Epson Previews 100-PPM Inkjet Printer with Page-Wide Print Head, Replaceable Ink Packs

ink bagsThe Australian Financial Times reports that Seiko Epson of Tokyo is previewing a 100-ppm inkjet printer that features 11 stationary print heads stacked together across the full width of a page, providing inkjet printing at up to 100 ppm.

John Davidson reporting for The Australian Financial Times writes: “…(Epson) has also demonstrated to its staff a RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) printer that has a 11 print heads ganged together side-by-side so they’re the full width of a page, meaning the print head doesn’t have to move, meaning paper can fly through the machine at around 100 pages per minute (or “impressions per minute” as they call it). That’s as fast as many, though not all, high-end laser printers.”

Epson also demonstrated its Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) that consists of four cyan, magenta, yellow, and black individual litre bags of ink that are used to refill an Epson printer’s depleted ink cartridges. According to Davidson, the litre bags are good for printing up to  75,000 pages. Or, to put it another way, “One set of the bags .. prints as many pages as 50 laser-printer toner cartridges and six photoconductor-unit replacements.” However, Davidson notes, that Epson RIPS printers will likely only be available for the corporate-printing market. Epson will first introduce RIPS printers into the Japanese market, where they will be part of a managed print services program for corporate customers.

Back in March 2014, Epson Europe also previewed RIPS (see story here). Below is Epson’s video presentation of RIPS, including a demonstration of how ink cartridges are re-filled with the litre bags.

Ultimately, Epson is seeking to replace laser-printers in the office with its business-class inkjet printers and high-yield ink-replacement systems such as RIPS.

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