Value Creation Story

Epson seeks to create new value by leveraging the efficient,
compact, and precision technologies
that are in its DNA.

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Feature Article: Contributing to Sustainability

Transforming the Office Environment

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

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.

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

Paperless processes are being adopted primarily due to cost and environmental concerns, but there is also concern that paperless processes can hamper productivity. Paper-based information can boost productivity by providing a fuller view of information that is easier to read and understand.
These advantages underpin the still-firm 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 Testing was commissioned by Epson and conducted by Keypoint Intelligence. Epson selected four competitor's models from worldwide top four best-selling vendor** in the 45-69 ppm color laser multi-function printer class. Epson WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20600 D4TW with 60 ppm. Devices were tested in default mode as per Keypoint Intelligence's proprietary standard energy consumption test methods. Calculations were based on a weekday workload of 2 x 4 hours printing + 16 hours in sleep/standby mode, and weekend energy use of 48 hours in sleep/standby mode. A total of 69 pages of workload test pattern using DOC, XLS, PPT, HTML, PDF files and Outlook email messages were printed six times in each four-hour printing period.
  • ** Source: IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Hardcopy Peripherals Tracker 2020Q2, Units Share by Company
  • *3 Print speed of a WF-C21000 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

Transforming the Production Floor

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

Example1 Lower the Barriers to Robot Use and Accelerate the Automation of Human-Dependent Processes

  • 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.

Value
Proposition

  • Offer easy installation in existing production lines
  • Automate processes that relied on human touch and sight
  • Ensure stable and continuous factory operation by automating production lines
  • Provide a safe and reassuring working environment

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

  • Adapt flexibly to demand fluctuations and achieve 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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