Feature Article: Contributing to Sustainability

Materiality Advance the Frontiers of Industry/Achieve Sustainability in a Circular Economy

Transforming the Office Environment

Epson’s products and services will transform offices in a variety of ways, including by enhancing productivity and communication, reducing long working hours, supporting flexible work arrangements, and saving energy and paper resources.

Solutions to Office environmental changes & issues

Example1
Extending the Office for Smoother Communication

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Societal Issues & Needs

To address societal issues, we must bring together a more diverse range of ideas and rapidly create new value. Meanwhile, as globalization progresses, people want tools that allow them to better communicate without time and distance constraints.

Projector solutions

example from Epson

Remote locations are kept connected by projectors that create an extended office, as in this example from Epson.

* Requires a linkup with a third-party communication system.

Value
Proposition

  • Foster a sense of unity with face-to-face communication
  • Speed up information sharing and increase productivity
  • Minimize wasteful travel, reduce CO2, and save time

Example2
Facilitating Enriched Paper-Based Communication

  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 11. Sustainable Cities and Communities
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production
  • 15. Life on Land

Societal Issues & Needs

Going to extremes in promoting paperless processes in order to reduce printing-related costs and environmental impacts can end up negatively affecting productivity. Paper-based information can help boost productivity by providing a fuller view of information that is easier to read and understand. These advantages underpin the demand for an office environment that allows people to print efficiently and without hesitation.

A solution that combines inkjet printers and an office papermaking system

  • *1 Comparison of A4 sheet printing costs between an EW-M670FT high-capacity ink tank printer and an Epson laser printer
  • *2 Power consumption of a WF-C20590 high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printer. Comparison with the average per-page power consumption for the 10 top-selling A3 color MFPs in the over 45ppm class (Source for 2017 shipments: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker 2017 Q4). TEC values are based on registered information on energystar.gov/ as of February 2018. Per page power consumption is calculated based on TEC condition by Epson.
  • *3 Print speed of a WF-C20590 high-speed linehead inkjet multifunction printer. A4, landscape, single-side printing. Print speeds are measured in accordance with ISO/IEC 24734. Actual print times will vary based on system configuration, software, and page complexity.
  • *4 Some water is used to maintain humidity inside the system.

Value
Proposition

  • Enrich paper-based communication at sharply lower cost and environmental impact
  • Contribute to the conservation of forest and water resources through in-office paper recycling
  • Maintain information security by dissolving paper into fibers

Transforming the Production Floor

Production is changing. There are labor and skilled worker shortages, a diversification of needs, and heightened environmental awareness. We are transforming the production floor by raising productivity and lowering environmental impacts.

Solutions to Changes & issues in the production environment

Example1
Lowering the Barriers to Automation and Putting People to Work in More Creative Jobs

  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 17. Partnerships for the Goals

Societal Issues & Needs

There is a serious manufacturing labor shortage largely due to rising income levels in emerging economies and aging populations in advanced economies. Production is increasingly being automated with robots, but space can be an issue, as can the difficulty of automating some processes, so most manufacturers still must rely on human intervention. Automation is also impeded by a scarcity of skilled installers.

Robotic solutions

automate cable insertion tasks

Combine robots and force sensors to automate cable insertion tasks that used to rely on humans.

See a movie demonstration.

Value
Proposition

  • Offer easy installation in existing production lines
  • Automate processes that relied on human touch and sight
  • Transition people from menial labor to creative work
  • Leave behind long, harsh working conditions

Example2
Achieving Low-Resource, High-Efficiency Processes

  • 6. Clean Water and Sanitation
  • 7. Affordable and Clean Energy
  • 8. Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • 9. Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure
  • 12. Responsible Consumption and Production

Societal Issues & Needs

The world is transitioning from mass production and mass consumption to short-run production to respond to the diversification of customers’ needs and environmental issues.

Digital printing solutions

Comparison of Analog and Digital Textile Printing Processes

Comparison of Analog and Digital Textile Printing Processes

Value
Proposition

  • Printing that flexibly adapts to demand fluctuations and rapid turnarounds, reducing dead stock and disposal losses
  • Reduce waste ink and water used for washing printing plates
  • Reduce space for storing plates and work in process
  • Offer a clean and safe printing environment

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