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Te c hno lo g y R e v i ew By Chris and Kathi Morrison Epson SureColor S80600 You can gain ten colors, with an option for white or metallic-silver ink. Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoftcertified systems engineer. Key Information Epson America Inc. 3840 Kilroy Airport Way Long Beach, CA 90806 (800) 463-7766 Contact: Darek Connole, PR manager (714) 287-9597 I t seems like this year's big innovation in solvent/eco-solvent printing is print speed. But, does print speed tell the whole story, or should you ask a few more questions? For example, how much time is the printer down for daily or weekly maintenance? How much time does it take to load a roll of media? How long does it take the ink to dry before you can laminate the print? Epson's newest print machines, the 64-in.-wide SureColor S-Series, advance the company's reputation for producing outstanding image quality but, even more, they address many of the time thieves that rob shops of profit and opportunity. Machine maintenance, for example, or media loading and alignment, or the long waits for solvent ink to dry before you can laminate the image. The SureColor S-Series line comprises three models, the SC-S40600, SC-S60600 and SC-S80600. The SC-S80600 is the top line printer, the other two models have the lion's share of its features but are primarily four-color machines; the SC-S40600 offers a CMYK ink set and the SC-S60600 offers dual CMYK. The SC-S80600 features 10 ink colors (CMYKlclmlk plus orange and red) and an optional choice of either a white or metallic-silver ink. The orange and red inks extend the color gamuts and the gray ink allows cost-saving fills. The SC-S80600 also features a Dual-Array Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead that produces up to 1,440 x 1,440 dpi resolution with Epson's Precision Dot technology that provides high speed printing with virtually no banding; you can also produce true 720 dpi (per color) in a single pass. For daily maintenance, Epson recognized that persistent, process- Specifications: Epson SureColor S Series S80600 Printer Ink Type Solvent Ink Colors CMYKlclmlk, orange and red + white or silver Minimum Dot Size 4.2 pL Top Speed 1,020 sq. ft./hr. Maximum Resolution 1,440 x 1,440 dpi 36 SIGNS OF THE TIMES August 2016 caused dust and ink mist in the print area will reduce image quality and, therefore, it incorporated an integrated internal air-filtration system (with replaceable air filters) that controls airborne particulates in the print area. The company also devised a straightforward cleaningcloth routine that, when employed daily, eliminates ink build-up in the ink station, thus cutting maintenance, generally, to less than 10 minutes. In addition, the SC-S80600 incorporates a strengthened framework and stand. Its enhanced media system features 40 individual media-feed rollers that work in conjunction with five independent pinch rollers and automatic media-tension and motor-torque adjustments (the system senses and reacts to media size and weight), all of which ensures accurate media progress. The printer also incorporates Epson's new UltraChrome GS3 solvent inks that image on practically any media. These inks do not require special ventilation and, under proper conditions, can be laminated six hours after printing. The easy-to-maintain Epson SCS80600 is designed for production work in signshop and vehicle-wrap enterprises; its image quality and workflow speed will enhance your profit opportunities, and the heightened color-gamut will give you advantages over your competition.■

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - August 2016

Signs of the Times - August 2016
ST Update
Technology Update
Why You Should Invest in a Color-Management Device
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review - Epson SureColor S80600
Technology Review - The AXYZ Trident
Shop Ops
Sign Museum News
New Products
Digging Deep
Writing on the Wall
Dostoevsky and the Crane Truck
Penn State Study Assesses Font Legibility
A Crossroads Celebration
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - August 2016