Craig Heckenberg, Epson Commercial Printing business unit manager, says that Epson’s 15 years supplying professional photographers and photo retailers with inkjet photo printing technology gives the company the runs on the board to launch the Surelab D3000, its entry into the minilab market.
‘Epson is synonymous with the highest quality in professional photo printing, and now is the right time to introduce an Epson-branded digital dry lab with Epson innovations – including the newly developed UltraChrome D6 photo ink – that brings added value to the market,’ said Mr Heckenberg.
For a full description of the Surelab, click here. In summary, the key features are:
- 6-colour, compact digital dry lab for high-quality photo production;
- Prints on glossy, lustre and matte paper at up to 30.5cm (12 inches) wide;
- Epson professional UltraChrome D6 ink-set (C,M,Y,K,Lm,Lc);
- Resolution of up to 1440 x 1440dpi;
- Produces up to 650 4 x 6inch (10.2 x 15.2cm) prints per hour;
- Supports roll media from 4 to 12 inches (10.2 to 30.5cm) wide;
- Dual-roll model allows two different media types and/or two different roll widths to be loaded;
- Optional A4 job sorter for convenient job collection;
- Easy to operate – virtually no maintenance required except consumables replacement;
- Convenient, power-efficient printing with no chemicals;
- Can be positioned in a corner and operated from two adjacent sides;
- Small footprint and wheels for convenient installation.
Mr Heckenburg said there was ‘great interest’ in the unit at The Digital Show in Melbourne last month.
‘We took leads from some top labs in both Australia and New Zealand,’ he said.
The Surelab will be available in Australia and New Zealand from August. While pricing has not been confirmed. Mr Heckenburg aired a figure of around $25,000 in a basic configuration – without a second paper roll holder or A4 order sorter.
He was unable as yet to outline the local costs to produce a 6×4-inch print, with Epson still working on the full ROI equation.