The new Epson® SureColor® S-Series of 64-inch roll-to-roll, production solvent inkjet printers is now shipping. Featuring advanced imaging technologies, the new Epson SureColor printers were engineered to bring higher levels of productivity and image quality to the signage, vehicle graphics, and fine art reproduction markets.
The three models now available for purchase through authorized resellers include:
- an entry-level sign printer (SureColor S40600)
- an everyday outdoor-sign printer (SureColor S60600)
- an expended-gamut printer (SureColor S80600) for photographic-quality output and fine art reproductions at high production speeds
“Innovations in imaging technology, coupled with the latest Epson UltraChrome® GS3 ink system, provide the ultimate combination of performance and photographic quality. These printers enable print shops of any size to get the job done, on time and beyond expectations.” said Matt McCausland, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America, Inc. “The SureColor S80600 redefines image quality expectations in the signage market.”
All four printers feature newly formulated fast-drying UltraChrome CS3 inks and new Epson Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP printheads. The Dual-Array PrecisionCore TFP printhead provides high performance and consistency and variable-size ink droplet technology for remarkable photographic quality.
A new precision media-feeding system with automatic tension control provides extremely accurate, motorized roll-to-roll media handling.
An automatic media alignment and setup system allows for faster switching between media types.
Automatic print-head cleaning significantly reduces the need for manual printhead maintenance. The air circulation system keeps the printhead cleaner for extended performance in high-production environments.
The ONYX® GamaPrint Pro software bundled with the printers features simple tools for sizing, cropping, tiling, and nesting and easy-to-install Epson profiles for the top-selling media for solvent ink printers. Sign shops and vehicle-graphics specialists can use the true Pantone® spot-color matching capabilities to produce brand colors for their clients.
Fast-Drying Inks for Same-Day Job Delivery
Previous generation solvent inks typically require 24 to 48 hours of drying time. The UltraChrome GS3 inks in the SC-S80600, SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 require only about six hours of drying time before they can be laminated. Laminating graphics just a few hours after printing enables sign shop owners to offer same-day project delivery. This is particularly important with vehicle graphics.
The SureColor S40600 (ERP: $15,995) features one set of CMYK inks and can print banners at speeds of up to 215 sq. ft./hr. and vinyl at 170 sq. ft./hr.
The SureColor S60600 (ERP: $22,995) uses two sets of CMYK inks to print banners at up to 550 sq. ft./hr. and vinyl at 310 sq. ft./hr.
The SureColor S80600 (ERP: $24,995) uses eight different colors of ink. Many sign shops will choose to use CMYK with light cyan, light magenta, light black, orange and red inks. The all-new GS3 Red ink produces vivid output with an expansive color gamut and outstanding color vibrancy. For best-in-class photographic output, users can use the optional white and/or metallic silver inks instead of the orange and red inks(?).
“We use the Epson SureColor S80600 to tackle a variety of applications, ranging from artist canvas and textile reproductions to wallpaper and an assortment of wall art, all at up to 75-percent better production,” said John McPherson, technical director, Marco Fine Arts. “We couldn’t be more thrilled with this machine. Not only does it require less maintenance, it offers the best color gamut available in any solvent printer out there, along with incredible ease-of-use, better output quality and faster print speeds.”
“Epson has outdone itself again! With the Epson SureColor S80600 solvent printer, we continue to provide unparalleled excellence in high quality and accurate print products on a variety of substrates – canvas, poster board, metal, plastic, and more,” said Monica Denosta, president and chief operating officer, Picture it on Canvas. “And now it’s even faster. The ability to adjust print speeds based on required detail affords us the ability to offer different levels of service. Even at its slowest speed, it’s faster than its predecessor.”
The SureColor S80600 is currently available for $24,995 MSRP through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers. The SureColor S-Series offers a standard Epson Preferred Limited Warranty, a one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service in the unlikely event of any hardware failure.
Epson Preferred Plus service plans are available that cover both the hardware and software for up to two additional years.
For more information, visit proimaging.epson.com.