Yaselan solvent ink printers Print

Yaselan first tried on its own to sell printers in the US by exhibiting at trade shows. Of course with no distributor and little brand recognition, Yaselan ran into the same problem as did Orasign, Flora, Lyrics, SkyJet and everyone else.

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Yaselan solvent ink printer at Dubai 2006.

Flora gave up trying to sell direct in the US and now tries to sell their solvent printers through DuPont and their UV printers through DuPont at the high end and Raster Printers at entry level. DuPont had to spend millions of dollars and lose two years redesigning the innards of the Chinese UV printers to bring them up to US standards.

FLAAR is offering personalized consulting at each trade show. You can walk-the-floor with the Senior Editor of FLAAR and get his comments on any and all printers, inks, RIP software, color management, substrates, applications, etc.

So if you wish to learn about the difference between combo, hybrid, and dedicated UV printers, how latex ink compares, about textile printers, etc. contact FLAAR to obtain consulting.

You can also get consulting before ISA or FESPA anywhere in the world: Dubai, India, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, China, Korea, London and more.

But the US distributors of the other Chinese printers don’t have the deep pockets of DuPont, nor the patience to wait two years. So when you buy other brands, you may be as much a beta tester as are the designated beta testers of the early Flora units put into the market by DuPont. The difference is that DuPont tells people the Flora solvent printer is not yet finished.

Red Hill at least had the Yaselan printers UL certified so you can plug them into your wall socket and feel more or less okay about the electrical wiring into the printer. But look what Raster Printers had to do in order to get their Flora 1800 printer to function to US standards! Raster Printers put almost a million dollars and 16 months of sweat, labor, and dedication.

I am sure that other distributors are putting sweat and dedication, but I don’t see other distributors throwing out the Chinese innards and replacing them with US, European and Japanese parts. This is what Raster Printers does. We know this because we spent 5 days in their factory in California.

This is what you expect of a university professor: we try to learn by observing. Of course there are only 12 months in the year and we can’t visit every factory in the world. It takes sponsorship funding for airfare and expenses since our university itself expects us to raise our budget directly from industry. But at least we have learned from seeing what DuPont and Raster Printers are doing, and can make this information available to end-users who are clever enough to seek information before they sign the purchase contract for their new printer.

Redhill YSL 2300D, Redhill YSL S8, Redhill YSL 3500VE are rebadged Yaselan printers

Redhill at least states specifically that they are selling Chinese manufactured printers. Redhill states up front they are from Yaselan. But other printers sold by Redhill more recently are from another Chinese manufacturer. We cover this in our report on the Dubai Middle East 2006 trade show.

Redhill also sells printers made in Alabama and elsewhere. But during late 2005 or early 2006, Redhill completely dropped Yaselan printers. Yaselan solvent ink printers completely disappeared from their website. Redhill has not exhibited any Yaselan printer during 2006. Indeed the solvent printers that Redhill offered during 2006 were Myjet from Kanger (another Chinese company, also sold by Flex-Europa.

Our FLAAR Reports on Chinese solvent ink printers is a good place to start doing your homework. Since Chinese printers change model names and numbers constantly, it is fruitless to have a full-scale evaluation of each model. The printer would be changed by the time we published on the current model. So we work with general principles and common sense.

Most importantly, since we do not buy and sell these printers, so we have no incentive to push you to one Chinese brand over the other.


First posted November 27, 2006.