Epson to introduce T3200 printheads for fast, high-quality signage printing

July 26, 2021

Seiko Epson Corporation (TSE: 6724, "Epson") will add two new printheads to its lineup in the second half of the 2021 fiscal year ending March 2022. The new products will strengthen the lineup for applications such as signage and easily allow printers to deliver high print quality at high speed.

The T3200-U3 ("T3200") enables simultaneous, high-quality, four-color CMYK printing at high speed from a single printhead. Furthermore, incorporating a heater in the printhead makes printing possible even with highly viscous UV ink, and thus can provide an optimal digital printing environment especially for printing signage and product packages.

The two-color T1600-U3 ("T1600") will be released to market at the same time.

These new products will expand Epson's PrecisionCore printhead offerings to a six series lineup and provide a diverse range of digital printing environments.

Features of the T3200

Easily equips printers with the ability to deliver outstanding print quality in four-color CMYK from a single printhead

Ordinarily, a pair of two-color printheads must be combined to print in four-colors of ink. The T3200, however, can eject the four CMYK colors from a single printhead. Moreover, a precision-processed positioning mechanism will save customers time, trouble, and money while providing high-quality printing, because customers will not have to engineer a mechanism to determine the spacing between printheads or make adjustments during installation.

Features of the T3200 and T1600

High-speed printing enabled by a wider effective print width

Whereas Epson's current four-color printhead, the I3200, has an effective print width of 33.8 mm (1.33 inches), the T3200 and T1600 have an effective print width nearly double that, at 67.2 mm (2.65 inches). Furthermore, the T3200 and T1600 have a different type of piezoelectric actuator than the I3200 to enable the ejection of larger ink droplets at higher frequencies. This facilitates faster printing without compromising the high image quality and easy installation for which the I3200 is known.

A bulit-in heater for greater UV ink compatibility

The T3200 and T1600 are the first printheads in the Epson PrecisionCore series to have a built-in heater. The heater makes it possible to eject UV inks of various viscosities, expanding the range of applications, especially for signage and product packaging.

A variety of printers can developed by combining the T3200 and T1600

The four-color T3200 and the two-color T1600 can be flexibly arranged to enable customers to develop many different types of printers with different numbers of colors and speeds. For example, the T3200 can be equipped with CMYK ink and the T1600 can be equipped with special inks such as white and varnish.

The two new products will accelerate the digitization of signage printing and provide customers with an environment in which high-quality, high-speed printing can be more easily implemented in printers. Epson will continue to develop original technology to contribute to the expansion of its customers' businesses and further accelerate inkjet innovation.

Release date: Second half of the 2021 fiscal year ending March 2022

Product Name T3200-U3 T1600-U3
Appearance
Head type PrecisionCore PrecisionCore
Compatible ink UV UV
Dimensions
(height x depth x width)
113.4 x 52 x 30.35 mm 113.4 x 52 x 30.35 mm
Total nozzles 3,200 1,600
Head resolution &
number of inks that can be used
300 dpi / 4 colors
600 dpi / 2 colors
300 dpi / 2 colors
600 dpi / 1 color
Effective printing width 67.2 mm (2.65 inches) 67.2 mm (2.65 inches)
Built-in heater Yes Yes
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