Epson’s new large format plotter

To appeal to a wide range of businesses

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Epson's new large format plotter

Digital printing giant Epson has announced the launch of the new SureColor SC-T2100, the smallest large-format printer in its range of T-.series plotters that it believes will appeal to a wide range of businesses. The 24-inch printer can sit on a desktop or on its own stand and has the ability to produce professional documents such as posters, presentations, CAD schematics, and architectural and engineering designs.

Major features include auto-switching functionality that enables the printer to swap between large-format roll paper and A4/A3 cut sheet paper, without the need to touch the printer.

The SureColor SC-T2100 also runs with Epson UltraChrome XD2 pigment inks, which the manufacturer said deliver “durable archival prints with brilliant color and crisp lines” on almost all paper types for indoor and outdoor usage.

The new plotter also benefits from Epson’s PrecisionCore MicroTFP printhead technology and Nozzle Verification Technology, as well as integrated wireless and Wi-Fi Direct connectivity. The latter, Epson said, will allow users to print from tablets and smartphones, as well as the fitted touchscreen panel.

Such is the flexibility of the plotter that Tom Owers, product manager, corporate and professional printing at Epson EMEAR, told FESPA.com that the machine is suitable for use within many types of businesses.

The SureColor SC-T2100 is ideal for professionals, entrepreneurs, and start-ups looking to produce accurate and vibrant prints wirelessly from PC, tablets, and smartphones,” Owers said. “Its portability makes it perfect for small retail businesses, educational establishments, engineers, designers, and architects.

It is designed to meet the needs of professionals such as architects, engineers, teachers, and designers. Its robust and lightweight design makes the printer ideal for working from home, small studios, classrooms, or remote locations such as construction sites.”

Owers also pointed out both the size and speed of the plotter and how these will benefit users of all types.

The SC-T2100 has the most compact footprint in its class and the unique auto-switching functionality enables the printer to swap between large format roll paper and A4/A3 cut sheet paper, without users having to touch the printer, ideal for small companies that have multi-purpose print requirements in a limited workspace,” he said.

The new plotter also offers swift print speeds, producing accurate A1-size prints in 43 seconds, with precise detail and commercial-grade reliability. The Epson UltraChrome XD2 pigment ink set delivers durable archival prints with brilliant color and crisp lines on virtually any paper type for both indoor and outdoor usage.”

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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