Epson releases two dye sub textile printers

Choice of several new 6-color ink sets for new printer which is 20% faster

Epson SC F6400H
This Epson F6400H is a 6-color 1.1 meter wide dye sublimation printer

Epson has updated its 1.1m wide roll-fed dye sub printer range with two new models, the 4-colour SureColor SC-F6400 and the 6-color SureColor SC-F6400H, which replace the existing F6300 models. These are designed to print to transfer papers for use in textile production for garments, tote bags and so on as well as personalized products such as mugs. 

The principle difference between the F6400 and the older F6300 models appears to be the printhead, with the newer models using what looks like a version of Epson’s I3200 heads. This is a 600dpi head that prints a 1.33 inch print swathe. It’s made up of four PrecisionCore chips, each with two rows of 400 nozzles. For the F6400, Epson is using four colours, with two rows each but the F6400H has six colours, with just one row of nozzles each, leaving two rows redundant. Strangely, Epson’s PR team captioned the above photo as either a six color or eight color version, suggesting that Epson might have thought about releasing an eight-color version that would use those redundant nozzle rows. These printers also make use of a missing nozzle detection system.

Thanks to this wider head, the F6400 is said to be 20% faster than the outgoing F6300, producing 19.9 sqm/hr in four passes at 600 x 600dpi for its Standard mode. There’s a High Quality mode with six passes at 13.6 sqm/hr with 600 x 1200 dpi resolution. In contrast the six colour F6400H can print 17.6sqm/hr in the Standard mode using 4.7 passes for 600 x 600dpi. But its High Quality mode is 600 x 600 dpi resolution, using 6.3 passes at 13 sqm/hr.

The new printers use Epson’s UltraChrome DS dye sublimation ink with CMYK for the F6400 and a choice of several new six color inksets for the F6400H, which takes CMYK plus either Fluorescent Pink and Fluorescent Yellow, Light Cyan and Light Magenta or Orange and Violet. Epson already offers six color inksets for its 1.6 meter wide dye sub printers though this is the first 1.1 meter wide printer with this range of colors. It’s a sensible option that lets users choose which colors they want to emphasize, depending on the particular markets they are addressing.

Both printers feature larger 1.6 liter ink packs that are easier to install – just shake and insert them. The printers also feature a new larger 4.3-inch touch screen and Epson claims that it has simplified the maintenance routines to reduce downtime. It’s worth noting that the six-color model also includes a bundled take-up reel.

Interestingly, Epson also seems to have developed its own Epson Edge Print Pro RIP, which is based on the Adobe PDF Print Engine. This runs under Windows and includes step and repeat for textile use. There are also options for analysing the costs and profitability of each job.

Tom Owers, product manager at Epson UK, commented, ”These new printers are perfect examples of our commitment to listening to market needs and delivering timely and effective solutions.”

You can find further details on Epson’s textile printers from though there’s more information on these printers at the Japanese site, which fortunately has English translation.

2023 promises an interesting ride for print in India

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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.

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