Textile

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.



Agfa Graphics, during FESPA 2013 in London, England, introduced its new Ardeco wide-format system to produce direct printed textile output and soft-signage applications.

The sublimation-based Ardeco machine features built-in calendaring and an inline cold-knife cutting system. It is available with a choice of print-head configurations and carries a maximum printing width of 3.2 metres.

“Digital textile printing is really coming of age and the Ardeco system will satisfy sign-makers and display producers wanting to benefit from the engine's high productivity and our Asanti solution,” stated Willy van Dromme, Director of Marketing Sign and Display at Agfa Graphics.


During FESPA, Agfa introduced a new workflow solution called Asanti for the display-graphics sector. The software is built on Agfa’s long-standing Apogee line of PDF-based workflow for tasks like colour management, file editing, RIPping and pre-flighting. It includes the Asanti StoreFront, a Web-to-print application based on cloud technology.


Agfa also recently launched its Anapurna M3200RTR wide-format system as a 3.2-metre, roll-to-roll device with a six-colour, UV-curing ink system. It supports dual-roll printing and produces a maximum 1,440-dpi resolution, while working with flexible materials like banners, self-adhesive vinyls, and front- and back-lit graphics.


Epson has announced new offerings which will see the Tokyo-based company enter the dye sublimation market. The Epson SureColor F6070 and SureColor F7070, according to the company, also represent the first time a single company has supplied every component to a device: from ink and printhead to chassis and bulk ink delivery system.

“We are excited to provide the garment printing industry with industrial-level printers engineered from the ground up for true dye-sublimation production,” said Catalina Frank, Product Manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “Developed using our latest performance imaging technology, the SureColor F-Series allows our customers to take on more jobs and generate more profits, while reducing the number of printers needed for full production capacity.”

The SureColor F6070 is a 44-inch model while the F7070 is a 64-inch model. Both are designed to exclusively use Epson’s UltraChrome DS inks, a product which took three years to develop, jetted through Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP heads. The printers output at speeds of up to 618 square feet per hour at resolutions up to 1,440 x 720 dpi.

The two printers will be available starting this summer.

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