Epson Celebrates 20th Anniversary of Micro Piezo Technology

Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 20 February 2012 – 20 years ago, Epson embarked on a course that would differentiate it from other printer makers, and give the company unique competing advantages today. In March 1993, Epson introduced the very first printer to bear its proprietary “Micro Piezo” inkjet technology that had been developed over the first three years of the 90s.

Micro Piezo is a high performance inkjet printing technology that uses piezoelectric materials which bend precisely when charged with varying electric currents to propel precise amounts of ink out of the print head. Today, Epson is the only major printer company in the world that uses piezoelectric print heads in its entire inkjet printer range – from the smallest personal photo printer, to the largest industrial press system.

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the technology, Epson has launched a range of its latest ink tank system printers with unique benefits that have been made possible by the technology and demonstrate how far it has developed and scaled.

Koichi Endo, Managing Director of Epson Southeast Asia and one of the engineers who developed Epson’s Micro Piezo print head technology, with Epson’s largest and smallest inkjet printers

Koichi Endo, the managing director of Epson Southeast Asia, and one of the engineers who developed the technology remarks: “Epson has waited 20 years for our Micro Piezo technology to mature. Today, its superior reliability, energy efficiency, and high ink compatibility is giving Epson unique advantages and growth opportunities in the fields of business document printing, industrial printing and our ability to create special products like our ink tank system printers for emerging markets.”

To date, Epson has these latest printer offerings.
  • Epson L355 and L550 Colour All-in-One Ink Tank System Printers
  • Epson M100 and M200 Monochrome Ink Tank System Printers
  • Epson WorkForce WF-3521 High Performance Business Inkjet All-in-One
  • Epson WorkForce WF-2538 Ultra-Compact All-in-One
  • New Epson SureColor T Series Technical / Computer Aided Design (CAD) Printers
All these printers share common characteristics such as:
  • Lowest Cost Per Page in the world
  • High speed printing 
  • User friendly operation
The Epson L355 and L550 Colour All-in-One Ink Tank System Printers even support iOS and Android mobile devices via the iPrint mobile app.

New Epson SureColor T Series Technical / Computer Aided Design (CAD) Printers

Most people will not be familiar with the New Epson SureColor T Series Technical which is positioned as Computer Aided Design (CAD) Printer series.

The Epson SureColor T series is the company’s first printer series that is specially designed for technical / Computer Aided Design (CAD) printing. The printers in the series have identical features that have been optimized for technical printing needs, but come in a 24-inch, 36-inch or 44-inch wide format, allowing users to choose the ideal size for their requirements and budget.

The power of Epson Micro Piezo technology for technical / CAD printing - The Epson SureColor T series printers introduce Epson's multi award winning Micro Piezo Advanced TFP print head technology to the technical / CAD printing industry for the first time. The piezoelectric based inkjet print head gives the T series a maximum resolution of 2880 x 1440dpi and features Epson’s Variable-size Droplet Technology (VSDT) that can eject ink droplets in multiple sizes to enhance clarity and recreate fine detail while delivering optimum efficiency for larger areas of colour. The printers’ highly power-efficient Micro Piezo print head generates less operation heat, thereby qualifying them for an Energy Star certification.

New Epson UltraChrome XD ink - The Epson SureColor T series comes with a new Epson UltraChrome XD Ink which was specifically developed for technical and CAD printing. Working together with the Micro Piezo print head, the UltraChrome XD inks produce high-quality, durable prints with deep blacks, a wide colour gamut and crisp, dense lines with a minimum width of 0.02mm. The inks are also environmentally friendly as they are water based.