Posts Tagged ‘Epson’

  • Epson’s new factory for inkjet printheads

    Epson’s new Hirooka Office Building 9 in Japan.

    Epson aims to triple production of its advanced PrecisionCore inkjet printheads after building a new purpose-built factory in Japan.

    Epson Seiko has completed construction work on the factory at its Hirooka office in Shiojiri, Japan and says it will begin operations in the 2018 fiscal year (ending March 31, 2019).

    The new facility will be used to produce PrecisionCore print chips, a core component of Epson’s PrecisionCore inkjet printheads.

    Under its Epson 25 Corporate Vision, Epson is targeting office, commercial and industrial printing markets. In FY2017, the company released high-speed, linehead inkjet multifunction office printers as part of its strategy to drive growth. Epson says it will expand sales of high-capacity ink tank printers, which have been driving growth. In FY2018, Epson plans to sell 9.5 million units, a 1.7-million-unit increase over FY2017.

    In the commercial and industrial sectors, the company says an accelerating shift from analogue to digital solutions is expected to generate significant market growth for Epson printers used for printing signage, textiles and product labels. Epson will continue to strengthen its line-up of commercial and industrial large-format printers and will boost both its R&D and manufacturing capability.

    The new factory will enable Epson to handle an expected medium-range increase in demand for printheads. By leveraging its production capacity, Epson also plans to rollout sales of its PrecisionCore printheads for large-format printers worldwide. It will work with its partners to accelerate the shift to digital in commercial and industrial printing.

    The new factory, Epson’s second production site for PrecisionCore print chips, is equipped with a research and development function and will play a key role in improving printhead quality and productivity.

  • Winds of change: Steve Green joins Epson

    Steve Green, Epson Australia’s new business manager for document solutions.

    Prominent industry identity Steve Green has joined Epson Australia to lead the company’s Document Solutions business.

    “Epson’s focus and ambition in the A4 and A3 office print space is unparalleled in the market right now,” says the industry veteran. “It’s also a very good fit with my background and experience so I’m delighted to be joining the strong team at Epson Australia at such an exciting time. Epson’s value proposition resonates incredibly well in this market and that will only continue to grow.”

    Green brings to Epson a rare wealth of experience in the printing industry having previously enjoyed success in senior leadership roles with Fuji Xerox, Océ, Kodak, Ricoh and EFI.

    “Steve’s appointment is a major plus for Epson,” says Craig Heckenberg, Epson Australia’s commercial division general manager. “He has excellent experience in document solutions and proven success in building business and relationships with clients, the channel and the overall market. He also joins us at a time when Epson is investing more heavily than ever before in high speed, high efficiency, low power consumption business inkjet technology solutions so the future is looking very bright indeed.”

    Epson’s product lineup ranges from inkjet printers and digital printing systems to 3LCD projectors, watches and industrial robots. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world.

     

     

     

     

     

  • TAFE fashion designers turn to Epson

    An Epson EB-L1505UNL projector used to display student graduation designs.

    The Sydney Fashion Design Studio (FDS) at Ultimo TAFE has invested in a new Epson dye sub fabric printer and the latest Epson projectors for its design students.

    Fashion students recently began using the Epson SureColor F-Series dye sublimation fabric printer in their coursework and in the creation of their graduation designs. FDS are also using Epson EB-L1505UNL projectors to display student artworks on the walls at the end of year fashion parade.

    Epson’s printing, projection and imaging technology has helped raise the FDS’ quality bar to a new level, according to TAFE NSW’s Alexander Zehntner.

    Original designs created by FDS students using an Epson SureColor F-Series Dye Sublimation fabric printer.

    “FDS Ultimo TAFE invested in an Epson F-Series dye sublimation printer when we upgraded and started delivering the Bachelor of Fashion Design to enable training with the latest industry technology standard,” he says. “Our students use the Epson dye sublimation printer to realise their original art works for individual custom design on fabrics for fashion and interior products.”

    FDS Ultimo TAFE also used Epson EB-L1505UNL projectors at a student fashion show in an inner-city warehouse space to project students work onto distressed walls as people walked into the space.

    “The projector was amazing, with incredible colour and definition capturing all of the character of the artwork. Truly great image reproduction,” says Zehntner. “The projector was also left on for an extended length of time with no problems and it really created a buzz and a great conversation piece amongst guests as it allowed us to be innovative and create an interactive experience with our audience, transforming a simple waiting space into a dynamic experiential space.

    “We have already seen a lot of growth with digital printing in the fashion industry and with all our graduates being skilled and able to use specialised equipment. It’s good to know they will keep pushing the design boundaries with Epson.”

  • ProCloud chooses Epson SureColor

    The Epson SureColor S80600.

    After “a lot of research,” Brisbane graphic design and web development studio ProCloud has installed an Epson SureColor S80600 eco-solvent printer to produce its wide-format vehicle and building signage.

    ‘Clearly the best in its class’: Michael Jackson, MD ProCloud.

    “We produce lots of vehicle signage and needed a printer that would give us truly vivid colours,” says ProCloud MD Michael Jackson. “We had purchased another brand-new printer but it was not able to produce solid quality prints. After a lot of research, we bought the Epson SC-S80600 as it was clearly the best in its class.”

    As well as vehicle signage, ProCloud uses the SC-S80600 to produce a large amount of building signage.

    “The SC-S80600 really gives ProCloud and our customers an edge as its vivid colour offerings, high speed and extremely solid prints ensure happy clients. For vehicle and building signage, there is no better printer on the market today.”

    The Epson SureColor S80600 is designed to produce high-value graphics with enhanced durability. It suits a variable workflow with low to medium production volumes. It can be used with a wide range of media including paper, canvas, film and vinyl and suits a wide range of high-value high-impact applications including large format photo imaging, indoor POS and signage, back-lit displays, window decorations, wallpapers, surface finishes & décor.

    The SC-S80600 incorporates Epson’s latest PrecisionCore printhead and UltraChrome Eco-Solvent ink technology.It is designed to produce premium quality output using minimum ink, with simple operation and fast job completion. Prints dry quickly and machines require minimum maintenance. The ink also has a low odour to enable operation in a wide range of commercial, business and office environments.

    For more information on the SC-S80600 click here.

    ProCloud is based at South Pine Road, Brendale, north of Brisbane. The Epson Group comprises more than 76,000 employees in 87 companies around the world.

     

     

  • Epson DTG packs a punch in Padstow

    Hannah Nasari, Bowlilly (left) with Ryan Warby, Epson, and the new SureColor F2160 DTG printer.

    When boxing promoter and fashion designer Hannah Nasari decided to launch her own kids’ clothing line, she needed a direct-to-garment (DTG) printer that could translate her ideas into reality – and Epson’s latest machine proved just the thing.

    Nasari is set to launch her label, Bowlilly, at the end of the year, with kids’ sizes from three to seven. “The whole brand is a beautiful bohemian luxe range,” she said. “I’ve got a line coming up of kids’ T-shirts, and hopefully some mummy-and-kid shirts as well.”

    To support her new business, based in Padstow in Sydney’s southwest, Nasari purchased Epson’s latest garment printer: the SureColor F2160, one of the first of its model to arrive in Australia. “I’m looking forward to using the new machine. It can print within a timeframe of just three to five minutes, so the productivity is amazing,” she said. “I had to print out some shirts for a gala and market day last weekend, and I was able to produce at least 25 to 30 T-shirts within the hour. It was fantastic, and the quality was wonderful. I’m happy to have the machine behind my brand.”

    Hannah also gave Epson’s Garment Creator software her seal of approval for utility and ease of use. “I can design my print on Illustrator and transfer it into the software, and it gives me an accurate estimate of cost. It’s very helpful and very useful.”

    The second-generation SureColor F2160 is a follow-up to Epson’s previous model, the F2000, which according to Ryan Warby, business development manager for professional print solutions at Epson, was a very successful machine. “It changed the industry quite a bit with its low maintenance and its reliability,” he said. “We’re improving on that with the F2160, adding a cleaning cartridge, adjusting speeds and resolutions, and putting in variable-dot printing. It’s a good step up from the F2000.”

    The addition of variable-dot printing is a significant improvement from the F2000’s single dot size. “We can print small, medium and large dots, which gives us better gradients and higher resolution without sacrificing speed – in fact, it speeds it up for us,” said Warby. “It also allows us to be more economical with the printing, as it uses less ink.”

    Warby is very happy to work with Bowlilly, and looks forward to continuing to explore the fabric printing market. “Hannah’s doing some great work, and the quality that comes out is fantastic,” he said. “It’s been exciting for us being in this textile space – the textile market has been analogue for a very long time, and is now moving towards digital. We’re seeing that not only in DTG, but in the dye sublimation side of the business as well.”

  • Epson launches new digital label press for single-pass printing

    Epson has expanded its range of digital label presses with the launch of the SurePress L-6034VW at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels. It’s the first press to use Epson’s new PrecisionCore linehead technology for single pass printing and the first to feature its new LED-cured UV ink with in-line varnish technology.

    The SurePress L-6034VW was first shown as a prototype at drupa 2012 and is now available in two models; one with CMYK with digital varnish and one without white ink. The SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V models will be available in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

    “The launch of the SurePress L-6034VW puts us in the position of offering two very different presses with two different inksets,” said Duncan Ferguson, director of Epson ProGraphics Europe.

    The press is designed for durable print quality, short to mid-run labels on standard film and paper label substrates between 80mm and 340mm wide.

    The LED lamps used for the curing process lowers the energy consumption. It also enables printing onto heat-sensitive substrates, such as polyethylene (PE).

    According to the Epson the new press has incorporated sophisticated automatic monitoring, maintenance and cleaning features within the SurePress L-6034VW.

    Nozzle State Analysis technology, will automatically sense if a nozzle is not firing and rapidly cleaning and recovering it, in return it minimises downtime, minimises ink waste and ensures continuous printing.

    Each of the six lineheads in the press comprises 11 PrecisionCore printhead modules (totalling 52,800 nozzles) that Epson says delivers precise quality with multi-size dot control and high native resolution.

    The linehead is tuned to work with Epson’s new low-energy LED-cured UV ink and in-line digital varnish technology to deliver a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi at 15m per minute.

    The SurePress L-6034VW gives users the flexibility to print high-opacity white ink first or last to boost image impact on clear and metallic substrates and to expand the variety of labels that can be produced.

    It features a time saving digital varnish feature which it enables the user to apply matte, gloss and even a combination of both in patterned or selective spot varnish effects during printing to achieve a range of finishes. This can be done on the same label or vary from label to label in the same print run.

  • Spandex and Epson host Open Days

    Spandex and Epson have teamed up to present a series of Open Days in NSW, Queensland and WA, with a focus on Epson’s Surecolor SC range of 64” (1625mm) safe solvent printers and new ‘F’ series of dye sublimation printers.

    Alex McClelland, managing director, Spandex said, “These Open Days are a great way for sign and display businesses to maximize their knowledge base and opportunities one-on-one with experts from both Epson and Spandex. 

    “It’s also a great use of time as visitors can pick what time they come in and know that they can get straight onto the learning curve and demonstrations.”

    The first Open Day with Spandex is at Epson’s North Ryde, Sydney, showroom on September 26, followed by open days in Queensland and WA during October. The Open Days will show how wide format printers can add profitable services such as dye sublimated gifts, clothing, sports apparel and corporate items.

    For Epson’s ‘F’ series dye-sub printers for transferring to fabrics, sport apparel and soft signage; Spandex also supplies digital heat presses and Teflon protection sheets.

    The dates and locations are:

    NSW Open Day: September 26, at Epson, 3 Talavera Rd, North Ryde

    QLD Open Day: October 15, at Spandex, 33 Gassman Dr, Yatala

    WA Open Day: October 23, at Spandex, 26 Milrose Dr, Malaga

    The Open Days are free to attend and refreshments will be provided.

    To register click here

     

  • Epson launches new digital label press for single-pass printing

    Epson has expanded its range of digital label presses with the launch of the SurePress L-6034VW at LabelExpo Europe in Brussels. It’s the first press to use Epson’s new PrecisionCore linehead technology for single pass printing and the first to feature its new LED-cured UV ink with in-line varnish technology.

    The SurePress L-6034VW was first shown as a prototype at drupa 2012 and is now available in two models; one with CMYK with digital varnish and one without white ink. The SurePress L-6034VW and L-6034V models will be available in Australia and New Zealand early next year.

    “The launch of the SurePress L-6034VW puts us in the position of offering two very different presses with two different inksets,” said Craig Heckenburg, General Manager Australia.

    The press is designed for durable print quality, short to mid-run labels on standard film and paper label substrates between 80mm and 340mm wide.

    The LED lamps used for the curing process lowers the energy consumption. It also enables printing onto heat-sensitive substrates, such as polyethylene (PE).

    According to the Epson the new press has incorporated sophisticated automatic monitor

    ing, maintenance and cleaning features within the SurePress L-6034VW.

    Nozzle State Analysis technology, will automatically sense if a nozzle is not firing and rapidly cleaning and recovering it, in return it minimises downtime, minimises ink waste and ensures continuous printing.

    Each of the six lineheads in the press comprises 11 PrecisionCore printhead modules (totalling 52,800 nozzles) that Epson says delivers precise quality with multi-size dot control and high native resolution.

    The linehead is tuned to work with Epson’s new low-energy LED-cured UV ink and in-line digital varnish technology to deliver a resolution of 600 x 600 dpi at 15m per minute.

    The SurePress L-6034VW gives users the flexibility to print high-opacity white ink first or last to boost image impact on clear and metallic substrates and to expand the variety of labels that can be produced.

    It features a time saving digital varnish feature which it enables the user to apply matte, gloss and even a combination of both in patterned or selective spot varnish effects during printing to achieve a range of finishes. This can be done on the same label or vary from label to label in the same print run.

  • Synnex takes on Epson wide format series

    Epson is broadening its distribution partnership with Synnex Australia adding the Epson SureColor T Series range of high-speed large format printers to the Melbourne-headquartered information and communications technology distributor.

    The new deal comes hot on the heels of Epson’s appointment in July of Neopost Australia (formerly GBC Australia) as a national reseller of its SureColor S Series eco-solvent printers.

    “We are very pleased to have the Synnex Imaging and Printing Product Management team working with us on our T Series printers in these specialised market segments,” said Craig Heckenberg (pictured), business unit manager for Epson Australia.
“Epson and Synnex are long term partners with a proven track record in making a wide range of Epson printing solutions available to the Australian market.

    “We’re looking forward to their support to help us grow this important segment of the large format printing market,” he said.

    Synnex Australia is a fully-owned subsidiary of the Synnex Group, with its corporate home base in Fremont California, a business process services company and distributor of technology by OEM suppliers to more than 20,000 resellers globally. Synnex claims itself as the largest information and communications technology (ICT) distributor in Australia and the Asia Pacific region.

    Kee Ong, Synnex Australia CEO, welcomed the addition of the Epson SureColor T series to its range for customers at Synnex.

    “Our extensive reseller network can facilitate penetration into specialised printing markets for Epson,” sad Kee. “All our resellers are backed by Synnex’s comprehensive infrastructure, knowledgeable support and superior services. These enable our resellers with the right expertise and right product to advise their customers on specialised printing requirements.

    “Extending the partnership proves the existing value created by this long term relationship between Epson and Synnex is beneficial to our resellers,” he said. “Synnex is working closely with Epson to ensure the Just-In-Time availability of these cost-effective, high-speed, large-format, colour printers to our resellers through a well planned and executed go-to-market strategy.”

    For Epson, the 44 inch SureColor SC-T7000, 36 inch SC-T5000 and 24 inch SC-T3000 offer a combination of precision, performance and value with water resistant pigment inks, class leading print speeds and extremely low running costs.

    Designed for the production of plans, drawings, presentations, maps, and short run posters, they are compact, fast and flexible with low power consumption and reduced running costs.

  • Epson seals SureColor reseller deal with Neopost Australia

    Epson is broadening its national dealer network in the sign and display segment, appointing Neopost Australia (formerly GBC Australia) as a national reseller for the Epson SureColor S Series eco-solvent printers.

    “Neopost Australia has established itself in the past decade as a leading supplier to the large format signage, exhibition and display industries, so it is a welcome addition to our dealer network,” says Craig Heckenberg (pictured), business unit manager for Epson Australia. Epson’s strong product offering in this segment complements Neopost’s experience across this market.

    “Customers are telling us there’s a lot to like in the SureColor S-Series, such as advanced media handling, high output flexibility and exceptional colour gamut, giving a boost to their customer’s satisfaction, so I am sure Neopost Australia will have great success with these printers,” he says.

    For Chris Pettit, marketing manager, Printing and Finishing Solutions, Neopost Australia, the new addition awards Neopost Australia with an added dose of brand prestige.

    “As a market leader in print finishing solutions for the graphics industry, partnering with world leading brands like Epson enhances our product offering, backed by our national sales, service and support capabilities,” says Pettit. “The Epson SureColor S series allows Neopost Australia to expand its product portfolio and truly offer a one-stop shop for all large format print and finishing needs to new and existing print providers.

    “Epson is a reliable brand at an attractive price-point giving Neopost Australia the competitive edge as a leading supplier to the print for pay market,” he says.

    Barry Grant, Neopost’s newly appointed national manager, Sign and Display, says his team’s role is to assist the existing customer base of traditional printers to diversify their product offering to the growing signage market.

    “Our knowledge across all aspects of this market is as much a value-add to an existing sign-writer as it is to a new contender, and the speed, reliability and overall performance of the SureColor S Series printers certainly adds to our capabilities,” says Grant.

  • Epson set to deliver next-generation inkjet print heads

    Epson is moving to introduce its next-generation Micro Piezo inkjet print heads in the second half of this fiscal year, following the completion of two new print head production lines at two of the company’s sites in Japan. 

    According to Epson, the new print head is based on an ‘advanced new and original design’, which includes the development of new materials to be used in the print heads’ actuator – the device which converts electrical power into mechanical movement in the Micro Piezo print system.

    The company says the new print heads will represent a more compact design than its previous models, with a greater level of precision and improved cost performance, with the new print heads set to begin rolling off the new production lines in the latter half of the 2013 fiscal year.

    An Epson six-axis robot used in the next-generation print head production line at the Tohoku Epson plant in Japan.

    The new print head development has evolved out of the company’s existing MEMS (micro-electro-mechanical systems) production technology and, using the precision, durability and ink versatility of the proprietary Micro Piezo technology, Epson believes that the enhanced precision and density of the new print head will act as a platform for significantly improving the fundamental performance of Epson inkjet printers in the market.

    “Epson’s corporate vision calls for the expansion of the inkjet printer business, and the new production lines represent an essential element in these plans,” said Motonori Okumura, executive officer and general administrative manager, Imaging Products Key Component Research & Engineering Division. “Going forward, Epson will enhance competitiveness by expanding use of the new print head into its lineup and by further promoting the use of common platforms throughout the inkjet printer lineup.”

    Epson says it spent around 16 billion yen (approximately AU$178.5 million) to build the two new print head production lines in Japan, one of which is at the company’s Suwa-Minami Plant in Nagano Prefecture and the other at the Sakata Plant in Yamagata Prefecture.

    Epson will conduct front-end manufacturing processes at Suwa-Minami and back-end processes at Sakata. Front-end processes involve manufacturing the ultra-fine MEMS component that forms the core of the print head, while the back end processes involve using Epson’s industrial robot technology to complete the assembly process.

    By fully automating the assembly line process, and drawing upon monozukuri – the Japanese art and science of manufacturing and production – Epson hopes to achieve dramatic improvements in productivity and quality of the new print heads.

  • PacPrint debut for Epson SurePress L-4033A

    Epson is publicly showcasing its new high-speed SurePress L-4033A short run digital label printer for the first time at PacPrint13, with the MicroPiezo inkjet press taking pride of place on the company’s stand #1218 at the show.

    “It’s time for SurePress to make its Australian trade show debut, given its successes in the field,” says Craig Heckenberg (pictured), business unit manager for Epson Australia.

    Epson will run hourly demonstrations of SurePress at PacPrint next month, showing its versatility by printing on different ranges of coated and uncoated stocks.

    The SurePress L-4033A press joins its production sibling, the L-4033AW, which has a seven-colour AQ ink set, including white, that ensures customers can produce not only solid, opaque white printing but also precise colour-matching and accurate reproduction of spot and specialty colours. The Epson stand will also feature samples printed by the SurePress L-4033AW.

    The SurePress showing comes off the back of a growing popularity in the local market for the digital MicroPiezo inkjet-powered range.

    “SurePress installations are being driven by the need for better margins and the increasing demand for high-quality customised shorter run label production,” says Heckenberg, “so the response to SurePress’s flexibility and quality has been very strong particularly in some specialised areas like wine labeling.

    “Digital setup processes are cleaner and quicker, variable content is easily integrated into a the single print run. SurePress gives a go-ahead innovative look to the business, and profit margins are better – the whole business gets a lift when a SurePress is installed,” he says.

    The SurePress models print on a range of off-the-shelf substrates with no pre-coating required up to 12.6 mm thick and any width in the range 80 to 330 mm.

    It leverages the accuracy and precision of Epson’s MicroPiezo inkjet technology and SurePress AQ industrial-quality, water-based pigment ink that produces a broad range of colours for consistent results.

    To book a personal demonstration of SurePress at PacPrint13 contact Trevor Crowley on tcrowley@epson.com.au or phone 0447685358.

    Click here for more details about Epson’s PacPrint13 stand.

  • Win a Workforce Pro at the Epson/DES open day

    Epson and DES will be giving away three Epson Workforce Pro WP-4540 printers to lucky guests at an open day on at Epson’s North Ryde showroom in Sydney on 14 November.

    The open day, which is a joint venture between Epson and DES, will showcase Epson’s new range of SureColor wide format printers, including the SureColor 50600 and the SureColor SC-S70600.

    The 10 colour large format SureColor SC-S70600 is Epson’s first 64-inch (162.6cm) roll-fed printer to support optional white and metallic inks simultaneously; and the 64-inch (162.6cm) dual print head CMYK roll-fed printer, the SureColor SC-S50600, is Epson’s fastest large format printer at up to 51.8sqm/per hour in production mode.

    According to Russell Cavenagh, DES sales director, the open day is designed to accommodate the schedule of busy professionals with the option to drop in for an hour or two, with light snacks and refreshments served.

    Graphic arts and signage players will be able to see three different Epson models in action on the day, printing on a variety of MACtac and other media. Also on show will be the new Epson T series technical printer with Colortrac document scanner for scan and print services.

    Product experts will also be on hand to answer questions that visitors can throw at them. DES and Epson will give away three Epson WorkForce Pro WP-4540 printers (valued at $450 each) with a draw to three lucky attendees who come to the open day.

    The open day will be held at Epson’s showroom in North Ryde, Sydney, from 9.30 a.m. to 4.30 p.m. on Wednesday 14 November. To find out more or to book, call 1300728411, email sales@des-pl.com.au or visit: www.des-pl.com.au

  • Don’t miss Epson’s SureColor showcase at Gold Coast VIIE

    Queensland printers will get their first chance to see Epson’s latest eco-solvent printer for the sign and display market, the SureColor SC-S30600, at the Visual Impact Image Expo on the Gold Coast from 19 to 21 April.

    Designed and manufactured by Epson from the ground up, the wide-format press uses the manufacturer’s new UltraChrome GS2 ink. This odourless eco-solvent requires no special ventilation, allowing the press to be used in an air-conditioned office environment.

    Craig Heckenberg (pictured), business unit manager at Epson Australia, said UltraChrome GS2 was designed specifically to work with the SC-S30600 and the company’s next generation TFP (thin film piezo) printheads.

    “Visitors to our stand at VIIE can expect to see the highest image quality possible at extremely affordable prices. Speed, quality, cost and functionality make this our most advanced large format printer yet,” he said.

    Epson’s new UltraChrome GS2 ink features a new yellow formulation that is lightfast for up to three years without lamination, while still capable of reproducing a broad colour range for precise colour matching.

    Visitors to the Epson stand (G9) will also see the Stylus Pro GS6000, a 64-inch photo-quality printer equipped with the UltraChrome GS eight-colour inkset.

    According to the manufacturer, the Pro GS6000 delivers the same print quality as its aqueous printer technologies with a max resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi along with a MicroPiezo printhead. The printer is capable of generating ink droplets as small as 3.7pl with variable-sized droplet technology.