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Epson Enters Dye-Sublimation Transfer Market with New SureColor F-Series Printers



   Epson Enters Dye-Sublimation Transfer Market with New SureColor F-Series
                                   Printers

Epson SureColor F6070 and F7070 Deliver Increased Performance, Reliability,
and Profitability to Digital Textile Production

PR Newswire

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013

LONG BEACH, Calif., Jan. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- (ISS LONG BEACH, Booth #353)
– Today, Epson America enters the dye-sublimation printing market for the
first time with the announcement of two roll-fed dye-sublimation transfer
printers – the 44-inch SureColor^® F6070 and the 64-inch SureColor F7070.

(Logo:  http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20121130/LA21891LOGO)

The new SureColor F-Series printers are not only the first dye sublimation
models from Epson, but also the first in the market in which every component –
from ink and print-head to printer chassis and bulk ink delivery system – is
designed and manufactured by a single company.  The result is a
high-performance dye-sublimation transfer printing technology designed for
exceptional reliability and industrial-level production with high quality
output up to 1,440 x 720 dpi on all leading transfer papers.

The all-new SureColor F-Series models support an extensive range of
applications, including efficient production of high-quality soft signage,
sportswear, apparel, accessories, and customized promotional items such as
mouse pads and ceramic mugs. Depending upon the application, both models can
output at speeds up to 618 square feet per hour, and both feature an integral
and easily refillable, high-capacity 1.5 liter bulk ink system.

Developed over a three-year period, Epson UltraChrome^® DS is a
specially-formulated dye-sublimation ink, producing outstanding images with
vibrant colors, intense blacks, sharp contours, and smooth gradations. This
all-new ink technology exhibits excellent light- and wash-fastness, as well as
resistance to alkaline and acid perspiration. Designed specifically for Epson
UltraChrome DS ink technology, the newly optimized Epson MicroPiezo^® TFP^®
print head ensures precise and repeatable performance as well as excellent
longevity. The printers are designed to be used exclusively with the Epson
UltraChrome DS inks^1. 

Epson is also introducing a new line of dye-sublimation transfer papers
designed specifically for the SureColor F-Series. Epson low-tack adhesive is
dedicated for high-end cut-and-sew fabric and apparel production, while the
Epson standard multipurpose paper is ideal for a variety of transfer
applications that use either soft or rigid surfaces, including t-shirts, mouse
pads and ceramics. Both papers utilize a unique chemical coating that allows
for heavier ink loads to provide superior color, and will be available in
328-foot rolls in both 44-inch and 64-inch widths.

"We are excited to provide the garment printing industry with industrial-level
printers engineered from the ground up for true dye-sublimation production,"
said Catalina Frank, product manager, Professional Imaging, Epson America,
Inc. "Developed using our latest performance imaging technology, the SureColor
F-Series allows our customers to take on more jobs and generate more profits,
while reducing the number of printers needed for full production capacity."

More about the SureColor F6070 (44-Inch) and F7070 (64-Inch) Printers

Engineered from the ground up for industrial-level production designed to run
all day, every day, the Epson SureColor F-Series offer a range of features,
including:

  o Epson MicroPiezo TFP Print Head: One-inch wide, high performance print
    head with 720 nozzles per color ensures efficient, precise and repeatable
    performance and excellent image quality; low vibration meniscus control
    for highly accurate dot shape and placement; ink repelling coating
    technology for reduced nozzle clogging; and optimized specifically for
    dye-sublimation inks improving the print head life
  o Epson UltraChrome DS Ink: Epson exclusive dye-sublimation CMYK ink
    technology produces extreme color gamut with vibrant colors, intense
    blacks, sharp contours, and smooth gradations; provides extremely fast
    drying times, and with the new ink refill packs, offers a low total cost
    of ownership
  o Auto Take-Up Reel: Standard on the SureColor F7070, this robust take-up
    reel allows for maximum uninterrupted production runs with minimal
    maintenance downtime
  o Wasatch SoftRIP: Both F-Series models include Wasatch SoftRIP to enable
    users to start printing sellable output out of the box; the F6070 includes
    a full version of SoftRIP with simple setup, intuitive workflow, and
    powerful print controls; the F7070 includes SoftRIP TX with specialty
    features for textile printing

Support and Availability

The Epson SureColor F6070 and F7070 will be available in the summer of 2013
through authorized Epson Professional Imaging resellers. The SureColor
F-Series printers offer a standard Epson Preferred^SM Limited Warranty, a
one-year program that includes toll-free advanced telephone access Monday
through Friday and usually next business-day on-site service in the unlikely
event of any hardware failure.

For additional information, visit www.proimaging.epson.com.

About Epson

Epson is a global imaging and innovation leader whose product lineup ranges
from inkjet printers and 3LCD projectors to sensors and other microdevices.
Dedicated to exceeding the vision of its customers worldwide, Epson delivers
customer value based on compact, energy-saving, and high-precision
technologies in markets spanning enterprise and the home to commerce and
industry.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more
than 81,000 employees in 97 companies around the world, and is proud of its
ongoing contributions to the global environment and the communities in which
it operates. Epson America, Inc. based in Long Beach, Calif. is Epson's
regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada, and Latin America. To learn more
about Epson, please visit: www.Epson.com.

You may also connect with Epson America on Facebook
(http://www.facebook.com/EpsonAmerica), Twitter
(http://twitter.com/EpsonAmerica) and (http://twitter.com/EpsonProImaging) and
YouTube (http://www.youtube.com/EpsonTV).

^1 The F-Series printers are designed to use only Epson ink cartridges and
refill packs, and not other brands of new or refilled cartridges, or other
brands of ink or bulk ink systems. Using Epson ink is important for reliable
performance and high image quality.

Note: EPSON, Epson UltraChrome, MicroPiezo, SureColor, and TFP are registered
trademarks and EPSON Exceed Your Vision is a registered logomark of Seiko
Epson Corporation. Epson Preferred is a servicemark of Epson America, Inc. All
other product brand names are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their
respective companies. Epson disclaims any and all rights in these marks.

SOURCE Epson America

Website: http://www.epson.com
Contact: Duane Brozek, Epson America, Inc., +1-562-290-5683,
Duane_Brozek@ea.epson.com; or Patrick Gevas, Walt & Company, +1-408-369-7200,
ext. 1051, pgevas@walt.com
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