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What Epson’s Fluorescent-Dye Digital Printer Means for Apparel

Epson America has introduced its first dye-sublimation textile printing solution with fluorescent ink expected to be used to bring vivid colors to apparel.

The new 64-inch printers are designed to offer reliability and high image quality with production-level print speeds. Epson said the new printers are suitable for roll-to-roll textiles, home décor, promotional product and soft signage markets.

The printers offer companies the option of printing with two genuine fluorescent inks–yellow and pink–which brings bright colors to the production of sportswear, work wear and other fashion styles.

“Epson continues to innovate in the dye-sublimation space and we predict the digital textile market will continue to expand for years to come,” Tim Check, senior product manager for professional imaging at Epson America, said. “The new SureColor F9470H introduces fluorescent ink support to further expand bold color applications, creating eye-catching output and providing greater versatility for customers.”

The SureColor F9470 and F9470H printers utilize a dual PrecisionCore TFP print head and UltraChrome DS ink technology with high-density black ink to produce strong color saturation and high contrast, the company explained. The SureColor F9470H features an enhanced print head design with fluorescent ink support using fluorescent yellow and fluorescent pink ink to expand the color array and applications.

The printers come equipped with new Epson Edge Print workflow software featuring an Adobe PostScript 3 engine and includes job nesting, custom spot color, project libraries, pattern repeats and the ability to import new media settings. High-capacity ink tanks hold up to three liters of ink per color to ensure longer print runs without user intervention.

The Epson SureColor F9470 and F9470H will be available in January through Epson Professional Imaging resellers at a manufacturer’s suggested retail prices of $27,995 and $31,995, respectfully, and are currently available for pre-order.

Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group generates annual sales of more than $10 billion. Epson America Inc., based in Long Beach, Calif., is Epson’s regional headquarters for the U.S., Canada and Latin America.