Epson and the Environment
Revolutionizing Textile Printing Processes with Digital Technology
By ushering in digital processes, Epson's inkjet technology provides good value to customers in the textile printing industry and helps them sharply reduce their environmental footprint.
1 An industrial inkjet digital textile printer jointly developed by Epson and Italian textile production equipment manufacturer Robustelli s.r.l.
Streamlined Manufacturing Process
Digital textile printing is greener than traditional analog textile printing. Since the digital process is shorter and does not require plates, it uses anywhere from 40% to 75% less electrical power and water than a traditional process, as well as far less ink and fewer chemical products2.
2 Based on Epson's own research
Efficient Inventory Management
Digital textile printing minimizes inventory losses associated with materials, partly-finished products, and finished products, from production through distribution and sale.
- The digital textile printing process, which is shorter than the traditional analog process and does not require plates, uses anywhere from 40% to 75% less electrical power and water than a traditional process, and wastes far less ink.
- Ideal for small-lot production. Minimizes inventory losses from manufacturing through to sales.
An Inkjet Workflow for Brightly Colored Garments with Fineness of Detail
There is a growing market for the printing of original images on T-shirts, polo shirts, tote bags and other cotton products. We are answering the needs of this market with advanced inkjet printing technology that renders images in vivid colors and intricate, faithful detail with low environmental impacts.
Transforming the Garment Printing Workflow
Traditional silk-screen printing requires extensive preparation, including the production of screens and the mixing of ink, as well as maintenance. For photos and other multicolored prints with gradations, the print process is long, and the longer the process, the more energy, water, materials, and other resources are used.
Digital prints produced with a SureColor SC-F2000 print digital data from a PC directly onto T-shirts and other garments. So, not only is there no need for screens or plates but images and photos can be reproduced with smooth gradations and in full color. The SureColor SC-F2000 shortens the garment printing workflow.
Moreover, the inkjet process saves resources and is more environmentally conscious than analog processes because there are no films, screens, or plates to produce, wash, or store.
Infant-safe Prints on Textiles
The UltraChrome DG inks and dedicated fabric processing agents used in Epson's garment printers are Eco Passport1 certified, indicating that they meet international safety standard for textiles. Under this standard, even printed textiles that directly contact the skin of infants and toddlers are guaranteed to be safe.
1 Eco Passport by Oeko-Tex® is a system by which textile chemical suppliers demonstrate that their products can be used in sustainable textile production.
- Streamlined garment printing workflow compared to silk-screen printing.
- Saves resources because no plates or screens are used, unlike traditional printing processes that require a separate film and screen for each color. No washing required, since there are no screens.
- UltraChrome DG ink and dedicated fabric processing agents are certified of Eco Passport.