Epson introduces two new wide-format printers
Epson introduced its expanded range of SureColor SC-S range – the SC-S60670L and S80670L industrial models that use highcapacity 1.5-litre ink pouches, also called the bulk ink solution, run with UltraChrome GS3 ink technology - Greenguard Gold-certified for low chemical emissions on Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP printheads.
Discussing the need for ink pouches, Milind Chavan, manager for prographic products at Epson India, said that everyone wants ink at an affordable cost. “By using a pouch, we are reducing the cost of supplying ink in cartridge.”
When it comes to wide-format printing, ink usage and profitability through savings becomes a sweet spot. With the bulk ink solution versus the cartridge model in a scenario where you are using around 10 litres per month, it makes more financial sense. “With the bulk ink solution, the running expenditure is brought down from Rs 3.5 to Rs 2.5 per sqft.”
The Epson SureColor SC-S range – the SC-S60670L is a four-colour printer while the S80670L is a nine- or ten-colour printer.
The general sense in the wide-format industry is that the business is growing, but the margins of the customers are shrinking. Chavan said, “There are three areas where the customers can save – ink, media and power consumption. The Epson printers are energy-saving machines.” He added, “Besides, the speed of the machine – at 300 sqft per hour – enables the printers to double their print production capabilities.”
Chavan also claimed that there are two other ways in which an Epson customer will be spending less, and saving more. “One is the ink circulation system, which facilitates precise mixing of inks. The suction system utilises the content in the pouches or cartridge, reducing it to zero, thereby reducing wastage of ink. Second, is the two-year warranty on its PrecisionCore TFP printheads, which fires 4.2pl ink droplet. Now, the printer does not have to worry about the cost of printhead, letting him print at full speed.”