Epson Enters Direct-to-Garment Market
Epson at PRINT 13 introduced two new direct-to-garment systems, under the SureColor F2000 Series banner, for imaging on products like t-shirts, hoodies, jackets and tote bags. The systems are to be made available in Canada beginning January 2014.
The SureColor F2000 Standard Edition (CMYK-only) and the SureColor F2000 White Edition (for printing on dark or colour fabrics) can print on garments ranging from 100 percent cotton to 50/50 fabric blends. Both systems have a listed MSRP of $19,995 in the United States.
The SureColor F2000 line leverage Epson’s UltraChrome DG ink technology, which the company describes as an all new, garment ink formulation developed specifically for its MicroPiezo TFP print heads. UltraChrome DG is a water-based pigment ink, while the TFP one-inch-wide print heads feature 360 nozzles per colour.
“For more than three years, Epson dedicated a team of mechanical, chemical and software engineers to create an all-new imaging technology designed for printing directly to garments,” stated Larry Kaufman, Product Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson North America.
Engineered for industrial-level production, the SureColor F2000 Series comes standard with a 14 x 16-inch, medium-size platen. Additional platens are available for smaller 10 x 12-inch work and larger 16 x 20-inch jobs, as well as additional sleeve sizes.
The new inkjet systems also include Epson’s Garment Creator Software (on both Mac and Windows platforms) with functions to review job history and to estimate costs in managing and producing prints.
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