Epson’s New PrecisionCore: Bringing Industrial-Grade Printing to a New Line of Business-Inkjets and More
Epson has introduced its next-generation business inkjet color printers and All-in-Ones for small and mid-size business users, all based on its latest PrecisionCore piezo inkjet-printing technology. What does the latest PrecisionCore promise: in a nutshell, faster print speeds, better image quality, and better reliability – all at up to half the costs of laser, as exemplified by Epson’s tagline, “Performance Beyond Laser.”
Last month, we got a first-hand look at the newest advancements in Epson’s latest PrecisionCore inkjet printing when we met in New York with Epson marketing executives and previewed the new WorkForce SOHO and business inkjet models based on Epson’s newest development to its PrecisionCore printing, which is based on the new PrecisionCore MicroTFP chip. Epson stresses the scalability of the new PrecisionCore MicroTFP chip, which it’s using to power everything from desktop inkjets, to wide-format printers, and industrial printers – bringing, it says, the power of industrial-grade printing to the desktop.
The new PrecisionCore MicroTFP chip is now 1.33″ long, with 800 ink nozzles arranged in two rows (increased from two rows, with each row containing 360 ink nozzles), with the ability to eject 50,000 ink drops per second out of an ink nozzle, which results in much faster print speed. At our meeting with Epson, we saw first hand a new business inkjet WorkForce Pro All-in-One faced-off against a comparably priced leading color laser All-in-One. In the demo, the Epson inkjet not only produced the first page of the document faster, but displayed a faster print speed overall. Although this wasn’t under test conditions, we did observe that the Epson inkjet’s First Page Out Time (FPOT) was very fast compared to that of the many similar-class printers, All-in-Ones, and MFPs that Wirth Consulting has tested. Similarly, printed image quality appeared very good, and on multiple substrates. Also of note was the printed ink on the page appeared to dry very fast – despite our own attempts to smear a printed page immediately after it was printed, we couldn’t. The fast ink-drying translates into faster duplex-printing time, as the printer doesn’t need to pause to wait for ink to dry before printing on the other side of the paper.
In the same face-off with a comparably priced color laser, Epson also stressed much lower consumables’ costs – this case, for $100 worth of supplies, the new WorkForce Pro would be able to print 1,400 pages versus 600 pages for the color laser. And, as Wirth Consulting has repeatedly noted, inkjet printers’ overall energy costs are typically far lower than that of comparable laser printers.
“This is an industrial-grade print chip brought to the desktop,” says Nils Madden, managing director for Epson America’s Consumer Printing Product Management, “from a $100,000 commercial printer, down to a desktop printer.”