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1st Print21 Hot Pick of PrintEx 2015

Wednesday, 13 May 2015
By Print 21 Online Article

The first Print21 Hot Pick of the 2015 show has gone to Epson for its remarkable Workforce Pro WF-R8590TC network printer. For the first time, an inkjet device presents a viable alternative to laser in the office environment.

Craig Heckenberg (right) accepts the Hot Pick from Andy McCourt

In presenting Epson Australia’s Business Unit Manager, Craig Heckenberg with the Hot Pick certificate; Print 21 magazine editor Andy McCourt notes: “This Workforce printer is a turning point for inkjet in the office, government and corporate sectors. In adopting bulk individual ink pouches, called RIPS for Replaceable Ink Pack System, Epson has reduced the time needed for cartridge replacement, from around 52 toner cartridges per 75,000 A4 pages, to around 4 RIPS ink packs, based on average business coverage.

“The inkjet colour quality is superb and can be fully colour-managed if required. It handles up to A3+, can be fully network managed in a multi-printer  environment and is scaleable to suite all enterprise sizes. All this from a printer costing about $10,000 with  the lowest cost-per-page of any inkjet device. Business colour has just taken a mighty leap forward. I think laser toner printers in businesses finally have a serious contender for disruption.”

Asked if he believed the Epson Workforce Pro RIPS technology could finally displace toner in the office, Craig Heckenberg unhesitatingly states: “Of course!”


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