Epson unveils faster SureColor F2100 Direct-to-Garment Printer

Epson SureColor F2100 DTG Printer.
Epson SureColor F2100 Direct-To-Garment (DTG) Printer.

Epson’s SureColor F2100 is “an entirely purpose-built system” for high-quality prints at production speeds. Leveraging the Epson PrecisionCore TFP printhead and UltraChrome DG garment ink technology, it can achieve up to twice the speeds of its previous generation DTG printer. Successor to the SureColor F2000, the new F2100 offers four-colour ink technology plus white ink to deliver improved image quality, speed and efficiency. Additional improvements, including a quick-load platen and Epson Garment Creator Software, take productivity even further, while a new integrated self-cleaning system means less downtime, said the OEM. “The SureColor F2000 is the number-one-selling direct-to-garment printer on the market and has helped customers increase efficiency on short-run orders and expand product service offerings,” said Tim Check, Senior Product Manager of Professional Imaging at Epson America. “We listened to our customers and addressed common direct-to-garment pain points with the new SureColor F2100. It delivers on reduced maintenance while providing increased speed and efficiency with newly developed print modes.”

The new DTG printer leverages an all-new integrated inline self-cleaning system designed for reliability and reduced maintenance time. It transports a cleaning solution through the printhead, allowing the printer to perform daily maintenance to reduce downtime. In addition, white ink is triple-filtered before reaching the printhead to help reduce white ink nozzle clogging. Also, Epson PrecisionDot technology is designed to create output with smoother tonal gradations, improved image detail and preservation of the garment. Newly developed print modes, including Light Garment Mode, and Highlight White mode, offer consistent print quality. Its new Highlight White mode achieves brighter white-ink output by applying a second coat of white ink, while simultaneously printing colour ink for improved print speeds. A new garment grip pad allows users to quickly load and unload garments on the printer platen to help reduce traditional hoop platen load times. It can also print directly onto garments ranging from 100% cotton to 50/50 fabric blends – including t-shirts, hoodies, jackets, tote bags and more. The Epson SureColor F2100 will be available in March 2018 through Epson DTG Authorized Professional Imaging Resellers.

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