Inkjets are commonly seen as devices for consumers, which produce higher-quality outputs but tend to take longer and cost more to run. As such they tend to be seen as too expensive and slow for the needs of enterprise. However, is this all about to change?
As with most things, time moves on and inkjet technology has come a long way. Today with ever wider printheads and a higher density of larger nozzles, cost-efficiency is well within reach.
Epson are one innovator who have improved their inkjet devices to the extent that they can meet the needs of a business. Their Workforce Pro Business Inkjet Printer Range has been designed to save time, require less intervention, and to offer better economical characteristics, including features that protect the environment.
With a simple print process that involves running each page past just one printhead, inkjets have a big advantage over lasers, laser printing requires the paper make a pass over each colour roller, before travelling through a separate process to fuse the toner to the page.
Having fewer replaceable parts than a laser also means less need for intervention to change transfer units, belts, fixing or fuser units and development modules when they need repaired. What is more, the downtime and labour time normally accrued by such tasks can be avoided entirely.
As fixers and fusers generally use heat to bind the toner to the paper, inkjets consume less energy to power these components. Furthermore the Epson Workforce printers use Epson Piezo printheads to eject ink using precisely controlled mechanical pressure. This means that Workforce inkjet printers do not need to use heat technology at any part of the process.
Using non-thermal technology opens up the variety of media types that can be used. Many are unsuitable in a laser printer because heat from the fuser can damage and warp more delicate paper types. Also, a non-thermal printhead does not affect the material properties of the ink and as such there are a greater scope of ink types that can be used.
Yet another way the Workforce print cycle reduces wastage is through minimal contact with the paper. Rather than the paper being constantly in traction with rollers and belts, an inkjet moves paper past a printhead, which ejects ink onto the page. Far less energy is lost through friction. This may be miniscule in any one printed page, but add this up over a day, a month, or a year and this can add up to a lot of wastage
All things considered it is no wonder that the Workforce Pro uses a massive 92% less energy than comparative laser printers. In fact only 3.2 kWh of power is consumed, in comparison with 41.9 kWh in an equivalent laser model.
To find out more, you can see every product in the Epson Workforce Pro range on the website.