Friday, 02 Oct 2020 10:56 GMT

Epson targets textiles with Monna Lisa 8000

Digital print technology giant Epson has unveiled its new Monna Lisa 8000, the latest addition to its Monna Lisa range that it says offers an entry level solution to companies seeking to enhance their textile print capabilities.

Featuring eight PrecisionCore printheads, the ML-8000 can reach a typical print speed of 155sq m/hr and also boasts a symmetrical colour alignment, which the manufacturer says enables consistent colour overlap order during bidirectional low pass printing.

Other key features include accurate belt position control technology that can automatically detect the belt feeding distance to ensure precise fabric feeding, as well as advanced multi-layer halftone technology that randomises the halftone dot pattern on each layer to cut image degradation caused by dot misalignment.

Speaking about the new solution, Guy Martin, sales development specialist at Epson UK, says: “Digital printing has become increasingly popular with fashion and textile designers across Western Europe as they strive meet the increased demands for short runs and fast fashion while under pressure from public criticism to ease environmental burdens.

The Monna Lisa 8000 is symbolic of the all-round quality of Epson’s digital print technology

“The capability to conduct digital designs for digital print for demand enables businesses to offer their customers a faster turnaround of designs, when they need it, without having to rely on mass shipments of stock crossing continents, much of which will have incurred higher waste streams due to analogue printing.

“The Monna Lisa 8000 is symbolic of the all-round quality of Epson’s digital print technology, blended with the uncompromising standards of fashion inspired by Epson’s print partner Robustelli and its rich history of textile design and manufacturing in Italy’s Como province.”

The new Monna Lisa 8000 will be available to purchase in the UK from January 2021.

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