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Epson invests in new production for printheads

June 20, 2013

130619The investment in new production lines will help produce next-generation printheads for the OEM’s inkjet printers.

The OEM announced that it would be investing 16 billion yen ($163.1 million/€123.8 million) in two new production lines in Japan, which will manufacture its next-generation printheads for inkjet printers. The printheads would be used in business and industrial printing systems to be released in the latter half of this year.

The investment has been made over the past three years, and the new lines will be located in Epson’s Suwa-Minami Plant in Nagano Prefecture and Sakata Plant in Yamagata Prefecture. The OEM noted that the production “demands a high level of technical skill”, with its expertise in monozukuri – “the art and science of manufacturing” needed to “bring [the lines] to bear”.

The front-end manufacturing will take place at Suwa-Minami and back-end processes at Sakata, with front-end processes including manufacturing the component for the core of the printhead, whislt back-end processes will include using the OEM’s robot technology to complete assembly of the printheads. The fully-automated assembly line means Epson “will achieve dramatic improvements in productivity and quality”.

The new printhead is “based on an advanced new and original design including development of new materials”, with the Micro Piezo printhead technology “as a base” for the new design, which will feature a “more compact design, even greater precision and improved cost performance”. Epson added that the “enhanced precision and density” of the printheads will “act as a platform for significantly improving the fundamental performance” of its inkjet printers.

Motonori Okumura, Executive Officer and General Administrative Manager for Epson’s Imaging Products Key Component Research and Engineering Division, stated: “Epson’s corporate vision calls for the expansion of the inkjet printer business, and the new production lines represent an essential element in these plans.

“Going forward, Epson will enhance competitiveness by expanding use of the new print head into its lineup and by further promoting the use of common platforms throughout the inkjet printer lineup.”

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