Epson UK unveiled a new range of professional 64-inch signage printers on 15 January 2016. According to the company, they combine robust engineering with new design and production features to deliver market-leading quality at the fastest possible speeds, precise repeatability and durability.
The new SureColor SC-S series comes after a culmination of extensive market research, customer feedback and end-user testing. They offer users a 'precise and accurate way to create high impact, durable and profitable' signage and display graphics. The range requires minimal user intervention and delivers increased uptime to help businesses maximise productivity.
SureColor SC-S80600: This model features dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads and nine or 10 colours: CMYKLcLmLk plus red and orange. It can also be configured to use white or metallic silver. Users can easily switch between white and metallic ink to suit job requirements. This flexible printer delivers print speeds up to 95.1sqm/hr in single-pass banner mode, and up to 12.5sqm/hr in 8-pass film mode.
SureColor SC-S60600: This has been designed for fast turnaround, high print volume environments. Featuring dual PrecisionCore TFP printheads (CMYKx2) this printer produces high quality vinyl output at 29.4sqm/hr, banners at 52.3sqm/hr, and can print up to 95.3sqm/hr for single-pass applications.
SureColor SC-S40600: Aimed at high-quality POS graphics and signage, this affordable, entry-level, four-colour printer features a single PrecisionCore printhead and delivers up to 58.4sqm/hr productivity.
Every component of these printers has been designed and manufactured to make sure of 'seamless operation, maximum productivity and the highest professional-quality results'. The design of the new SureColor SC-S series is centred on improving the printing experience user and to reduce the cost of ownership, says the company. The large clear panel offers a view of the printing area, while internal LED lights allow for easy inspection at the point of printing.
From outdoor signage to high-end interior displays and décor, the range can be used with a range of coated and uncoated substrates. Exhibition displays, posters and backlit panels, POS materials, vehicle wraps, wallpaper and photo canvases are all produced with 'unrivalled accuracy' thanks to a new Precision Media Feeding System. This facilitates motorised roll-to-roll media handling with a highly advanced auto-tension control (AD-ATC) system for accurate media feed and take-up. Automatic printhead cleaning, including a newly-developed fabric printhead wiper system, will 'virtually eliminate' printhead maintenance.
Featuring their latest generation permanent PrecisionCore TFP printheads with variable size ink droplet technology, these new printers produce consistent 1440 x 1440 dpi output at 'best in class' print speeds. New hardware enhancements offer greater resistance to head strikes.
The new SureColor SC-S range uses Epson's new formulation UltraChrome GS3 inkset, which is quick drying and low odour.
Martin Johns, product manager, Epson UK, said: "We listened to our customers' 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."
The products come with a two-year warranty as standard to give customers added peace of mind. Plus, all users can take advantage of the Epson SureColor Academy for training, and ongoing support.
In the UK and Ireland, the SureColor SC-S 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 replace the SC-S50600 and SC-S30600 models respectively and are available immediately priced from £9,995 + VAT RRP. The SureColor SC-S80600 replaces the SC-S70600 and will be available to buy from March 2016 priced at £16,135 + VAT RRP (10-colour).