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Epson inkjet printers use Heat-Free Tecnology to deliver advanced customer benefits over laser and thermal inkjet technology.
Printing process comparison
Laser and inkjet printers may look the same on the outside. But it is what’s on the inside that counts.
Comparing printing processes
The laser printing method is a complex process involving eight separate stages and a high level of heat to warm up the toner and fuse the toner to the paper.
Within inkjet printers, there are two main technologies: thermal printing, which uses heat, and Piezo, which is Heat-Free.
Thermal inkjet process
Thermal inkjet technology applies an electrical current to warm the ink to fire it through the printhead.
Piezo ejection process
Unlike thermal inkjets and laser printers, Epson Heat-Free Technology does not require heat in the ink ejection process. Instead pressure is applied to the Piezo element, which flexes backwards and forwards firing the ink from the printhead.
The benefits of Heat-Free Technology
Save time with consistent high speed printing
Epson Heat-Free Technology requires no heat to warm up when it is switched on or awoken from sleep. This means it can deliver a fast first page out time (FPOT) compared to laser printers, which need to preheat the fuser to print. And unlike thermal inkjet technology, the Epson Heat-Free Technology does not need to wait for the ink to cool down between ink firings. This can result in faster printing and significantly time savings.
Use less power and save money
Epson Heat-Free Technology uses less power than laser technology because it does not use heat to warm up. As inkjets have no fuser unit to heat, this results in significantly less energy consumption. And unlike thermal inkjet technology, the Epson Heat-Free Technology enables consistent ink ejection, so the printer can print at consistently fast speed. This can lead to the printer being in action for less time and as a result, helps to reduce running costs.
Laser printers typically have more consumables and require periodic replacement of the drum, transfer belt and fuser in many cases. Thanks to Heat-Free Technology, our inkjet printers use fewer parts that need replacing than in a laser printer, and, unlike thermal printers, our printheads are not a consumable. This reduces the environmental burden of manufacturing and recycling the additional resources.
Less intervention increases productivity
The Heat-Free structure of Epson inkjet printers means that there are fewer parts that can fail, which reduces the amount of intervention required. The Heat-Free ink ejection process means that, unlike thermal printers, there is no heat damage to the printheads, so they last longer. As a result, Epson inkjet printers offer improved reliability and significantly reduced downtime.
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