Epson WorkForce Enterprise
Editor’s Choice: Business Info
What we liked:
• ultra-fast printing
• low energy consumption
• user-friendly touchscreen
• large capacity ink cartridges
• Epson Open Platform-ready
In 2017, Epson took business inkjets to the next level with the launch of an enterprise-level, ultra-fast colour MFP. The WorkForce Enterprise is a departmental colour office A3 printer available in 100ppm (WF-C20590) and 75ppm (WF-C17590) versions.
Its impressive speed is made possible by Epson’s PrecisionCore linehead inkjet technology, fast drying liquid inks and efficient paper transport mechanism.
A fixed printhead made up of 36 print chips containing a total of approximately 33,500 nozzles ejects ink onto paper as it moves beneath at high speed. This arrangement enables the device to meet the productivity needs of larger organisations, as well as small and medium-sized businesses that have regular spikes in print volume.
Even at high speed, quality isn’t compromised. The MFP prints at resolutions of up to 600 x 2400 dpi and incorporates a self-maintaining printhead that eliminates banding and an electrostatic transport belt to ensure accurate paper feeding.
In addition to its productivity benefits, the WorkForce Enterprise consumes significantly less power and generates less waste than laser devices, making it a good choice for eco-conscious organisations. High-yield ink cartridges contain enough ink for 100,000 black or 50,000 colour pages.
Recent research by Epson Europe shows there are still many misconceptions around inkjet print technology: 58% of professionals falsely thought that a laser printer produces less CO2 and 54% mistakenly believed it produces less waste than inkjet devices. However, once presented with the facts surrounding their printing technology choices, 76% of European business decision-makers and influencers said they would choose inkjet.
Bolstering its commitment to inkjet technology, Epson has invested €400 million in new production facilities and earmarked an additional €185 million for further development of PrecisionCore inkjet technology over the next three years.
The decision to focus on inkjet technology has been very successful for Epson. Over the last two years, it has increased its share of the business inkjet market from roughly 25% in Q1 2015 to 40% in Q1 2017, and research consultancy IDC has identifed Epson as a driving force in the adoption of inkjet technology in offces. The impressive WorkForce Enterprise will only add more impetus to this trend.
The WorkForce Enterprise has everything businesses need to improve productivity, from a maximum paper capacity of 5,350 pages and a dual-head scanner for quick and easy scanning to a user-friendly touchscreen and NFC-enabled printing and scanning from smartphones.
It is compatible with Email Print for Enterprise, Epson Print Admin and Document Capture Pro, and is Epson Open Platform-ready, giving users the ability to customise the user interface and integrate solutions for enhanced print management and security.
To further improve workflow, complete paper-handling options are available, including a 3,000-sheet tray and a 4,000-sheet finisher unit with stacking, shift and stapling.