Epson Reveals Its Production and Industrial Print Strategy for drupa
Epson has placed a significant focus on developing a range of products to suit the specific requirements of label converters.
For the first time, Epson will demonstrate a completely new line head technology based on Epson’s latest Thin Film Piezo printheads. The new technology will be incorporated into a next-generation press—code named SurePress “X”—and will be the first Epson product to use LED-curable UV ink.
The SurePress “X” is designed to deliver rapid printing of both short and mid-run labels and will be compatible with a variety of both paper and film substrates.
POS & signage
Building on the success of the Epson GS6000, the 4-color SureColor SC-S30600 will also be shown, delivering impressive flexibility for multiple POS, display, signage and décor applications. The new printer features the latest Epson TFP Micro Piezo printhead and uses Epson’s new UltraChrome GS2 ink-set. At €13,995 it has the lowest price of any printer in its class and the lowest energy consumption – up to seven times lower when compared to the alternative major competitive printing technology.
Commercial photo printing
The new six-color Epson SureLab SL-D3000 is an easy-to-use digital dry lab for high quality photo prints and cards up to A3 size. It features Epson printheads, new Epson UltraChrome D6 dye ink and image processing technology, and is ideal for on-demand print services in traditional minilab retail environments. Due to its ability to print on to matte surfaces, the SureLab SL-D3000 also offers significant business opportunities for traditional print shop owners, searching for new business possibilities. The SureLab is available in two configurations and will be commercially available from August.
Epson’s drive to play a prominent role in the digital textile printing industry is reinforced by the company’s announcement that it has become a 50 percent shareholder in ForTex, a leader in the development of digital textile inks and chemicals (see associated release for more details).