Epson launches SureLab SL-D830

Offering a wide range of printing applications

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The new Epson SureLab SL-D830
The new Epson SureLab SL-D830

Epson, one of the leaders in digital imaging and printing solutions announced the launch of Epson SL-D830, a compact, commercial photo printer that supports a wide range of printing formats. Epson SL-D830 has been developed for photo studios, professional event photographers and others who want to expand their printing business, with a wider range of services for their customers. It is ideal for small photo studios, minilabs, copy shops and self-service kiosks that intend to provide high-quality photo prints. It is also built keeping in mind businesses that would like to print high-quality print jobs, on-demand, on a wide range of media and formats.

The Epson SL-D830’s strength lies in its versatility with different kinds of media and its ability to print in different sizes seamlessly.  It can produce a wide range of materials including consumer and professional photo images, photo books, wedding albums, business cards, greeting cards, invitations, awards, menus, order forms, cards, and calendars. This provides a tremendous opportunity for conventional photo studios to expand their offering and their business.  The printer supports glossy, luster and paper-based matte and in roll widths that range from 89mm to 210mm and has a length of 50mm to 1000mm. This is further complemented by an impressive print speed of 360 (15 x 10cm) photos per hour (PPH) and high print quality, with a wide color gamut, deep blacks, and superior gloss level. Small in size, big on quality the SL-D830 takes little space of 460*430*354mm and due to its compact size, it easily fits in most of the congested spaces and even on a tabletop.

To ensure that SL-D30 brings in the next level productivity, design changes were incorporated in the predecessor model to enable improved efficiency. The cost-effectiveness of the printer is enhanced by its long service intervals and fewer maintenance requirements, which boosts productivity and ensures that customers are offered improved consistency and reliable service. This improved cost efficiency makes the SL-D830 the ideal choice as a photo printing solution.

In terms of connectivity, with Epson’s proprietary SureLab OrderController software, customers can easily manage print jobs and correct minor image flaws. When paired with the SureLab LayoutManager (optional add-on), the printer’s capabilities can be utilized to the maximum. Epson OrderController also supports automated order input for the in-store kiosk.

According to Vasudevan L K, general manager – LFP/IE, Epson India, ‘’After the success of SureLab SL-D700 and based on customer demands, we have launched SureLab SL-D830. This new compact and durable commercial printer is an addition to our SureLab range and is built for speed, flexibility, and high-quality commercial photo printing, SureLab D830 is highly suitable for photo studios and labs. It can be used to produce not just conventional photos but photo books, wedding albums, business cards, greeting cards, invitations, awards, menus, order forms, cards, and calendars and much more. This makes it a great choice for ambitious studio owners looking to take their business to the next level.’’

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

Indian Printer and Publisher founded in 1979 is the oldest B2B trade publication in the multi-platform and multi-channel IPPGroup. While the print and packaging industries have been resilient in the past 33 months since the pandemic lockdown of 25 March 2020, the commercial printing and newspaper industries have yet to recover their pre-Covid trajectory.

The fragmented commercial printing industry faces substantial challenges as does the newspaper industry. While digital short-run printing and the signage industry seem to be recovering a bit faster, ultimately their growth will also be moderated by the progress of the overall economy. On the other hand book printing exports are doing well but they too face several supply-chain and logistics challenges.

The price of publication papers including newsprint has been high in the past year while availability is diminished by several mills shutting down their publication paper and newsprint machines in the past four years. Indian paper mills are also exporting many types of paper and have raised prices for Indian printers. To some extent, this has helped in the recovery of the digital printing industry with its on-demand short-run and low-wastage paradigm.

Ultimately digital print and other digital channels will help print grow in a country where we are still far behind in our paper and print consumption and where digital is a leapfrog technology that will only increase the demand for print in the foreseeable future. For instance, there is no alternative to a rise in textbook consumption but this segment will only reach normality in the next financial year beginning on 1 April 2023.

Thus while the new normal is a moving target and many commercial printers look to diversification, we believe that our target audiences may shift and change. Like them, we will also have to adapt with agility to keep up with their business and technical information needs.

Our 2023 media kit is ready, and it is the right time to take stock and reconnect with your potential markets and customers. Print is the glue for the growth of liberal education, new industry, and an emerging economy. We seek your participation in what promises to be an interesting ride.

– Naresh Khanna

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