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70 years of innovation


Epson celebrates its anniversary with even more creative products, writes Rozana Sani

IMAGINE yourself at your neighbourhood eatery. Once done with your meal, you call the waitress for the bill. But instead of going to the cash register to print it, the waitress brings over an iPad and keys in some details and shows you the bill. Once you make your payment, she taps a button and the bill is printed  using a small printer nearby.

The Epson TM-88V-I receipt printer is one of the products the company introduced to the local market recently in conjunction with its 70th anniversary this year. It provides convenient  printing of receipts from smartphones or tablets running browser-based HTML5 transaction processing apps without the need for drivers — a LAN or WiFi connection is all that is needed.

“The system is far more elegant and compact than conventional POS systems and can be easily moved if needed.  It is set to radically change the way small businesses manage payment transactions. Local businesses are more than ready to embrace this technology as mobility devices and concepts have already been accepted in a big way here,” says Epson Malaysia sales and marketing division general manager Danny Lee.

Epson Malaysia country manager Yasuhiro Kasai says the receipt printer is just one illustration of the company’s continuous culture of innovation and is only one of the new product models from all of its imaging divisions: Printing, projection, commercial and industrial printing and business systems.

“For 70 years and through major changes in attitudes and lifestyles, Epson has continued to create products that enrich people’s lives and offer greater convenience, demonstrating its unwavering commitment to monozukuri, which translates as the art and science of manufacturing,” he says.

Highlighted at the celebration, touted as Visual Imaging and Printing (V.I.P) Experience Day, was what the company claims to be the world’s first and only branded ink tank system printers — the Epson L-series. These printers are made possible by Epson’s Micro Piezo print head technology that is said to last the lifespan of the printers.

Designed for home and SOHO (small office/home office) users, the L110 single function and L210 all-in-one ink tank system printers have a 6ipm (images per minute) print speed that is twice as fast as the L100 and L200 models they replace. The L110 and L210 also have a high rated durability of 15,000 pages.

For SMB (small to medium business) users, the L300 single function and L350 all-in-one ink tank system printers  offer print speed of 9ipm and a 30,000-page rated durability. The printers also come with two additional black ink bottles in the initial package.

Epson also introduced a real-time automatic keystone correction feature in its portable projectors. The 1.7kg Epson EB-1776W ultraportable projector, which has the feature, ensures that the projected image is always a perfect rectangle, and enables mobile workers like travelling salespeople and teachers who have personal projectors to concentrate fully on their presentations. The projector supports playback from a USB flash drive of more file formats than their predecessors, and enables users to view PDF files and motion JPEG movies without the need to connect to a PC.

Signage printing gets a boost with the introduction of the Epson SureColor SC-S30670. Engineered to offer the lowest cost of ownership to print for pay and in-house print service providers, the SureColor SC-S30670 features an affordable, yet high performance four-colour eco-solvent-based ink set and is ideal for the production of posters, signs, banners, backlit panels, vehicle wraps, exhibition displays and more.

The printer is also the first eco-solvent-based printer to use Epson’s most advanced Micro Piezo Thin Film Piezo  print head that delivers double the nozzle density with 720 nozzles per colour offering superb quality print output at a much faster speed.

Epson also unveiled its first own-brand photo dry lab system: The SureLab SL-D3000. Featuring a high colour gamut, six-colour ink set working with the printer’s advanced Micro Piezo print head, it offers a 1440 x 1440 dpi resolution, as well as print quality and colour consistency comparable to that of Epson’s professional graphics printers.

Epson Southeast Asia managing director Koichi Endo (second from left), Lee (centre) and Kasai (second from right) check out the signage printer

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