When the Epson SureColor Fabric DS series was first released it represented a revolution; designed from the ground up for Dye Sublimation, it provided one of the first turn-key single-vendor production platforms. Today it continues to lead the way with predictable, consistent and superior image quality that is augmented with a range of models to suit different production requirements. The F9200 combines wide format output with low running costs, and efficient roll to roll operation. It suits production of clothing, soft signage, and printed fabrics. Prints are made on paper which is then transferred (sublimated) via a heat press onto material that contains a polyester base or has received a polyester pre-treatment.
The SC-F9200 is designed to operate in conjunction with a calendar style heat press. It combines Epson’s advanced PrecisionCore™ print head technology with UltraChrome® DS ink, a large Continuous Ink Supply System (CISS), 64" wide print engine with media output heater, and high precision Auto Take-Up. Dual print heads enable high resolution output with adjustable dot sizing, precise ink density and placement control at high speed. The ink supports a wide range of industry standard transfer media with output that is not only cost-effective but has predictable and precise colour. The engine, supply system and ATU all work together to facilitate continuous roll-to-roll printing at speeds up to 100.1m2/hr for an efficient production process.
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
- Superior Quality – DUAL Epson PrecisionCore™ (TFP) Print Heads & Epson UltraChrome™ DS ink for superior, predictable and consistent colour at resolutions up to 720x1440dpi, Variable Sized Dot Technology™ (VSDT) for superior half tones with minimum ink consumption, choice of standard or new High Density Black ink
- Superior Reliability – supplied with a single-source manufacturer warranty that can be augmented with additional Service Packs for investment protection and cost minimisation up to 3 years1
- High Flexibility – supports rolls up to 64" (1625mm) wide with media up to 1mm thick, selectable print speeds with two print modes (standard and new HQ) for flexible production requirements
- Outstanding Productivity – sellable production at up to 57m2/hr, large 12L Continuous Ink Supply System, high-capacity 40Kg roll media support with single operator loading, integrated output media heater, and precision Auto Take-Up for roll-to-roll production
- Reduced Running Costs – designed to minimise operator involvement, reduced low power consumption, uses cost-effective 1L ink refills, has a 2L re-usable waste tank, remote status notification & management
- Easy to Operate – upgraded easy-fill tank system, a large LCD control panel with in-built help, ships with an optional Ergosoft RIP customised for Epson complete Professional features & can be used with alternative RIP software
- Easy to Install – delivered and installed by Epson1, does not require a special power supply, suits commercial and office environments
QUALITY RESULTS AT HIGH SPEED
The SureColor F9200 is robot-assembled with laser welding to ensure maximum strength and rigidity for accurate tracking with minimum movement and noise. It incorporates Epson's advanced PrecisionCore™ Thin Film print technology with DUAL heads that incorporate micro-fine nozzles for adjustable high resolution imaging with pin-point positional accuracy and outstanding uniformity. Variable-size Droplet Technology enables precise ink density control for superior half-tones, optimum ink application and minimum consumption. It features a new platen that has been designed to enable high speed operation with superior paper holding and reduced cockling on the thinnest of paper. The printer has a standard print mode for normal high speed output and a new HQ MODE for premium fabric and solid surface work with super-fine detail and exceptional colour gradation.
Epson UltraChrome DS Ink is designed to enable production of a wide range of goods from material and clothing, to soft signage and banners, customised surface treatments and merchandise. It provides vibrant and intense colour that adheres quickly, transfers smoothly and provides excellent light and wash fastness. When used in conjunction with the hardware for which it was developed, it produces superior output with lower production costs, and enhanced mechanical durability. The ink is resistant to damage through abrasion and perspiration. When applied to polyester fabrics it conforms to the latest Oeko-Tex Eco Passport® standard and certified safe for use by adults, children and babies2. It supports a wide range of common low-cost transfer media and for premium work Epson offers a range of quality paper. Printers can be configured with a choice of flexible Bk or performance HDk ink sets. The HDk set incorporates a new black that has an increased particle density with an extremely neutral tint for superior colour intensity and precision. The HDk ink offers the added opportunity of reduced ink consumption.3
The SureColor F9200 has been designed for roll to roll production. It features a media loading system that can be managed by a single operator with strengthened attachments for rolls up to 40Kg, in a variety of thicknesses, lengths and widths. It has an integrated media output dryer with adjustable temperature control and an advanced Auto Take-Up (ATU) with precision tracking and Automatic Tension Control (ATC)4. Once a roll is printed it can be unloaded quickly and mounted onto a calendar-style transfer press for rapid production with an outstanding finished quality.
The Fabric series has been designed for consistent, reliable and cost-effective operation. The F9200 features a Continuous Ink Supply System with enlarged easy-fill holes and 1.5L tanks that can be configured for either the standard Bk ink set or new HDk ink set. Each tank incorporates a buffer for resource scheduling and can be refilled while printing continues using inexpensive 1L packs. The printer incorporates an e-mail system which can be configured to send status and error notifications to operators located on and/or off-site. The printer can be managed via a front panel LCD with in-built help, or remotely via supplied utility software. The engine features low power consumption with sleep and stand-by modes that further reduce costs in environments with fluid workflow.
EASY TO INSTALL & CONFIGURE
Dye sublimation offers significant benefits over traditional screen printing. Digital image processing enables more precise control with duplication that has higher consistency. It is considerably quicker and less expensive for short to medium production runs, requires less labour, and involves less wastage. Printing is mess free and production can occur in a relatively small amount of space. Job turnaround is faster and repeat runs can be undertaken at the push of a button. While prints can only be transferred (sublimated) onto fabric with a polyester base they can also be applied to other materials like metals, plastics and foam that will accept a polyester spray and withstand the heat and pressure of the transfer process. In this method items such as wall decorations, furniture finishes, phone covers and even footwear ('thongs') can be produced.
The SureColor Fabric series is delivered and installed through a process co-ordinated by Epson. Printers are configured on-site with utility software downloaded onto an operator's computer1. The F7200 can be ordered with optional Ergosoft Sublimation RIP software, optimised especially for our models. The software includes Professional features that are normally only available as paid options including Quality Control, Job Costing, Proofing and Hot-Folder functionality.
1A PC with reasonable processing power, memory, storage, and networking facilities will be required. The independent sourcing of appropriate transfer equipment will be required. The use of an external heater/ blower system is recommended and will be required for operation at high speed &/or with heavy ink loads. Delivery, installation and after-sales service is co-ordinated by Epson Australia in conjunction with our Authorised Reseller network. This service is provided free of charge conditional on a number of factors including the physical location and access. It does not cover any work &/or costs associated with connection to the electrical supply, building alterations and room refurbishments. Regional locations and installation environments which are not ground floor, have difficult access, and/or limited parking for delivery & set-up teams may attract additional charges. Installation and service may be restricted or limited when equipment is used outside of specification &/or with non-Epson consumables. Please contact Epson Australia or one of our Authorised Resellers for full details on coverage, terms and limitations.
2ECO PASSPORT by OEKO‐TEX® is an international standard for the textile industry system. It enables suppliers to demonstrate that products can be used in sustainable textile production. For further information please see the OEKO-TEX web site.
3Printers can be configured with either Bk or HDk ink sets. The Bk set features C, Y and M inks with outstanding gamut and durability combined with a flexible low-maintenance K. The Bk set is suited to a wide range of applications including fabric, merchandise and solid surface imaging. HDk features the same C, Y & M with an enhanced K that has an increased pigment density and extremely neutral tone. HDk is designed for fabric and soft signage production where it produces output with unparalleled colour intensity and precision. Due to its high pigment level HDk ink offers added opportunities for reduced ink consumption. Note: HDk is generally not recommended for operation in the HQ Mode or in environments with low/ inconsistent print volumes, it requires an increased level of maintenance as well as storage and operation within a temperature controlled environment. Discussion with your dealer is recommended before selection.
4The use of a secondary 3rd party heater/blower is recommended with this printer.