Fespa 2019: Epson launches new SureColor printers

Epson has expanded its SureColor SC-S range of signage printers with the addition of two new industrial output models that use high-capacity 1.5-litre ink pouches. The machine was unveiled in public for the first time during Fespa 2019, held at Munich, Germany from 14 to 17 May.

17 May 2019 | By Rahul Kumar

The new 64-inches (1.62-m) SC-S60600L and the SC80600L models have been introduced to sit alongside the existing SC-S60600 and SC80600 printers, which use cartridges. The SureColor SC-S60600L uses high capacity 1.5-litre ink pouches. These ink pouches run with Epson’s established UltraChrome GS3 eco-solvent inks, which have key environmental certifications, including Greenguard Gold and AgBB.

Richard Barrow, senior product manager, Epson, said, “We are seeing that more and more these printers are going into higher print volume environments, bordering on being used for industrial use. So acknowledging this, we decided to develop a bulk ink solution for the existing models.

“This solution is essentially a tray system and each tray holds a 1.5-litre or up to 1.5-litre ink pouch,” he said, “There is a sweet spot for usage in terms of what model you would use. We’re hypothesising that if you are using more than 10-litres of ink per month, it makes financial sense or a better cost of ownership equation to go with the bulk ink solution versus the cartridge model.”

Aside from the ink system, all other technical specifications on the new devices remain the same as the cartridge models and therefore produce 1,440x1,440-dpi output at up to 95.1s-qm/hr in single-pass banner mode and at up to 12.5sq-m/hr in eight-pass film modes.

The machines can run nine or 10 colours — CMYK, light cyan, light magenta, light black, red and orange, and can also be configured to use white or metallic silver.

They can print on a wide range of media up to 1-mm thick, from clear film and photographic paper to wallpaper, canvas and vinyl, and are suited to large scale signage and displays, POS applications and billboards, back/front-lit signage and car wrapping.

Both devices feature Epson PrecisionCore TFP printheads and will be supplied with Epson Edge RIP software and the LFP Accounting Tool, which the manufacturer said provides for accurate job costing data.

Other printers on the manufacturer’s stand include the SureColor SC-S60600, SureColor SC-P20000, SureColor SC-F9300, SureColor SC-F6200 and SureColor SC-F2100.

“Historically, Fespa is without question the best tradeshow for us, not only to engage with as many different visitors from Europe, but the influence to sales is second to none,” said Barrow. “So it’s really a no brainer for us to use Fespa as the key platform for all signage and sign and display launches.”