Epson has introduced two new multi-functional inkjet printers featuring its Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology that can print up to 75 000 pages without interruption.
The new printing technology continues Epson’s commitment to being at the forefront of innovation in printing, a role it has played since its inception. RIPS technology has evolved from the success of Epson’s Ink Tank System (ITS) printers, which remove the need for expensive cartridges and have positioned inkjet printers ahead of highly favoured laser printers.
Epson’s Workforce Pro RIPS printers continue to lead innovation in the evolution of cartridge-less inkjet printers: the new additions to this business range are the first non-industrial printers to include its exclusive PrecisionCore printhead technology, and produce top-quality documents on media up to A3+.
“The Workforce Pro RIPS printers are designed for business environments. They make great business sense for companies of any size because they offer lower running costs, lower power consumption and a reduced environmental impact,” says Kelvin Reynolds, general manager of Epson South Africa. “The new Workforce Pro RIPS printers make it possible for businesses to focus on doing business, rather than spending time on managing their printers.”
The Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590DTWF provides quick and accurate A3 printing while the WorkForce Pro WF-5690DTWF A4 printer is designed to reduce environmental impact. Both printers are designed to cut costs and are suitable for enterprises of all sizes, with up to 80 percent lower energy consumption than competitive colour lasers . Fast print speeds and business features, including PIN release control for confidential, secure printing, and Gigabit network connectivity make the WF-R8590DTWF model ideal for boosting productivity.
Both models include features such as Ethernet, USB, wireless Wi-Fi Direct® to easily print from tablets and smart phones, and include remote printing and access to the Cloud. Additional features include IT tools such as remote setup and custom settings for multiple printers, as well as support for popular security protocols to protect confidential documents.
Business benefits are numerous: printing costs are predictable, with up to 75 000 pages being processed before ink refills are required; there is a dramatic reduction in time spent handling support calls, consumables management and printer repairs; PrecisionCore technology delivers dramatic increases in speed, quality and reliability; and employees are spared the frustration of down-time and are able to enjoy boosted productivity.
With ink refills suppled in foil soft packs, businesses are able to manage recycling more efficiently, and are spared the hassle of arranging the disposal of cartridges. This means that it’s easier to meet ‘green’ supply chain requirements, and to ensure a lower carbon footprint.
Epson’s WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack System printers are available in South Africa at a recommended retail price from:
R33,400.00 – WF-R5690DTWF inclusive of VAT
R63,876.00 – WF-R8590DTWF inclusive of VAT
Kenya tool to help companies prepare for emergencies
After its team members survived last week’s Nairobi terror attack, Ushahidi decided to release a new preparedness tool for free, writes its CEO, NAT MANNING
On Tuesday I woke up a bit before 7am in Berkeley, California where I live. I made some coffee and went over to my computer to start my work day. I checked my Slack and the news and quickly found out that there was an ongoing terrorist attack at 14 Riverside Complex in Nairobi, Kenya. The Ushahidi office is in Nairobi and about a third of our team is based there (the rest of us are spread across 10 other countries).
As I read the news, my heart plummeted, and I immediately asked the question, “is everyone on my team okay?”
Five years ago Al-Shabaab committed a similar attack at the Westgate Mall. We spent several tense hours figuring out if any of our team had been in the mall, and verifying that everyone was safe. We found out that one of our team member’s family was caught up in the attack. Luckily they made it out.
At Ushahidi we make software for crisis response, including tools to map disasters and election violence, and yet we felt helpless in the face of this attack. In the days following the Westgate attack, our team huddled and thought about what we could build that would help our team — and other teams — if we found ourselves in a similar situation to this attack again. We identified that when we first learned of the attack, nearly everyone at Ushahidi had spent that first precious few hours trying to answer the basic questions, “Is everyone okay?”, and if not, “Who needs help?”
People had ad-hoc used multiple channels such as WhatsApp, called, emailed, or texted. We had done this for each person at Ushahidi (their job), in our families, and important people in our community. Our process was unorganised, inefficient, repetitive, and frustrating.
And from this problem we created TenFour, a check in tool that makes it easier for teams to reach one another during times of crisis. It is a simple application that lets people send a message to their team via SMS, Slack, Voice, email, and in-app, and get a response. It also works for educational institutions, companies with distributed staff, as well as part of neighbourhood networks like neighbourhood watches.
This week when I woke up to the news of the attack at Riverside, I immediately opened up the TenFour app.
Click here to read how Nat quickly confirmed the safety of his team.
Kia multi-collision airbags
The world’s first multi-collision airbag system has been unveiled by Hyundai Motor Group subsidiary KIA Motors, with the aim of improving airbag performance in multi-collision accidents.
Multi-collision accidents are those in which the primary impact is followed by collisions with secondary objects, such as other vehicles, trees, or electrical posts, which occur in three out of every 10 accidents. Current airbag systems do not offer secondary protection when the initial impact is insufficient to cause them to deploy.
However, the multi-collision airbag system allows airbags to deploy effectively upon a secondary impact, by calibrating the status of the vehicle and the occupants.
The new technology detects occupants’ positions in the cabin following an initial collision. When occupants are forced into unusual positions, the effectiveness of existing safety technology may be compromised. Multi-collision airbag systems are designed to deploy even faster when initial safety systems may not be effective, providing additional safety when drivers and passengers are most vulnerable. By recalibrating the collision intensity required for deployment, the airbag system responds more promptly during the secondary impact, thereby improving the safety of multi-collision vehicle occupants.
“By improving airbag performance in multi-collision scenarios, we expect to significantly improve the safety of our drivers and passengers,” said Taesoo Chi, head of the Hyundai Motor Group’s Chassis Technology Centre. “We will continue our research on more diverse crash situations as part of our commitment to producing even safer vehicles that protect occupants and prevent injuries.”
According to statistics by the National Automotive Sampling System Crashworthiness Data System (NASS-CDS), an office of the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) in USA, about 30% of 56,000 vehicle accidents from 2000 to 2012 in the North American region involved multi-collisions. The leading type of multi-collision accidents involved cars crossing over the centre line (30.8%), followed by collisions caused by a sudden stop at highway tollgates (13.5%), highway median strip collisions (8.0%), and sideswiping and collision with trees and electric poles (4.0%).
These multi-collision scenarios were analysed in multilateral ways to improve airbag performance and precision in secondary collisions. Once commercialised, the system will be implemented in future new KIA vehicles.