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Chemistry-free plates, printer/proofer upgrades

Dec 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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Long Beach, CA-based Epson ( combines an Epson Stylus Pro 7900 printer with a plate curing device, RIP and plate guide attachment. The high-resolution aluminum press plate is chemically coated to work with the standard Epson UltraChrome Ink Technology. Once imaged at up to 175 lpi and heat cured, the Epson DirectPlate Technology is recommended for up to 20,000 impressions.

The Epson Stylus Pro 4900, built on the 7900/9900 platform, uses Epson's MicroPiezo TFP printhead and UltraChrome HDR ink. The 10-color ink technology produces the widest color gamut ever from an Epson Stylus Pro printer and is certified to cover 98% of the Pantone solid color palette. A high-capacity paper cassette holds up to 200 sheets of 8.5 × 11 to 17 × 24-inch sheets.

Also new: Epson's Stylus Pro 7890 (24-inch) and 9890 (44-inch) for photographers and proofing professionals. These new printers combine 8-color Epson UltraChrome K3 Vivid Magenta ink and Epson's MicroPiezo TFP printhead to produce high quality prints at speeds about twice as fast as the Stylus Pro 7880 and 9880.