Epson has announced two new large format printers primarily for architects, engineers, construction companies, spatial data analysts and retailers.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 (24 inch wide) and Epson Stylus Pro 9700 (44 inch wide) four colour large format printers are designed to deliver enhanced productivity and image quality for accurate reproduction of architectural drawings and colour presentations, engineering plans, spatial data maps, and attention-grabbing point-of-sale displays.

Unlike other large format printers using thermal inkjet technology the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 use MicroPiezo™ inkjet technology for excellent colour consistency over longer print runs, unrivalled photographic image quality and greater unattended printing.

 At the heart of the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 is Epson’s most advanced print head, the MicroPiezo TFP (Thin Film Piezo) print head which has 10 channels supporting a new five-ink configuration. This advanced print head has 720 nozzles per colour, enabling the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 to produce an A1 size print in a blistering 1.33 minutes at 720x720dpi quality mode.

Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink is a high density, resin coated pigment ink formulation recognised worldwide by graphic arts professionals for its wide colour gamut and excellent water and fade resistance. 

Configured with Cyan, Vivid Magenta, Yellow and both Photo and Matte Black, the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 will impress the most discerning print professional with their colour fidelity on a broad range of media up to 1.5mm thick.

Unlike previous four colour models, the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 have the ability to automatically switch between photo and matte black inks depending on the media selected, improving productivity when a variety of different papers are used.

With five individual high capacity ink cartridges available in 150, 350 or 700 ml capacities and automatic switching between photo and matte black inks, the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 offer longer unattended print runs and lower operating costs.

To ensure enhanced productivity the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 incorporate Epson’s new Auto Nozzle Check System to automate and reduce the risk of misprinting caused by nozzle clogging.  The nozzle check system uses advanced ink droplet detection technology, takes less than 15 seconds to run, and consumes no media and only a few drops of ink.  It can be run before every job or periodically, giving improved reliability and a reduction in media costs.

Other improvements on the Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 include a colour LCD panel for easier selection of commands, more convenient paper handling with no need for spindles to hold rolls, and the ability to quickly and easily switch from normal tension to high tension when using thinner media. New layout manager software assists users in maximising paper use with nesting capabilities and easy layout tools for a range of large format printing applications.

The Pro 7700 and Pro 9700 are also supported by leading software companies, ensuring easy integration into existing workflows. Both printers come standard with USB2.0 and Ethernet connections and are supported with Windows, Macintosh and HDI drivers.

The Epson Stylus Pro 7700 and Epson Stylus Pro 9700 are available in November 2009 from selected authorised Epson professional graphics dealers.

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