Epson South Africa held its first large format commercial and industrial printer exhibition in Johannesburg on the 2nd and 3rd of October 2013, where resellers demonstrated the capabilities of various units on display.

Vernon Mellors, business account manager at Epson South Africa said, Epson hosted the exhibition to showcase its leading large format, commercial and industrial printers to resellers and their customers. We made it possible for visitors to experience the superior colour production, versatility and speed of our printers on display, first-hand, while discussing their individual business requirements directly with experts.

At the exhibition, Epson South Africa launched the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 T-shirt printer available in two versions: as a high-speed, four colour printer (CMYK), and a five colour (CMYKW) printer that offers the added benefit of white ink for printing on dark or coloured fabrics.

The printers combine high performance with low maintenance and running costs, the two models make it possible for businesses such as online T-shirt printing companies, mass production t-shirt companies and even corporate users to offer a high quality, efficient fabric design and print service. 

The Epson SureColor SC-F2000 is capable of printing a single white T-shirt in 27 seconds when using dual colour mode and a dark coloured T-shirt in 1 minute 51 seconds, using white and colour ink, ensuring production is quick without sacrificing print quality. They also offer a resolution of up to 1440x1440dpi for accurate dot shape and placement, while its wide colour range produces vibrant colours, sharp contours and smooth gradations. 

Mellors explains, For over three years, Epson dedicated a team of mechanical, chemical, and software engineers to create an all-new imaging technology dedicated for printing directly to garments. Designed using the latest advancements in performance imaging, like our purpose-built HYPERLINK Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, along with our all-new garment ink technology – Epson UltraChrome DG – the Epson SureColor SC-F2000 series will become the new benchmark in high-performance garment imaging,

Both Epson SureColor SC-F2000 versions deliver short-run, print-on-demand level production, image quality and reliability. They have the ability to print directly onto a wide variety of fabrics, including, but not limited to, t-shirts, hoodies, jackets and scarves- from 100% cotton to 50/50 fabric blends.

Garment Creator software by Epson is bundled with the package, and includes a cost calculation function, allowing you to estimate the print cost by calculating the amount and cost of the ink used for each print job. This is the first printer where a print head, ink and chassis have been designed and manufactured by a single brand, to meet the needs of the fabric-printing industry. The hardware and ink work together to achieve great results and users benefit from the reliability and high-quality output that Epson is renowned for, concludes Mellors.

The Epson SureColor SC-F2000 will be available from November 2013, and will also be distributed by Chemosol.