Market and Applications and who uses this type of large format printer
The award-winning Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is a compact 17-inch 11-colour printer for the highly demanding Professional Graphics and Photography markets. Take colour and black-and-white printing to the highest level and experience the widest colour gamut available with the latest Epson UltraChrome HDR (High Dynamic Range) pigment inks including green and orange.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900, ideal for large format printing in multiple applications creates high-quality, prints and concept proofs with accurate and consistent colours and has superb media versatility including premium photo, fine arts, proofing, watercolour, synthetic, adhesive, inkjet, matte, Japanese kobo, archival, bond and coated papers; backlit films, poster board, canvas and other fine art printing materials.
At Design Supply, an Authorised Epson Partner, we work closely with Epson to provide the best solutions available to get the job done for your business and maximize your opportunities. With over 25 years of experience in the large format printer market, we offer expertise and knowledge in tailoring the exact solution for your specific application.
Key features of the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Printer
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 Printer features an award-winning improved pigment ink formulation, the Epson UltraChrome HDR ink set, the ultimate professional photo and graphic arts ink that achieves the highest level of colour accuracy. Epson Stylus Pro printers using UltraChrome HDR inks are certified to cover an unprecedented 98% of the Pantone Matching System colour gamut. The 11-ink set features two extra colours, orange and green, along with an eight-colour pigment-based ink system, including three-level black ink technology. The full ink set includes eleven ink cartridges: photo black, matte black, light black, light light black, cyan, light cyan, yellow, vivid magenta and vivid light magenta. The addition of orange and green inks takes inkjet colour performance to an entirely new level. Grass and foliage will be much more vivid and natural, while orange tones like sunsets will be more dazzling. Photographers will be delighted to see that the orange ink also lessens the graininess in skin tones. Epson UltraChrome HDR ink uses specially formulated resin-encapsulated pigments which stabilise quickly and are extremely water resistant. The Epson UltaChrome HDR inks are identical to the inks and technologies used in Epson's larger format production printers up to 44 inches.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 features the new Epson Micro Piezo 10-channel TFP printhead, which includes Epson variable size ink drop technology, delivering superb quality prints with smooth gradations and grain reduction at high speed with a print resolution of up to 2880 dpi. The advanced Micro Piezo TFP printhead features higher performance and greater durability with 360 nozzles for each colour. New Epson Look-Up Table technology ensures spot colour optimisation and maximum colour gamut.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is flexible and easy to use, featuring a spindle-less paper holder, auto nozzle check and a 2.5 inch colour LCD. Epson's auto nozzle check system can be performed before every job or can be set to run automatically between jobs during unattended printing.
Specifications and specifications
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 printer produces up to 2880 x 1440 dpi resolution and has a maximum print speed of 30m2/hr or 144sec/A1 on matte paper. Inks are available in convenient 200ml capacity cartridges. The new spindle-less flange makes paper roll loading easy and comes with an automatic paper adapter, easily switchable to support both 2-inch and 3-inch core paper rolls and is suitable for most media types.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 includes printer drivers for Windows (7, XP, and Vista) Windows Server (2003, 2008, and 2008 R2)and MAC OS. The Stylus Pro 4900 includes 256MB virtual memory and 64MB networking memory. The barcode printing function is available to use before changing a roll of paper. The barcode records the media ID (for genuine media) or an allocated number (for custom media) and the remaining length for easy media management.
Media can be fed via the sheet friction feed or roll feed and accepts cut sheets from A4 - 17 inches and paper rolls from 10 - 17 inches. The high-capacity front-loading cassette makes inserting paper easy, and the automated paper changing means not time is wasted switching between cut sheet and roll paper. The printer also switches automatically between photo and matte black inks, with both installed to avoid stopping the print run. All inks come in 200ml high capacity cartridges for less frequent changes and better value. Thick media support and a fine art paper path are standard. The built-in intelligent roll paper feeding system automatically aligns and adjusts paper for optimal tension during loading.
Compatible with EFI eXpress for Proofing, the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 can deliver high quality, validation and contract proofing solution, ideal for creative directors, print buyers or designers. Ready to use professional tools out-of-the-box saves time and money, and EFI eXpress delivers accurate spot colour with Pantone, DIC, HKS and Toyo colour libraries and achieves high quality print results each time with native PDF support.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 is compatible with more than 30 Epson media including: photo papers (traditional, ultra glossy, gloss); premium photo papers (luster, semi matte, semi gloss, glossy); inkjet paper (photo quality, photo quality self-adhesive); proofing papers (standard, self-adhesive standard, commercial, publication, white semi matte); fine art papers (ultra smooth, velvet); matte papers (single weight, heavy weight, enhanced, double sided, archival); hot press and cold press (bright, natural); watercolour paper (radiant white); canvas (water resistant matte, premium satin); and clear proof thin film. Additionally, specialist media compatible with the Epson Stylus Pro 4900 includes: Epson proofing papers (white semi matte, publication); premium photo paper (luster, glossy); poster board (enhanced matte); and Japanese kozo paper. Our media specialists at Design Supply have the expertise to help you determine the best solutions for your particular printing needs.
Produce high quality remote proofs with the Epson Stylus Pro 4900's automatic colour certification and calibration. The optional inline Epson SpectroProofer ensures consistent, repeatable colour accuracy when using different media, rapidly measuring control strips and colour charts when creating ICC profiles and print verification results. Incorporating industry-standard X-rite technology, the Epson SpectroProofer provides accurate printer-to-printer colour matching, as well as advanced measurement and certification. Programming colour management workflows are automated resulting in faster speed, higher colour accuracy and lower costs. The Epson SpectroProofer has a compact design and fits right into the Stylus Pro 4900 and requires no additional space. Different configurations are available, and our sales specialists at Design Supply will advise on the best solution.
Count on dependable support to create the best image possible from Epson and Design Supply. For added peace of mind, Epson Stylus Pro printers feature a 12-month on site service warranty. Epson CoverPlus is a post warranty extended 3-year support service available to help you enhance your printing and imaging environment, protect your IT investment and grow your business. Ask us at Design Supply, and we can tailor the best solution possible for your needs.
The Epson Stylus Pro 4900 received the "Best Large Format Printer" award from TIPA in 2011.
In 1993, Epson entered the inkjet printing market with the innovative Epson Stylus 800, and introduced its market changing printhead with Epson Micro Piezo technology, making a permanent technological advancement which remains at the forefront today. In 1994, Epson introduced the Stylus Pro, the world's first 720 dpi colour inkjet printer. In 1998, the Epson Stylus Pro 800 was selected by NASA for the STS-95 mission and Epson introduced the first colour inkjet printer with built-in USB connectivity. Epson continues to develop breakthroughs in technology and applications as print, projection and display needs evolve, building on more than 60 years of innovation of Seiko Epson, which began as a watchmaker.
Epson Stylus Pro 7900/9900 printers incorporate a number of Epson proprietary technologies including Micro Piezo, PrecisionCore, Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT), Exotic Thin Film Piezo (TFP), Low Vibration Meniscus Control, UltraChrome Inks and Look-Up Table (LUT).
Epson introduced the award-winning proprietary piezo-electric technology, called Micro Piezo in 1993, and Micro Piezo has made Epson inkjet printers renowned for their high quality output, reliability, and low running costs. Today, Epson is the only company that uses the piezo-electric printhead throughout its inkjet printing device range, from the smallest personal photo printer to the largest industrial system. Epson Micro Piezo technology fires ink droplets onto a surface by applying an electric charge to piezo-electric elements, which bend when an electrical charge is passed through them. Using piezo-electric technology, the amount of ink pulled into and expelled out of the nozzles can be very accurately controlled by varying the electrical charge given to the piezo-electric elements. This enables the printhead to eject ink droplets in a range of precisely controlled sizes. Ink droplets are propelled instead of heating the ink, which results in a wider range of printing applications and media compatibility, including paper, and industrial applications, fabric printing, indoor filter fabrication and applying patterns to electronic circuit boards. Epson Micro Piezo technology minimises impact on the environment because it uses ink very efficiently and places ink droplets accurately, to prevent wasted paper. The printheads last the lifetime of the printer.
Epson PrecisionCore printhead technology delivers Epson's renowned industry-leading output quality at high speed. Inch for inch, the high-resolution Epson print chips are one of the fastest inkjet printing technologies in the world. PrecisionCore piezo elements each fire nearly 50,000 times per second. PrecisionCore has up to triple the nozzle density of conventional Epson piezo printheads. The nozzles are roughly 20 microns in diameter and deliver small, round, repeatable dots about 40 microns across. This dot precision creates sharp text and fine lines. PrecisionCore uses the power of the piezo crystal to increase reliability. The piezo element generates a voltage that can detect in milliseconds, whether its firing normally and self diagnose its health. The automatic nozzle check system uses advanced ink droplet detection to eliminate misprinting caused by nozzle clogging. Ink drops with an electrical charge are read by a sensor which takes less than 15 seconds, requires no media and consumes only a miniscule amount of ink. PrecisionCore's micro-mechanical firing elements avoid material limitations faced by heat-based systems. More colourful and durable ink formulations with higher concentrations of colorants and binders can be used compared to heat-based systems, allowing for printing on a much wider range of substrates. PrecisionCore Scalable Technology is designed for products ranging from industrial systems such as large-scale label presses to desktop printers. Its modularity allows PrecisionCore print chips to be arrayed in both moving serial and fixed line printhead configurations.
Epson Variable Sized Droplet Technology (VSDT) refers to the capability of Epson's Micro Piezo printhead technology to eject ink droplets of different sizes by varying the electrical charge give to the piezo-electric elements. Epson's printers can achieve up to five variable sized ink droplets as small as 1.5 picoliters. Such superior precision results in sharp, rich, and virtually grain-free text and images, key qualities strongly associated through the years with Epson's renowned photo-quality prints. The low temperature of operation makes Epson Micro Piezo printheads compatible with a wide range of inks, including dye and pigment types, solvent inks, and ultraviolet cure inks. Epson Micro Piezo printheads run much cooler than thermal inkjet ones and can provide reliable operation for the life span of the printer. Epson ink cartridges do not require a printhead attached, making the ink cartridges more affordable, and environmentally friendly. Epson Micro Piezo printheads use less power than thermal inkjet printheads because the piezo-electric method of ink ejection is far more efficient.
The Epson Exotic Thin Film Piezo (TFP) printhead and Low Vibration Meniscus Control technologies are the latest advancements in the Stylus Pro 7890, 7900, 9890 and 9900 printers and deliver a superior level of ink placement accuracy and extraordinary photographic quality. The Epson TFP is the highest resolution 1-inch wide high performance inkjet printhead with 360 nozzles per channel. It is capable of using up to 10 separate ink channels simultaneously. Epson Low Vibration Meniscus Control technology delivers highly accurate dot shape and high precision impact point control for extreme dot placement accuracy by precisely controlling the curvature of every ink droplet within each nozzle before releasing it onto the media. There is an ink repelling coating which dramatically reduces nozzle clogging. Variable size droplets, as small as 3.5 picoliters, decreases the print times and optimises the photographic quality.
The award-winning Epson UltraChrome Ink developed for the latest generation of inkjet professional printers is a significant advancement in print technology. Epson has developed several variations of UltraChrome Ink, for different needs and applications. Epson UltraChrome Ink sets are pigment inks with high pigment density and resin coating for more stability and even surface and gloss, and high stability on a wide variety of media including fine art, speciality and plain paper. Epson UltraChrome Inks have superb short term stability and reduced metamerism; ensuring grey tones are consistent regardless of the viewing light source. Epson UltraChrome Inks can be used on a wide variety of media while maintaining outstanding light fastness and made for professional display and sales applications. Epson UltraChrome Inks deliver two times the density of conventional pigment inks, a larger colour gamut, deeper blacks, and superb water resistance. Epson UltraChrome inks are available in High Dynamic Range (HDR), Hi-Gloss, Hi-Gloss 2, K3, K3 with Vivid Magenta and GS. Epson UltraChrome HDR is the ultimate professional photography and graphics arts ink.
Epson UltraChrome HDR features three-level black ink technology. The three tones of black deliver dramatic photographic prints in black-and-white and colour with the widest colour gamut available. Standard photo or matte black is automatically selected depending on the media to optimise density of ink on different medias, resulting in the highest quality in both black-and-white and colour. Light black and light light black, deliver significantly advanced grey balance, impressive mid-tones and highlights for smoother tonal ranges and a high contrast ratio. The combination of black inks means prints are free from bronzing with a uniform surface appearance across both light and dark areas.
Epson Look-up Table (LUT) Technology optimises colour quality and assures maximum colour fidelity across the spectrum. With the expanded colour gamut of the Epson UltraChrome HDR ink, achieving precise colour accuracy requires a significantly more complex conversion programme. Epson New LUT Technology maximises use of the colour gamut and improving ink utilisation by seamlessly integrating high-fidelity ink primaries. Developed through fundamental research conducted jointly with the Munsell Colour Science Laboratory at the Rochester Institute of Technology, Epson New LUT Technology reduces colour fidelity, reduces graininess in skin tones, improves colour inconstancy, and ensures smooth gradations between colours. To print a given colour on an inkjet printer, colour information (either CMYK or RGB) must be converted so that the printer knows which ink colours to blend, and in what amount. To perform the extremely complex calculations required for image data to ink conversion, a massive reference table of colour data called a LUT is used. Image quality is to a large extent determined by the choice of which ink colours to blend, and how much of each should be used. Epson New LUT Technology automatically selects the optimum combination to accurately express the desired colour with the 10-colour Stylus Pro 7900/9900 printer.
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