Epson is to show off eight of its new-generation large-format SureColor inkjet printers for the first time together at the wide-format show in London. The line-up will include its two most recent machines: the SureColor SC-F6000 and SC-F7000 dye-sublimation printers. The SC-F6000 prints up to 44-inches (1.1m) wide at speeds of 63sqm per hour.
The SC-F7000 prints up to 64-inches (1.6m) wide at speeds of 57sqm per hour. A spokeswoman said: “The machines target the soft signage and sportswear market. These are the first dye-sublimation printers from Epson, and this is the first time every part of the printer has been manufactured by one company, from ink and printhead, to printer chassis.
The printers use Epson UltraChrome DS ink, a specially developed new aqueous ink, which produces high-quality images with intense blacks, sharp contours and smooth gradations, said the company.”Dye-sublimation is ideal for printing and transferring scratch-resistant, photographic quality images onto a wide range of substrates that are difficult to print on to directly such as aluminium, steel, plastics, MDF board and ceramic tiles.” Over the past 18 months, Epson has launched eight SureColor inkjet printers. Also on show are three 64-inch SureColor SC-S printers for POS, signs and wallpaper graphics; and a 44-inch SureColor SC-T printer.
According to Epson, the 44-inch, four-color SureColor SC-T7000 with UltraChrome XD ink is good where speed and economy are paramount, such as CAD, GIS, custom banners, presentations and indoor signage. It costs £3,594 and produces an A1 print in 28 seconds. “The printer is fastest in its class and features software that gives users a large selection of pre-defined layouts, including themed graphics for fashion, groceries, travel, toys and more, making it ideal for short-term promotions.”