Epson’s SureColor SC-F6270 44 dye-sublimation inkjet printer

Digital textile printer for short runs, lightfast, washable and safe

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Digital textile printing. The Epson SC F6270 and SC F7270 inkjet printers. Epson India

On the Epson India website, a featured dye-sublimation printer is the SureColor SC-F6270 44. This dye-sublimation transfer printer incorporates advancements in inkjet printing technology, including Epson’s exclusive PrecisionCore TFP printhead and its all-new high-density black ink, delivering what is claimed to be an excellent performance at affordable running costs.

The 44-inch inkjet for dye-sublimation is designed with extreme reliability for sheet-based production and has a large capacity 1.5-liter ink tank for each color. It is suited for short-volume custom clothing, soft signage, merchandise, and hard surface work.

Engineered for continuous production, the SC-F6270 delivers high print quality at high speeds with class-leading speeds of up to 63.4 square meters an hour. On 21 August, Epson unveiled its high volume 76-inch dye-sublimation printer in the US, which runs at almost four times the speed of the SC-F6270.

Lightfast, washable and safe for children’s garments

The one-year warranty includes the printheads. High-volume printing relies not only on the printheads but on Epson’s UltraChrome DS ink and ink tank system. The UltraChrome DS ink has excellent light and wash-fastness as well as resistance to alkaline and acid perspiration.

Epson’s UltraChrome DS ink contributes to a healthy work environment with its 100% nickel and fluorine-free formulation that allows for printed textiles and garments to be certified safe for babies and toddlers three years old under the OEKO-TEX Standard 100 Class 1 criteria.

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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