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Epson RIPS Technology Wins BLI Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award

Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590
(A3 multifunction printer using RIPS technology)

- TOKYO, Japan, August 7, 2015 -

Epson today announced that its Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology had been recognized by Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI), a leading provider of independent information to the imaging industry, with the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation Award for the summer 2015 test season. The awards are made to companies that provide something new to the market and set new standards and goals to which others can aspire.

Used with Epson's acclaimed series of WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack Printers, RIPS technology solves many of the issues associated with office printing by using super-high-yield ink supply units for printing up to 75,000* pages between ink changes. The result of this is less wasted time and resources, and predictable print costs.

In its citation, BLI noted that printers using the technology achieved:

  • Phenomenally high tested yields for all colors.
  • Ultra-long-life consumables, which help maintain office productivity and reduce pain points for IT administration.
  • User-friendly replacement and maintenance procedures.
  • Compact and low waste packaging advantage, which will suit space-constrained office environments.

"The super-high ink yields offered by the Epson RIPS are a game-changer in the office marketplace, drastically reducing office user consumable replacement frequencies and negating the need for spare sets of toners or inks on site which take up valuable space," noted David Sweetnam, BLI's director of research and lab services in Europe. "The ultra-long life supplies will also be an attractive proposition for suppliers offering 'all inclusive' contracts, greatly reducing logistics costs and headaches associated with keeping clients stocked with supplies at all times."

"We are proud to receive the BLI 'Outstanding Achievement in Innovation' award for WorkForce Pro RIPS," said Yoshiro Nagafusa, general manager for printer sales at Seiko Epson. "According to BLI's independent tests, WorkForce Pro RIPS models can deliver up to 75,000 pages of uninterrupted high-quality print without the need to replace consumables, in addition to using far less energy and generating less waste than laser competitors.

"Epson believes that inkjet printing now demonstrates clear advantages over laser in the office, and offers efficiencies to businesses of all sizes. We will continue to promote this shift," commented Nagafusa.

BLI also named the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-8590 as this summer's Outstanding A3 Low- to Mid-Volume Business Inkjet All-in-One, and the Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 as the Outstanding A3 Mid- to High-Volume Business Inkjet All-in-One.

* Using an A3 model. Yields are based on simulations generated after testing with ISO/IEC24711 measurement methodology using ISO/IEC 24712 patterns and calculated using Epson's methodology. Yields may vary for reasons including images printed, documents printed, printing frequency and printing environment.

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About Epson
Epson is a global technology leader dedicated to driving innovations and exceeding customer expectations in printing, visual communications, quality of life and manufacturing. Epson's lineup ranges from inkjet printers, printing systems and 3LCD projectors to industrial robots, smart glasses and sensing systems and is based on original compact, energy-saving, and high-precision technologies.
Led by the Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, the Epson Group comprises nearly 70,000 employees in 94 companies around the world, and is proud of its contributions to the communities in which it operates and its ongoing efforts to reduce environmental burdens.

About Buyers Laboratory LLC
Buyers Laboratory LLC (BLI) is the world's leading independent provider of analytical information and testing services to the document management industry. For over 50 years, buyers have relied on BLI to help them differentiate products' strengths and weaknesses and make the best purchasing decisions, while industry sales, marketing and product professionals have turned to BLI for insightful competitive intelligence and valued guidance on product development, competitive positioning and sales channel and marketing support. BLI also offers private, for-hire testing services that help manufacturers develop and market better products and consumables.

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