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Japanese high-precision, environmentally-friendly technology is well within the remit of small-business owners with a suite of printing and scanning solutions aimed specifically at the home office and micro and small businesses showcased in Sydney and Melbourne recently.
Epson’s PrecisionCore technology has a significantly lower footprint than the traditional laser printers available to small businesses, using approximately five per cent of the wattage needed to power a laser printer, producing 90 per cent less carbon dioxide and incurring running costs that represent a saving of over 60 per cent.
The WorkForce C5790 is a compact device ideal for use in the home or a
small office with a Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) that can produce eight
times as many pages (50,000) in black and three times as many colour pages
(20,000) from one pack than the comparable cartridges in a laser printer. As the
PrecisionCore technology is heat-free this model can print labels, envelopes
and produce gloss designs – tasks heat-based traditional printers are unable to
The device is one-stop shop for small businesses, with printing, copying and scanning requirements all met, and the C5790 can be programmed with presets so documents can be saved to specific locations on your network.
Scanning the future
Specifically designed for small business and home users, Epson’s new
WorkForce ES-500WR scanner streamlines the processes of organising and sharing
financial documents. It allows small-business owners to preview, email, upload
and organise receipts, invoices, and other financial documents, digitising them
so that they can be searched for using a keyword or keyphrase and revisited at
The receipt manager function can automatically extract data from those receipts
and invoices, and export them to a software accounting package or Excel, making
reconciliations and preparation for end-of-year reporting and tax returns
quicker, easier and error-free.
The ES-500WR facilitates wireless double-sided scanning so reports, business cards, invoices and receipts can be saved and accessed from remote devices and or cloud accounts. The in-built double-feed detection eliminates the risk of missing pages and dynamic-skew correction means a clear, easily read scan of every document.
Upping the ante
Businesses in the fields of architecture, construction and education
sectors with higher-end printing requirements are also catered for. The
SureColor T3160 is an entry-level model in this category that can sit on a
desktop or on a stand and produces high-definition A1 sized documents. A
black-and-white CAD drawing costs only 20 cents to print and comes off the
machine in just 34 seconds. A plethora of large-scale colour and
black-and-white documents can be produced in-house, and this device is part of
a rapidly-growing market as SMEs realise this solution is more cost-effective
than outsourcing such tasks.