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New SureColor Printers from Epson

(July 2012) posted on Fri Jun 15, 2012

SureColor SC-S70670 simultaneously supports white and metallic ink.

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Epson has  launched two new wide-format SureColor printers for the display, signage, and P-O-P/P-O-S markets: the 4/5-color SureColor S50670 and the 8/10-color (+ white and metallic) SureColor S70670. These are in addition to the 64-in. SureColor S30670, which launched earlier this year.

The 64-in. rollfed SureColor SC S50670 is available in 4- or 5-color versions (CMYK and CMYK + white) and features twin Thin Film Piezo Epson printheads, and dual inksets, as well as a built-in dryer (an optional drying system is also available) and a new jack system for easier one-person media loading. The printer uses Epson UltraChrome GS2 eco-solvent inks, which are odorless and nickel-free; the SC50600 requires no special ventilation. Top speed is 573 sq ft/hr in high-speed mode (193 sq ft/hr in production mode); maximum resolution is 1440 dpi.

The 8- and 10-color SureColor SC-S70670 is Epson’s first 64-inch rollfed printer that simultaneously supports white and metallic inks. Both the 8-color model (CMYKcmk + orange) and the 10-color version (adds white + metallic) offer resolutions up to 1440 dpi and 294 sq ft/hr in 8-color, high-speed mode (198 sq ft/hr in production mode; 44 sq ft/hr with metallic ink enabled). The S70600 also utilizes Epson’s thin Film Piezo printhead, in conjunction with Epson GSX eco-solvent inks (also odorless and nickel-free). Other features include: automatic print optimization for various media and automatic substrate tensioning.

Epson also has launched three 4-color machines all geared toward the CAD and GIS markets: the SureColor SC-T7000 (44-in.), SC-T5000 (36-in.), and SC-T3000 (24-in.) printers. These printers all use Epson’s new UltraChrome XD Ink, designed to produce deep blacks, a wide color gamut, and crisp, dense lines; they utilize Epson’s Variable Droplet Technology for fine detail.

And, as an expansion to its aqueous UltraChrome inks, Epson has developed UltraChrome D6, a 6-color ink system for the company’s SureLab digital dry lab; the company also demonstrated its first UV ink for printing to uncoated paper and film label substrates during the recent Drupa expo.