Epson has announced the distribution channel for its WorkForce Pro RIPS (Replaceable Ink Pack System) range of business inkjet printers. RIPS is available from a network of twenty six carefully selected managed print service providers throughout the UK. These include ASL, Bytek Ltd, Contrac, Sapphire Print Solutions and Scan DB.
Each partner will be well-supported by Epson with full access to service training and spare parts. Mark Allen, reseller product manager, Business Imaging at Epson UK, says: "We have spent some time making absolutely sure we have just the right mix of partners. They are all well established in the managed print industry and combine a blend of product knowledge, market experience, sales support and training to ensure that our customers receive the very best levels of service possible."
The WorkForce Pro RIPS are a series of business inkjet printers that make use of a Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS). The pack contains enough ink to print up to 75,000 pages, meaning businesses can print continuously for an average of three years without needing to change consumables. The range is designed for workgroups, but are available as part of a managed print service plan. This means they offer businesses the predictable cost of printing associated with a centralised print model, but with the user and productivity benefits of a distributed printer fleet model.
WorkForce Pro RIPS significantly lowers the environmental burden of logistics and recycling of toners, photoconductors, drums and packaging often associated with competitive laser printers. This can help companies meet their environmental targets and eliminates the need to manage complicated collection and recycling programmes. Furthermore, the printers deliver up to 80% lower energy consumption offering businesses a more environmentally friendly option than traditional laser models.
Epson will be looking to grow the channel over the coming months.