Epson and the Environment


Thermal receipt printers that help customers reduce their environmental impacts

The TM-T88 series of point-of-sale receipt printers continues to evolve. First released to market in 1996, they have become the de facto industry standard and are sold worldwide. The TM-T88V prints at speeds up to 300 mm/second, supports the printing of true grayscale graphics, and offers better energy efficiency than its predecessor (the TM-T88IV).


Paper reduction function

The TM-T88V thermal receipt printer boasts newly adopted features for reducing paper consumption. Top and bottom margins, line spacing and barcode heights can be adjusted via the host computer in advance, thereby enabling receipt paper consumption to be reduced by roughly 30%. This lowers costs for the customer and reduces burden on the environment.

Energy-saving performance

The thermal receipt printer TM-T88V supplements superior business printer functionality with environmental performance. Launched in 2010, it achieves high-speed printing of up to 300 mm/sec., yet uses 14% less power than the previous model (TM-88IV), and approximately 85% less than the TM-T88II launched 12 years ago in 1998. Total power consumption is further reduced with a high-efficiency AC adapter and the use of a low-power ASIC chip that supplies power only when and where needed.

Reduction in CO2 across the life cycle

The TM-T88V consumes roughly 14% less total power than the outgoing TM-T88IV, resulting in approximately 10% less greenhouse gas emissions across its life cycle.

* The Life Cycle Assessment Method is used to calculate total global warming impacts for the entire life cycle of a product (materials and product manufacturing, distribution, use by customers, and disposal and recycling after use) as CO2 emissions. 230V is used for calculation, based on European specifications. Usage of 300 receipts per day, with printer power on for 16 hours per day and off for 8 hours per day for 365 days per year over a period of 5 years is assumed. These are reference values because the energy consumed by the TM-T88II and TM-T88III when printing receipt patterns varies slightly. CO2 emissions and energy consumption will differ depending on customer printer use (e.g. number of prints, frequency of use, etc.)

  • Print options can reduce receipt paper usage by up to 30% compared to the TM-T88IV.
  • The energy consumption and global warming impacts of the TM-T88V across the product life cycle are approximately 14% and 10% lower, respectively, than those of the TM-T88IV.
  • Prints at speeds up to 300 mm/second and supports the printing of true grayscale graphics.