Features & Benefits for the Stylus Pro 7900 Computer to Plate System Production Edition

Representing a new way of producing aluminum printing press plates, the Epson Stylus Pro 7900 CTP system incorporates our latest achievements in high-resolution ink jet technology, along with a new aluminum press plate developed specifically for Epson. The result? A new generation CTP solution that will dramatically lower your plate production costs, while delivering amazing print quality on press.

1. Superior Final Press Output

  • Extremely sharp text and line art
  • Perfect for 1- and 2-color print jobs
  • Better solids than typical polyester plates
  • Amazing detail up to 150 lpi
  • Capable of press runs up to 15,000 impressions

2. Chemical Free

  • No chemical processing required
  • Complete water-based plate-making system
  • Safer for the environment and worker health

3. Affordable

  • Significantly reduced capital investment
  • Complete solution with nothing else to buy except on-going consumables - inks and Plates
  • Overall cost per plate is cheaper than most polyester plates you're making today
  • Dramatically reduced electrical, maintenance, and service expenses
  • Virtually zero downtime - extremely robust printing technology

4. Lower Total Cost of Operation

  • Dramatically reduced electrical, maintenance, and service expenses
  • Virtually zero downtime

5. Easier to Use and Maintain

  • Simple aluminum plate and ink cartridge loading
  • Epson printer automatically cleans and maintains itself
  • Utilizes standard Epson UltraChrome HDR ink cartridges
  • No messy processor to clean-up or maintain

6. Supported by the Leader in Professional Printing

  • Entire solution is completely supported by Epson - including the Printer, Plate curing unit, and EFI eXpress CTP RIP
  • World-class technical support and service by a brand you can trust

7. A Better Press Plate

  • Epson ensures every DirectPlate is consistent, predictable, and reliable with rigorous quality assurance
  • Extremely smooth surfaced for superior water retention

8. Superior Press Compatibility

  • Your press was made for true aluminum - not polyester
  • No more 'plate creep' or stretching on longer runs
  • Faster make-ready than polyester
  • Able to view the actual plate image before running on press

9. Smaller Floor Space Requirements

  • Designed to be pushed up against a wall
  • Utilizes significantly less shop floor space than a typical polyester plate setter

10. Produces More than Just Aluminum Press Plates

  • Produce Epson DirectPlate Aluminum plates, contract-quality color proofs, and up to 24-inch wide color posters, all from the same device
  • Bring true contract-quality color proofing in-house
  • Easily expands your current color print offerings
  • Superior return on investment

Technical Features and Benefits

High-Precision Ten-Channel Epson MicroPiezo TFP™ Print Head

  • Thin Film Piezo (TFP) print head design capable of handling ten separate ink channels
  • One-inch wide high-performance print head with 360 nozzles per channel
  • Auto-sharing black ink channel technology
  • Low vibration meniscus control for highly accurate dot shape and placement
  • All-new ink repelling coating dramatically reduces nozzle clogging
  • Produces variable-sized droplets as small as 3.5 picoliter to greatly decrease print times while optimizing photographic quality

Epson AccuPhoto™ HDR Screening

  • Advanced ten-color screening algorithm resulting in prints with superior color and clarity
  • Maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440 dpi for incredibly sharp text and line art
  • Produces extremely fine blends and photographic transitions
  • Extremely accurate highlight-to-shadow detail
  • No visible photographic graininess due to the printing process*
  • Ensures consistent color balance regardless of the viewing light source
  • When combined with the precise dot placement accuracy of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP print head, overall photographic print quality is dramatically improved
* Photographic graininess could still be visible if present in the actual file being printed.

Epson PreciseColor™ Manufacturing

  • Unique production technology to ensure printer-to-printer color consistency
  • Colorimetric calibration is performed during the manufacturing process
  • This process automatically evaluates and adjusts the color performance of each printer produced
  • Extreme color repeatability for demanding color performance over time
  • Completely eliminates the need for internal printer calibration devices or procedures

Automatic Nozzle Verification and Cleaning

  • Embedded sensors quickly verify nozzle status without using media
  • System automatically performs a head cleaning if required
  • Nozzle verification is performed in under 30 seconds
  • Nozzle verification process consumes less than 1 ml of ink
  • Can be set to automatically perform check before each job; periodically;
    or can be turned off

Automatic Print Head Alignment

  • Built-in sensor performs highly precise alignments of all color channels
  • Aligns both single and bi-directional print modes

Epson UltraChrome HDR Ink Technology

  • Next-Generation Ten-Color Pigment-Based Ink System
  • Unique High Dynamic Range (HDR) pigments for an extremely wide color gamut
  • Ten-color printing system including all-new orange and green inks
  • Designed to work with Epson AccuPhoto HDR screening technology
  • Professional print permanence ratings
  • Outstanding short-term color stability for mission critical proofing applications
  • Improved Microcrystal Encapsulation™ Technology for reduced gloss differential
  • Improved black density up to 2.6 with an L* value ~3.0
* Dmax and L* values are based on Epson Premium Luster Photo Paper (260)

Three-Level Black Ink Technology

  • Simultaneously uses Black, Light Black, and Light Light Black inks
  • Significantly improves the gray balance while eliminating colorcasts
  • Outstanding highlight-to-shadow grayscale accuracy for a smoother tonal range
  • Virtually eliminates any bronzing of the basic pigment chemistry
  • Enhances the ICC profiling process for ColorSync™ and ICM™ workflows

Automatic Black Ink Mode Switching

With both Photo and Matte Black ink cartridges installed simultaneously, the Epson Stylus Pro 900 series printers automatically utilize the optimal black ink mode, delivering maximum black density for the chosen media. Taking advantage of the Epson MicroPiezo TFP auto-sharing black ink channel ensures a fast and efficient switch. And to further reduce switching errors, the user can choose to confirm the switching process from the front control panel.

The standard Photo Black ink mode can be used for any media type with professional results. However, for certain Epson media types such as Velvet Fine Art, Enhanced Matte, and UltraSmooth Fine Art, using the optional Matte Black ink mode instead, will dramatically increase your black optical density for even better print quality.

Professional Media Handling

  • Compatible with virtually any media type, in roll or cut sheet, up to 24 or 44 inches wide
  • Accurate loading of cut-sheet media up to 1.5mm thick posterboard
  • All media is front-loaded via a unique straight-through media path
  • Printer and driver based media identification and synchronization system for virtually error-free media use
  • Media bin safely captures multiple prints up to 24" x 36" or 44" x 36"
  • Optional Automatic Take-up Reel System for unattended production of large print runs (SP9900 only)

Epson ePlaten™ Media Loading Technology

  • Accurate automatic media loading, movement, and tracking
  • Electronically controlled roll media rewind and take-up
  • Automatic roll media rewind upon media release
  • Simplifies the overall roll and cut-sheet media loading process

Spindle-Free Roll Media Loading

  • User-adjustable roll media adapters accepts either 2- or 3-inch media cores
  • Simple tension lever ensures quick and secure media core loading
  • Designed with Epson ePlaten Technology for highly-accurate roll media usage
  • Additional media adapter pairs available as an accessory for efficient roll media switching

Roll Media Length Tracking and Identification System

  • Real-time automatic remaining roll media length counter
  • Automatic bar code tagging of remaining roll media information for faster reloading
  • Very useful for tracking partially used media rolls

High Performance Rotary Cutting System

  • Durable rotary cutter, designed to be virtually maintenance free
  • High performance cutting speeds - cuts 24" to 44" wide rolls in under two seconds
  • Off-carriage cutting system eliminates media dust within critical components
  • Capable of cutting virtually any media type, including most canvas and fine art papers

High Performance Print Engine Speeds

Utilizing our latest print head technology, the Epson Stylus Pro 900 series printers are among the fastest wide-format printers in the industry.
Print Mode 16" x 20" 20" x 30"
Fine - 720 dpi HS* 2:53 5:03
SuperFine - 1440 dpi HS* 3:47 6:39
SuperPhoto - 2880 dpi HS* 7:14 12:52
* HS = High-Speed Print Mode (Bi-directional Print Mode) | Print speeds are shown in min:sec

Advanced Black-and-White Printing Technology

  • Unique driver technology takes full advantage of our three-level black system to produce professional black-and-white prints from color or grayscale image files
  • Produces a truly consistent print with no color crossover or color cast
  • Some of the world's greatest black-and-white photography has been printed using this technology

Epson Intelligent High-Capacity Ink System

  • Pressurized ink cartridge technology ensures reliable ink delivery at all print speeds, while dramatically reducing the physical size of the ink cartridges
  • Eleven individual ink cartridges; available in 150ml, 350ml, and 700ml fill capacities
  • On-the-fly ink cartridge replacement for increased productivity
  • Mix and match across all three ink cartridge sizes

Easy-to-Use Front Control Panel

  • High-resolution 2.5" color LCD for improved viewing of printer status
  • Simple button layout for all navigation and basic printer functions

Superior Connectivity

  • Standard connectivity includes one USB 2.0 and one 10/100 BaseT Ethernet port
  • Professional Epson Photographic Drivers for Macintosh® and Windows®
  • Fully supported by most leading third party RIPs and workflows

Apple® Macintosh® 16-bit Printer Drivers

  • Enhanced 16-bit data support for Macintosh users
  • Takes full advantage of 16-bit data files from compatible application software
  • Depending upon the file being printed, you may see a more accurate print

World Class Service and Support

  • Includes one-year of limited coverage under the Epson Preferred Protection Plan with toll-free telephone support available Monday through Friday and usually next-business-day on-site service
  • Optional one- or two-year Epson Preferred Plus service plans available