Epson starts shipping new models of Monna Lisa printers

ML-64000 and ML-32000 deliver high-quality printing

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Epson’s new model of ML-32000 delivers high-quality printing at exceptional speeds
Epson’s new model of ML-32000 delivers high-quality printing at exceptional speeds

Epson today announced it had begun shipping the latest models in its series of Monna Lisa digital textile printers. Equipped with 64 and 32 PrecisionCore printheads, the ML-64000 and ML-32000 combine the best of Epson’s world-class inkjet printing and manufacturing technologies to deliver high-quality printing at exceptional speeds to meet the needs of an increasingly competitive and dynamic textile market.

The textile market is now facing growing demands to reduce environmental impacts and improve work environments. Epson is committed to leveraging its technologies to provide practical printing solutions that meet these needs. “The shift to digital printing and enhanced sustainability is gaining momentum worldwide,” said Kazuomi Okuzono, general manager, Seiko Epson Corporation. “Thanks to the new ML-64000 and ML-32000, Epson will continue to contribute to improved sustainability in the textile industry without compromising quality or productivity.”

About Epson’s brand new ML-64000

The ML-64000 reaches a print speed of 774 square metres an hour (600×600 dpi – 2 pass), with 64 PrecisionCore printheads, without compromising printing quality. The stable operation and unprecedented usability of the ML-64000 are realized due to advanced cleaning mechanisms and automated adjustment functions. For example, the fluff blower system removes fluff from the fabric surface before entering the printing area, and the ink mist extraction system helps reduce nozzle clogging problems. 

If a nozzle does become clogged, Nozzle Verification Technology (NVT) detects missing dots and adjusts ink delivery to maintain image quality and reduce printing errors. With high-accuracy head alignment technology and automatic calibration by the built-in RGB camera, printhead replacement and calibration can be completed quickly. In addition, the Epson Cloud Solution PORT reduces downtime and service calls by allowing quick responses to potential problems, and the operating status of all connected printers can be viewed from PCs or mobile devices, helping to maximize productivity.

Key points –

  • Printheads – 64 Epson PrecisionCore Printheads
  • Productivity – Up to 774 m2/h (600×600 dpi, 2 pass) 
  • Resolution – Up to 1200 dpi.
  • Width – 180 centimeter
  • Ink types – Genesta Acid, Reactive, Disperse and Pigment
  • Ink capacity – 10 litres

About the ML-32000

With 32 PrecisionCore printheads, the ML-32000 reaches a typical print speed of 423 square metres an hour (600×600 dpi – 2 pass). It offers the most flexible solution with selectable channels configured to deliver the highest versatility. The 8+8 colour configuration (option) can be loaded with two different types of ink simultaneously (e.g., Acid + Reactive) to increase the fabric types that can be printed and is of particular value when working within a limited space or a tight budget. The ML-32000 is available in 2.4-metre or 3.4-metre print widths. 

Epson precision dot technologies reduce banding and graininess, and new stacked printing randomizes the halftone dot pattern to minimize image degradation caused by dot misalignment. In addition, dynamic Alignment Stabilizer (DAS) technology ensures stable print quality by controlling waveforms on the printhead chip for higher dot placement accuracy and more uniform dot density on each pass. Monna Lisa also features symmetrical colour alignment for consistent colour overlap order during high-speed bidirectional printing and new Accurate Belt Position Control (ABPC) technology for precise fabric feeding. The result is optimal quality and speed, with superb reproduction of colour gradations, fine details, and complex geometric patterns. 

Key points – 

  • Printheads – 32 Epson PrecisionCore printheads
  • Productivity – Typical print speed of 423 sqm/h (600×600 dpi – 2 pass) 
  • Maximum print speed – up to 697 sqm/h (300×600 dpi; 1 pass)
  • Resolution – Up to 1200 dpi.       
  • Width – 180/240/340 cm. 
  • Ink types – Genesta acid, reactive, disperse, and pigment 
  • Ink capacity – 10 litres 

Epson Genesta inks are available in acid, reactive, disperse, and pigment formulations in a degassed vacuum pack. They are Eco Passport certified to meet globally recognized environmentally conscious textile printing standards. In addition, the Acid ink is bluesign approved, and the Reactive and Pigment inks are GOTS approved by Ecocert. 

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