Op de Cebit 2017 heeft Epson met de introductie van de WF-C20590 een grote stap gemaakt in een nieuw marktsegment met een 100 ppm multifunctionele A3 printer. Met deze printer zet Epson de aanval in op bekende merken in de A3 MFP markt zoals Canon, Konica Minolta, Kyocera, Ricoh, Sharp, Toshiba en Xerox. In tegenstelling tot de multifunctionals van deze merken gebruikt Epson geen toner maar inkjet technologie. De introductie van dit product kan leiden tot een doorbraak van inkjet in het segment printers voor gemeenschappelijk gebruik in het kantoor.
In het persbericht vergelijkt Epson voor het energieverbruik haar WF-C20590 met de Xerox Color 1000i Press. Het beoogde gebruik van deze producten is echter totaal verschillend. De Xerox is een digitale drukpers voor de grafische industrie en centrale repro afdelingen. Het is beter de WF-C20590 te vergelijken met de 75+ ppm kleurenmultifunctionals van de hierboven genoemde merken. Voor de producten in de kantorenmarkt is de TEC waarde van EnergyStar de norm bij energieverbruik.
Zie hieronder het officiële persbericht van Epson.
20 March, 2017 – The next generation of superfast eco-efficient business inkjet printers is here: the WorkForce Enterprise. This ultra fast 100ipm departmental colour office A3 printer delivers the ecological benefits that only inkjet technology can offer, providing a low power solution with fewer supplies at the price of a departmental laser copier. The WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590 is joined by a 75ipm version, the WF-C17590, both designed to meet the needs of departmental office printing in corporates and SMEs, especially those that have peaks of high-volume productivity.
To further enhance the printer’s quality, Epson has incorporated a number of technology innovations, including a self-repairing printhead to eliminate banding and an electrostatic transport belt to maintain quality at high speed. What’s more, this new technology delivers a step-change in environmental performance, reducing power usage by up to a staggering 96% compared to the same speed laser printer  without needing a specialist power supply.
Darren Phelps, director of business imaging, Epson Europe, says, “The WorkForce Enterprise cuts the environmental impact of print by providing a low power solution, with fewer supplies, while delivering remarkably fast print speeds at high quality. Having far fewer parts than equivalent laser-based MFDs, this series promises to deliver higher reliability and significantly increase printer uptime.
“We knew we had something special as soon as we saw the WorkForce Enterprise in the lab, but it has been the reactions from resellers across Europe that has really confirmed the ground-breaking nature of this new range. We took this model on the road to cities across the continent, including Prague, Lille, Athens, Helsinki and many more, to gather vital feedback which has gone into creating the best Epson product possible.”
Despite its energy efficiency, performance is not compromised. The inkjet linehead that delivers very high speeds and print quality is designed around scalable technology that Epson first used in industrial systems, such as large-scale label presses. The remarkable new linehead design, measuring just 43mm wide and containing approximately 33,500 nozzles, offers outstanding misfire detection and variable size droplet technology to reduce banding. This compact but incredible level of detail not only enhances performance; it also provides speed and reliability for highly productive teams where downtime is not an option. A perfect symbiosis of performance and efficiency.
The optional WorkFlow Enterprise Finisher unit enables automatic document finishing, a 5,350-sheet max paper input with optional paper feed and a 4,000-sheet stapler
and stacker to improve efficiency, saving time and effort. In addition, these models are compatible with a wide-range of solutions and built for user efficiency smart device mobile printing and scanning with NFC. Tools and software such as Email Print for Enterprise, Epson Print Admin and Document Capture Pro add additional functionality – more than just print and scan.
The WF-C20590 is available from June 2017.
- 75ppm and 100ppm models available
- High speed DualScan (simplex / duplex): 60 / 110ipm
- Low power consumption – 320W (it could be as low as 180W)
- Default 600 x 1200dpi – High print quality up to 600 x 2400dpi
- Colour, up to SRA3 size using MP tray
- Epson Open Platform ready
- High-capacity ink cartridges: K = 2 x 50K, CMY = 50K
- DuraBrite pigment inks
- 9-inch colour TP display
- 5,350 sheet (80gsm) max paper input with optional paper feed
- 4,000 sheet finisher unit available with stacking and stapling
- Nozzle Verification Technology and dot substitution ensure consistent printouts
- Electrostatic transport belt, ensuring paper is completely flat when printed on
- Printing language compatibility including PDL (PCL 5/6, PostScript 3,PDF),ESC/P-Raster
 Based on Epson WorkForce WF-C20590 max power consumption of 320W, and comparable speed model Xerox Color 1000i Press max power consumption of 7600W, based on manufacturers own specifications.