Epson’s theme at Visual Impact 2023 is, “Relax, you are in good hands”, as it demonstrates consistent quality imaging across a range of different media types and shows a sample of its new SC-F2260 direct-to-garment (DTG) and direct-to-film (DTF) printer.
Espon Australia marketing manager Priscilla Dickason said, “You’re in good hands because we have everything you need regarding digital signage, DTG, DTF and much more.
“The main objective is to showcase everything that Epson products can do. We moved a little bit away from our normal corporate theme. The first thing you see when entering the show floor is our beautiful lion print with the Epson logo. There is a lot of colour on the stand to stand out from the crowd. It all comes together to show the breadth of products that Epson offers and its wide range of applications.”
Watch the video of Dickason showcasing the breadth of Epson’s product portfolio and the applications that are possible in the video below:
The theme is particularly relevant to fabric printing, with the company also previewing the new SureColor F2260, the third generation of Epson’s top-selling desktop DTG model on its stand (C12).
The printer is expected to ship in July and features a host of upgrades that make it faster and more efficient while also enhancing support for increasingly popular DTF production workflow.
“With the SureColor F2260, Epson has further refined DTG while opening up the world of direct-to-film to customers with consistent high-quality imaging and durable cost-effective operation,” Epson Australia business marketing manager Gordon Kerr said.
The SC-F2260 combines a proven production platform with upgraded componentry, enhanced ergonomics and new ink. The printer incorporates a 33 per cent larger PrecisionCore printhead for faster performance. It ships with upgraded Garment Creator 2 software that not only offers additional user functionality but also enables more efficient output with finer imaging detail.
Watch a video of Kerr explaining the features of the SureColor F2260 below:
Epson has put considerable thought into the operator experience. A significant number of refinements have been incorporated to make installation easier and operation more flexible. The case features a more ergonomic design with a squarer side, a flat top, a transparent platen cover and integrated interior lighting. There is an enlarged 4.3-inch touch panel display and a cleaner loading bay with repositioned controls. Macro head-height adjustment is simpler, and the printer features automatic fine head-height adjustment for optimal quality, maximum speed and minimum hassle.
The new model will also employ upgraded ink. UltraChrome DG2 has been designed to support a wider range of fabrics with better colour and less bleed. Best of all, and like its predecessor, the new ink is compatible with DTF workflows.
True to Epson’s continued commitment to sustainability, the SC-F2260 incorporates a number of features to reduce waste and expense. It uses 800 ml ink pouches that are not only 33 per cent larger but also incorporate a lot less plastic than the cartridges used by the previous model. The printer has also been dispensed with a fan for quieter operation without the need for regular filter replacement.
As with its predecessor, the new SureColor SC-F2260 incorporates a head that doesn’t require regular replacement. Productivity is improved, parts and labour costs are significantly reduced, and e-waste is kept to a minimum. Should a failure occur, the head is included under the comprehensive on-site warranty with an optional CoverPlus extension for a total of up to five years. The new model extends this with integrated Epson Cloud Solution PORT support. Epson’s new PORT service not only provides enhanced operator monitoring tools (with web and mobile access) but also enhanced service support; if a problem occurs, Epson technicians can directly dial in, analyse the fault, and seek rapid resolution.
The new SureColor SC-F2260 is expected to commence shipping in Australia in late July 2023. New Zealand availability is expected to follow in August.