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Epson RIPS Business Printer and Ink Technology Win Prestigious BLI Industry Awards

September 2015

Buyers Laboratory Recognises WorkForce Pro Multifunction Printers with Picks for Mid- to High- Volume Printing and Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) with Outstanding Achievement in Innovation

SYDNEY, 1 September 2015 – Buyers Laboratory (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware and software, has recognised Epson's achievements for its business printing solutions. The WorkForce® Pro WF-R8590 received the Summer 2015 Pick award and Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology earned an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award.

Used with Epson’s acclaimed series of WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack Printers, RIPS technology solves many of the issues associated with office printing by using super-high-yield ink supply units for printing up to 75,000 pages between ink changes. The result of this is less wasted time and resources, and predictable print costs.

In its summary, BLI noted that printers using RIPS technology was praised for its:

  • Phenomenally high tested yields for all colours
  • Ultra-long-life consumables, which help maintain office productivity and reduce pain points for IT administration
  • User-friendly replacement and maintenance procedures
  • Compact and low waste packaging advantage, which will suit space-constrained office environments

"The super-high ink yields offered by the Epson RIPS are a game-changer in the office marketplace, drastically reducing consumable replacement frequencies and negating the need for on-site storage of extra supplies, which take up valuable space," noted David Sweetnam, BLI's director of research and lab services in Europe. "The ultra-long life supplies are also an attractive proposition for suppliers offering 'all inclusive' contracts, greatly reducing logistics costs and the headaches associated with keeping clients stocked with supplies at all times."

General Manager, Business Division, Epson Australia Craig Heckenberg said, "Epson prides itself on delivering high quality business printing solutions and to be recognised by such a prestigious industry influencer underscores our commitment to providing customers with low cost yet innovative tools to increase productivity. We are honoured to have received the Summer Pick award for our WorkForce Pro printers, as well as the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award for RIPS."

Twice a year, the editors at BLI review all laboratory test data to select the top products that have been evaluated within the past six months. The solutions with the highest evaluation scores are awarded a Pick award within their respective industry categories.

A full list of Epson awards includes:

  • 1. Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 Network Multifunction Colour Printer: Outstanding Mid- to High-Volume A3 Business Inkjet
    The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 A3 multifunction printer features a Replaceable Ink Pack System that delivers up to 75,000 printed pages without changing the ink packs. As with the WF-8590 model, it produces professional quality documents, a 1,831 sheet total paper capacity and high monthly duty cycle make this ideal for shared colour printing on a network.
  • 2. Epson Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS): Outstanding Achievement in Innovation
    The Epson Replaceable Ink Pack System enables customers to print high impact colour documents with lower running costs compared to colour lasers. With page yields up to 75,000, customers will experience low-intervention convenience for their high-volume colour printing needs.

"Epson's innovative Replaceable Ink Pack System simplifies routine maintenance, generates very little waste and offers exceptionally high yields, which means downtime is virtually nonexistent," said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers and A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. "The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 is ideal for workgroup users, offering low power consumption, support for A3 paper and a lower cost of ownership than laser models."

*Using an A3 model. Yields are based on simulations generated after testing with ISO/IEC24711 measurement methodology using ISO/IEC 24712 patterns and calculated using Epson’s methodology. Yields may vary for reasons including images printed, documents printed, printing frequency and printing environment.

About Epson and Epson Australia
Epson’s global product line up ranges from inkjet printers and printing systems, 3LCD projectors and industrial robots to sensors and other micro devices. Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises more than 68,000 employees in 96 companies around the world.

Epson Australia offers an extensive array of award-winning image capture and image output products for the commercial, industrial, consumer, business, photography and graphic arts markets, and is also a leading supplier of value-added point-of-sale (POS) solutions for the retail market. Epson is the market leader in Australia and worldwide in sales of projectors for the home, office and education. Established in 1983 Epson Australia is headquartered in North Ryde NSW and is a subsidiary of the Epson Group headquartered in Japan.

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