Epson broadens applications

Moving its Precision Core technology into new applications, Epson continues its rapid growth from manufacturing its proofing devices into multiple new sectors.
Craig Heckenberg, general manager of Epson Australia, says, “The Epson Precision Core technology can work with multiple ink types – aqueous, solvent, UV, dye sub, textile – and as such is enabling Epson to develop innovative solutions for print businesses.
“Epson only brings solutions to market that deliver a clear value add, we do not join the crowd. We are offering printers new opportunities built on our engineering strengths and our twin disciplines of colour and consistency which underpin everything we produce, all our solutions have to match up to this.”
Split into five zones, the Epson booth covers prepress; sign and display; labels; print shop; and technology. The company has stepped up its development programme and more than doubled the rate of new product launches for the professional printing industry since the last drupa. over the last six months, Epson has launched 13 new printers, all demonstrated at drupa. 
Epson says the SureColor SC-S at drupa use up to four times less energy compared to latex technology; about 15 per cent less ink than the previous SureColor generation; up to 50 per cent less ink than latex technology, depending on the substrate and quality printed.
Epson has invested €153m investment in a new factory in Japan to triple printhead production capacity and has merged its wide format, label, and textile businesses to create a major new global Professional Printing Solutions division, for which drupa 2016 has provided the launch.
In its Sign and Display zone, Epson has its latest range of wide-format SureColour SC-S signage printers and SC-F dye-sublimation printers producing a selection of signage, display and décor products on a variety of substrates. The SureColor SC-S Series gives a choice of three printers from 4-11 colours (including red, orange, white and metallic silver) and productivity up to 95.3sqm/hr. The new Epson Control Dashboard gives users online access to over 200 different media profiles for automatic set up. In dye sublimation, Epson has the latest range of SureColor SC-F models using UltraChrome DS ink.
The Label zone features Epson’s SurePress digital label presses: the single-pass SurePress L-6034VW; the seven-colour SurePress L-4033AW; the ColorWorks C7500, desktop label printer; and the LabelWorks LW-Z900 for industrial and construction use.
The Print Shop zone shows a range of desktop-based production printers from the SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment printer to the SureLab D700 inkjet printer; the aqueous SureColor SC-P wide format printers; the 64-inch 10-colour SC-P20000; and the the 44-inch SureColor SC-P10000 
In its Prepress zone, Epson has its latest SureColor 24-inch SC-P7000 and 44-inch SC-P9000 printers with the 11-colour UltraChrome HDX inkset, incorporating a new violet ink. Epson says these printers achieve 99 per cent of Pantone certified colours.
Visitors to the Epson Technology zone can see a video showing the PaperLab – Epson’s world first instant office paper recycling system, which uses a dry process to recycle office paper and produce A4/A3 paper, business cards and coloured/scented paper.

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