Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy unveiled at ITMA 2023

Como (Italy), 8th June 2023 - Textile printing technology pioneer Epson today announces the revolutionary Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy that can uniquely digitally create any type of special effect on fabric.

The hybrid printer has been developed to reproduce the most sophisticated effects for modern printed fabrics with gold, silver, and glossy tints.

The continuously evolving textile market requires increasingly sustainable and efficient solutions in order to deliver unique results and low-impact productivity. The Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy is the ideal printer for companies that need to optimise the production of complex prints and offer the market more creativity. 

With the latest portfolio addition, the Monna Lisa series - already known for its print quality, ink optimisation, extreme flexibility, and sustainability - can reproduce special effects on any fabric without requiring any subsequent steps. These range from glossy lacquer through to gold and silver metal and opaque white.

The combination of the Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy’s 8 colour inkset, 16 PrecisionCore printheads and 64 nozzles, finally enables the digital printing of special effects, previously the exclusive preserve of conventional screen or cylinder printing.

Its Genesta water-based inks guarantee colour accuracy and resistance in fabric prints, while pastes developed and produced by Epson Como Printing Technologies create the special effects.

PrecisionCore printhead technology guarantees the exceptional quality for which Epson is renowned while delivering the high speeds necessary for commercial and industrial printing. At the heart of this technology is the MicroTFP next-generation printing chip.  PrecisionCore technology perfectly embodies Epson's goal of delivering unrivalled levels of value and performance to the widest possible customer base.

The Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy is proof of how Epson’s research and development team always has its eyes on the future. With the latest evolution of the Monna Lisa series, and the ability to produce 100% of printing effects with digital technology, the needs of several markets - from fashion to home textiles, swimwear to sportswear – can be met at the same time.

"At Epson, we know how crucial it is to respond quickly to a market in perpetual motion,” comments Paolo Crespi, commercial director of Epson Como Printing Technologies. “Today, with the Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy, we have reached a new milestone and completed a journey that began 20 years ago with the birth of the Monna Lisa project: the coverage of 100% of printing requirements with digital technology.”

He continues: “In order to facilitate the work of our customers, our primary goal is to ensure the maximum flexibility of our solutions. All the printers in the Monna Lisa series allow us to organise and combine our printing processes in the best way, extremely quickly, and with as little waste as possible of resources. Shorter processes, fast response times to market demands, and extreme versatility have therefore always been core qualities of the Epson product range.”

Monna Lisa ML-16000/Hy - Main features: 

  • Printheads: 16 Epson PrecisionCore printheads. PrecisionCore printing technology is the evolution of Epson's proprietary Micro Piezo printing technology. The next-generation MicroTFP print chip combines quality, precision and speed
  • Nozzles: 64 nozzles
  • Resolution: up to 1200 dpi
  • Width: 180 cm
  • Ink colours: 8 Genesta colours accompanied by special pastes
  • Special effects: glossy lacquer, metallic gold and silver, glue for metallic foil, opaque white
  • Ink types: Genesta inks and special pastes developed and produced by Epson. Genesta's water-based inks guarantee superb quality on any type of fabric
  • Fabrics supported: all

Epson at ITMA 2023. Creativity and innovation: a bridge to sustainability

All the benefits of Epson’s Monna Lisa series will be presented during the 19th edition of ITMA, the world’s most important exhibition for textile machines, in Milan from 8 to 14 June, Hall 7 - Stand B206. Visitors will see for themselves how Epson’s increasingly flexible and sustainable technology address the latest market trends.

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Charlie de la Haye

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Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to co-creating sustainability and enriching communities by leveraging its efficient, compact, and precision technologies and digital technologies to connect people, things, and information. The company is focused on solving societal issues through innovations in home and office printing, commercial and industrial printing, manufacturing, visual and lifestyle. Epson will become carbon negative and eliminate use of exhaustible underground resources such as oil and metal by 2050.

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