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(May 2013) posted on Fri May 03, 2013

The venerable rollfed printer remains a critical output tool.

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Earlier this year, Epson announced the 44-in. SureColor F6070 and the 64-in. SureColor F7070. Roll-fed dye-sub transfer printers, the SureColor F-Series models support a range of applications, including soft signage, sportswear, apparel, accessories, and customized promotional items such as mouse pads and ceramic mugs. Depending upon the application, both models can output at speeds up to 618 sq ft/hr, boast output up to 720 x 1440 dpi on leading transfer papers, and feature an integral high-capacity 1.5 liter bulk-ink system. Both SureColor F models use Epson UltraChrome DS inks (CMYK), specially formulated dye-sublimation inks designed to produce vibrant colors, intense blacks, sharp contours, and smooth gradations. The fast-drying inks also exhibit excellent light- and wash-fastness, as well as resistance to alkaline and acid perspiration, the company reports. A newly optimized high-performance Epson Micropiezo TFP printhead (720 nozzles/color) was designed for use with the DS inks. Both F-Series models include Wasatch SoftRIP. An Auto Take-Up Reel is standard on the SureColor F7070.

Other Epson rollfeds include: the 64-in. SureColor S30670 as well as the Stylus Pro series of printers for photo, fine-art, proofing, and packaging applications: the Stylus Pro 7890/9890; the 7900/9900 (including Proofing Edition model); the WT7900; and the 64-in. Stylus Pro 11880. Also: the SureColor T series of printers for the AEC market and corporate graphics.

The Uvistar Pro8 rollfed UV printer from Fujifilm ( features a set of light colors (cmyk) as well as the ability to switch between 4- and 8-color printing modes. It also features: Parallel Drop Size technology to smooth images; an auto media-handling system for rigid media; an automated backlit print option; and a new operator interface. It utilizes Fujifilm’s Uvijet QN inks, which are intended to meet the growing demands of indoor applications, where viewing distances tend to be closer and rigid materials are more commonly used, the company reports. Top speed is more than 3229 sq ft/hr; maximum resolution is 600 dpi (1200-dpi apparent). The Uvistar Pro8 can accommodate media up to 150-in. wide and approximately 1-in. thick (a flatbed option is available)