What You Need to Know Before You Buy a [DTG] Printer

Introduction written by  Lann Tarrant III - IT Supplies’ Commercial Sales Manager

For the past 3 years I have had the honor of teaching a class with Matt Rhome from Epson America.  In this class we cover an array of topics that anyone looking to buy a printer should consider.  Although the class does highlight the Epson F2100, the biggest takeaway for most attendees is his focus on the buying process.
In the end, you are making a big decision that impacts the success of your business.  No matter the technology you are looking to buy, consider this article and it’s suggestions.


Click here to read the full article from the SGIA Journal, written by Epson America’s Matthew Rhome.



Dye Sublimation for Holiday Printing

It is hard to believe, but it’s already time to start preparing for the holiday season. In the creative and print industries, the coming holidays present opportunities to produce customized gifts.  The machines that will do it all - mugs, clothing, neck ties, socks, pillow cases, stockings, metal prints and more – are dye sublimation printers. If you want to start this holiday season with the technology to produce unique gifts for your customers on a wide range of materials and with high profit margins, give dye sublimation some thought. These printers will allow you to get more creative and expand your product offering. From larger orders to one-of-a-kind pieces, dye sublimation can help you thrive in this holiday season. 



Epson Announces SureLab D700 Minilab Photo Printer



Today, Epson announced their new D700 Professional Minilab printer. This compact machine is built with production speed in mind, boasting up to 430 4” x 6” prints per hour. However, you don’t have to sacrifice quality for speed with the D700. Epson’s advanced dye-based ink chemistry delivers true-to-life photographic reproduction and you can expect fade, smudge and water resistant prints from this 6-color UltraChrome D6 Ink Technology. This is an exciting and dynamic addition to the Epson lineup, empowering the event and portrait photography market.

Here are some more of the highlights:

1. Exceptional Image Quality — 6-color UltraChrome D6-S Ink Technology offers a wide color gamut designed for true-to-life, smudge, water and fade resistant prints2 

2. Built for Demanding Production — produce up to 430 4” x 6” prints, 275 5” x 7” prints, or 140 8” x 10” prints per hour 

3. Advanced Print Engine Design — features Epson’s proven, reliable MicroPiezo® AMC™ printhead and AccuPhoto™ D6-S image processing and screening technology for smooth gradations, accurate skin tones, and sharp, grain-free photos 

4. Outstanding Versatility — prints on an array of media, including glossy, luster and matte surfaces, in a variety of sizes, including 4” x 6”, 5” x 5”, 5” x 7”, 6” x 6”, 6” x 20”, 8” x 8”, 8” x 10” and 8” x 20” 

5. Industrial-Quality Performance in a Compact Footprint — offers maximum flexibility and scalability; perfect for retail, resort and event photography 

6. Simple, Easy-to-Use System — included Epson Professional Photographic Print Drivers for Windows® and Mac® allow you to print directly from popular photo printing applications or kiosk systems

7. Minimal Maintenance — replace consumables as needed and perform simple periodic cleaning

8. World-Class Service and Support — features a reliable print engine, backed by Epson’s U.S.-based support team and standard 1-year Epson PreferredSM limited warranty with whole-unit exchange

The MSRP for this printer is $2495 and you can find it on our website here. 



SGIA Color Management Boot Camp

IT Supplies has the good fortune of hosting the SGIA Color Management Boot Camp and today is day one. This two and a half day course is taught by SGIA certified instructors from Color Management Group and covers a range of topics that help those struggling with color control, having difficulty getting apporoval from customers, and wanting to produce better and more consistent color. It also prepares attendees for certification.

Subjects covered include:

Color theory and terminology
Additive vs. subtractive color space
CIE L*a*b*
Rendering intents
Viewing and measurement conditions
Delta E tolerancing methods
Industry color specifications and targets
Color Management Pyramid
Spot color management
Verification methods
Spectrophotometer capabilities
Monitor calibration
Basic printer nomenclature and upkeep
Print head technology
Print validation
Hands-on media profiling with EFI Fiery XF

This boot camp is designed to get attendees ready for the two certification levels:
  • SGIA Qualified Digital Color Professionals have passed a written exam demonstrating their knowledge of color management theory and process.
  • SGIA Certified Digital Color Professionals have achieved Qualified status and proven their abilities through a test image they successfully print at their own facilities. (SGIA staff verifies the print matches color specifications.)
These certifications are valid for two years and certified persons receive a digital badge with data about the individual who holds the badge, the requirements for attaining certification, the system that was used with their print and the expiration date. 

We’re so grateful to SGIA, Color Management Group and EFI for helping us put this event together, and to our guests for jumping in to take control of color!

Epson Has a New Technical Desktop Printer

The new technical printers from Epson are designed to be compact, speedy and easy to use. This 24-inch model can be placed on a stand, but is sleek and compact enough to be your new trusty desktop printer. These printers are ideal for printing blueprints, posters, line drawings and more. We are expecting shipping to begin in mid-September. 

To hear a little bit more about this printer, you can go to WhatTheyThink where Epson America’s product manager, Matt Kochanowski, discusses the latest models.

Click here to view the 24-inch desktop T3170

Click here to view the 36-inch T5170

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