for current VersaWorks users to update to, free of charge.

“We pride ourselves on providing our customers with everything needed — the highest quality printers, software, and accessories — to produce superior, customer-pleasing output,” says Jay Roberts, Roland DGA product manager, UV Printers. “Knowing how important accurate color matching is when it comes to achieving outstanding graphic results, we developed the VW-S1. This compact, pen-like device is simple to use and priced significantly lower than other color matching tools. It’s just one more reason purchasing a state-of-the-art Roland DG inkjet is a smart business decision.”

Color matching is one of the key functions of Roland DG’s feature-filled VersaWorks 6.8 software, which enables users to accurately control color differences between printers. This process typically involves printing a color chart for each printer that needs to match colors, then measuring the results with a spectrophotometer to generate individual values that are compared and automatically adjusted for. Until now, using a spectrophotometer – a device that requires a high skill level and can cost $1,500 or more – has been considered essential for the process. The new VW-S1 densitometer offers Roland DG users a more affordable option. It’s also incredibly simple to operate, making it ideal for those with little or no color matching experience.

“The VW-S1 provides the density measurements required for color matching at a third of the price of a spectrophotometer,” notes Roberts. “The ease of use is also a big plus — you just tap the tip of this compact device against the relevant color in the VersaWorks 6 color chart and press the button.  Completing measurements with the VW-S1 is a quick process — a 4-color chart takes about 90 seconds and a 6-color chart takes about two minutes.”

The VW-S1 is a “must-have” tool for anyone who produces a high volume of work from one client using multiple printers, or for those who print large, combined graphics with two printers and need the final output from each printer to be as consistent as possible.  It can also be used to match the original color of a printer that is slightly off compared to when it was installed due to aging or replacement print heads.

Available now, the VW-S1 densitometer is priced at $469.99 US (MSRP) and can be purchased through authorized Roland DGA dealers. 

* The color matching function between printers is valid only when using the same model printers with the same ink type and configuration. Files must be printed with the same print settings including “Media Type” and “Print Quality.”