Epson has introduced a number of new solutions for wide format .
The company showed off its first UV flatbed printer, the SureColor V7000, at its new demonstration and distribution centre in Sydney recently.
The company also used the launch to show off its new industrial direct to garment press, the SureColor F3000. Yasunori Ogawa, Epson’s global president, appeared on video from Japan. He said, “The Australia and New Zealand market and indeed the Oceania market is incredibly important to Epson,” Ogawa said in his address.
“They are advanced and sophisticated which makes both Australia and New Zealand ideal for helping us understand what customers want from our products and getting feedback on how we can improve them. Our customers in Oceania are always very vocal about expressing their opinions to us. For us, it’s all about working with our customers to solve real issues faced by the industry.
“So, although these direct opinions are not always what we want to hear, my big request is that they keep on telling us exactly what they think about how we can keep on improving and better work together.”
Epson Australia managing director Craig Heckenberg said market share for the company in the second quarter of 2020 showed that Epson has 46 per cent of market in DTG and a significant 83 per cent in the dye sub market. He said, “Textile is a key market for Epson and this shows that when Epson sets its sights on a market, it succeeds by listening to customer demands.”
The Epson SureColor V7000, Epson’s first flatbed, builds on the success of its SureColor S-Series range of signage printers.
Key features include media support up to 80mm thick; a 1.25 x 2.5m bed with multi-zone vacuum; an integrated ioniser and media height sensor; an eight colour + white + varnish UltraChrome UV ink set; and production speeds of up to 15 square metres [per hour with up to three ink layers in a single pass.
It prints on a range of substrates including paper, film, Coreflute, vinyl, canvas, aluminium and acrylic and produces image quality to suit the most exacting applications including signage, POS/POP, premium packaging, décor, custom cabinetry and fine art.
The printer incorporates eight Epson MicroPiezo printheads. Each head features 1440 microfine nozzles with variable size dots as small as 4 pl. Epson says it will produce images with a wide gamut and fine gradation, sufficient to satisfy the most demanding customers. You can apply White and Varnish as spot colours for enhanced detail and finish.
The company supplies it complete with Epson Edge Print RIP software and Flatbed Controller software, Operators can managed it from the desktop using Epson Edge Dashboard and it supports Epson’s new Cloud Solution PORT service.
The SureColor R5000 Series uses water-based and odourless six colour UltraChrome resin inks. The two presses in the series form part of the company’s solvent range. Epson says the resin ink enables durable imagery and suits indoor and outdoor applications in a variety of environments including schools, hospitals, hotels, shops and homes.
It prints at speeds up to 27 square metres per hour. Epson says the new R-Series addresses the existing industry challenges of working with latex inks. It adds that the 162cm SC-R5000 and SC-R5000L deliver exceptional print performance and colour control thanks to dual PrecisionCore Micro TFP printheads and Epson Precision Dot Technology. Epson says it has reduced curing temperatures over traditional latex to enable enhanced media support. Precision media tracking and temperature control ensures colour, image sizing and positioning is consistent from edge to edge, top to bottom, and print to print.
Industrial direct to garment
Epson’s first industrial direct to garment printer, the SureColor F3000, targets mid to large garment printers. It leverages dual printhead technology and a bulk ink pack system which lowers the cost of ink and minimises waste. The printer comes with new automatic garment height adjustment and easy user maintenance features to increase production and reduce downtime for garment print shops creating custom apparel.
The company says this printer can produce a full-size shirt in about a minute, allowing shops to print hundreds of shirts per day. It handles a variety of fabric types including cotton, linen and rayon.
Epson also showed off the latest in its dye sublimation printer range, the 193cm SureColor F10060, targeting high volume producers. Applications include soft signage, fashion, sportswear, home furnishings and décor. It press offers the highest throughput of any Epson LFP released to date.
The new printer features four of Epson’s latest 12cm PrecisionCore Micro TFP print heads that each incorporate four print elements. Epson says that active nozzle status monitoring and advanced self-cleaning ensure consistent high-quality output at up to 255 square metres per hour.