Epson's Efforts in Environmental Technology Visible in New Inkjet by zxg15325

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									          Seiko Epson Corporation
                                                                                                                                                                                                    6-color high quality image
       Epson's Efforts in Environmental                                                                                                                                                             Recommended for living rooms

       Technology Visible in New Inkjet Printers                                                                                                                                                    All-in-one Inkjet Printer EP-801A

                                                                                                                                                                                                    The slim body that integrates easily into any living
                            Recently, Epson have released their new inkjet printer models. This new lineup of inkjet printers                                                                       room includes many new functions, such as automated
                                                                                                                                                                                                    nozzle checking, two-stage front access paper feed,
                            features stylish and compact bodies, advanced basic performance for quality, speedy, and easy                                                                           and an LED status bar that indicates print conditions.

                            printing of photos, and energy-saving technology and environmental performance developed at                                                                             Dimensions: W446 x D385 x H150mm (main unit only)
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Weight: approximately 9.0kg
                            Epson over many years. Epson, who reduce environmental impact over the life cycle of a product                                                                          Paper size: L to A4
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Ink: 6-color dye ink
                            and aim for production that is friendly to the global environment, has addressed how to achieve                                                                         LCD monitor: 2.5-inch color LCD
                                                                                                                                                                                                    Scanner: 2400dpi CIS scanner
                            energy-saving and environmentally conscious inkjet printers.



New Inkjet Printers that Balance Design          Reduced Environmental Impact                                  Compared with the PM-A850 (Epson                           Re-examining Sleep mode Power                                            focused on further energy-saving designs
with Environmental Performance                   through the Use of LCA                                        Stylus RX600, Epson Stylus RX610) (2003                    Consumption for Further Energy Savings                                   for new inkjet printers. "Our circuit
                                                                                                               models), the EP-801A has a reduced                                                                                                  designers have brought us various ideas
The concept for these new inkjet printers is     Epson designs their products with                             volume by approximately 50% and                            The EP-801A requires less than half of the                               for saving energy, and we have added
"balance." Epson approached development          consideration for product life cycle (the                     reduced weight by approximately 8%.                        power required by the PM-A850. Even                                      meticulous energy-saving technology
of these products with emphasis on the           life of a product from the manufacture of                     These, too, are results of a focus on                      compared to last year's models (PM-A940/                                 such as a low power consumption mode
aspect of printers as "everyday consumer         product materials until collection and                        functionality and design that integrate                    Epson Stylus Photo RX680, Epson Stylus                                   where electrical current is not passed
electronics," while also aiming to achieve       recycling after use). A Life Cycle Assessment                 well into customers' lifestyles as everyday                Photo RX685, Epson Stylus Photo RX690),                                  through blocks that are not used in a circuit
balance between function, design, and            (LCA) based on an independent evaluation                      c o n s u m e r e l e c t r o n i c s . U n t i l n o w,   approximately 35% energy savings has                                     while the printer is in sleep mode," said
environmental performance.                       scenario was performed on the new inkjet                      development was driven by specifications,                  been achieved.                                                           Imai. There are 16 energy-saving items in
There were five objectives for the development   printers. Results for the EP-801A (Artisan                    in which appearance and design were                        Although inkjet printers consume less                                    the EP-801A. "Our goal is to achieve both a
of these new inkjet printers: 1. improved        700, Epson Stylus Photo PX700W, Epson                         made to fit the engine. However, the design                power than other consumer electronics                                    reduction in size and a further reduction in
basic functions such as advanced image           Stylus Photo TX700W) multi-photo inkjet                       and size of these products were made                       products, Epson have pursued various                                     power consumption when the printer is
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quality and high-speed printing, 2. intuitive    standard models indicate that, of all                         suitable for use in living rooms, based on a               energy-saving measures since 1998 in                                     being used," said Imai.                                          Imaging & Information Operations Division
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               •@
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       IJP Production Engineering Department
controls easy to operate by from children to     stages during product life cycle, the rate of                 design-driven development process.                         order to further improve energy-savings                                  In addition, even during the "disposal/
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      General Manager Mr.    Haruyuki Imai
the elderly, 3. design and size that integrate   global warming impact (CO2 conversion) is                     "Of all product materials, electronic parts                performance. Imai has said, "With each                                   recycle" stage that accounts for 12% of the
well with living rooms, 4. compatibility         highest during "manufacture of product                        have the greatest impact. Reducing the size                model change, new functions are added to                                 global warming impact during the life cycle
with home networks, and 5. environmentally       materials" at 56%, followed by the stage of                   of electronic parts and boards greatly                     printers, and we are unable to save energy                               stage of the EP-801A, Epson are striving to            resource and energy consumption and
conscious, energy-saving design.                 customer use at 18%. Major points in                          reduces global warming impact over the                     by removing functions that are required by                               improve the collection rate of used ink                making recycling easier.
Basic printer functions have been further        reducing global warming impact during                         life cycle of a product." - Haruyuki Imai,                 our customers." Therefore, the Electric                                  cartridges through cooperation with                    Epson continue in their quest to strike a
improved through the introduction of the         the manufacture of product materials stage                    General Manager, Imaging & Information                     Circuitry Design Team at Epson has                                       Bellmark Campaigns and Ink Cartridge                   balance between stylish design, product
"High-speed Mach Head" for a dramatic            are reductions in size, weight, and the                       Operations Division, IJP Production                                                                                                               Homecoming Projects in Japan.            functionality, and environmental
improvement in ink discharge performance,        number of product materials and parts.                        Engineering Department.                                    EP-801A Achieved a Sharp Cut of Power Consumption                                      Epson are also striving to               performance.
and Epson's unique "nozzle checking                                                                                                                                                                                                                              eliminate harmful substances
                                                                                                                                                                          Total Per-Day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Off
mechanism" that detects nozzle clogging                                                                                                                                                                                                                          from product materials for
                                                 Ratio of Global Warming Impact During the EP-801A Life Cycle                                                                                                                                                                                             * Evaluation conditions: dependent upon Epson
                                                                                                                                                                          Power Consumption
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Sleep
                                                                                                                                                                           [Wh/day]                          Approx.                                                                                      evaluation conditions. "Power consumption": calculated
and automatically performs cleaning. In                                                                                                                                     60                    51.40      57% Reduction over 5 years           Ready          these new inkjet printers, by            for 5 color A4 sheets copied per day, with one day
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Operation                                               defined as 8 hours with the product turned on, and 16
addition, the attractive design of these new                                                                                                                                50                                                  Approx.
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 complying with the EU RoHS               hours with the product turned off. "Global warming
                                                                                                    Disposal/recycling                                                                                                          35% Reduction
inkjet printers greatly changes the                                                                                                   Make smaller, lighter                                                            33.83                                     directive and using mercury-             impact": According to the Life Cycle Assessment

                                                                                                              12%
                                                                                                                                                                            40                                                                                                                            Method, the global warming impact during a product's
                                                                                                                                      Reduce the number of
                                                                                                                                                                                      Inactive
conventional image of printers, such as                                                                                               materials and parts                                                                                 22.04                  free LEDs as light sources for           life cycle is calculated as CO2 emissions. It is based on
                                                       Improve energy savings                                                                                               30
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          the assumption of 5 color A4 sheets copied per day, with
stylish designs that fit naturally into living         Reduce environmental                     Using by                                                                                                                                                         LCD panels and scanners. At              one day defined as 8 hours with the product turned on,




                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Active
                                                                                                                                                                            20
                                                       burden of ink cartridges                 customer                                                                                                                                                                                                  and 16 hours with the product turned off, for 20 days
rooms, status bars that use flashing blue                                                                                                                                                                                                                        the same time, they have                 per month, over 3 years of use. Power consumption and
LEDs so you can easily understand printing                                                          18%                                                                     10
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 adopted a stylish design that            global warming impact will vary according to actual
                                                                                                                                      Material                               0                                                                                                                            printer usage conditions. 100V is used for calculation,
status even from across the room, large                                                                                               manufacturing                                              FY2003                FY2007                FY2008              uses a "piano black mold"                based on Japanese specifications.

                                                                                                                                      56%
                                                                                                                                                                                          PM-A850                 PM-A940                   EP-801A
touch panels on which only active buttons                                          Distribution 4%                                                                                                                                                               without a coating for the
are illuminated and compatibility with                                                                   Product                                                                                                                                                 housing, while also making
                                                                                                         manufacturing
networks (EP-901F, EP-901A/ Artisan 800,                                                                  10%                                                                                                                                                    considerations for the
                                                    According to results of LCA for EP-801A.                                                                               The total power consumption of the EP-801A is approximately 57% less per day
Epson Stylus Photo PX800FW, Epson                   The ratio calculated the global warming impact for                                                                     than the PM-A850 launched 5 years ago in 2003. In addition, an approximately 35%      reduction of environmental               3-3-5 Owa, Suwa-shi, Nagano-ken 392-8502, Japan
                                                    each life cycle stage as CO2 emissions *.                                                                              reduction has been achieved in comparison with the PM-A940 launched in 2007 *.                                                 Tel: +81-266-52-3131 (main)
Stylus Photo TX800FW).                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           impact, such as reducing                 URL: http://www.epson.co.jp/e/



                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   <This article originally published in Nikkei Business (Nikkei Business Publications, Inc.) as an editorial advertisement.>

								
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