Epson Launches Inkjets with 75,000-Page Yield
Epson Europe launched a ground-breaking new series of business inkjets in Vienna today, backed by a €125 million investment and based on Epson PrecisionCore inkjet-printing technology used in its higher-volume industrial inkjet print-head technology.
Epson says its new WorkForce Pro RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) range offers businesses inkjet products that deliver uninterrupted printing for up to 75,000 pages without the need to change ink cartridges or other consumables. Epson says the new products will help it accelerate the shift from laser to inkjet within the business printing market. The inkjets use four ink colors – black, cyan, magenta, and yellow – and come with four large CYMK bags of ink (below) that Epson says are easy to use to replenish depleted ink tanks.
The series consists of the WorkForce Pro 3000, 4600 and 7000 series for smaller workgroups, while the 5600 and 8000 series are for larger workgroups. Several feature A3-size printing on up to 11″x17″ media.
Epson says the new inkjets are the result of a €125 million investment into production facilities in Japan, enabling Epson to move high-end industrial print head technology into the high-volume office-printing market.
Andrew Semple, head of business imaging at Epson Europe commented: “This is the next generation of Epson inkjet technology, and offers more flexibility and potential than laser, meaning superior scope for development and the ability to evolve in-line with changing market needs.”
Phil Sargeant, program director at IDC, says the business inkjet market continues to grow: “As a whole the business inkjet market is growing year-on-year, maintaining growth even in years when laser sales have declined. Business-inkjet products are expected to account for 25 percent of the business printer and multifunction market by 2017.”
Alongside the new WorkForce Pro RIPS, Epson also launched a range of new business inkjet models that it says bring improved speed and reliability to the business inkjet market. It says both the new business inkjets, and the new WorkForce Pro RIPS, strengthen the company’s business inkjet line-up that it says boast up to a 50 percent reduction in cost per page and a 80 percent reduction in power consumption when compared to comparative laser products.
The company says pricing will be left open to channel partners, and so far at least, the inkjets will be available in Europe.