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The Epson Enterprise range of SRA3 inkjet color multifunction printers has been through all the DataMaster Lab tests and evaluations. We are pleased to announce that both the WF-C20590 and WF-C17590 have obtained the excellent rating of 4.5 stars.
These are very productive machines, very easy to use, and have exemplary green credentials.
The DataMaster Lab suite of tests is designed to analyze machines' abilities to meet the requirements of office users.
We sometimes resort to using the ISO test documents since they have lower ink coverage. But we did not for these machines. We applied our most stringent tests to the Epson Enterprise machines - so our subscribers can see exactly how they fare against the top business toner machines on the market today. And the answer to that is, extremely well.
There were very good results on all the axes that we study: productivity, print quality and usability.
Hats off to the Epson engineers: we have never seen an office inkjet able to deliver such speeds, in duplex mode, and with high-coverage documents. Several double-sided print tests ran faster than for single-sided printing.
The print quality is very good, particularly the resolution and printing of fine lines and characters.
The interface is easy on the eye, and very easy to use, as is the driver - which has some unique features too.
DataMaster Lab's Technical Director Edward Bilson said "These machines represent the first real threat to toner supremacy in the office print world. It could be the cold-print PrecisionCore printhead technology that swings it for them. Even compared to other inkjet technologies the electrical consumption is low. The 75ppm Epson consumes less than half the energy that a 60ppm HP PageWide machine does - and the Epson Enterprise range delivers much better on its productivity promises. And this with almost no emissions, and a motor with few moving parts - promising low maintenance and lifelong retention of print quality."
More details on these machines' usability, functions, print quality and flexibility are available on DMO from Printer-Benchmark.com.
DataMaster Lab's analyses and assessments are completely independent. Five-star certificates are extremely rare. To attain five stars, not only must the equipment under test demonstrate an excellent performance in most categories, but must have no major weakness in any of the evaluation criteria.
Machines' evaluation certificates and the corresponding rosette badges (as well as those for other machines in the range with the same print engine, plus any rebadged machines sold by other brands) can all be downloaded for FREE.
Their radar charts, and the detailed results of the productivity tests are available on our benchmarking platform DMO which is available to you by subscription.
Inkjet gets bigger and bigger at Drupa. In the last article on our trip this year, we talked about the enthusiasm for this technology and alml its variants. Today, we are turning our attention to wide-format printing.
In Hall 8b, Fujifilm had invested in a 2020 m² stand under the slogan Value from Innovation - and this is the largest area they have had at Drupa (so far). They presented their new brand, Fujifilm Inkjet Technology - and its advanced inkjet technology. The products developed by Fujifilm expand commercial print, large format, packaging and industrial printing markets, and thus open up growth opportunities for print service providers.
The two biggest stars presented by the manufacturer were the new Onset X and the Uvistar Hydrid 320. Designed for high-volume, the former was enjoying its first European preview. The latest Inca Digital advanced scalable architecture, the Onset X is equipped with Fujifilm Dimatix print heads and Uvijet UV inks. Accepting media up to 3.22 x 1.6 m and up to 50 mm thick, this machine has a 25-zone suction table, a UV control system and a head carriage which can carry up to 14 ink channels. combinations of speed, inks and quality meet various needs.
With the launch of the Hybrid Uvistar 320, Fujifilm is intent on strengthening its lead in the large format marketplace. This flatbed or roll printer offers high print quality for speeds up to 195 m²/h. It is available in 8-channel and 9-channel (with white ink) configuration. Featuring Fujifilm Dimatix Q-Class printheads and Uvijet UV inks, the Uvistar Hybrid 320 prints all gray levels with outstanding quality as well as in a very wide range of vibrant colors.
Still more on inkjet
In Hall 5, OKI also presented its range of ColorPainter wide-format printers, which they acquired last August from Seiko Instruments Inc. (SII). These wide-format printers have been designed to the requirements of industrial printing and signage and are highly productive. They can handle a wide range of media and materials (banners, fleet markings, wallpaper, pop-up displays, signage, etc.). Using Piezo print heads - not part of the SII deal - the ColorPainters eject ink droplets with a high concentration of pigments, providing richer colors and excellent image quality.
Epson were leading on their SureColor printer, the SC-S30600. This 4-color 64-inch (162.6 cm) printer enables company printshops, print service providers, imaging providers, copy shops, etc. to widen their product ranges. Epson were also exhibiting their SurePress digital presses and ColorWorks inkjet color label printers.
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50 million euros over two years - that's Epson's plan to increase its growth in Europe. For Rob Clark, VP of Epson Europe, this underlines the company's engagement in Europe, and how important this region is in Epson's reorientation from the mass market to the professional printing world. The majority of this investment will go into infrastructure, information technology and marketing. Epson intends to increase headcount in the region by 10%. "Global investments in key regions such as Europe, the Middle East and Africa will continue to be necessary to enable the company to sustain growth in business markets over the medium to long term," explained Rob Clark.
To develop its growth on European markets professionals, Epson is putting the WorkForce Pro ranges of inkjet printers and the WorkForce Pro RIPs launched in 2014 at the heart of its strategy. Epson believes its WorkForce printers, equipped with technology PrecisionCore printheads can take full advantage of the trend towards inkjet printing that many businesses are following in the hope of improving business efficiency. The research firm IDC has reported that the professional inkjet market in Europe represents some 38 billion Euros - and that one printer in four sold to businesses in 2014 was based on this technology.
According to Rob Clark, selection and deployment of commercial inkjet printers is expected to increase over the next five to ten years in Europe.