Keep­ing Print­ing Costs In Check

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With print vol­umes reach­ing as high as 4,000 pages per month, ed­u­ca­tion ser­vice provider I CAN READ had been grap­pling with high print­ing costs for sev­eral years now. The com­pany, which has about 150 em­ploy­ees in Sin­ga­pore, has been con­duct­ing English lit­er­acy classes for young chil­dren and pri­mary school pupils for the past 15 years. Un­til re­cently, it has been de­pend­ing on leased print­ers to gen­er­ate workre­lated re­ports in 24 en­rich­ment cen­tres lo­cated across the is­land. To rein in print­ing costs that had been in­creas­ing as its busi­ness grew, I CAN READ needed a more sus­tain­able way to meet its print­ing needs. Kevin Zeng, re­gional op­er­a­tions man­ager at I CAN READ, says the com­pany prefers print­ers that can of­fer a good bal­ance be­tween print qual­ity and cost. “A key chal­lenge we face is high print­ing costs, and if the printer is of a lower cost, the qual­ity of print­outs tends to be poor as well,” he says. Af­ter-sales ser­vice and re­pair lead time are im­por­tant too, along with print speeds. “Lower print speeds can hin­der us when we print in large quan­ti­ties from time to time,” Zeng says. While at an Ep­son show­room, Zeng and his team tested the Ep­son Work­Force Pro WF-R8591, and de­cided to pick up the printer which fea­tures a Re­place­able Ink Pack Sys­tem (RIPS). RIPS tech­nol­ogy has been proven to of­fer cost sav­ings while en­abling busi­nesses to cen­tralise their print­ing needs and main­tain a lower in­ven­tory of con­sum­ables. Com­pared to tra­di­tional ink car­tridges, RIPS uses high ca­pac­ity ink packs that can hold a far higher vol­ume of ink. This en­ables the Ep­son WF-R8591 to de­liver a high page yield of up to 75,000 pages with­out hav­ing to re­place the ink. The Ep­son WF-R8591 has been work­ing out well so far. The printer is now be­ing used for ev­ery­day print­ing – from drafts to fi­nal copies – by some 35 peo­ple at I CAN READ’s head­quar­ters. More im­por­tantly, Zeng says the com­pany’s colour print­ing costs are now lower than that of leased ma­chines. “The cost of own­er­ship is rea­son­able and the Ep­son WF-R8591 has been a de­pend­able ma­chine thus far. It also of­fers a good bal­ance be­tween cost and qual­ity. With the lower cost per print and the good mileage we were get­ting from each ink pack, we were sur­prised that the print qual­ity was suit­able for our needs,” he says. In­deed, the high print qual­ity

Toshim­itsu Tanaka, Man­ag­ing Direc­tor, Ep­son Sin­ga­pore

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