Epson launches new SureColor range for signage and display markets

Richard Stuart-Turner
Friday, January 15, 2016

Epson has unveiled a range of new wide-format printers aimed at businesses serving the signage and display graphics markets.

The SureColor SC-S series comprises three 64in (1.62m)-wide printers which the manufacturer said are designed to deliver increased quality, productivity and durability and lower running costs.

The SC-S series printers are said to be energy efficient and deliver fast drying graphics with high abrasion resistance and prints that are durable outdoors for up to three years without lamination.

Epson UK sales manager for pro graphics Phil McMullin said: “We believe these printers set the bar substantially higher for the production of high-quality display graphics both for outdoor and indoor applications.”

The SureColor SC-S80600 features dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads and nine or 10 colours: CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, light black, red, for producing brand spot colours, and orange, and can also be configured to use white or metallic silver.

Epson said users can easily switch between white and metallic ink to suit job requirements.

The device can print at up to 95.1sqm/hr in single-pass banner mode and at up to 12.5sqm/hr in eight-pass film mode.

The SC-S60600, which is suitable for fast-turnaround, high print-volume environments, features dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads (double CMYK).

According to the manufacturer, the machinea print high-quality vinyl at 29.4sqm/hr, banners at 52.3sqm/hr and can print at up to 95.3sqm/hr for single-pass applications.

The entry-level SC-S40600 is suitable for high-quality POS graphics and signage. The four-colour device features a single PrecisionCore printhead and can print at up to 58.4sqm/hr.

Epson UK product manager Martin Johns said: “We listened to our customers’ extensive feedback about our previous signage models and set about developing a new range based on their requirements.

“The result is a class-leading series of printers that are loaded with Epson’s advanced engineering to deliver the ultimate in accuracy, quality and productivity. They lead the market in offering the very best combination of quality, speed and price.”

The SC-S series printers can be used for applications including exhibition displays, posters and backlit panels, POS materials, vehicle wraps, wallpaper and photo canvases and on a variety of coated and uncoated substrates.

The new Precision Media Feeding System enables motorised roll-to-roll media handling with an auto-tension control system for accurate media feed and take-up.

Anti-static, wide-diameter pressure rollers help to optimise grip and feed accuracy while a media path enables a consistent media feed for unattended roll-to-roll printing up to roll weights of 45kg.

Automatic media alignment and setup also allows fast switching between media types while automatic printhead cleaning – including a newly developed fabric printhead wiper system – is said to virtually eliminate the need for printhead maintenance.

Epson said all three devices produce 1,440x1,440dpi output and its new Precision Dot screening technology helps to deliver high-quality output on difficult media, even at fast print speeds.

The SC-S series uses Epson’s new formulation UltraChrome GS3 inkset, which the manufacturer said is quick drying and low odour.

Epson said the inkset, which costs around £74 for a 700ml CMYK cartridge, will enable printers to significantly decrease their ink consumption as a result of improved chemistry.

The three printers are supplied with an Onyx RIP as standard and are compatible with a wide range of other RIPs.

The SureColor SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 are available with immediate effect and replace the SC-S50600 and SC-S30600 models respectively. The SC-S60600 costs £15,495 and the SC-S40600 costs £9,995.

The SureColor SC-S80600 replaces the SC-S70600 and will be available to buy from March, priced at £16,135.

The SC-S series printers will be shown at Fespa Digital in Amsterdam from 8-11 March.

In September Epson launched four new wide-format printers aimed at the professional photo, fine art and proofing markets. This followed the release of two new dye-sublimation printers in July.


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