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  • TR2 Inks breaking our hearts – Drying cabinet needed

    Posted by David Stevenson on January 28, 2022 at 12:00 am

    You’ve probably heard me bitch here before about the problems we’re having wrapping with media printed with TR2 inks. We’ve tried Avery MPI1105, Oracal 3951GRA Proslide, Oracal 3551GRA & Metamark MD-C, all seem have the same result, media with glue so tacky we might as well be using cheap Chinese calendared vinyl. Even after drying for 5 days (roll unwound) it’s a nightmare to use. I’d originally built a small drying unit with a couple of fans to try to aid drying but it hasn’t really helped so have decided to up our game and build a drying cabinet. Hopefully this will help. We’ve also upgraded from Versaworks to Onyx, and with the help of a spectrometer we’re hoping to create our own profiles for the best results possible.

    What’s everyone else’s experience with TR2 inks and wrapping? Surely we can’t be the only ones with this issue and if so what are we doing wrong? It’s making a relatively simple job into a nightmare 🙁

    David Stevenson replied 3 months, 3 weeks ago 4 Members · 5 Replies
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  • Graham Scanlan

    Member
    January 28, 2022 at 5:36 am

    I pulled this straight from the Roland website, saying the prints are ready to apply in 6 hours, I’d be putting a complaint into Roland m8 as it sounds like something isn’t right.

    TR2 Ink Featuring Orange Ink Printing

    Super-accurate colour matching for logo and corporate branding projects and bold, vivid graphics with the winning combination of TR2 inks, VF2 printers and VG2 printer/cutters. Certified by industry-leading media manufacturers<sup>1</sup>. Prints ready to apply in just 6 hours for true same day installation<sup>2</sup>.TR2 Ink
    Featuring Orange Ink Printing

    Super-accurate colour matching for logo and corporate branding projects and bold, vivid graphics with the winning combination of TR2 inks, VF2 printers and VG2 printer/cutters. Certified by industry-leading media manufacturers1. Prints ready to apply in just 6 hours for true same day installation2.

  • David Hammond

    Member
    January 28, 2022 at 6:10 am

    I agree 100%, there is something not right with TR2 inks. 6 hours is a marketing gimmick.

    We can print a job, leave it 24 hours in our drying unit, laminate it then when we come to cut it, the ‘standard’ colours cut fine, yet the green appears softer and thinner so the cutting pressure is inconsistent.

    I don’t need 6hr drying, 24 is sufficient for most of our work, but even that’s not sufficient.

    With hindsight, perhaps we should have gone with a latex.

  • Kevin Mahoney

    Member
    January 28, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    Almost bought the new Roland before I opted for the Epson, must be gutting when new kit fails to live up to the marketing blurb. But this drying cabinet thing makes me nervous to be honest. I always hang wrap material like curtains from the steel roof girders in our unit, always leave it for 48 hours or 24 for polymeric & have never had a problem with drying, have you always left it coiled?

    • David Hammond

      Member
      January 28, 2022 at 1:06 pm

      To be honest, before we went back to Roland, we used to leave most print on the roll on the take up unit, and never had any issues.

      The TR2 inks seem be problematic, and only seems to affect the green in our case, so built a cabinet.

      It’s annoying, we print, outgas, laminate, and then when it’s cutting it become apparent something isn’t right!

    • David Stevenson

      Member
      January 28, 2022 at 9:15 pm

      Hi Kevin, we’ve always left it loosely coiled sitting on a rack raised from the floor with mesh on the bottom. This problem has definitely only started since the TR2 inks appeared. We’ve just started to attempt to make our own profiles for Onyx which is a definite learning curve. Seems there’s no Onyx profiles available for the VF2-640 🙁