Epson will demonstrate its most advanced range of digital textile printers at the Heimtextil show in Frankfurt next month.
The company has made a significant move into textile printing, developing its own technology and acquiring Robustelli, which manufactures the Monna Lisa digital production printer.
Giovanni Pizzamiglio, head of pro-graphics sales at Epson Europe, says, “Choice and customisation is what the home textile industry wants today and Epson’s highly versatile dye sublimation and direct-to- natural fabric printers are designed to meet this demand.
“The significant range of wool, linen, cotton, silk and polyester-based fabrics that can be printed, combined with the latest in Epson digital textile printing technology, means that it is now possible to reproduce high quality, vibrant and durable designs in any volume. Our aim is to give designers, manufacturers and retailers the ability to produce quality, bespoke textile products cost-effectively and quickly to meet fast-changing market trends.”
Epson says its SureColor SC-F9200 64-inch model from its SureColor range of dye-sublimation printers, suits small-to-medium volumes of high-quality textiles and for sublimating bespoke designs onto hard substrates such as splash backs, table tops, mugs, cutlery, vases and coasters. A four-colour printer, using UltraChrome DS ink with high density HDK Black, the SC-F9200 uses Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads. The desktop Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-fabric printer has application for products such as tea towels, aprons, cushions and tote bags. It produces these on demand.
The Monna Lisa printer uses Epson printheads and Genesta inks designed by Epson in cooperation with For.Tex. Epson says that printing with Genesta inks requires no steaming or washing and the printers use Genesta inks to print over three million sqm of fabric. The company says it prints quality printed fabrics with high chromatic accuracy, reproducibility, resistance and colour fastness.

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