Thursday, September 19, 2013

The "Big E" (Epson) Enters the Direct-To-Garment T-Shirt Printing Market--Welcome SureColor SC-F2000

The Big E--Epson--seem to be entering all segments of digital imaging and now have a new product called the SureColor SC-F2000 Direct-to-Garment printer. Additionally the pricing of the new SureColor SC-F2000 starts at around $20,000 and for dark and black does not include the pre-coater which costs an added $6,000.

Shipping in October of this year, the SureColor SC-F2000, offers either dual CMYK or CMYK plus White imaging for t-shirt and garment production. The t-shirt printing speed is approximately 27 seconds for light and white and 111 seconds for dark and black. The SureColor SC-F2000 still does not measure up to the speed offered by OKI LED transfer products, such as the GO UNO, pro920WT or 711WT. Of course OKI based transfer units offer speed of about 2 seconds per transfer. When pricing is considered with the speed there is no doubt the OKI based products offer the best value. Watch for more comparison information on the EPSON SureColor SC-F2000 verses the GO UNO, OKI 920WT and OKI 711WT in future blogs.

For further information about OKI's transfer products, please click: OKI Transfer Products.

New GO Metalnox Calandra CMD 1800 Calendar--$44,995

With the announcement of the newly shipping Metalnox Calandra CMD 1800, one would think the price is higher. In fact the pricing has been lowered to $44,995 from their previous unit which had a list of $54,995. Following are ten capabilities featured on the CMD 1800:
  • No break system in case of power failure. The machine continues to operate to protect the machine and the pieces being imaged. 
  • Fabric tensioning system keeps fabric in right place for solid color imaging. 
  • Production speed control system can be altered for the right production speed.
  • Easily accessible emergency stop button for worker safety. 
  • Automatic felt alignment keeps images in place to avoid imaging issues.
  • Digital temperature control keeps imaging accurate.
  • Cylinder drive system accurately controls the rotation and feeding of fabrics and transfer materials. 
  • Reversal system for rewinding the fabric and paper for easy correction if there is a mistake.
  • Paper recovery system allows the reuse of kraft paper and transfer paper even after its first use.
  • No air compressor needed.