Epson America announced a new line of printers called SureColor. The first machine in the series, the SureColor S30670, is a four-colour 64-inch solvent printer and the first to employ Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP print head.
“Our first generation solvent printer – the EPSON Stylus Pro GS6000 – has been a game changer in the signage market over the last four years, bringing advanced image quality and an ink technology with less impact on the environment to the industry to open up a new range of applications for solvent printing,” said Reed Hecht, Product Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The new SureColor S30670 offers advancements in print head and ink technology to deliver higher quality printing, faster and better, at an extreme overall value.”
The SureColor S3070 is a design that is new from the ground up and includes many automation features such as nozzle checks, media feed adjustments, and complicated print head alignments. Epson’s new MicroPiezo TFP print head delivers droplets as small as 4.2 picolitres and doubles the nozzle density of Epson’s previous solvent printers. The one-inch wide print head contains 720 nozzles per colour and is capable of printing up to 619 square feet per hour in draft mode (205 square feet per hour in normal signage production).
The machine uses Epson’s UltraChrome GS2 inks and works on “virtually all” standard coated or uncoated solvent media, and can also print on canvas. Developed by Epson, UltraChrome GS2 includes a newly formulated yellow ink that can produce prints with up to three years of outdoor durability without lamination. In addition, these new inks deliver virtually odorless printing without the need for external dryers, special ventilation or air purification systems, and do not contain Nickel (Ni) compounds, helping to reduce impact on the environment and potential harm to employees.
The SureColor S30670 will be available in April at a MSRP of US$16,995. The machine will make its debut at Graphics of the Americas in Miami, March 1-3.