by Nicolas See Tho

Epson, a leader in professional printing, has announced the launch
of the new SureColor F2130 Direct-to-Garment (DTG) printer that has
an enhanced design and improved usability, enabling faster turnaround
time for print jobs and better productivity for the business. The
SC-F2130 printer will replace the existing SC-F2000 model and will help
to lower costs with improved speeds and reliability.

The SC-F2130 is suited for small to medium businesses who want to add
direct-to-garment printing to their services, such as production t-shirt
printers, online t-shirt retailers, high and low-volume print companies,
as well as corporates who want to produce their own branded workwear or
promotional items.

The new SC-F2130 DTG printer is driven by Epson’s proprietary
PrecisionCore Thin Film Piezo printhead delivering fast production
speeds at outstanding clarity and sharpness on textiles, at resolutions
of up to 1,440 x 1,440 dpi, and is one of the fastest direct-to-garment
printers in its class. Users can print and dispatch completed garments
in as fast as 27 seconds.

The revamped printer has improved image reproducibility with its new
the multi-dot print mode that delivers a wider colour gamut than the
previous model. The Epson Ultrachrome DG ink technology developed
especially for Direct-to-Garment applications brings outstanding colours
and robust garment durability[2] [6] to textile prints and is certified
by Eco Passport[3] for sustainable textile production.

The DTG printer has been re-designed with a new automated maintenance
design that includes a cleaning cartridge configured to automatically
clean the printhead cap, enabling continuous operations and reducing
manual maintenance efforts. Its new white ink filter system improves ink
flow, further preventing ink build-up for improved reliability and

Significantly, the new SC-F2130 comes with a new ink circulation
algorithm that shortens waiting time before the start of next print job,
improving turnaround time.

The Epson Garment Creator software has also been re-designed with
usability and intuitiveness as key, to enhance the workflow of the
printing process. Users can save predefined colour management and layout
control presets for ease of use. Designed for convenience in
calculations of costings, users can get cost estimates before a job is
sent to print.

The control panel has an improved interface that provides an overview of
settings and consumable levels to monitor ink usage, showing information
on thumbnail preview, fabric wiper level, platen size, t-shirt colour
for printing and more.

The printer’s physical structure has also been enhanced for
productivity. The platen gap has been refined to 0.5mm, enabling finer
height adjustments for better and finer print out. It comes with a new
platen grip pad that does not require a frame the secure the garment in
place, cutting down on the printing processes. It also has improved
serviceability with improvements to the mechanical design – with fewer
parts to remove to access the rear.

“Through our research and development, we have revamped the SC-F2130
to meet the needs of businesses, with productivity and ease of use in
mind. We have consulted with our customers and taken their feedback into
consideration to deliver an enhanced DTG printer that can bring
direct-to-garment printing to new productivity levels at exceptional
print quality,” said Daisuke Hori, Managing Director of Epson Malaysia

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