|Epson launches industrial in-house label printer
Epson is launching the ColorWorks C7500 compact colour label printer which has been developed to help manufacturers meet a wide variety of in-house, on-demand, customised labelling requirements.
The new ColorWorks C7500 incorporates Epson’s new permanent PrecisionCore Micro TFP line printhead which has been specifically developed for use in the commercial-grade, industrial labelling market and which lasts for the lifetime of the printer. This printhead - Epson’s most advanced - ensures excellent reliability alongside the ability to print 600 x 1200dpi quality labels on a wide variety of materials, including matte, gloss and synthetic media, in a wide range of formats and sizes up to four inches wide at a fast 300mm/sec. Sharp, high-quality results are achieved through the use of Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT) which produces ink droplets in a range of precisely controlled sizes. In addition, Nozzle Verification Technology and dot substitution helps prevent misprints and dead pixels to ensure consistent printouts.
The C7500 uses Epson DURABrite Ultra pigment ink in high-capacity 300ml cartridges to give fast-drying labels that are smudge, water and fade resistant. The printer is easy to use, integrates into most operating systems and features an auto-cutter as standard and an optional rewinder for roll-to-roll printing.
“With the C7500 manufacturers can now produce outstanding quality, individually-customised colour labels in-house, on-demand, at a low cost per label and without the costs associated with producing and stocking pre-printed labels for secondary overprinting,” says David Spratt, Head of Business Systems, Epson UK. “It is the ultimate in short-run colour printing for those for who want the flexibility in-house to reliably meet their label printing needs. It eliminates the costs associated with pre-printing, by producing short run, customised labels on demand for a variety of applications such as product packaging, food, beverages, EU Energy Labels and GHS labels.”
The launch of the ColorWorks C7500 consolidates Epson’s position in the label industry as the company offering the broadest range of digital labelling printers for the widest range of applications. Epson offers a choice of label printers and presses including handheld label makers for the office, desktop colour inkjet label printers for specialised ‘on-demand’ applications such as manufacturing and healthcare, wide-format SureColor printers for small-large format self-adhesive labels and decals and the SurePress short-medium run digital label presses for commercial printing. Each printer and press is fully developed by Epson and every component – hardware, printhead, ink and software – is manufactured by Epson and optimised to deliver the best possible performance.
The high-productivity SurePress L-6034V is Epson’s first single-pass digital label press and Epson’s first press to use UV ink. Commercially launched 18 months ago, this press is currently being commissioned by industrial label print firms around the world, including the first in Europe which was installed at Label G2 in France in May. There is significant market interest in the SurePress L-6034V and details about further installations will be announced over the next few months.
The SurePress L-4033AW is a wide-gamut seven colour inkjet digital label press, including white, green and orange ink that makes high-quality, short-medium run label printing easier and more efficient, even on clear and metallic substrates. Delivering exceptional print quality and accurate colour reproduction this press is the only aqueous inkjet label press on the market which has made it a popular choice with many companies. Today there are over 150 of these presses in production worldwide and many companies are so happy with them that over 20% have invested in their second machine.
Duncan Ferguson, Director ProGraphics, Epson Europe, says: “We are committed to this industry for the long term. We currently invest over $1 million a day on R&D and have just invested over $200 million to build two new PrecisionCore production facilities which is driving continued innovation. We recognise that the label industry is extremely diverse which is why we offer such a wide range of production solutions with a choice of inks – all of which deliver high quality, superb reliability and the best all round return on investment. Epson excels at high-quality inkjet imaging and our strategy is to meet the industry’s needs now and anticipate and adapt to these needs as they change.”