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A new era in mini-lab photo printing: the Epson SureLab D3000

June 2012


Sydney, 4 June 2012: Superior quality, low cost per print, improved flexibility and simpler maintenance: the SureLab D3000 leverages Epson’s core technologies and original inks to deliver high-quality print production on glossy, matte and lustre media.

Ideal for traditional mini-lab environments, the Epson SureLab D3000 also offers new business opportunities for print shop owners, school photographers, photographic studios, and professional photographers. It can print on glossy, matte and lustre media up to 30.5cm wide to produce professional photographs, greetings cards, invitations, flyers, banners, landscapes and promotional leaflets.

The SL- D3000 uses Epson’s proven Micro Piezo printhead technology with Epson’s newly developed ink formulation for commercial use and sophisticated Look Up Table (LUT) to deliver accurate reproduction at a maximum resolution of 1440 x 1440dpi.

Epson’s new UltraChrome® D6 six-colour high capacity 700ml/cartridge photo ink-set achieves a wide colour gamut that exceeds that of silver halide, yielding prints that are vivid and lifelike with excellent black density. Enhanced granularity and tone gradation is achieved through advanced image processing; blue skies are brilliant while skin tones are subtle and grey backgrounds are soft.

Craig Heckenberg, Epson’s Business Unit Manager, said Epson has supplied professional photographic printers for the past 15 years and the SL-D3000 has all the benefits that come with that experience and expertise.

“Epson is synonymous with the highest quality in professional photo printing, and now is the right time to introduce an Epson-branded digital dry lab with Epson innovations - including the newly developed UltraChrome® D6 photo ink - that brings added value to the market,” said Craig.

The power-efficient SL-D3000 uses significantly less energy than a wet lab, and does not need a water supply, air filter or chemicals, reducing impact on the environment and the total cost of ownership. Further lowering the cost per print, the printhead and LUT are carefully configured to use ink economically while maintaining the best print quality.

Precision rollers ensure accurate paper handling while an automatic nozzle check system ensures consistent, high quality output. The SL-D3000 supports banner and panoramic printing on gloss and high lustre media.

The SL-D3000 begins printing quickly without the need to warm-up chemicals, and can automatically move finished prints to an optional A4 job sorter. The only regular maintenance required is consumables replacement.

The Epson SureLab actively monitors performance and provides direct feedback to the operator. A simple front panel enables operation of key features while PC software provides advanced options and intelligent help.

The SL-D3000 has been designed for operation within a studio environment. It requires minimal periodic maintenance and service support. On-screen support helps step staff through problems and cleaning is undertaken through the insertion of a simple cleaning sheet.

For placement flexibility and easy installation, the SL-D3000 has wheels for easy mobility and a small footprint for studios that have limited floor space. All key functions, consumable loading and output delivery ports are at the front. It can be positioned in a corner to save space, as it is operated from two adjacent sides, and can be operated as a stand-alone device with direct PC connect or in a bank via a Print Server.

The dual-roll model allows two different media types and/or two different roll widths to be loaded simultaneously for versatility and improved productivity. A single-roll configuration will also be available.

The SL-D3000 will be available in Australia in August 2012. Pricing information will be available nearer the release date.

Epson SureLab D3000 key features:

6-colour, compact digital dry lab for high-quality photo production
Prints on glossy, lustre and matte paper at up to 30.5cm (12 inches) wide
Epson professional UltraChrome D6 ink-set (C,M,Y,K,Lm,Lc)
Resolution of up to 1440 x 1440dpi
Produces up to 650 4 x 6inch (10.2 x 15.2cm) prints per hour
Supports roll media from 4 to 12 inches (10.2 to 30.5cm) wide
Dual-roll model allows two different media types and/or two different roll widths to be loaded
Optional A4 job sorter for convenient job collection
Easy to operate – virtually no maintenance required except consumables replacement
Convenient, power-efficient printing with no chemicals
Can be positioned in a corner and operated from two adjacent sides
Small footprint and wheels for convenient installation

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