The Epson® SureLab™ series is a versatile range of commercial photo printers. Designed for fast and cost-effective production, they suit a wide range of applications including studio and event photography, in-house ID and brochure production, in-store kiosk, and print-for-pay operation. They can produce a wide range of material including consumer and professional photo images, business cards, greeting cards, invitations, awards, menus, order forms, cards, and calendars. Unlike traditional Silver Halide ‘wet-lab’ technology, they require minimal space, consume very little power, and employ no chemicals. SureLab printers are simple to install, easy to operate, and require minimal maintenance. Unlike competing Thermal Dye Sublimation technology, they are inexpensive to run, easy to load, and provide high durability. Print quality is exceptional, and the output format can be adjusted ‘on-the-fly’.
The SL-D560 Dry-film Minilab is designed for low-medium volume production. It can be operated as a standalone machine or in multiples for heightened production. It incorporates a high precision Epson Micro Piezo™ Thin Film Print™ (TFP) head that enables accurate and consistent output in resolutions up to 1440 x 720 dpi. It features an upgraded 6-colour ink set that is applied using Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT), for outstanding image quality with an enhanced gamut and dMax. Staying true to the SureLab series, the D560 is compact, lightweight, and requires minimal operational space. It can produce up to 250 4×6″ borderless prints per hour, using cost-effective sheet media that comes in size 3.5×5″ and 4×6″, in either a Gloss or Lustre surface finish. The printer ships with a powerful Windows® and Macintosh® OS driver to enable operation, with standard photo and graphic software. It can also be used with optional Epson Order Controller to provide a full production system complete with costing, image editing, job scheduling, and load balancing.
FEATURES AT A GLANCE
- High flexibility – outputs single-sided and double-sided prints (borderless or with a border) on cost effective sheet media.
- High productivity – up to 250 4×6″ prints per hour in standard mode.
- High precision – Epson Micro Piezo TFP for predictable and consistent output in resolutions up to 1440x720dpi with VSDT for with superior halftones, precise colour and density control.
- High quality – Epson UltraChrome D6r-S ink for prints that exit dry with high depth, vibrant colour, and a durable, scratch-resistant finish.
- Flexible installation – featuring a solid metal plated case that allows up to 3 units to be stacked for added space effectiveness.
- Flexible output – uses a new range of single-sided and double-sided Gloss and Lustre sheet media in 3.5×5″ and 4×6″ in a variety of weights1.
- Easy to operate – simple to use with desktop control and direct control complete with an LCD screen. Features all-front-loaded consumables with no special handling processes, and a drop-down output tray. Print direct from common photo applications or use optional Epson Order Controller for easy production with job costing, image editing, job scheduling and load balancing2.
- Easy to integrate – high speed USB, Ethernet and Wi-Fi interfacing, ultra-compact and light-weight with low power consumption. Can be operated on a desk or installed in a kiosk cabinet. Supplied with an advanced Windows & Macintosh driver. Supports Epson Cloud Solution PORT for enhanced remote monitoring and analysis.
- High durability – 100,000 print duty cycle, backed by a comprehensive service cover that can be extended up to 5 years3.
Quality results at high speed
The SureLab range has been designed to facilitate high-speed photo production with superior image quality and control. Printers feature a solid construction, with a convenient roll or sheet-based media supply and a fast print engine. When used as intended, they provide durable operation, without the cost or inconvenience of periodic maintenance from a specialist. All models incorporate Epson’s patented Thin Film Print™ (TFP) heads with self-monitoring micro-fine nozzles that enable high-resolution output with consistent and predictable performance. Integrated Variable-Size Droplet Technology (VSDT) provides enhanced clarity and halftone performance with fine image control. Prints are more consistent and feature superior resolution, colour, intensity, and gloss levels over alternative technologies such as Thermal Dye Sublimation and Silver Halide.
Epson UltraChrome D6r-S ink has been formulated further to deliver enhanced results with the D560. It features an advanced dye-based formulation with an enhanced Gamut and DMax to enable imaging with superior colour and brightness. Image quality is outstanding, and prints feature high durability with good light and ozone stability. Prints exit dry with a high-gloss finish that is resistant to damage through scratching, rubbing and moisture exposure.
Maximising business potential
The SureLab range has been designed to provide maximum production flexibility. They can be used to print standard commercial grade photos in a wide range of sizes, with or without borders. They can also be used to print ID and passport photos. They can even be used to produce premium grade portrait prints, as well as specialist banner and panoramic artwork, and are even efficient at photobook and calendar applications through use of Epson’s new SureLab double-sided sheet media.
SureLab printers will accept files from many of the common photo editing, graphic design and imaging applications. With appropriate software it is possible to produce a wide range of material including calendars and awards, invite and name cards, product fliers and restaurant menus, and celebratory and event notices. Epson SureLab Paper has been designed to ensure premium quality results. It can be ordered in a choice of Gloss and Lustre varieties, in a range of widths to suit different applications, across both single-sided and double-sided sheet and roll media. The D560 and D1060 includes additional 3.5″ media support for production of ultra-small items including passport photos, business cards, and gift tags.
Easy installation with flexible configuration
The SureLab range has been designed for simple and easy installation. Unlike competing commercial photo equipment they need minimal operational space, connect to a standard power supply, and do not require special ventilation. They generate minimal noise and can be operated in a wide range of business environments. The D560 and D1060 can be connected via high speed USB 2.0, as well as Ethernet and Wi-Fi. Multiple SureLabs can be combined for scalability and optionally augmented with additional Epson Large Format photo printers for an integrated production platform covering everything from passport photos up to large canvas prints.
All consumables on the D560 are front-loaded, 70ml ink bottles. The printer features a light and compact design that is small enough for transport to events and has reduced power requirements for operation on cruise ships and in mobile / temporary locations. The printer can be operated on a desk or mounted in a kiosk enclosure.
Easy operation with low maintenance
SureLab printers have been designed to enable easy, low-maintenance use. The D560 features front-loaded consumables and simple sheet media loading operation, with a pull-out tray that holds 100 sheets.
SureLab printers are quick to start up and simple to shut down. They require minimum power when operating and have automatic power saving when in standby or in sleep mode. Unlike traditional commercial photo equipment, they do not require expensive periodic servicing from specialists. Maintenance is simple and can all be done by the operator with easy-to-follow instructions that are presented on the LCD screen. Printers require minimal training to operate and can be driven with a wide range of common workflow, graphic design, and photo applications. The D560 ships with a powerful Mac/Windows driver that includes an adjustable colour space for precision premium work.
The D560 can also be driven with optional Epson Order Controller software. The software features a simple and functional interface that provides facilities for image upload, editing, job costing, production scheduling and control. When operated with multiple SureLab printers it can be configured to split and balance job loads2; the software can then additionally be used to drive a range of Epson Large Format printers to enable a full production environment for photos, posters, and canvas work.