BUSINESS
INKJET
TECHNOLOGY
Cost Efficiency • Versatility • High performance
The Epson business inkjet printer realizes higher image quality at faster
speed thanks to unique PrecisionCore printhead technology. The efficient
printing mechanism reduces waste, costs, and the environmental load.
And outstanding versatility supports a wide range of needs to make it
the obvious choice for all workplaces, from general company offices to
hotels, banks, pharmacies and shops.
The Office Printer Reinvented
Epson has finely analyzed the requirements of business
printers in view of changing office needs. By optimally
designing our unique printhead technology for business
applications and conducting repeated improvements, we
have developed a new generation of business inkjet printers
to rival or surpass laser printers. There is an established
image of laser printers being for business use and inkjet
printers being for the home. However, the efficiently simple
printing process and mechanism of inkjet printers actually
provides a variety of advantages over laser printers. Their
high potential also allows for a wide range of applications,
and in many commercial and industrial printing segments
where precision, productivity and stability are mission
critical, inkjet technology is rapidly becoming the industry
standard as it evolves. The new office printers developed
Business Inkjet
by Epson with PrecisionCore technology take full advantage
of the superior capabilities of inkjet technology. In order
to meet with the demands of business they also feature
uncompromising levels of standard performance. From
laser to business inkjet. Epson’s evolving inkjet technology
will revolutionize office printing.
vs
Laser
PRINT OUT
Simple mechanism   Complex mechanism
The simple underlying principle of inkjet printers is the “ejection” of ink from the printhead onto the paper.
Laser printers, however, combine numerous processes such as charging, exposure,
development, transfer, and fixing. As a result, they comprise various interdependent parts in a complex mechanism.
Uses no heat   Uses heat
Epson inkjet printers adopt the piezo system of using precisely controlled mechanical
pressure to eject ink. In laser printers, high-temperature heating is required to fix toner onto paper.
No contact with paper   Contact with paper
Inkjet printers eject liquid ink, and require no contact between printhead and paper. In laser printers,
powdered ink (toner) attached to the photoreceptor drum is transferred by being brought into contact with the paper.
Liquid ink   Powdered ink (Toner)
Inkjet printers use liquid ink for printing. The ejected color materials hold fast to the paper.
The toner used in laser printers is powdered ink. To stop the powder from dropping off the paper following transfer,
heat and pressure are used to fuse it. Also, the space between the powder ink particles includes air,
so the toner takes up a greater volume than liquid ink.
“An elegantly simple mechanism, and printing without heating or
contact – these unique features enable inkjet technology to deliver
performance beyond just high speed and high image quality printing.”
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Cost Efficiency • Versatility • High performance
“The cost of a printer is far more than just the purchase price of the unit itself. Over and
above the easily visible costs, such as ink cartridges and power, other factors can also
be considered as part of the total cost. These hidden costs include the replacement parts
and service support required in order to use and maintain the printer over a long period,
the time and effort required in order to perform that maintenance, and office downtime
during periods when printing can’t be performed. Business inkjet printers are excellent at
reducing both the costs you can see and those you can’t, making a significant contribution
to an overall reduction of printing related costs. The reduction in energy and resources
consumption provided as a result is also environmentally considerate.”
Less Maintenance and Less Downtime
Compared to laser printers, inkjets have a simpler mechanism, have fewer periodic replacement parts, and so
require less time and effort to maintain.
Business Inkjet Laser
Ink cartridges
First transfer unit
Toner cartridge x 4 colors
Toner cartridge x 4 colors
Paper pick-up rollers
Development unit
Second transfer unit
Waste toner box
Maintenance box
Fixing unit
Paper pick-up rollers
The Business Inkjet Difference
Inkjet printers have an extremely simple structure for ejecting ink
from the printhead onto the paper, with only three parts that
require periodic replacement: the ink cartridges, maintenance
box, and paper pick-up rollers*. These can be replaced quickly,
so printer maintenance time and hassle is reduced, and office
downtime minimized.
Laser Printers
Because of the multi-step printing process mechanism used in laser
printers, not only is it necessary to replace the toner cartridges, but
also the photoreceptor, developing unit, transfer unit, and fusing units.
Moreover, because the replacement intervals for these components
are different, maintenance needs to be performed frequently.
It is easy to replace consumables by simply pushing the empty ink cartridge, pulling it out, then
installing a new one (Push&Push).
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Minimizing Hassle and Cost with High Capacity Ink Packs
Epson has developed new high-capacity ink packs for business use. By reducing replacement frequency,
operating efficiency and cost performance are increased.
Business Inkjet Laser
Ink
Pack
x4
Toner
Cartridge
x 52
*1
The number of ink packs and toner cartridges required to print 75,000 pages
The newly developed high-capacity replaceable ink pack system can print up to 75,000 pages*2 without replacing the ink.
*1 The number of toner cartridges used to print the same number of pages with the Epson LP-M5300FZ, a color laser MFP. Actual number of toner cartridges required varies by model.
*2 Quoted yields are extrapolated based on Epson original methodology from the print simulation of test patterns provided in ISO/IEC24712.
Quoted yields are not based on ISO/IEC24711. Quoted yields may vary depending on the images that you are printing, the paper type that you are using, the frequency of your prints and environmental
conditions such as temperature.
The Business Inkjet Difference
The volume of liquid ink required to print the same image is less than half that
of powdered ink. This translates into smaller and fewer cartridges. Moreover,
Epson has designed a new ink packsuited to heavy duty business use,
enabling a greater quantity of ink to be equipped while preserving quality. The
replacement frequency of consumables is dramatically reduced, leading to big
savings in maintenance costs. Waste is also minimized.
Liquid in k
Powdered ink (toner )
Laser Printers
The toner used by laser printers takes up more than twice as much volume
as the inkjet liquid ink required to print the same image. This difference is
further accentuated when the toner is placed in cartridges. This results in toner
cartridges requiring more frequent replacement.
Low Power Consumption,
Low Running Cost
Business Inkjet
Laser
Because inkjet printers use no heat in the printing process,
they consume far less power than laser printers, which in
turn reduces the running cost.
The Business Inkjet Difference
The energy-saving design, made possible by Epson’s piezo
printheads, generates no heat. Inkjets thus contribute to limiting the
unseen energy costs and environmental burden of everyday office
operations.
Comparison of power consumption
Power consumption used for 5 minutes printing Printing pattern : ISO24734 pattern
Test data is from a lab test commissioned by Epson and conducted by Buyers Laboratory
LLC (BLI).
Laser Printers
During the printing process, laser printers use a lot of power in
heating toner and fusing ink. In particular, when resuming operation
from the standby mode, the fusing unit must be heated to operating
temperature. In offices that conduct intermittent printing of numerous
small volume jobs, repeated warming up from standby mode leads to
higher power consumption.
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Devices were tested in default mode and per BLI’s proprietary standard energy consumption test methods.
Weekday Energy Use = 2 x 4 hour BLI energy testing workload printing + 16 hours sleep.
Weekend Energy use = 48 hours sleep.
BLI workload test pattern (submitted 6 times over 4 hour period) : comprising, .doc, .xls, .ppt, .pdf, .html and
outlook total 19 pages in simplex and duplex. Test data is from a lab test commissioned by Epson and conducted
by Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI).
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Reducing CO2 Emissions and Environmental
Load through Energy and Resource Efficiency
Low power consumption and the minimization of waste with high-capacity ink packs not only reduce
costs, but also contribute to reducing environmental load. When evaluating the impact of materials and
manufacturing and use, the CO2 emissions of Epson’s business inkjets are considerably lower than those of
lasers, demonstrating their environmental performance.
Comparison of Global Warming Impacts (CO2 equivalent)
Laser
Business
Inkjet
The 75,000-page*1 yield of the color ink pack of the WF-R8590 series was used as the basis for comparing consumables*2 and power
consumption*3 for the Laser printer used in this comparison test.
Figures calculated under Epson’s test conditions. Epson uses a life cycle assessment to calculate the total global warming impacts
of consumables (material, material processing) and power consumption as CO2 emissions. For the laser printer compared,
consumable environmental impacts, the material of components and material manufacturing method was estimated and calculated
based on Epson original criteria and calculation method.
*1 Quoted yields are extrapolated based on Epson original methodology from the print simulation of test patterns provided in ISO/IEC 24712. Quoted yields are not based on ISO/IEC24711.
Quoted yields may vary depending on the images that you are printing, the paper type that you are using, the frequency of your prints and environmental conditions such as temperature.
*2 WF-R8590 series : Ink pack, Maintenance tank. Laser printer : Toner cartridge, Photoreceptor, Waste toner box, Transfer unit
*3 Power consumption in case of printing 75,000 pages is calculated from TEC value of the ENERGY STAR®. WF-R8590DTWF was measured in the condition of printing 288 pages per
day based on TEC standard. Refer the TEC value for Laser printer that has been registered on ENERGY STAR data base as of May 2015. Power consumption and CO2 emissions will vary
depending on customer printer use.
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Cost Efficiency • Versatility • High performance
“The nature of business is constantly changing with the times. This means that the printing
environment and demands directly related to daily business are also diversifying, and printers
need to be able to respond to a wide range of requirements. For example, take printing speed.
Pure speed is one factor, in terms of how many sheets a printer can print in a minute, but offices
with a demand for a large number of small print jobs also require a different kind of speed; how
quickly the printer can print the first sheet. Furthermore, there is an increasing demand to print
a wide variety of content on demand and in a timely fashion, going beyond business documents
and expanding the range of printing beyond the requirements of the past. Our newly developed
business inkjet printers are highly versatile, flexibly meeting these varying business needs.”
Rapid First Page Printing
Business inkjets require no warm-up time because they use no heat in printing,so rapid printing is possible
from the first sheet.
Business Inkjet
Laser
First page out time comparison
First page out time of WorkForce Pro WF-8590DWF is about 11 seconds,
approximately half that of a comparative laser model.
Measuring method: Time taken to print and deliver the first page and first set
after 5 minute sleep
Document used: ISO 24734 (PDF file)
Number of pages: 4
Test data is from a lab test commissioned by Epson and conducted by Buyers
Laboratory LLC (BLI).
The Business Inkjet Difference
Epson’s piezo technology uses pressure to eject the ink. There is no need to preheat the fixing unit as in the case of laser printers,
so warm-up time can be eliminated. As a result, operation can be resumed from standby much quicker, and rapid printing can be
performed from the first sheet. Inkjets display especially high performance in offices that conduct frequent small volume printing
jobs.
Laser Printers
Because laser printers use heat to fix toner to paper, they need warm-up time to accumulate heat in the fusing unit when they are
switched on. Moreover, because laser printers process image data in units of pages, they cannot start printing until a page of data
has been processed. Accordingly, more time is taken between issuing a printing order and producing the first sheet.
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Diverse Media Compatibility for a Wider Range of Applications
With the flexibility to print on a diverse range of paper types, business inkjet printers can support a wide
variety of business needs.
Business Inkjet Laser
The Business Inkjet Difference
The greatest differentiating feature of piezo inkjet printers is
that they use no heat and do not come into contact with media.
Because ink is directly ejected onto the paper, it is possible to
print even on specialized types of media, including heat-sensit
ive film, thick card, and special dimpled paper. Moreover,
because Epson’s business inkjet printers use water-insoluble
and marker-resistant pigment-based ink for all colors, they can
be used in a variety of business applications, from printing of
plain paper to production of waterproof labels and large-size
promotional materials on glossy paper.
Laser Printers
In laser printers, the toner that is attached to the photoreceptor
by static electricity is fused onto paper by heat and pressure.
As a result, the paper sometimes becomes creased and warped
during the fusing.
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PrecisionCore Printhead Technology
PrecisionCore is Epson’s next-generation inkjet printing
technology that merges advanced key component technologies
and high-precision MEMS* fabrication processes. The higher
speed and image quality this enables will change expectations
about business printers. Nozzle line length: 1.33 inch (33.8mm)
Nozzles per line: 400 (400 x 2 rows)PrecisionCore MicroTFP
print chip*MEMS (Micro Electro Mechanical Systems): Devices
possessing mechanically driven elements, made through
application of semiconductor processing technology.
PrecisionCore
MicroTFP Print Chip
PrecisionCore MicroTFP print chips are the core element
of PrecisionCore. Through achieving higher precision and
greater miniaturization in Epson’s unique thin film piezo (TFP)
technology, which has been conventionally used only in large
format commercial printers, the basic performance of this
printhead module has been radically improved, and application
to a wider range of uses made possible. Print chips are optimally
arranged so that business inkjet printer heads can realize highspeed printing and excellent print quality.
Thin Film Piezo –
The Driving Force behind Ink Ejection
The thin film piezo that drives (actuates) ink ejection is
approximately 1 micron thin (one-hundredth the thickness of
a human hair). Through closely controlling the voltage applied
tosuch piezo elements, it is possible to fire up to 50,000 shots of
ink per second from a single nozzle, to precise positions and in
the necessary quantities.
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Speed and Image Quality
In PrecisionCore printheads, the number of nozzles per row has been
increased through widening the head from the conventional 1 inch to
1.33 inches and doubling the nozzle density. In addition to expanding
the printable area in a single printing operation (pass) and accelerating
the print speed, this allows high image quality of 600dpi to be achieved
in a si ngle pass in both black & white and color printing. As a result,
smooth letter and line edges can be expressed even at printing speeds
of 20ipm or faster, on a par with laser printing, thereby delivering both
the speed and imag e quality that are required in office printers.
Expanding Potential
Thanks to the scalable, modular design of PrecisionCore technology,
the same print chips can be used to flexibly configure a variety of
printheads, from lineheads for industrial presses to printheads for
office desktop printers. Epson aims to further evolve PrecisionCore
technology as a platform for inkjet technology and deploy it widely to
new markets.
The potential of PrecisionCore technology will continue to be developed in the future.
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Cost Efficiency • Versatility • High performance
“The simple construction of inkjet printers gives them a clear advantage over laser
printers in a variety of areas. However, inkjet printers, with their strong image of being
for home use, continue to be perceived as having insufficient basic capabilities for
business printing, such as speed, image quality and durability. Epson’s newly developed
inkjet printers have undergone a complete redesign, rooted in ideals completely different
from those for home use devices, and by incorporating the same unique printhead
technology used in Epson’s commercial and industrial printers, they have become
cuttingedge inkjet printers completely optimized for business use.We have realized
excellent standard performance, matching that of laser printers and capable of meeting all
of the printing needs of an office with regards to including speed, high-volume printing on
standard paper, and reliable operation.”
High Speed Printing for Business Efficiency
Offices that print business documents in large quantities require speed and accuracy in printing.
Equipped with advanced PrecisionCore printheads and improved paper feed mechanisms, Epson’s business
inkjet printers are fast and precise, and realize printing speeds of 20ipm or faster, on a par with laser printing.
Newly Developed
PrecisionCore Printheads
The head has been widened from the conventional 1 inch to
1.33 inches and the number of nozzles per row increased to
400 for higher density. High-speed, high-definition printing
is made possible through e xpanding the printable area in a
single pass in both monochrome and color printing.
Faster Carriage Operation
Through adopting a high
performance motor to drive
the carriage that moves the
printhead above the paper,
the carriage operation
performance has been
improved. Printing speed has
thus been increased from 300 to 360 characters per second.
Hopper Type Paper Cassette
The powered hopper automatically rises according to the
remaining number of sheets. Through maintaining a constant
pull-in position to the transport path, the optimum paper
conveyance speed can be maintained.
Conventional paper cassette
Fast Paper Feed with Two Motors
Whereas a single motor was
used to drive multiple paper
feed rollers before, separate
motors have been installed for
paper feeding and document
output. Without having to switch
between motors, the first motor
moves the sheet being printed while the second motor feeds
additional sheets with almost no interval, thereby minimizing
the gap between printed sheets and enabling
high-speed printing.
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Paper feed delay increases as paper level drops.
Hopper type paper cassette
Pick-up position is stable regardless of the paper level.
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Enchancing Business with High Image Quality
In developing business inkjet printers, Epson further evolved its printhead technology and ink technology
to optimize it for business use. Epson’s business inkjets can deliver high-quality plain paper printing with
enhanced beauty, clarity, and accuracy on a par with laser printers.
All Color Pigment Ink for Strong Water Resistance Printhead
The dye-based ink commonly used in inkjet printers is water-based, so plain paper output is not water-resistant and easily bleeds
when splashed. Epson’s business inkjet printers use water-insoluble pigment-based ink for all colors. This pigment ink is infused
with a resin that binds the pigment together and fixes colorants to the paper surface. The characteristics of this pigment ink improve
the quality of the printed output in several ways.
No Smudging when Splashed
Highlighter Resistance
Because the pigment is non-soluble, it is water-resistant and
doesn’t smudge or bleed when splashed.
As the pigment is fixed with a resin, it doesn’t smudge even
when a marker is applied.
Pigment
colourant
Resin
Dye Ink
Dye Ink
Pigment Ink
Less Bleed-through
The pigment sits on the surface of paper without fully
penetrating, so the image is hardly perceptible from the
reverse side of the paper.
Pigment Ink
Printhead Evolution for Higher
Image Quality
By doubling the nozzle density, the new PrecisionCore
printhead realizes 600dpi high quality printing on plain
paper. Even intricate characters and the fine lines of design
drawings are beautifully reproduced.
Dye Ink
Pigment
Ink
Dye Ink
Pigment Ink
Enhanced Pigment Concentration
and Brighter Coloring
Epson has developed DURABrite Pro ink as the optimum
ink for its high-speed business inkjet printers. Compared to
conventional DURABrite Ultra ink, the pigment concentration
has been increased to give brighter coloring.
This allows graphs and images to be clearly expressed even on
ordinary plain paper. Red and blue colors are especially vivid,
satisfying the high image quality printing needs of offices.
Less Paper Curl
A drawback of inkjet-printed paper is that curling may occur
over time. This is caused by contraction of hydrogen bonds
in paper fibers when the water content of ink in the fibers
evaporates. To prevent this, a curl inhibitor has been added
to the new DURABrite Pro ink. This mitigates curling by
preventing excessive contraction of fibers when the water
content evaporates.
Conventional Pigment Ink
Ink fluid disrupts the hydrogen bonds in the paper fiber. When the ink dries, the reformed
hydrogen bonds may be shorter, which makes the paper fiber contract.
DURABrite Pro Ink
Conventional
pigment ink
DuraBrite Pro Ink
Conventional
Pigment Ink
DURABrite
Pro Ink
Ink fluid disrupts the hydrogen bond in the paper fiber, but the curl inhibitor helps prevent the
paper fiber from contracting.
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Durability & Reliability to Keep Businesses Running
Epson has achieved greater robustness and longer service life by making countless improvements to every
aspect of the devices, from the printhead, which is the heart of business inkjet, to the frame and components.
Also, precision of the printing mechanism has been enhanced, thereby improving durability and reliability.
Semi-permanent Printheads
Highly Durable Parts and Structure
PrecisionCore printheads utilize pressure to fire ink by
means of piezo elements, which change shape when voltage
is applied. Since this method uses no heat and entails no
contact with media, there is no degradation caused by
friction and heat. Moreover, because the piezo elements that
are subject to pressure are ceramic, they are highly durable
and can be used semi-permanently.
A strong metal frame
is adopted inside the
housing to create a sturdy
structure that maximizes
the performance of the
printhead, carriage and
paper feed components.
The paper feed roller,
which is integral to this
paper feed mechanism, is made from highly durable
material. Moreover, the roller diameter has been increased
to reduce the number of revolutions, making it possible to
realize longer service life.
Piezo elements
Improved Paper Feed Precision
Paper Separation Mechanism
For conveyance from the
cassette to the paper path
a hopper type cassette and
separation roller system are
combined to improve the
paper pull-in accuracy and
reduce double feeds.
Minimizing Nozzle Clogging
Preventing Ink Drying
Ink drying inside the head
is reduced by changing
the materials inside the
head and ink system, and
adopting a head cap antievaporation mechanism.
This guards against head
clogging when the printer
isn’t used for a long time.
Improved Paper Feed Precision
Double Paper Output Rollers
By adopting double
paper output rollers,
the paper is stabilized
and there is less risk
of paper jamming.
Minimizing Nozzle Clogging
Reducing Paper Dust
In order to prevent nozzle
clogging caused by paper
dust particles, metal material
is used for the platen situated
underneath the paper during
printing. This eliminates static
electricity and prevents paper
dust from adhering to the
nozzles.
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*See page 4,*2
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5190
Page Size:
A4
Single Page Speed:
20ppm
Duplex Print Speed:
11ppm
Ink Yield:
50,000*
Paper Capacity:
580 sheets
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5690
Page Size:
A4
Single Page Speed:
20ppm
Duplex Print Speed:
11ppm
Ink Yield:
50,000*
Paper Capacity:
580 sheets
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590
Page Size:
A3+
Single Page Speed:
24ppm
Duplex Print Speed:
16ppm
Ink Yield:
75,000*
Paper Capacity:
831 sheets
Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590TC
Page Size:
A3+
Single Page Speed:
24ppm
Duplex Print Speed:
16ppm
Ink Yield:
75,000*
Paper Capacity:
1,831 sheets
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