Taking the different vital factors affecting the printer types,I will make 3ways for the classifications.

  •  Printer heads technology.
  •  Ink systems used in the printer.
  •  Printing capabilities.

Printer heads technology.

  • Original Epson printers based flatbed printers.
  • Epson printer head with makers’ main boards.
  • Industrial flatbed printers based on XAAR/Konica/SEIKO.

I am not familiar with Industrial flatbed printers based on XAAR/Konica/Seiko,so the main blog will focus on EPSON printer head printers only. 

1. Printers based on original Epson printers.

Until now since the first printer lunch,still most of the flatbed printers are based or modified from Epson printers from A4 size(21*29.7cm) to A0 size(112cm).Epson launched many different models for the office and home printing applications in different printing sizes from A4 to bigger sizes.

 

The EPSON printers based flatbed printers are mainly from:

  • A4 size 6 colors printer: R230, R270, R290.
  • A3 size 6 colors printer: R1390/R1400.
  • A3 size 8 colors printer:  R1800, R1900, R2000, R2400, R2800.
  • A2 size 8 colors printer: R4800, R4880, R3890, R4910.
  • A1 size 8 colors printer: R7800,R7880.
  • A0 size 8 color printers: R9800,R9880.

1.1   A4 size 6 colors printer:

This size printer is working with 90*6 printer head(Max resolution:2880*1440DPI)  and  is mainly working with and suitable for two types of inks:

  • Water based pigment ink for textile printing.(No white ink print capability)
  • ECO solvent based ink for certain materials printing.
  • Normal ink channels combination: CMYK+LC+LM or CMYK+GO+GO.

Notes: Some guys are selling the A4 size UV LED printer as new technology,but its just a kind of toy to be called UV LED printer.I will explain later.

The most hottest model is: R230 printer based. This kind of printer cost is from 800USD-1,700USD normally by different designs and structures.

1.2  A3 size 6 colors printer.

A3 size 6 colors printer is equipped with the same printer head as A4 size printers in 90*6 ink nozzles and  is mainly working with and suitable for two types of inks:

  • Water based pigment ink for light color textile printing.(No white ink print capability)
  • ECO solvent based ink for certain materials printing.
  • Normal ink channels combination: CMYK+LC+LM or CMYK+GO+GO.

Notes: Some guys are selling the A3 size cheap UV LED printer as new technology,but its just a kind of toy to be called UV LED printer.I will explain later as well.

1.3   A3 size 8 colors printer:  R1800, R1900, R2000, R2400, R2800.

A3 size printer with 8 colors are equipped with: EPSON DX5 180nonzzles/8 chambers printer head(Max resolution is:5760*2880DPI).  This is the most hottest size in the flatbed printer industry therefore the makers for this working size is the top No.1. Its suitable for three types of inks(All the inks in the flatbed printer industry).

  • Water based pigment ink for all colors of textile print.
  • ECO Solvent based ink for most of the materials and products print.
  • UV LED Curing inks for most of the materials and products print.

Printers based on 1800:

The R1800 is the earliest 8 color inkjet A3 printer from Epson working with original channels by: C/M/Y/R/B/MK/GO/O. And after modification by the flatbed printer makers the normal ink channels are:

  • 1800 ink channel 1: CMYK+KCMY. For all three ink types.
  • 1800 ink channel 2: CMYK+WWWW. For water based pigment ink and UV LED curing ink.
  • 1800 ink channel 3: CMYR B MK LLK GO. For ECO Solvent based ink.
  • 1800 ink channel 4: WWWW+WWWW. For water based pigment ink and UV LED curing ink.
  • 1800 ink channel 5: WWWW+KCMY. For water based pigment ink and UV LED curing ink.

 

 

 

Industry vocabulary:

  • Working sizes:When print size is mentioned ,we normally point to X and Y printing sizes. The X print size is limited by the original Epson printer width. But the Y printing size can be customized by the printers’ makers.
  • Size definition: Start from the office paper size=A4=210*297mm. All other bigger sizes are based on this size.
  • Color full name: C=Cyan; M=Magenta; Y=Yellow; K=Black; LC=Light Cyan;  W=White; LK=Light Black;  LLK=Light light Black; GO=Glossy;  R=Red;  B=Blue.
  • Ink Resolution DPI:  Drop Per Inch.
  • 6 or 8 colors: It depends on the original printer’s head nozzles. 6 colors means:The printer is working with printer head which has 6 chambers of nozzle holes; 8 colors means:The printer is working with the printer head which has 8 chambers of nozzle holes.