Signs of the Times - July 2013 - (Page 34)
By Chris and Kathi Morrison
Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image
Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements,
CA. Chris is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer.
Epson’s Dye-Sub Transfer, SureColor F-Series Printers
Fast, high-quality imaging with new dye-sub technology
I f you market,entry into the softwant
Epson has designed,
built and introduced two dye-sublimation printers that will allow you
to create low- or high-number orders
of banners, flags, tradeshow graphics,
table covers, promotional items,
cut-and-sew athletic wear and more.
Typically, soft signage is handled
by screenprint shops that require
mass-quantity orders to gain costeffective print runs. Low-quantity,
custom work wasn’t feasible. Not
surprisingly, dye-sublimation inkjet
printers entered the market as
inkjet-print technology developed,
but most dye-sub print machines
were thermal-inkjet systems modified
to handle dye-sub inks.
Epson chose to dispense with
existing dye-sub print technology
and, instead, create a new system
that would outperform its in-class
competition in such important areas
as image quality, productivity and
The four-color, 44-in.-wide
SureColor F6070 and 64-in.-wide
F7070 printers, built for roll-fed,
digital-textile markets, will image
up to 1,440 x 720 dpi at 618 sq. ft./
hr. They easily produce one-off or
high-volume promotional items.
For production runs, you can
load extra-long – up to 328 ft. –
Epson America Inc.
3840 Kilroy Airport Way
Long Beach, CA 90806
Contact: Patrick Gevas
(408) 369-7200, X1051
rolls of media and Epson’s 1.5-liter,
Essentially, all dye-sublimation
images print onto paper media and
are then heat-transferred to a substrate. Epson offers two paper types,
both developed for the SureColor
F-Series. The standard, multi-purpose
transfer paper is for use on such
products as fabrics, ceramics, mousepads and metal. The second, nonstandard paper features a low-tack
Epson’s Dye-Sub Transfer SureColor F6070 and F7070 Printers
44 and 64 in., respectively
Advanced MicroPiezo TFP; 10-channel DOD; 720 nozzles/color
1440 x 720; 720 x 720; 720 x 360 dpi
Epson UltraChrome DS ink (industrial-level, dye-sublimation ink) supply
Wasatch (Adobe PostScript Level 3)
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adhesive that’s designed for cut-andsew fabrics and apparel production.
Epson’s proprietary, UltraChrome
DS inks feature an increased, CMYKcolor gamut with intensified blacks.
The company says to expect vibrant
colors and smooth tone gradations.
The prints are dry to the touch, and
lamination isn’t necessary.
Its MicroPiezo TFP printheads
create a precise, repeatable ink dot.
Further, the heads feature an inkrepelling coating that helps prevent
clogged nozzles. This feature
also extends the printheads’ life
Your SureColor printer arrives
with a Wasatch® SoftRIP®; it’s ready
for out-of-the-box printing.
Epson said several years of development preceded the introduction
of its innovative F6070 and F7070
printers. We think this effort demonstrates the company’s commitment
to the digital-textile industry. By the
way, the printers will run 24/7 – so
you should see a quick return on
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - July 2013
Signs of the Times - July 2013
The Moving Message
Vehicle Graphics Contest Entry Form
Public Displays of Affection
Electric-Sign Company 1 on 1’s
Screenprinting for Signmakers
A Century of Going Places
Signs of the Times - July 2013