Epson showcases innovative textile printing at FESPA

Epson showcases innovative textile printing at FESPA

22nd May 2014 – Epson has teamed up with leading garment industry innovators on its booth at FESPA Digital (Hall B2, Stand 320, 20-23 May 2014, Munich) to demonstrate a live end-to-end sportswear production workflow.

The production line features the very latest software and hardware technologies and encompasses the whole process from design, pattern editing and 3D modelling, through to proofing, dye sublimation printing, heat transfer and final garment construction.

The “Simulate, Print and Go” workflow concept has been integrated by the German Institute for Textile and Fibre Research (DITF), the largest textile research centre in Europe, together with ErgoSoft and Assyst. For the initial design stage, Epson has also partnered with the Deutsches Mode Institute (DMI), the German fashion organisation that produces colour charts to help designers predict seasonal colours. These charts are integrated into ColorDigital software to enable designers create contemporary garment designs.

Patterns are produced using Human Solutions/assyst Pattern Design Software - cad.assyst - which imports customer measurements from body scanners or measurement tables and integrates with the assyst Vidya 3D tool to display a virtual outfit so designers can check fit, drape and design. The Human Solutions’ iSize tool uses measurement data from people in Europe, America and Asia to automatically adapt sizes and body shapes for specific target markets.

Epson wide-format printers play two key roles in the workflow. Firstly the production colour-accurate proofs of the textile patterns on an Epson Stylus Pro 4900 inkjet printer, with EFI Fiery XF RIP. This 11-colour 17-inch wide printer produces the wide-gamut, accurate colour proofs needed to show fine tones, shades and detailed patterns.

The final designs are printed by Epson’s latest SureColor SC-F7100 dye sublimation printer with Ergosoft Professional RIP. This versatile and reliable 64-inch printer features Epson’s new PrecisionCore TFP printhead technology and dedicated Epson UltraChrome DS ink to deliver superb quality images with vibrant colours at speeds up to 58sqm/hr. This affordable printer gives dye sublimation specialists the ultimate in flexibility and productivity and is the ideal solution for those wishing to access new added-value revenue streams and achieve higher margins by printing and customising fast fashion and performance sportswear.

Finally, the garment elements are heat transferred to Schöller textiles with a HeatJet 70 EVO3 Calendar press and permanently joined to form the final piece using a Nucleus Ultrasonic welding machine.

“This workflow unites innovative hardware, software and design tools in Epson’s first end-to-end garment demonstration,” says Duncan Ferguson, Director, ProGraphics, Epson Europe. “Our aim is to show how affordable new technologies can open up lucrative new opportunities for garment creation and manufacturing throughout Europe.”

A propos d’Epson
Epson est une multinationale innovante réputée dans le secteur de l’imagerie. Sa vaste gamme de produits s’étend des imprimantes à jet d’encre et systèmes d’impression aux projecteurs 3LCD et aux robots industriels, en passant par les capteurs et autres micro-appareils. Très attachée à la satisfaction de ses clients dans le monde entier, Epson met un point d’honneur à leur apporter une valeur ajoutée à travers des technologies compactes, peu consommatrices d’énergie et de haute précision répondant à leurs besoins, qu’il s’agisse de particuliers ou d’entreprises, du secteur du commerce ou de l’industrie.

Conduit par sa maison-mère Seiko Epson Corporation basée au Japon, le groupe Epson emploie plus de 73 000 salariés dans son réseau mondial de 94 entités et est fier de son engagement constant dans la protection de l’environnement, ainsi que de sa contribution à la vie locale sur ses sites d’implantation.

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A propos d’Epson Europe
Epson Europe B.V., dont les bureaux se situent à Amsterdam, est le siège social régional du groupe pour l'Europe, Moyen-Orient, Russie et Afrique. S'appuyant sur une main d'œuvre de 1 655 salariés, Epson Europe a réalisé 1 540 millions d'euros de ventes pour l'exercice fiscal 2012. http://www.epson.eu

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