Epson Japan will be launching two high-speed A3 color inkjet copier/MFPs in Japan this spring, with roll-outs possible in other countries at later dates. The new 100-ppm LX-10000F and 75-ppm LX-7000F, both with print, copy, scan, and fax, are based on a new Epson PrecisionCore MEMS-manufactured inkjet print head to achieve faster print speeds, and are for high-volume office use, as well as for light production printing. Epson Japan also laid out an ambitious strategy for growth in the inkjet market (see below).
The MFPs incorporate a stationary page-wide print head consists of 36 1.53″ print chips (see illustration below), and maximum resolution is 600 x 2,400 dpi (high image-quality mode). For the LX-10000, printing at 100 ppm is at 600 x 1,200 dpi. All rated print speeds are in A4 landscape orientation. The MFPs also use new pigment inks that Epson says offer the advantage of being fast-drying and water-fast versus dye-based inks.
Epson Workforce Enterprise LX-10000F.
The LX-10000F and LX-7000F also feature:
- Vivid color printing, even on plain paper.
- Super Group 3 fax.
- PostScript Level 3 print driver.
- User authentication, including optional user card reader.
- New touchscreen control panel.
- Two document- and media-handling options, a 3,500-sheet document feeder (maximum paper capacity is 6,050 sheets), and a 4,200-sheet stapler finisher
The MFPs use a set of five ink cartridges; the black ink cartridge yields up to 100,000 pages, while each color cartridge is rated to yield up to 50,000 pages.
Epson is preparing three sales plans for different customer needs. For instance, in Japan, a monthly fee of the ¥72,000 for the LX-10000 is available. The LX-10000 may also be purchased for ¥2.6 million (approximately $23m265.40 U.S.). Monthly ink-supply and service subscriptions will also be available.
Epson states the advantages of high-speed inkjet printing versus laser printing include lower energy consumption. For instance, maximum energy consumption is 320/300 watts for the LX-10000F and LX-7000F respectively; Wirth Consulting notes that with laser-based MFPs, maximum energy consumption can exceed 1,000 watts. Inkjet printers also feature a simpler design, with fewer moving parts versus laser-based counterparts.
Epson also states that Simple structure means less-frequent parts replacement and other. For instance, after 60 months printing 20,000 pages a month, the LX-10000F and LX-7000F will only need their paper-feed rollers replaced. In contrast, laser-based systems may require that up to five different components be replaced.
Ultimately, Epson is seeking to engineer a shift from laser to inkjet printing in the office, to generate mid- to long-term profit growth. It also looking to link its PaperLab paper-recycling system with the new MFPs for office use:
In the future, Epson says it will be seeking to:
- Support print-fleet management with stronger user-management; provide server software to manage and control MFPs, with stronger functions for user management, printing security, printing cost control, function restriction, etc.
- Offer software that enables IT managers to centrally manage up to 2,000 printers and MFPs, including settings for MFPs, printers, scanners, etc., settings for client PCs, and device status and usage status.
- Collaborate with independent software vendors around the world.
- Ensure compatibility with standard solutions.
On the sales and distribution side, Epson says it will seek to “fundamentally strengthen” its sales network to promote sales of high-speed MFPs, as well build partnerships with copier dealers and distributors, and increase sales of its high-speed printers and MFPs by existing partners such as office-automation businesses and system integrators, etc.).
High-Speed Inkjets with Replaceable Ink Packs
Epson Japan is also preparing to launch two high-speed color inkjets with Replaceable Ink Packs (RIPs) in Japan next month, the 24-ppm PX-S7070X printer and 24-ppm PX-M7070FX MFP. Both are designed for enterprises and offices, and Epson will be offering them with a flat monthly rate service.
Epson Inkjet Strategy
Epson say its inkjet growth strategy will include:
- “Significantly expand: printer sales and product lineup for large offices, in addition to consumers, and small and home offices.
- Replace laser printers with inkjet printers in the office.
- Expand lineup of mid- and higher-priced inkjet models with higher monthly volumes.
- High-capacity ink tank printers: Sustain growth of high-capacity ink-tank printer by strengthening its product lineup and expanding product awareness.
- With office inkjet MFPs, strengthen the category “as a medium- to long-term growth driver.”
The firm says that so far its “strategy is going strong,” and that ink revenue “has been steady,” and that sales of high-capacity ink tank printers are expanding:
It says that the continued growth of its high-capacity ink-tank printers has been fueled by increased consumer awareness, and a shift from low-end laser printers to high-capacity ink-tank printers has begun.
In the office-inkjet segment, Epson says it will seek to “shift the vast copier and laser printer market to inkjet printers,” as well as launch high-speed linehead inkjet MFPs in the in the A3 45 ppm and faster segment.
In the 30-ppm and below segment, where Epson says that inkjet printers are starting to gradually replace laser printers, it’ll further strengthen its lineup of high-capacity ink tank printers and high-capacity ink pack printers and capture high-print volume users.
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