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What are the differences Between Epson 4720, 5113, and i3200 Print Head?

The Epson 4720 print head is also known as the EPS3200 print head due to its feature of 3200 nozzles. It is named after the Epson WF-4720 printer and is introduced as an upgrade to the Epson 5113 printhead.

Since its debut in 2015, the Epson 5113 printhead has garnered significant attention and praise, especially in the textile industry, as well as in paper printing and direct-to-garment printing markets. Building on the 5113’s success, the 4720 print head offers enhanced features, including corrosion resistance and the ability to use external ink dampers. These improvements expand its applications and enhance user-friendliness, leading to its rapid rise in popularity.

Epson 4720 Print Head Features

1. Faster speed

The Epson 4720 printhead boasts a total of 3200 nozzles, offering unparalleled speed. It can achieve 3-PASS high-speed printing, and the printing speed of the machine equipped with a single printhead can reach 30m²/h.

2. Higher accuracy

The Epson 4720 print head is designed based on the TFP film piezoelectric technology and variable ink droplet technology. These enable it to achieve the restoration of true colors with precision and produce highly detailed and perfect output. With a minimum ink droplet size of 2.5PL, it delivers high-definition images at an impressive resolution of up to 3200 dpi, akin to digital photo quality. (Note: PL stands for picoliter, a unit of volume measurement equal to”10 times minus 15″ cubic meters, or 1,000 cubic microns.)

3. Powerful Functionality

The Epson 4720 printhead is designed to be corrosion-resistant and fully compatible with all ink types available on the market. It is not only cost-effective but also powerful, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.

UV Printing Excellence: This printhead excels in UV printing, a field known for its stringent demands on printhead performance. The Epson 4720 meets and exceeds these needs, delivering exceptional printing results. It produces clear, precise textures, with noticeable concave and convex effects and a stunning 3D appearance.

Versatile Compatibility: The Epson 5113 print head is compatible with water-based ink, while the 4720 printhead, a corrosion-resistant printhead, supports a wide variety of ink types, including water-based, oil-based, solvent, UV, pigment, and sublimation inks. This versatility makes it a multi-purpose printhead suitable for various applications.

4. Enhanced Design

The Epson 4720 features a front nozzle configuration with 8 rows of nozzles, each containing 400 nozzles, totaling 3200 nozzles per printhead. The design improvements include the use of external ink dampers on the back of the printhead, making replacements quicker and more convenient. It is integrated with a reinforced cover which enables it to Epson’s original eco-solvent ink.

Epson 5113 Print Head vs. Epson 4720 Print Head

Initially, the Epson 5113 printhead was a new piezoelectric printhead launched by Epson in 2015. This printhead was first used on the Epson 5113 inkjet printer. However, due to its good performance, strong stability, and adaptability to inks, technicians dismantled the 5113 printhead for sale separately. It is modified on the digital printing machine. The interface of the Epson 4720 is not the same as that of the 5113, and there are two fewer pins. With its wide adaptability to inks and low price, the Epson 4720 printhead has quickly become popular on the market.

If used for water-based ink, the 4720 printhead is not as stable as the 5113 printhead. For UV and eco-solvents (the ink needs to be improved), 4720 is still the first choice. At the same time, the ink droplet volume and ignition frequency of these two printheads are similar (the current typical ink droplet volumes are 5, 10, and 15pl, and the ignition frequency is about 15KHz), and they can be compared with each other. But for water-based ink, its speed is faster than oil-based ink, so its optimal ignition frequency will be slightly lower than about 10% of oil-based (eco-solvent, UV ink), so for the original use of 5113 printheads for the waveform of active or dispersed ink cannot be directly used for 4720 printheads for eco-solvent inks. Usually, the ignition frequency can be slightly increased and the driving energy can be increased to adapt to eco-solvent and UV ink applications.

Epson i3200 Print Head vs. Epson 4720 Print Head

The 4720 and i3200 printheads are both Epson products and have the same wide range of applications. They are currently mainly used in photo machines in the advertising industry, digital thermal transfer machines in the textile industry, and the most popular white ink heat transfer printers. Both of them have 4 inks. The column has 8 channels, and each printhead has 3200 nozzles.

The biggest difference between the two is that the 4720 needs to be used with a decryption card, so there is an extra cable to connect the decryption card. The i3200 print head does not need to be decrypted, and the voltage pressure of the inkjet is relatively stable and balanced. The overall color of the inkjet is more vivid than that of the 4720. Theoretically, the printing speed of the i3200 is 30% higher than that of 4720, and based on incomplete statistics from user data, the life of the i3200 printhead is longer.
The last big difference is the cost of replacing the printhead in the later stage. Generally, the probability of decryption card failure is much less than the replacement frequency of the printhead, so generally, you only need to replace the 4720 printheads separately. The cost of the 4720 printhead alone is cheaper than that of the i3200 printhead.

The Epson 4720 printhead is used for desktop printers while the i3200 printhead is used for large-format printing. These two environments are completely different. All in all, when we choose a printhead, we should not only consider the price of a single printhead but also the cost of realizing these scenarios.
We suggest that the Epson i3200 printhead is suitable for mid-to-high-end customers or advanced customization, as well as the situation that there is only one printer. Epson 4720 printhead is suitable for mid-to-low-end markets or in external processing plants with multiple printers.

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