17 Jun 2019

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 brings quality and convenience to large format printing

Epson Stylus Pro 3880

Epson today announces the launch of its high specification professional A2+ photo printer, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880. Offering flexibility of use across a broad range of media the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 can be used by professional photographers and aspirational amateurs alike. Using Epson’s advanced, fourth generation UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta pigment inks to deliver long lasting, high quality large format prints in both black and white and full colour, the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers fast, flexible printing suitable for a number of applications.  With a uniquely small footprint the Stylus Pro 3880 is ideal for those with limited studio space and is fully equipped with all of the additional features that Epson users have become accustomed to, such as high speed connectivity with USB 2.0 and Ethernet.

Individual ink cartridges increase the economy of colour printing whilst Epson’s patented Micro Piezo print head ensures accurate ink placement. The combination of Epson’s pigment inks with the Epson Micro Piezo print head ensure colour prints show excellent colour stability, light fastness and colour gradation. Artists or those producing limited edition prints can be assured that each print will be the same as the first, even if printed months apart.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 incorporates a special driver mode that allows professional users to create bespoke black tones and clear whites, offering a great level of precision and artistic control. This combined with the three levels of black and the enlarged greyscale supplied by Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta ink technology, puts the Stylus Pro 3880 at the top of its class in producing sharp, precise and durable black and white prints. The ability to switch between photo and matte black as well as the neutral gradations users can achieve in colour and black and white make the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 ideal for photographers.

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 offers excellent colour stability after just 30 minutes with no visible colour shift, thus making it an ideal printer for use in proofing. Customers can sign-off proofs quickly and have the certainty that what they see is what they will get in the final print run. This consistency of output means that the Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is also ideal for remote proofing.

The Stylus Pro 3880 is compatible with a wide range of Epson media including glossy paper, matte paper, fine art paper, plain paper, proofing paper and poster-board of up to 1.5mm in thickness. It is designed to support flexible paper handling for cut-sheet printing and users can benefit from border and borderfree printing in a range of photo sizes from 4"x6" up to 17"x22", helping to extend the usability this printer offers. The printer can be fed with different papers via three paper paths; auto sheet feeder, rear manual feeder for fine art paper and front manual insertion feeder for rigid media.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: "The launch of the Stylus Pro 3880 makes Epson’s fourth generation UltraChrome K3 VM inkset available to a broader range of users and consolidates the Stylus Pro range. The combination of Epson’s latest hardware innovations, industry-leading ink technology and an exceptionally small footprint makes this printer a perfect match for photography, fine art, proofing and POS printing. The printer’s accuracy makes it ideal for the creation of long-lasting prints to sell, exhibit or include within portfolios."

The Epson Stylus Pro 3880 is the successor of the Epson Stylus Pro 3800 and will be available from October 2009.

- Eight colour Epson UltraChrome K3 Ink with Vivid Magenta expand the printable gamut and include three black inks for superb grey balance
- Print on a variety of different media and media surfaces from 4x6" up to 17x22"
- Ideally suited for fast and flexible printing in the photography, fine art, proofing, POS prints and graphics markets
- Uniquely compact A2+ printer makes it ideal for small studios
- ENERGY STAR® qualified
- RRP excluding VAT, £995 - available 01 October, 2009

Accurately calculate ROI, running costs and finance options on the Roland PRO website

Roland PRO microsite 

Roland DG UK Ltd has announced the launch of a new website to accompany its PRO range of commercial wide-format print solutions.

www.rolandpro.co.uk is now live and offers both existing and potential users the opportunity to access a number of business-savvy calculation tools, ensuring that they are getting the best out of their AdvancedJet, SolJet and VersaUV printers.

The website’s tools include a powerful return on investment tool, an explanation of finance options for purchase and for rental, and a calculation of running costs. Users create a profile when they first log in, detailing their print set-up, specifying their machines, how many hours it prints each day and the typical print quality required. Also factored in are hourly labour costs, sale price per square metre and how many days the printer runs each month. From this profile, the site calculates running costs and how many months it will take for the machine to have paid for itself.

“The ROI calculator is useful for existing Roland printer owners who want to be reassured about their investment,” explains Brett Newman, Head of Product Management at Roland. “But it is also an attractive option for new or potential investors who need to know very accurately how quickly their purchase will earn its keep depending on the inks and RIP they intend to use. More often than not it’s a nice surprise how fast that actually is.”

Alongside these business development tools is a side-by-side comparison of Roland’s wide-format printing options and an in-depth overview of the VersaWorks RIP, which is supplied with the company’s PRO range machines. There is also an update section which showcases how other users are making the most of their products, with a particular focus on new, innovative applications and uncommon, niche markets.

Users of the PRO site can request a ring-back from a Roland employee at any time and adjust their profile to account for changes in circumstance, media or use. Printers supported include the AdvancedJet AJ-1000i and AJ-740i; the SolJet PRO III XJ-740 and XJ-640; the SolJet PRO XC-540; and the VersaUV LEC-300.

Website: www.rolandpro.co.uk


Agfa's High Speed Digital Press, the :Dotrix Modular, to Run Live at Print '09

Agfa Dotrix

Attendees at Print can see the most productive digital press and its newest enhancements that are revolutionising the packaging industry.

Agfa Graphics today announced plans to demonstrate the :Dotrix Modular high speed digital press at Print '09, McCormick Place, Chicago, IL, September 11th -16th 2009 (booth #2600). Attendees will see live demonstrations of a variety of packaging and specialty printing applications including folding cartons, flexible packaging, labels, POP and more.

Since its introduction to the marketplace, Agfa has continually invested and enhanced the :Dotrix Modular to meet the expanding needs of the packaging industry and specialty printing markets. According to Sheila Nysko, Business Development Manager, Agfa Graphics, "The time is now. Today, more than ever, customers are driving the demand for innovation and digital printing. They are being forced to cut costs, better manage their supply chain, reduce waste and increase speed to market all while maintaining or increasing quality. Only Agfa's :Dotrix Modular has responded to this need."
The base of the :Dotrix Modular is an industrial flexo press from Edale, a UK-based manufacturer of narrow web printing and converting presses. This guarantees the system's highly accurate and stable web transport. :Dotrix Modular can produce output on a wide variety of substrates including paper, multi-wall, biodegradable plastics, PE, PP, BOPP, PET heat and pressure sensitive materials, and more. Its high speed, unique width of 25.6 inches and extremely high quality bring on-demand printing to a whole new level. It can print on a wide range of thicknesses ranging from 25 to 600 micron (1-24), plus it offers users many additional benefits. The :Dotrix is fully modular and can be configured roll-to-roll or roll-to-sheet, and there's absolutely no limitation to graphic or job length. Customization and versioning are also available to support the growing need for target marketing and regionalization within the industry.

According to Carol Constantino, President of Noteworthy, Amsterdam, NY, "We bought Agfa's :Dotrix Modular so that we could provide our clients with even higher levels of quality and service. It's a phenomenal inkjet machine that allows us to provide low minimum orders and faster turnarounds while providing a print quality that is unparalleled. Every plastic bag we print for our clients can be framed as a work of art."

Print '09 attendees, the media and industry experts will have the opportunity to learn about the newest enhancements to the :Dotrix Modular as well as Agfa's entire line of industry leading inkjet and prepress solutions at the Agfa Graphics News Conference on September 11, 2009 at 10:30am in McCormick Place, booth #2600, South Hall.

Colourgen announces £1,500 trade-up offer for Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S

Seiko II Colorpainter V-64S

Colourgen is launching a trade-up promotion for the Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S eco-solvent printer. Anybody with a 42”+ solvent printer or any 42”+ printer from Epson, Encad or Kodak can trade-up to the new ColorPainter V-64S and claim a  £1,500 discount on their new printer if they buy before 30th September 2009.

Melanie Enser, Marketing Manager at Colourgen, comments, “We hope that this offer will give those that want to purchase, the opportunity to enjoy a significant trade-up discount on their existing printer. The Seiko II ColorPainter V-64S is the perfect all-rounder for indoor and outdoor durable output. It delivers stunning graphics quality using low odour inks making it ideal for interior décor, canvases and back-lit applications as well as vehicle graphics and outdoor signage.”

The Seiko II ColorPainter V-64s produces 720 x 720 dpi printing resolution with CMYK and LcLm colours. The newly developed print head allows the printer to achieve print speeds of 16sqm/h in quality mode, the fastest speed in its class. The new EX mild solvent ink set has very low-odour, which offers a better working and display environment while providing extensive media versatility, exceptional colour, dry times, glossiness and overall outdoor lightfastness.

This offer is available only through authorised Colourgen resellers. The Seiko ColorPainter V-64S has an RRP of £22,950 (ex VAT).

HP to present new product at Viscom Dusseldorf

HP Latex Printer

HP today announced that it will be launching an addition to its range of large format printers on its stand, 8a G20 at viscom düsseldorf, 1 - 3 October, Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf. At the show HP will be launching its latest large format printer, which will drive change in the industry and allow PSPs to differentiate themselves.

Other stand highlights include the HP Scitex XP2750 Printer, a 3.2m wide-format UV ink printer with an integrated flatbed module that delivers high-quality output up to 635 x 800dpi (1270 x 1600dpi apparent) on both flexible and rigid media. With a maximum speed of 110m²/hr, the printer is ideal for high-volume environments looking for flexibility of output.

Also present will be the HP Scitex FB950 Printer - 2.5m hybrid UV printer providing consistent high-quality POP/POS, trade show and event signage on a wide range of rigid or flexible media at high speeds of up to 80m2/hr in billboard mode.

The HP Designjet Z6100 Printer series - aqueous printers with an embedded spectrophotometer available in 42" and 60" models delivering vivid, high-impact prints at high print speeds. The series is ideal for indoor and short-term outdoor banners and large format applications such as posters, photos and fine art prints, drawings, maps and renders.

"HP's latest graphic solutions will allow our customers to continue to differentiate their businesses," said Santi Morera, vice president and general manager, Large Format Printing Business, Imaging and Printing Group, HP. "PSPs now have the widest ever portfolio of HP printers to choose from, allowing them to enter new market segments with confidence," said Morera.

Sign and display print service providers will also be able to visit the stands of HP's distributors; Kisters and Sihl, to see demonstrations of the HP Designjet L65500. The printer offers environmentally responsible, cost-effective production possibilities using the latest innovative ink technology for printing with the environment in mind and presents an alternative to solvent and even UV when printing indoor and outdoor signage.

Epson offers enhanced value for its Stylus Pro 11880 and GS6000 large format printers

Epson GS6000

Imaging company Epson is offering even greater value to its large format printer customers with new recommended retail prices (RRP). The new RRP for the Stylus Pro 11880 and Stylus Pro GS6000 printers is £8,995 and £18,995 respectively, effective as of 1 August, 2009.

Martin Johns, Senior Product Manager, Epson UK, commented: "Epson is renowned for its knowledge and expertise in producing innovative imaging products. With attractive new prices for our 64" LFP range, graphic arts professionals are being offered the impressive quality, flexibility, speed and reliability of Epson, at an extremely attractive price."

Epson is also offering a half price warranty on the Stylus Pro GS6000 for a limited period (1st August - 31st December 2009). The offer extends the standard one year warranty to three years for £3,600, half the normal retail price of the package. As well as receiving a set of print heads per year, the end user will benefit from an annual health check, where an engineer will visit the site to check over the machine and make any relevant adjustments and perform any necessary maintenance.

The first 64" large format printer from Epson, the Stylus Pro 11880 includes the latest Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead for superior print performance and is optimised for pigment ink technology. The formulation of UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta further strengthens Epson's award-winning UltraChrome K3 ink as the choice of professionals, and is available in 700ml high capacity, individual ink cartridges for increased productivity.

The Stylus Pro GS6000 is designed for both indoor and outdoor applications. Using Epson's UltraChrome GS ink in extremely efficient 950 ml cartridges it allows production of high-impact, high-quality and durable prints. This high quality ink set includes Orange and Green inks, which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red. Furthermore, the Epson Stylus Pro GS6000 enables operators to switch easily between a range of different coated and non-coated substrates such as vinyl, making it an ideal, flexible production solution for multiple commercial applications. Epson UltraChrome GS ink doesn't spread harmful VOCs (volatile organic compound) and is the first major eco-solvent type ink set to be launched without the need for a hazard symbol. This makes the Stylus Pro GS6000 both environmentally- and user-friendly. As additional ventilation isn't required, it can be situated in the most convenient location for the business.