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Epson launches dye sublimation printer for roll-to-roll textiles

model of the Epson SureColor SC-F7100 printerEpson has launched the SureColor SC-F7100, a 64-inch digital dye sublimation transfer printer. Epson has responded to customer feedback for a textile printer engineered for short to medium print runs after the success of the SC-F7000. Developed and manufactured by Epson, the SC-F7100 features an enhanced auto take-up reel with improved tensioning; a new post-platen heater; and an optional print drying system for 'greater reliability and efficiency' when producing textiles roll-to-roll.

The SC-F7100 is 'ideally suited' to mid to high volume producers of soft signage, who want to capitalise on the growing requirement for short to medium volume textile production. Whether driven by changing trends in fashion, or for the production of promotional material for forthcoming high-profile events, the SC-F7100 makes print runs of items such as soft signage and apparel, 'efficient and easy'.

The SureColor SC-F7100 benefits from Epson's 'experience in hardware and printhead design'. This they say means 'unmatched reliability, leading to effortless performance, low running costs and durability'. Central to the machine's reliability, is their trusted and proven Micro Piezo TFP printhead technology. Recognised as 'robust', it ensures downtime is kept to a minimum, leading to 'increased productivity'.

With Epson's water-based and environmentally friendly UltraChrome DS ink, users can be assured of consistently 'high quality, vibrant output, boasting fine details and smooth graduations'. The roll-fed CMYK SureColor SC-F7100 works with all major dye sub transfer papers and a wide range of substrates with polyester coating across a wide range of media, such as fabrics; and metals and plastic.

The output is approximately 58m2/hour, or typically 30m2/hour in two-pass production mode. This is combined with a 1.5 litre bulk ink system and long-lasting one litre (1.08kg) ink pouches.
The Epson Professional Sublimation Edition RIP bundled software, makes the production of high-quality output 'quick and simple'. While single-operator loading makes light work of control and media handling. The LCD panel is intuitive and simple to us and a low TCO means it is 'financially undemanding' too.

Martin Johns, product manager, Epson UK, says: "Not only does the SureColor SC-F7100 deliver on performance, cost, reliability and flexibility, it also opens up new revenue streams for customers. We have listened to our customers and know this is a clear need and we have reacted accordingly. These improvements enable them to respond to and maximise the business potential presented by the demand for short to medium textile production runs."


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