Epson Rolls Out 100-PPM A3 Mono MFP for Enterprises

Epson America today launched the WorkForce Enterprise WF-M20590, a black-and-white only inkjet-based copier/MFP for the enterprise, and with a rated ISO print speed of 100 ppm. The WorkForce Enterprise WF-M20590 will be available through authorized Epson BusinessFirst Platinum dealers.

The new model comes as Epson continues its push into the office and enterprise, a strategy that’s including key personnel recruitment, including the recent hiring of key personnel with key BTA experience, Mark Mathews, Patty O’Brian, and Joseph Contreras.

The new WF-M20590 – with the “M” in the product name designating monochrome versus “C” for color – is an A3 machine with monochrome print and copy (and color scan) that will begin shipping on June 4th.

Wirth Consulting participated in a web conference last week, with Scott Marsic, senior product manager for Epson business inkjet, who provided us with an overview of the WF-M20590.

The WF-M20590 joins Epson’s WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590, which Epson introduced in March 2017 and is also rated at up to 100-ppm and is for the enterprise and dealers, but also provides color print and copy. It also joins Epson’s WorkForce Enterprise WF-C17590, which is rated at up to 75 ppm.

Epson’s Marsic explained that the WF-20590 is part of Epson’s “huge global initiative to grow business inkjet, including bringing in Joe Contreras and people with BTA experience.”

Epson PrecisionCore Line Head Technology

The WF-20590 uses Epson PrecisionCore Line Head technology that incorporates stationary, single-pass stacked chips and generates 40 million ink dots per second to achieve much faster print speeds than traditional inkjet print-head carriages that travel back-and-forth across the page. PrecisionCore – as we wrote several years ago when Epson first introduced the technology – is based on Epson’s industrial-inkjet printing technology, technology used in Epson’s high-end industrial label printers, for instance. “We’re not bringing consumer inkjet into the office,” notes Epson’s Marsic, “we’re bringing industrial inkjet used in our quarter-million-dollar label printers into the office.”

One key feature of PrecisionCore is its Nozzle Verification Technology. With this technology, the system monitors thousands of ink-ejecting ink nozzles. If, for example, one nozzle becomes clogged with a little dust, the system will adjust nozzles surrounding that nozzle in order to maintain image quality – a capability provided by Epson’s industrial-grade inkjet printers.

With the new WF-M20590, Epson’s enterprise business-inkjet solutions now consist of three categories: monochrome (WF-M20590) and color (WF-C20590 and WF-CF17590), both of which use high-capacity ink cartridges, and replaceable ink pack (RIPs), the last of which don’t use ink cartridges but ink bags (see here for more information).

Epson’s Marsic notes that the “Real value proposition for the WF-C20590 was low-cost color printing.” However, while color printing is key for Epson, it recognized that a higher percentage of printed pages in business are black-and-white – including printed pages healthcare, education, general administration, insurance, and banking, as well as in light-production printing.

Features of Note

The WF-M20590’s features of note include a 60,000 page-yield Epson Durabrite black ink cartridge (T04Q100). Epson bundles two such ink cartridges with the WF-M20590, so “right out of the box,” customer’s get a 120,000-page yield. Epson isn’t releasing cost of a replacement ink cartridge but says cost per page will be “very competitive.”

There’s also  a 9″ color touch screen, A3 capability (users can actually print on up to 13″ x 19″), and lights inside paper drawers to help users load pape). One thing there isn’t is fax, as Epson didn’t consider it necessary for this segment. The WF-M20590 runs at 300 watts – using about 50 percent less power than similar class laser-based MFPs. There’s also said to be no warm-up time, “so you print right away.”

The WF-M20590 is also compatible with a full range of Epson and Epson partner solutions, such as PaperCut, for everything from fleet and printer management, and usage tracking, to security, mobile solutions, workflow solutions, and scan-to-cloud. Marsic also noted that virtually all of Epson’s lineup has a similar user experience.

Other features include a 5,300-sheet maximum paper capacity; Epson Connect solutions for mobile printing; and scan documents to cloud-based document storage sites.

Product Positioning

Epson will be positioning the WF-M20590 against +65 ppm A3 laser MFPs for high-volume A3 monochrome printing, as well as for light production for printing invoices, mailers, booklets, manuals, etc.

MSRP for the WF-M20590 is $27,213 (including two ink cartridges). MSRP for a high-capacity paper input accessory is $2,700, and $6,500 for a document finisher and bridge unit.

For more information and complete specifications, visit Epson here.

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