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Monday, October 10, 2016

C7500 Surprise

In the past, I’ve been surprised by the release of new drivers.  Look at some of my posts.



This week, again, I was surprised by the release of a new driver for the C7500. 

C7500G Printer/Firmware


Let me tell you about my experience with the new C7500 driver/firmware.

While deploying a new C7500G, I download the driver from the Epson America Website: 


At the time, Epson had only one version of the driver available; the latest 1.2.0.0.  Now you’ll find two different drivers; versions 1.2.0.0 and 1.1.0.0:

C7500G Driver Versions
C7500G Driver Versions
After downloading and installing the driver, I received an error message:

C7500G Driver Version Error

C7500G Driver Version Error
After reading this error message, I understood the driver had been updated; but I did not have access to the latest firmware.  Although I got the error message, I went ahead to see if the new driver worked with the existing firmware. But I could not get the changes in the driver to save. The driver reverted to the defaults no matter the settings.

I contacted Epson to get the latest firmware to move forward on my install.  Typically, Epson has not made firmware easily available.  After making several phone calls, I found the location of the new firmware.  Once downloaded and installed, I started printing full-bleed on gloss poly labels perfectly.  And Epson updated their website to add back the previous version.

Upon returning to my office, I installed the new driver and new firmware on my C7500.  After installing, I knew immediate the primarily change in the driver; the new capability to run continuous labels.

C7500G Continuous Label Setting
C7500G Continuous Label Setting
Now users can print continuous labels; and then finish them in a second operation.  I installed continuous labels in my C7500; and immediately printed labels.

C7500 Continuous Printed Labels
C7500 Continuous Printed Labels
In the printed label above, you’ll see the gaps before and after the label.  In Epson’s software, it does not eliminate the gaps.  According to Epson, these gaps will be reduced or eliminated in future software releases.  As a comparison, the Neuralabel 300x offers this capability:

300x Boarderless Printing
300x Boarderless Printing
With the capability for continuous, users can digitally print and then finish (die-cut and laminate) labels that rival the print quality of very expensive presses used by professional printers.  By adding a raster image processor, users can gain improved control of colors and images.  Read more about what Epson and Wasatch are launching shortly: http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2016/07/continuous-rip-coming-this-fall.html

And systems as mentioned in my recent summary of Label Expo make finishing affordable and easy to do. http://colorlabelsondemand.blogspot.com/2016/09/label-expo-2016.html

If you need professional looking labels, or are a professional printer who wants to offer short run digital label printing capability, you should contact us to discuss continuous label printing and finishing systems.  We’ll get you producing beautiful labels; quickly, easily and affordability. 

Guy Mikel
855-962-7670

2 comments:

  1. The C7500 didn't support continuous media before? I do a lot of cut to length label printing on my C3500 with huge external rolls.

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    1. No; you had to use either die-cut or black mark labels prior to this firmware/driver update. It was different than the C3500.

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