Thursday, 02 November 2017 11:09

Epson PaperLab wins Gold

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Epson has received a Good Design Gold Award for its PaperLab product, and praise for the good design of other products.

Both Epson's Workforce ET-4750 inkjet printer and Epson's PaperLab A-8000 dry-process office papermaking system have joined the Good Design Best 100, with the PaperLab taking out the Gold Award.

A total of 4495 entries were submitted for the 2017 Good Design Awards, of which 100 were selected by the Good Design Award Judging Committee for the "Best 100."

From this 100, the Gold Award is presented to the design judged to be particularly outstanding, based on a comprehensive evaluation of criteria including the design’s potential as a solution for social issues, future applicability, and level of completion. Kazuhirosearch & Development Division, involved in the development of the PaperLab A-8000, says, “It's an office papermaking system that enables the processing and creation of paper locally, in the amount you need and when you need it. Epson is committed to promoting a zero-waste society.”

Good Design Awards celebrate designs that benefit and enrich lives and society. In 2017 Epson won Good Design Awards for a total of seven products, including two projectors, four printers, and the office papermaking system, but only the most notable or significant designs make it to the Best 100 list.

The Best 100 designs are on display at the Good Design Exhibition 2017, held in Tokyo over the first five days of November. Manabu Kawahara, general manager for design in Epson's Printing Solutions Operations Division, says, "Our customers have praised our high-capacity ink tank printers because they can print as much as they need to without worrying about the cost. We paid meticulous attention to the appearance and usability of the WorkForce ET-4750 inkjet printer. As the next generation of ink tank printer, this printer offers more than just great value. It is compact, stylish, easy to use, and greatly reduces the frustration people feel when they run out of ink. We will continue to use printing to improve the quality of people's life and work, and will develop printer designs for products that exceed customer expectations."

This A4 inkjet multifunction printer features large ink tanks and boasts high productivity and cost efficiency. The ink tanks and ink bottles are designed to make refills clean and quick. The tank is in the front to improves accessibility and makes it easier to check ink levels.

The judges stated multifunction A4 inkjet printers with high-capacity ink tanks sharply dispelled users' dissatisfaction with ink and believed Epson's design to be both beautiful and functional. The judges particularly appreciated the exquisitely designed adjustable control panel, the printer's soft curves, and the smooth, clean appearance.

The PaperLab A-8000 is the first office papermaking system to employ a dry process to securely destroy used documents and produce new sheets of paper. Epson's dry fibre technology enables the paper to be produced without the sizeable volumes of water ordinary papermaking requires. Since no plumbing is needed, the PaperLab can be installed in a back office or anywhere else with available space to upcycle used paper. The PaperLab is changing office operations by increasing information security, producing paper of various weights and sizes, and reducing users' environmental impacts.

The judges said the PaperLab is a truly outstanding solution as one answer to the question about future paper use. "The fact that you can recycle used paper right in the office and thus increase information security is particularly praiseworthy," they stated.

Other Epson products recognised with 2017 Good Design Awards are:

  1. EB-1795F projector.
  2. EB-L1000 projector series.
  3. Workforce WF-3720/4720/4740 business inkjet printers.
  4. WorkForce Enterprise WF-C20590/C17590 A3 colour multifunction inkjet printers.

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David has been computing since 1984 where he instantly gravitated to the family Commodore 64. He completed a Bachelor of Computer Science degree from 1990 to 1992, commencing full-time employment as a systems analyst at the end of that year. David subsequently worked as a UNIX Systems Manager, Asia-Pacific technical specialist for an international software company, Business Analyst, IT Manager, and other roles. David has been the Chief Information Officer for national public companies since 2007, delivering IT knowledge and business acumen, seeking to transform the industries within which he works. David is also involved in the user group community, the Australian Computer Society technical advisory boards, and education.

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