Printing With Continuous Ink Supply System
If we need to show hard copies of documents that we made using a computer, we need to print them using printers which could either be of dot-matrix, inkjet or laser type. The initial cost of a dot-matrix printer is high while the cost of ink ribbon is low. For laser printer, the costs of the unit and the ink cartridge are reasonable but power consumption is high. The cost of an inkjet printer is low but original ink cartridges cost high. Of the three types, the inkjet printer is the most popular because of its capability to print colored images.
The high cost of original ink cartridges for inkjet printers brought about various innovations to have low-cost inks. First was the refilling of used cartridges which was a bit messy for those who will do it on their own. Next was the replacement ink cartridges which are cheaper than originals but have lower quality prints. The third method of having low-cost ink for inkjet printers is the continuous ink supply system (CISS) which if installed and operated properly results to prints similar to original ink cartridges.
The danger in resorting to any of the above innovations to have low cost of printing is the risk of getting the inkjet nozzles clogged. If such happen to your inkjet printer, the manufacturer’s warranty will be voided. Quality of inks available at refilling stations for CISS are not guaranteed against clogging the nozzles, the most expensive components of an inkjet printer.
Finally recognizing a part of the printer market that has bred the growth of ink refilling stations, Japanese tech firm Epson recently launched in the country the world’s first genuine CISS by a printer manufacturer. Called ink tank printers, Epson’s new line of inkjet printers allows users to just refill ink containers with its genuine inks that are only PhP15.00 more costly than third-party inks which are apparently inferior in quality.
The Epson ink tank or CISS units are aimed at price-sensitive markets such as the Philippines, Indonesia and India. Unlike those bought in refilling stations, Epson’s ink tank printers use the company’s proprietary Micro Piezo technology that assures high quality prints. The new models of inkjet printers are suitable for use by i-cafés and business offices. Those of you who have tried CISS and/or currently using the technology, would you shift to Epson Ink Tank Printers?