Following the recent launch of the SureColor SC-S Series of wide-format inkjet printers, Epson announces the introduction of Epson Control Dashboard.
The Epson Control Dashboard is a useful and innovative browser-based management and productivity application that helps operators’ set-up and optimise print output parameters faster and easier than ever before.
Available exclusively for the SureColor SC-S80600, SC-S60600 and SC-S40600 printers, launched earlier this year, the Epson Control Dashboard acts as the ‘nerve centre’ for up to 4 print devices providing the interface to Epson’s extensive and growing online database of media profiles. Printing on a new stock is as simple as selecting media type and desired print settings within the Dashboard’s intuitive user interface. The Dashboard then automatically downloads an all-inclusive EMX (Epson Media Extension) profile (containing ICC profile, print output parameters and print mode-specific data such as optimised ink densities and half toning) and configures printer and RIP settings. The result is that even novice operators are able to produce highest quality optimised output on a wide range of media – time and time again.
The SureColor SC-S range of 64-inch wide printers have been designed specifically for the demands of high quality, high-productivity signage and display graphics applications. Offering up to 11 colours (including white and metallic) and productivity up to 95m2/hr, the SC-S series requires minimal operator intervention and delivers a number of significant benefits such as automated media alignment, automated printhead cleaning, and an advanced auto-tension control (AD-ATC) for highly-accurate media feed and take-up.
Currently more than 200 different print media types are stored in the Dashboard database, with new substrate profiles being added continuously. Epson has partnered with the leading third-party RIP manufacturers to ensure compatibility and deliver a seamless user experience regardless of media, RIP or print application. Since the database is held online, operators are assured that the latest EMX profiles are always applied – useful in the event of a RIP being updated, or the requirement of a new colour profile standard.
The Control Dashboard also provides a range of printer status and diagnostic features. As well as displaying information such as ink quantity, preheating information and nozzle checks, it allows device firmware updates and can display service information. The software is available for both Windows and Mac OS X, as well as supporting mobile devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Dominic Fowler, Product Manager, Epson Europe said: “The Control Dashboard gives its operators access to high quality colour profiles and printer settings, that both automate setup and optimise print quality. What would have taken an operator several hours to perfect is now available at a click of a button. It’s another demonstration of Epson’s commitment to continual improvement and delivering solutions designed to maximize productivity and profits for today’s print services provider.”
The Epson Control Dashboard makes its European debut alongside the new SureColor SC-S printers at FESPA Digital (Booth F50/Hall 1, RAI Amsterdam, 8-11th March 2016).