For the first time in Australia, at PacPrint 2022 on stand G20, Epson Australia will present applications and samples on its new Monna Lisa ML-8000 direct-to-fabric textile printer.
This machine was recently launched at FESPA in Berlin.
The ML-8000 is the new entry model in the Monna Lisa series with eight of the latest PrecisionCore printheads.
It has the capacity to print direct to fabric at speeds of up to 155 square metres an hour at 600×600 dpi on a double pass.
The Monna Lisa incorporates eight of the latest PrecisionCore printheads and is set at a price point which makes it ideal for companies looking to move into digital printing or those looking to transition from dye-sublimation. It can run with pigment inks, along with reactive and dispersable inks.
Epson’s exclusive Microweave and lookup table (LUT) technologies reduce banding and graininess and advanced new Multi-Layer Halftone Technology (MLHT), which randomises the halftone dot pattern on each layer, reduces image degradation caused by dot misalignment.
Dynamic Alignment Stabiliser (DAS) technology also ensures stable print quality by controlling waveforms on each printhead chip for higher dot placement accuracy and more uniform dot density on each pass.
The ML-8000 also features symmetrical colour alignment for consistent colour overlap order during bidirectional low pass printing, and Accurate Belt Position Control (ABPC) technology automatically detects the belt feeding distance to ensure highly precise fabric feeding.
It also includes nozzle verification technology (NVT) which detects missing dots that indicate nozzle clogging and adjusts ink delivery to maintain image quality and reduce printing errors. An easy-to-replace fabric wiper roll continuously wipes the printhead nozzles clean automatically, reducing daily manual maintenance work.
Thanks to an automatic calibration function by an RGB camera, operators can carry out printhead replacement including adjustments in as little as 30 minutes, according to Epson.
Epson GENESTA inks are available in Acid, Reactive, Disperse, and Pigment formulations in a degassed vacuum-pack. They are ECO PASSPORT certified to meet globally recognised standards for environmentally friendly textile printing. In addition, the Acid ink is bluesign approved and the Reactive and Pigment inks are GOTS approved by ECOCERT.
“Digital printing has become increasingly popular with fashion and textile designers as they strive meet the increased demands for short runs and fast fashion while under pressure from public criticism to ease environmental burdens,” Epson Australia said.
“The ability to deliver digital designs for digital print on demand enables businesses to offer their customers a faster turnaround without having to rely on mass shipments of stock crossing continents, much of which result in higher waste streams due to analogue printing.”
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