Epson have launched the 24in Stylus Pro 7900 and 44in Stylus Pro 9900, setting a new standard for the professional large format printer market. An improved ink formulation, a new printer mechanism and a raft of new technologies make these two new additions to the Epson Stylus Pro range ideal for production and contract proofing, as well as the highest quality fine-art and photographic applications. They will also enable printers to extend their business into the demanding packaging proofing and flexographic markets. In addition an optional calibration and verification system, the Epson SpectroProofer, means the Stylus Pro 7900 and the Stylus Pro 9900 can be confidently used for remote proofing.
The new printer mechanism implemented in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 builds on Epson’s MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) print head, introduced with the launch of the Stylus Pro 11880 last year. It delivers perfectly spherical dots with high precision dot placement and can deliver resolutions up to 2880 dpi. Both the number of nozzles and throughput has been doubled in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900, resulting in a maximum speed of up to 40m2/hr. At these increased print speeds, the new 10-channel MicroPiezo TFP print head ensures production of the highest image quality.
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 utilise a new 5th generation pigment ink, which is key to the quality of print output. Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) ink is an 11-colour ink set consisting of Photo black, Matte black, Light black, Light Light black, Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow, Light cyan, Vivid Light magenta, Orange and Green available in 350ml and 700ml cartridges. This high quality ink set expands Epson’s UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta by adding Orange and Green inks, which significantly increases the range of colours that can be achieved, especially bright green to yellow, and yellow to red. The Orange ink in particular contributes to smoother skin tones. Epson UltraChrome HDR pushes the limits of ink chemistry to deliver the widest colour gamut on the market to date on a variety of media. This makes the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 ideal solutions to address the high demand for colour representation in proof production, especially when there is a particular requirement for spot colours.
The new ink technology’s ability to both maximise the colour gamut without sacrificing print quality and deliver smoother gradation is optimised by Epson’s new Look Up Table technology. Through advanced mathematical translation of RGB into 11-colour CMYK, the LUT technology seamlessly integrates hi-fidelity primaries allowing colour constancy under different light conditions, smoother transitions between colours, grain reduction and gamut smoothing.
The optional Epson SpectroProofer tool turns the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Stylus Pro 9900 into a reliable, consistent and repeatable proof verification and printer calibration solution, making remote proofing a reality. By using this spectrophotometer solution, colour control workflows such as colour calibration, colour certification, a daily colour check, profile creation, spot colour matching, colour shift tracking and target measurement can be achieved automatically and very precisely. Furthermore, a colour certification label, like the Fogra wedge, can be printed to support the certification process. The Epson SpectroProofer in-line, off-carriage calibration and verification system is powered by an X-Rite spectrophotometer and controlled by Epson SpectroProofer software or a third party RIP. It is available with or without a UV-cut filter as well as changeable black or white backing.
Other new technologies featured in the Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 include the ability to automatically switch between Photo and Matte Black inks; an integral automatic media rotary knife cutting system; a new spindleless roll holder mechanism; a new automatic paper set/release mechanism and Epson’s new automatic nozzle check technology. In addition, the launch of the two new printers sees the launch of a new line up of high performance fine art media, as well as backlit media.
Martin Johns, Business Manager, Pro graphics at Epson UK says, “The Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 are the latest additions to the Epson professional graphics range. These solutions deliver Epson quality, speed and repeatability to help address the requirements of commercial printers and enable them to broaden their business. The new technologies and features implemented in these two solutions make them ideal for entering new market sectors, such as the flexographic market, and also address the needs of production proofing companies by giving them a professional remote-proofing device which makes remote proofing a reality.”
Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and Epson Stylus Pro 9900 key features:
- 11-colour Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set, expanding UltraChrome K3 with Vivid Magenta by adding Orange and Green in 11 individual, high capacity 350ml or 700ml cartridges
- 10-channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head for accurate and reliable imaging with the highest image quality
- Epson Variable-sized Droplet Technology for optimum speed, ink usage, efficiency and image detail
- Optional Epson SpectroProofer technology powered by X-Rite spectrophotometer
- Auto-switching of Matte and Photo Black inks
- Epson new Look Up Table technology and super halftone technology for smooth gradations, less graininess and quality greyscale
- Epson automatic nozzle check technology
- Optimised throughput by use of high speed rotary cutter
The Epson Stylus Pro 7900 and 9900 will be available from November 2008. Pricing will be announced nearer the time.
For more information, please visit the Epson website.