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Epson launches new standard in digital fabric printing

Showcases F7170 And F2000 Textile Printers in “Fashion Forward: Epson Unveils The Future Of Fashion”

“In over 71 years, Epson has constantly provided ground-breaking technologies that enable customers to exceed their vision. Tonight, Epson adds to this legacy of innovation with a capital “F” that stands for “Fashion Forward” as heralded by the Epson Fabric printers,” said Epson Philippines Corporation’s President/Country Manager, Toshimitsu Tanaka, who made the bold declaration at the recent launch of the global digital imaging leader’s new fabric printers at the Marco Polo hotel in Ortigas.

For over three years, Epson dedicated a team of engineers to create an all-new imaging technology solution dedicated for fabric printing. With Epson, it means designing every component to work together flawlessly to ensure that the product exceeds expectations.

From the printhead and ink technology to the printer mechanism and software, the Epson F-series fabric printers were designed for extreme reliability for true industrial-level production.

Epson SureColor F7170

Epson’s latest dye-sublimation printer, the F7170, is designed for the roll-to-roll digital textile market and integrates true roll-to-roll support for unprecedented levels of performance, reliability, and image quality for printing on fabrics and soft signage.

The Epson SureColor F7170 leverages Epson’s PrecisionCore TFP print head, and uses Epson’s UltraChrome DS ink system to provide high-quality printing, superior dot control, precise and repeatable performance, and excellent longevity for a range of dye-sublimation applications.

In addition, the Epson F7170 has a new, highly accurate take-up reel and substrate system to deliver winding accuracy between 0 and 0.19″ on transfer paper rolls for digital textile applications, including soft-signage products such as decorative table tops and runners, as well as point-of-purchase (POP) banners and exhibit displays. Other roll-to-roll fabric applications that customers can create include home furnishings, fabric patterns, apparel manufacturing, and more. Built for increased productivity, the SureColor F7170 also features a high-capacity ink tank system with refillable tanks to allow continuous printing through a full roll of media, as well as a new post-platen heater for faster drying times.

The printer also comes with a Wasatch SoftRIP TX that enables users to start printing output immediately out of the box with specialty features for textile printing. The F7170 is fully compatible with Epson’s line of dye-sublimation transfer papers, including DS Transfer Production paper, DS Transfer Adhesive Textile, and DS Transfer Multipurpose. The SureColor F7170 is designed to work exclusively with Epson UltraChrome DS Ink and not with other brands of inks or cartridges.

“We are excited to bring the F7170 into the hands of digital textile producers, so they can increase productivity, minimize downtime and maximize profitability, and look forward to the new applications and innovative designs enabled by the technology,” explained Epson Philippines Commercial & Industrial Division Head Jino Alvarez.  “For Filipino designers we have collaborated with, the SureColor F7170 allowed them to produce full color images without having to compromise image quality by cutting colors.”

The Epson SureColor F7170 is engineered to print featured collections from top designers on the runway, trendy patterns and designs for home décor, the latest high-performance sportswear, and soft signage.

Another fabric printer that Epson Philippines recently launched is the Epson SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer. Engineered to meet the needs of garment printing businesses, the SC-F2000 can print a t-shirt in just 27 seconds, because of its PrecisionCore TFP printhead. PrecisionCore is thin film piezo printhead technology that merges advances in materials science and MEMS fabrication with Epson's deep portfolio of inkjet technologies. With the flexibility to deliver high-speed solutions for commercial, industrial, and office printing, the F2000 is capable of very high-production, with very little downtime for maintenance, ensuring that production lines will always be up.

Epson SureColor F2000 direct-to-garment printer

The technology within the Epson F2000 is designed to draw out the best of all components. The printer uses Epson UltraChrome DG Ink -- a water-based pigment CMYK ink manufactured to deliver precise, repeatable performance, and superior image quality. Epson's UltraChrome DG ink works with the PrecisionCore printhead to deliver the ultimate in print quality with an extremely high resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi.

To showcase these innovative fabric printers, Epson Philippines collaborated with some of the brightest Filipino designers in a fashion show entitled “Fashion Forward”. Creations by Philippine fashion brands including Avel Bacudio, Conspicuous Swimwear, Ziya, and Empire used Epson’s latest direct-to-garment and dye sublimation printers to create custom fabrics straight from their artistic vision to the fabric itself. The featured designers in “Fashion Forward” have expressed their excitement on how the Epson fabric printers shorten the grueling design process, and expanded possibilities in creating designs for cloth, garment and other fashion merchandise.

Fashion Forward: Epson Unveils The Future Of Fashion

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