VersaSTUDIO BY-20 Becomes First Desktop DTF (Direct-to-Film) Printer to Earn a BLI 2024 Pick Award from Keypoint Intelligence



January 19, 2024 – Roland DG, a leading manufacturer of wide-format inkjet printers and printer/cutters, announced today that the VersaSTUDIO BY-20, launched on January 16, 2024, has received a Buyers Lab (BLI) 2024 Pick Award from Keypoint Intelligence for Outstanding Desktop DTF Printer. It is the first desktop DTF (Direct-to-Film) printer to earn the esteemed award in this, Keypoint Intelligence’s inaugural DTF awards cycle.

The BY-20 is a compact, easy-to-use, and affordable desktop printer using the DTF transfer method for professional apparel production. After printing on a special film, hot-melt powder is applied and thermally melted, and then the film is simply layered on fabric and heat-pressed to create original T-shirts, sportswear, etc. It produces highly designed apparel beautifully and quickly for a vast array of garments.

Keypoint Intelligence is the world’s leading independent provider of testing and analysis for the document imaging industry and has been evaluating equipment for business users for more than 60 years. Test reports released are highly regarded as an unbiased resource used by many companies and public organizations when selecting hardware devices.

David Sweetnam, Keypoint Intelligence’s Director of Lab Services EMEA/Asia, said, “The BY-20 performed very well in all areas of our image quality tests. It showed a wide color gamut, vivid colors in both black and white garments, and excellent spot color reproduction. We were also very impressed with smooth gradations and the crisp fine detailing. And washability results showed no degradation in color gamut, graphics, or fine detail, proving that the VersaSTUDIO BY-20 is the perfect solution for value-added apparel businesses, with excellent cost performance and reliability.”

“In recent years, DTF transfer inkjet printers have been attracting a great deal of attention worldwide in the apparel decoration industry, and a variety of products have been released by a number of companies,” said Tony Miller, President of Roland DG’s Global Sales and Marketing Division. “It is a great honor for us to receive this prestigious award for BY-20, which was selected from competitive products.”

He added, “We continue to provide digital solutions that greatly expand the creativity and business possibilities for more customers around the world.”

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