Epson starts shipping new models of Monna Lisa printers

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

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. 

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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