Epson has unveiled two new dye-sublimation printers, the SureColor SC-F7200 and SureColor SC-F6200, which will help users reliably and cost-effectively produce high-quality textiles and promotional goods.
The new models replace the SC-F7100 and SC-F6000 models, a media report quoting Epson officials, said.
The SC-F7200 prints on transfer papers of up to 64 inch (1.6m) wide at speeds of around 58.9 sqm/hr, while the SC-F6200 can handles materials up to 44 inch (1.1m) wide at speeds of up to 63.4 sqm/hr.
The devices can produce high-quality printed textiles, such as clothing and home textiles and can also sublimate onto a range of hard substrates.
Both machines offer print resolution up to 720x1,400 dpi and feature Epson's PrecisionCore technology and two TFP print heads, which work in tandem with the manufacturer's newly launched high-density black ink, HDK Black Ink, a new addition to the UltraChrome DS ink range.
Epson UK product manager Martin Johns said: "The black ink makes it more attractive to textile customers because you get much more neutral and much denser blacks, so when you're printing on fabrics it produces much better quality print."
Epson said the SC-F6200 is particularly good for companies producing promotional goods as it can sublimate onto products including mugs and phone and tablet covers.
"The SC-F6200 opens up a plethora of new possibilities in the photographic market for printing photos on to substrates such as metal and wood," Johns said, adding, "Alongside this, the SC-F7200 has been exclusively created and developed to help the roll-to-roll textile market create outstanding results."
The printers also feature two-litre waste bottles, for ink disposal."
The machines, which Johns said would be commercially available from October, are currently being shown for the first time at Fespa Africa, which is taking place in Johannesburg, South Africa this week.
Pricing for the new devices has not yet been confirmed, but Johns said it would be comparable to the machines that are being replaced.