Epson launched a new range of large format signage printers earlier this year, and we at Digital Dots of course wanted to put them through our test suite. The SC-S80600 is a dual head roll fed signage printer using solvent inks, and can print on up to 64” wide substrates.
Epson has four lines in the SureColor series, where the prefix F stands for fabrics (or textiles), P stands for photo and proofing, T for technical. The SC-S80600 belong to the S family, aimed at the signage market, and using the Epson Ultra Chrome GS3 ink. This is a mild solvent ink which dries quickly and has low odour. While Epson prefers not to use the term eco solvent, some other vendors would use that term for equivalent types of ink. This new ink has a higher density than before so will achieve both a larger colour gamut and will use less ink while doing so. The Ultra Chrome GS3 ink is Green Card Gold certified, which means it has been tested to be acceptable for use in environments such as schools and healthcare facilities.
The SC-S80600 has 9 base colours in the ink set, CMYKLcLmLk+Or and Red (CMYK plus light cyan, light magenta and light black/grey plus Orange and Red). There is room for one additional ink, and this can either be White or Metallic (Silver). When using a pure Red or Orange, you will save ink since you don’t need to print with the combination Magenta and Yellow. You will also achieve a larger colour gamut.