Epson Ships New SureColor Printers for Signs, Vehicle Graphics, Art Prints

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:

Innovative Features

“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.

 

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Epson SureColor S60600

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.

Inkset Options

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(?).

Customer Feedback

“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.”

Support

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.

Kornit Adds Two New Direct-to-Garment Printing Systems

Kornit Storm 1000

Kornit Digital has launched two new industrial-grade direct-to-garment printing systems for medium-size producers of decorated garments or promotional T-shirts: the Kornit Storm Hexa and Kornit Storm 1000.

The Storm 1000 is the standard configuration of the new product family and features 12 printheads in a CMYK and White configuration. In high productivity mode, the Storm 1000 decorates up to 170 garments per hour including inline pretreatment. It covers a print area up to 50 x 70 cm / 20 x 28 in.

Kornit Storm 1000
Kornit Storm 1000

 

The Kornit Storm Hexa is for color conscious applications such as brand-related and promotional garments. This printer has 16 printheads and two additional colors for full CMYK, Red, Green and White support. It also can produce up to 170 garments per hour in high productivity mode.

Both printers feature recirculating ink systems to reduce ink consumption and optimize reliability. For increased productivity, both printers feature twice as many nozzles as previous Storm configurations.

Both systems are based on Kornit’s NeoPigment™ printing process and are equipped with a built-in pretreatment system, a quick-replace pallet mechanism, a 4-liter bulk ink system, an integrated humidity system, and a backup power system for a quick and easy system start.

All Kornit printing systems are compatible with a variety of fabrics (cotton, polyester, blends, denim, silk wool and more) and are geared towards industrial mass-customization.

“The Storm series of direct-to-garment systems have been Kornit’s signature product for more than a decade,” says Guy Zimmerman, Kornit’s Vice President of Marketing Business Development. “The Storm II is the best-selling industrial direct-to-garment printing system in the market. Launching a new and improved generation of Storm printers is an important milestone for us.”

Zimmerman calls the Storm 1000 and Storm Hexa “perfect production tools for a broad range of applications.” The new Storm configurations show drastically improved throughput, reductions in ink consumption, and excellent print quality.

HP Print OS Will Simplify Print Production Management

HP PrintOS is part of a broad portfolio of digital printing solutions that HP Inc. will showcase at Drupa 2016. HP PrintOS is a secure cloud-based operating system that will simplify and automate print production management.

 

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Featuring a suite of intuitive web-based and mobile applications, PrintOS can help simplify and automate print production. Users will be able to start print jobs faster, monitor print status remotely, and track and improve production performance over time. Ultimately, it could create a platform for new types of collaboration among print-service providers that create different niche products.

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According to HP, all types and sizes of print-service providers will be able to benefit from this new open and integrated platform for print production management. PrintOS can be used not only with HP’s Indigo, PageWide Web Press, Scitex and Latex digital printing technologies, but also with digital printing equipment made by other manufacturers such as Roland or EFI.

According to Simon Lewis, PrintOS Business Director, Graphic Solutions Business for HP Inc., the capabilities of PrintOS will change over time. HP will encourage third parties to leverage the openness of PrintOS platform to bring new capabilities to HP’s large and diverse customer base. He predicts that what PrintOS will be able to do three years from now will be radically different than what it can do this year or next year.

Through the PrintOS platform, small printing business owners will be able to “rent” specific capabilities for the length of a certain project. That can be much more cost-effective than having to spend thousands of dollars on software that might not be used much after the client’s project is finished.

“We’re trying to make it easier for our customers to have new capabilities more accessible to them,” explained Lewis. “We’re in it to help our customers be more successful and to help drive their print volumes. No one guarantees that all of their printing will be printing will be on HP equipment, but we still want to do whatever we can to drive our customers’ success.”

The first two applications available through PrintOS include Box and SiteFlow.

Box is a tool designed to reduce the amount of time and intervention required to handle each file that comes into the shop through e-mail or a file-transfer service such as Hightail or WeTransfer. In these cases, the customer service rep has to open up each file and preflight it to make sure it ready to send into production. When print-service providers set up a Box account for their clients, the onboarding of jobs will become more standardized. Box will preflight the job either drop it into the RIP for process or send it to prepress for corrections. By standardizing processes, Box reduces upfront overhead, increases capacity and improves profitability.

Site Flow combines automated order submission, pre-press and shop floor management capabilities. This app addresses the needs of print-service providers who serve the business-to-business and business-to-business-to-consumer markets. With SiteFlow, PSPs will be able to offer attractive costs and higher levels of service to fulfill hundreds, thousands, or tens of thousands of individual, personalized print orders every day, including direct shipment to end customers.

Additional applications for PrintOS will be introduced at Drupa in May. Many apps will be available without charge to existing customers with a service contract. Some apps may be subject to monthly subscriptions and usage charges.

HP Indigo and PageWide Web Press customers can begin using PrintOS on May 31, 2016. It will be rolled out the users of Scitex and Latex printing equipment in 2017.

Hiring Guide Explains How to Recruit TechCreatives

Semper Internation Techcreative

The hiring guide “Meet the Techcreative” was produced by Semper International, LLC to introduce a new type of employee that has evolved along with digital technologies. Semper supplies skilled staff members to businesses involved in printing, pre-media, graphic communications, and interactive media.

Semper defines Techcreatives as “the intermediaries between the two worlds of creativity and technology — those with the technical expertise to make your ideas a reality.”

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Although the term “Techcreative,” may be new, the role itself has emerged as photo labs, printing companies, prepress firms, and marketing companies have continuously adapted to digital technologies over the past 20 years.

Techcreatives in printing firms learned how to adjust Quark or InDesign files to allow for predictable and consistent output on everything from traditional offset printing presses to large-format digital printers. In marketing, Techcreatives are involved with everything from cross-channel customer engagement strategies and analytics to graphic design and video production.

Hiring TechCreatives is critical to businesses that want to adapt to and thrive as technologies such as virtual reality, augmented reality, and 3D printing continue to evolve.

A good TechCreative can help your company build sound, scalable business models around the specific technologies that make the most long-term sense for your firm and customers.

The Semper hiring guide outlines key attributes of TechCreatives and suggests tactics for hiring them. For example, look for loyal, detail-oriented professionals with a strong work ethic and problem-solving skills. The TechCreative should be passionate and skilled in one skilled area of technology but constantly open to learning about other technologies that can keep your business on the cutting edge.

On the Techcreatives landing page you can request the e-book and read case studies and about additional insights about the Techcreative evolution. The Resources includes a link to a white paper that explains why “3D Printing Will Change Everything.”

About Semper

Semper was founded by professionals who were raised and trained in the graphic arts and staffing industries. Since 1994, Semper International LLC has provided flexible, flex-to-hire, and direct hire staffing services to help printing companies adapt to ongoing changes in the business.