Epson, one of the world's largest manufacturers of computer printers, and imaging and information related equipment, has launched a new SureColor SC-F9200 printer along with HDK Black ink to help manufacturers to get high-quality and mass-production of textiles consistently and quickly, while keeping the costs low.;
Epson premiered the new addition to its SureColor dye-sub range at the ongoing Federation of European Screen Printers Associations (Fespa) 2015 exhibition being held at Cologne in Germany.
The device, the firm's star of the show, can be used with sublimation papers to produce textiles such as clothing, sportswear and home furnishings, as well as soft signage and flags.
Epson's PrecisionCore technology and two TFP printheads facilitate high-quality textiles with excellent colour and clarity. These work in tandem with a new high-density HDK Black ink, the latest addition to the UltraChrome DS ink range, which has been developed for use in textile printing to produce deep, neutral blacks and dense shadows.
The 1.6m-wide machine prints at 720x1440dpi at speeds of up to 97sqm/hr in draft mode, 56sqm/hr in production mode and 27sqm/hr in quality mode.
Users will benefit from two high-capacity ink supply systems meaning longer, uninterrupted print runs and less time spent replenishing inks, while the use of Epson UltraChrome DS inks mean maintenance and cleaning needs are low. Additionally, a large after heater and optional air dryer means products are in optimal condition for winding on to the highly-accurate take-up system, meaning users donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t need to waste time waiting for prints to dry.
Richard Barrow, Senior Product Manager, Epson Europe said: Ã¢â‚¬Å“Epson realises how important it is for our customers to keep their overall printing costs down. With the SC-F9200, it is easy to achieve a very low cost per square metre thanks to the high-capacity ink tanks and Epson UltraChrome DS ink. Users can also cut costs even further by using our new HDK Black ink, which needs less ink to create dense, neutral blacks, helping reduce the overall ink consumption."
Providing first-class service and support is important in giving customers added piece of mind and thatÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s why the SC-F9200 comes with a one year warranty as standard. If customers wish to extend their cover then Epson CoverPlus warranty options are also available, including Epson's rolling one-year warranty, so customers can pay for a year at a time and donÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t have to pay for a long term upfront.
The paper, which is available in long rolls and designed specifically for decorative ink transfer to hard substrates, can be used to apply decorative inks to aluminium photographic plates, iPhone cases, ceramic tiles, mugs and wood and can also work with polyester-based textiles.
The SureColor SC-F9200 will be commercially available from October 2015. Pricing for the device is yet to be confirmed.