Epson launches signage printers with multi-purpose resin ink

Two innovative signage printers – SC-R5030L & SC-R030

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The newly launched Epson SC-R5030 uses water-based resin inks Photo Epson
The newly launched Epson SC-R5030 uses water-based resin inks Photo Epson

Epson, a digital imaging and printing solution leader, announced the launch of two new inkjet signage printers featuring its multi-purpose resin inks in Bangalore on 18 February 2020. The innovative signage printers, SC-R5030L and SC-R5030, produce exceptional-quality prints for diverse applications, with immediate lamination and high scratch resistance.

The newly launched Epson SC-R5030L uses water-based resin inks Photo Epson
The newly launched Epson SC-R5030L uses water-based resin inks Photo Epson

The new printers are designed to provide outstanding quality prints and high-quality color reproduction and consistency, making them suitable for a wide range of signage printing applications on various media and in this post, you will find out the costs of expenditure for each variety. The printers are targeted at print shops and jobbers for outdoor signage, indoor signage, and wall graphics and you can look here to know more about the various options offered by the leading signage designing company.

Using Epson’s water-based resin inks, the SC-R5030L and SC-R5030 enable printing on a wide variety of media such as vinyl, banner, canvas, film, textile, paper, and wall covering media. Moreover, Epson’s water-based resin inks are environmentally certified and odorless, making printing applications safe for use.

User-replaceable PrecisionCore printheads

Priced at Rs 17,06,559 for the SC-R5030 printer and Rs.20,07,959 for the SC-R5030L printer, Epson’s new 64-inch signage printers are an evolution of the company’s trusted printing technology. The company states that the two new printers provide enhanced functions to increase business efficiency. The printheads can now be replaced by users themselves, reducing external dependency and downtime, making business operations more efficient. 

The bulk ink solution features a 1.5-liter ink bag option for medium print volume output and two swappable ink sets for high print volume (available on the SC-R5030L). Fully controlled heating technology, combined with long-life PrecisionCore Micro TFP printheads, provides reliable color consistency across the print run’s full length. The level of consistency helps avoid the need for reprints due to color mismatches. In addition, the fast curing inks enable lamination and same-day delivery and reducing turnaround times.

Commenting on the launch, LK Vasudevan, general manager, LFP/IE at Epson India, says, “With the launch of the SC-R5030L and SC-R5030, Epson strengthens its position in the resin ink printer market in India. With the new 64-inch signage printers and UltraChrome water-based resin inks, customers can now get a broader range of applications for display in retail environments, graphic printing as well as high-value applications such as wallpaper, soft signage, and decoration. In order to reach the consistent quality level that customers demand, Epson manufactures all the components, including the revolutionary PrecisionCore Printheads, the water-based resin inks, firmware, and software.

Specifications for the two new resin based Epson signage printers the SC-R5030 and the SC-R5030L
Specifications for the two new resin-based Epson signage printers the SC-R5030 and the SC-R5030L

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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