The Epson Control Dashboard contains a Status Interface, ‘.emx’ profiles (these can be imported directly into Calibrator and are converted automatically to ‘.pmms’) and media settings (which can be copied directly to the printer from the interface).
Below you can find the steps to install/configure the Epson Control Dashboard:
Make sure the printer is fully set up, fixed IP assigned (we recommend using IP and not USB), heads aligned and some media loaded, so the display shows ‘READY’.
NOTE: Make sure that the COMM driver should not be installed, as the COMM driver will prevent the required Control Dashboard from installing properly.
Go to http://epson.sn, select the printer type and run the online install from there. This will not only install the COMM driver, but also configure the EPSON Printer Port and set up the EPSON Control Dashboard.
Now you can double click the Epson Control Dashboard, which will open in a browser.
You can navigate through different screens by clicking on the button in the top-right part as seen below:
Here you can check the printer status, download media profiles in Epson ‘.emx’ format (think of them as PMMs, but with all resolutions for a media in a single file). After clicking on Media Settings > Download Media Settings, there are Local and Global ‘.emx’ as seen below:
The local list only contains a few ‘.emx’ files, so switch to Global to find what you’re looking for. You can download them 1-by-1. Once downloaded, the status will change to ‘acquired’. They are not in sequence on the site, some have spelling errors and you can only load one at a time. Also, you can download them only when a printer is recognized.
Once downloaded you can select on the right a media config slot on the printer and upload the ‘.emx’ to it. This refers to the in-printer media settings:
You can also directly import any ‘.emx’ files into Calibrator (additional information can be found at this location). Simply use the normal import button in Calibrator and browse to the S40, S60 or S80 subfolder of the Epson Control Dashboard installation folder (see Web Interface > Media Settings > Help for the exact download path).
You can select as many at the same time as you want to import. Each ‘.emx’ will be imported into the multiple ‘.pmms’ in ICC format. All settings are taken straight from the ‘.emx’, so you can use the imported ‘.pmm’ right away (e.g. in PrintFactory Editor)
Known limitation: RIP backup is limited to 2GB. If you have more PMMs, the backup file becomes unreadable.
Creating MX profiles
In order to create MX profiles from the imported ‘.emx’ files, select a Mode for one of the ‘.pmms’ and click New MX pmm which will start a new ‘.pmm’ using exactly the mode settings from the ICC PMM (saves a ton of time). Enter the same mode name as the ‘.pmm’ uses and append “MX” to the end of the mode name, then continue as normal. Building a PMM that way is extremely quick.
Many ‘.emx’ profiles use ink limits in form of ink density reduction. You can keep it that way for ease of profiling, but you can also raise those densities or fully remove them and let Calibrator’s linearization define them. Leaving the limits in place definitely produces very fast and good results, though raising them and letting Calibrator’s linearization determine the limits might provide a bit more usable gamut, though could require more attention to overinking challenges.
Most EMX profiles use “EPSON Precision Screening”. This is a CT mode driver and Calibrator only sees the printer as CMYK. S40600 and S60600 are CMYK only, so it doesn’t actually matter. S80600 uses CMYKcmkOR and tests show that the CT driver does a pretty good job.
Known limitation: using “NATIVE” screening allows access to all channels (which is the HT mode driver). After printing the Extended Full Gamut and measurement is complete, the color engine will tell you that it can’t profile a printer with 2 inks in the “Red Sector” (Orange+Red) and that you have to go back to the MODE page and in Ink Settings switch either Orange or Red from “Normal” to “Spot”.
The 10th ink slot on the S80600 can hold either White, Metallic Silver or Clear. Therefore, White+Silver in a single job can’t be used. If that is needed, then you need to use the S70670/70675 models or a Mimaki JV33, JV150 or JV300 (some also available as CJV models with additional cutter integrated).