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Epson to invest in U-MAP and Thermalnite®︎ for smartphones
Solving efficiency reductions caused by heat by developing cooling materials for electronic devices and other products
SYDNEY, 19 January 2023 – Epson and its subsidiary Epson X Investment Corporation through their EP-GB Investment Limited Partnership will invest in U-MAP Corporation, a start-up company that develops and manufactures high thermal conductivity material Thermalnite®︎ and its applied components. Thermalnite®︎ has garnered attention as a light, easy-to-process material that makes smartphones lighter and increases their battery life. By solving issues relating to heat, U-MAP aims to contribute to solving the world’s energy problems.
With the popularisation of mobile devices and electric vehicles, U-MAP focuses on solving heat losses caused by increases in the amount of heat generated by electronic devices and their heat generation density.
U-MAP has developed the high thermal conductivity ceramic material Thermalnite®︎ that provides device materials with high thermal conductivity and that allows heat to be released efficiently using the characteristics of the device materials themselves.
Thermalnite®︎ is an innovative filler material that improves heat conduction and mechanical strength. It is produced by mixing slightly the key material component, ceramics, and an additive known as a filler that is put into the resin material. It can also be used in harsh environments such as in industrial and aerospace equipment.
Epson is investing in U-MAP not only because of U-MAP’s high thermal conductivity ceramic material, Thermalnite®︎, but also because of the latter’s strong corporate focus on contributing to the environment by improving efficiency in electronic infrastructure and solving heat issues.
In addition, Epson aims to advance the frontiers of industry by developing highly productive and flexible production systems that are kind on the environment.
Going forward, Epson will continue developing synergistic relationships through a variety of partnerships centred around its unique technologies, products, and services in order to contribute to a sustainable society.
About Epson X Investment
Epson X Investment Corporation is a Corporate Venture Capital (CVC) firm wholly owned by information equipment and precision instrument manufacturer Seiko Epson Corporation. It established the EP-GB Investment Limited Partnership with independent venture capital firm Global Brain Corporation, an independent venture capital firm specialising in CVC management and participates in investment activities.
U-MAP is a venture company established with researchers demo Nagoya University who are experienced with crystal materials at its core. U-MAP develops and manufactures unique materials such as fibrous aluminium nitride single crystal (Thermalnite®︎) and compound materials using Thermalnite®︎. Thermalnite®︎ is an industrial material that allows heat to be released efficiently by using it to fill ceramics and insulating resin. It can be used for mobile devices, power devices modules, and high-intensity LED. U-MAP have also won the ILS Award 2018 Grand Prix at the ILS Innovation Leaders Summit and the Grand Prize and the CNB Venture Awards. U-MAP aim to offer new solutions through their technological innovation with incredible materials and processing technology.
*Filler: In order to improve the exothermic qualities of insulating resin, one must put a heat-dissipating filler into the resin. In order to realize high thermal conductivity performance with conventional technology, over 80% needs to be filled, but this results in a mass of ceramics, making the item difficult to process and bend.
Epson on CDP A List for tackling climate change
SYDNEY, 17 January 2023 – Epson has been placed on the prestigious A List for climate change by international environmental non-profit CDP, which evaluates companies’ environmental activities.
CDP evaluates companies’ environmental activities on behalf of more than 680 institutional investors worldwide with a combined US$130 trillion in assets. The results of the questionnaires are also used to assess companies in terms of environmental performance for the world’s leading socially responsible investment (SRI) indexes used by ESG investors.
Out of the more than 10,000 companies that were evaluated, Epson was one of a small number to receive an A listing, an acknowledgment that Epson is a leader in sustainability.
In addition to being an important statement to institutional investors making ESG investment decisions, Epson believes that this prestigious listing sends a powerful message to customers looking for environmentally conscious products and services, as well as to business partners and other stakeholders.
■ About CDP
■ Information about the 2022 A List companies, evaluation methodology, and evaluation criteria
■ Epson’s environmental initiatives
Epson’s CDP A List for climate change accreditation
Epson unveils the fastest POS receipt printer in the industry
The TM-T88VII brings speed, reliability and flexibility enabling merchants to deliver the best customer experience in every environment
SYDNEY, 15 December 2022 – As merchants are adapting to an ever-evolving industry with online ordering and ecommerce expanding in retail and hospitality, Epson announced the fastest POS receipt printer in the industry1 – the TM-T88VII.
As the latest model in Epson’s most popular TM-T88 series POS printer line which has sold millions of units across the globe, TM-T88VII offers lightning-fast print speeds and flexible connectivity between multiple devices to help merchants – particularly in high-volume industries such as hospitality, retail and grocery – deliver the best customer experience in virtually every environment.
household brands have in common with Epson? It’s the TM-T88 receipt printer, now celebrating over 25 years. The TM-T88 series is the workhorse of Epson’s receipt printer line. It’s sleek design and legendary reliability has earned it an important role in the Australian retail landscape, if not globally. Now in its seventh generation, the Epson TM-T88VII is a quiet achiever. Almost always hidden from view, you’ve probably never realised your shopping experiences over the last couple of decades have more than likely involved a TM-T88 series printer and will now likely involve a TM-T88VII.”
The TM-T88VII is the easiest and fastest T88-series product to configure and deploy. The new model delivers fast print speeds up to 500 mm/sec1 and a high-speed auto cutter, as well as a long printhead and auto cutter life2 and a four-year warranty for advanced reliability.
The TM-T88VII can be dynamically shared with fixed PC-POS terminals as well as mobile devices and cloud servers at the same time. With the vertical mounting kit, the printer has flexible configuration options and can connect to almost any system with built-in Ethernet and USB, along with options including Serial, Parallel, Powered USB, and Wi-Fi®.
The TM-T88VII has streamlined the setup process with an improved Epson TM Utility app – available on both PC and mobile devices – which includes a new simple set up tool for easy configuration and deployment of new printers. In addition, the Epson TM Utility app enables integrators to seamlessly upgrade from prior T88 models to the TM-T88VII without losing pre-configured settings and disrupting existing workflows.
As e-commerce and online ordering continues to skyrocket, the TM-T88VII is online order ready and can retrieve orders from a web server and print from web-based applications using Epson’s ePOS™ Print Technology or utilise Server Direct Print technology without installing any additional hardware or POS software integration. Users can easily and securely print as the TM-T88VII offers support for the latest WPA3 Wi-Fi security standard.
Epson TM-T88VII key features include:
• Ultra-fast transaction times – industry-leading print speeds up to 500 mm/sec1 and high-speed auto cutter
• Reliability you can count on – 4-year warranty; easy-to-clean, water-resistant enclosure; long printhead and auto cutter life2
• Connect to multiple devices simultaneously – using multiple interfaces, printer can be dynamically shared by PC-POS terminals, tablets, and mobile devices as well as cloud servers
• Multi-interface support – built-in USB and Ethernet, optional Serial, Powered USB, Parallel and Wireless connectivity ensure maximum flexibility and futureproofing
• Secure wireless connection – supports the latest Wi-Fi® security standard (WPA3)
• Online ordering ready – Server Direct Print technology allows the printer to retrieve orders from a web server and print a receipt without requiring POS software integration
• POS peripheral support – supports POS peripherals including barcode scanners, customer displays, and more
• Easy setup and configuration – streamline the setup and replacement processes using Epson TM Utility; vertical mounting kit provides flexible configuration options
• Easy to understand – status LEDs and network diagnostic sheet improve on-site network troubleshooting
• Backwards compatible – fully compatible with the existing TM-T88V and TM-T88VI software and same footprint
• Advanced paper-saving functions – top-margin and character-height reduction features help reduce paper usage by up to 49 percent3
The TM-T88VII thermal receipt printer is available from www.epson.com.au, www.epson.co.nz and all Epson authorised channel partners for the RRP of AUD$745.00 and NZD$829.00 including GST.
Epson’s TM-T88VII POS receipt printer
1 Compared to single station thermal receipt printers available in the Australia & New Zealand as of 2nd August 2021, based on manufacturers’ published specifications. Speed based on using 80 mm wide media only and Epson’s PS-190 or PS-180 power supply. Configurations not including the PS-190 or PS-180 will have a default print speed of 450 mm/sec.
2 Rated printhead and cutter lives are only estimates based on normal use of the printer with the following media only, with printer operated at room temperature and normal humidity: Model KT55FA: Papierfabrik August Koehler SE; Model PD160R: Oji Imaging Media Co., Ltd.; Model TF50KS-EY: NIPPON Paper Industries Co., Ltd. Epson’s statements about reliability levels are not warranties of the media or Epson’s printers, and the only warranties for printers are the limited warranty statements for each printer. See www.epson.com/testedmedia for more information on Tested Media.
3 Paper savings depend on the text and graphics printed on the receipt.
Epson’s Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab reopens with new equipment and facilities
Lab outfitted with new features for enhanced value creation, including direct-to-surface colour inkjet printers
SYDNEY, 13 December 2022 – Epson has re-equipped and reopened the Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab at its Fujimi Plant Japan.
Epson sees commercial and industrial printing as a growth area. The Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab, which first opened in October 2019, was created to promote the exploration of new inkjet printing applications in manufacturing in collaboration with a variety of partners.
The re-equipped Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab is part of Epson’s strategy to expand applications for printhead-based solutions in new markets and to accelerate innovation in its customers’ printing and production processes.
The Lab has been newly outfitted with direct-to-surface colour inkjet printers along with facilities for performing tests using Epson’s inkjet printheads. Furnished also with other new facilities such as a meeting area and a studio that can broadcast a view of tests performed, the Lab is spacious, open and conducive to the growth of ideas.
Until now used mainly for conventional printing applications, Epson’s inkjet printheads also show promise in new fields such as electronics and bioprinting. The Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab is equipped with inkjet machine for R&D mounted with these printheads, as well as a battery of other machines, instruments, and tools for running trial production and evaluations.
Inkjet systems eliminate much of the waste associated with traditional production methods and are expected to transform the way companies manufacture, which is especially important given today’s increased focus on sustainability.
Epson will continue to drive the creation of new value that contributes to a more sustainable world through the Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab and through co-creation with partners from a variety of fields.
Epson’s Fujimi Inkjet Innovation Lab