Red Dot Product Design 2019 Best of the Best: Epson Large Format Printers

There are many reasons IT Supplies is a proud Epson reseller and their commitment to great product design is one of them. We are thrilled to see that Epson won The Red Dot Best of the Best Award for their large format printers and we can attest to their deservingness. Read the press release below from WhatTheyThink

Epson Printers Win Their First “Red Dot: Best of the Best” Award

Monday, March 25, 2019

Press release from the issuing company

Tokyo, Japan – Seiko Epson Corporation has won its first “Red Dot: Best of the Best” award for its large format printers in the Product Design category (Red Dot Award: Product Design 2019). In addition, five inkjet printers, one scanner and one projector model received Red Dot Awards. This year marks the third successive year that Epson products have been recognized in the Red Dot Award.
Created in 1955 in Germany, the Red Dot Design Award is organized by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen design center and is recognized around the world as one of the most prestigious awards in the design field. A jury of experts evaluates products announced during the past two years and selects the best designs based on nine criteria, including degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, ecological compatibility, and durability.
Manabu Kawahara, general manager of the P Design Department in Epson’s Printing Solutions Operations Division, says, “I am thrilled. This award is the culmination of a true team effort to achieve product value that exceeds customer expectations. Moving forward, we will continue to provide our customers with designs that delight.”
Details of the Epson products recognized with the Best of the Best award
SC-T5450/ SC-T3450/ SC-T3450N/ SC-T3400/ SC-T3400N/ SC-T5400 inkjet printers
These are high-speed, high-resolution large format printers (LFP) for printing drawings in official bureaus and architect studios or PoP printing in retail shops. We redesigned the LFP, conventionally used for special applications, with a UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office. It provides intuitive operation and maintains a clean office atmosphere.
The large touch panel, warning LEDs, and buzzer let you see the status at a glance and give guidance for easy use. We also strived to cut assembly time, streamlining work by developing new legs assembled in three steps.
Details of Epson products recognized with the Red Dot Award

ET-M1100/ ET-M1120/ ET-M1108/ ET-M1128 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized monochrome inkjet printer that achieve unprecedented compact size by directly embedding the high-capacity Ecotank in the carriage. The totally new Ecotank design puts a single slit on a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. Low cost, it also lets you print easily as you go about your daily work.
ET-M1140/ ET-M1180/ ET-M2140/ ET-M3140/ ET-M3170 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized monochrome inkjets with a high-capacity Ecotank that enables up to 6,000 sheets on a single ink refill. The new eco tank design puts a single slit through a simple and clean exterior. You can intuitively check the ink level or open and close the tank cover. A unique shape was used for the bottle tip and inlet to prevent filling mistakes. Just insert the bottle - the printer automatically refills ink then stops. While low cost, it lets you easily perform various printing tasks and reduces downtime and waste.
ET-2710/ ET-4700/ L1110/L3100/ L3110/L3150/ L5190 inkjet printers
These are A4-sized color inkjets with a high capacity Ecotank that lets you easily perform various printing tasks at low cost. We focused on operability to eliminate hassle and concerns about stains when refilling ink. Not only did we improve front access and the visibility of the remaining ink, we also used a unique shape for the bottle tip and inlet of each color to prevent filling mistakes. The protruding shape expresses the performance of the high capacity eco tank, and the simple, round design around the tank gives an approachable and familiar feeling.
WF-M5799/WF-C5710/WF-C5790/WF-C5210/WF-C5290/WF-M5299/WF-M5298/WF-C579R/WF-C529R inkjet printers
These are A4-sized office inkjet printers that provide high ink capacity while saving space. Boasting a clean design that fits any office, the high capacity ink pack has been built into the unit to achieve a compact size that fits in narrow spaces. The change from conventional ink cartridges to high-capacity ink packs cuts the number of ink replacements and the environmental impact. We focused on operability and streamlining office work, giving the ink packs a simple connection shape for the handle and tray and including a sturdy ejection tray and a tilt panel with high retention and easy operation.
SC-T5150/ SC-T5150N/ SC-T3150/ SC-T3150N/ SC-T3100/ SC-T3100N/ SC-T5100/ SC-T5100N inkjet printers
These are full-color large format printers (LFP) among the smallest in the world for use in offices, architect studios, schools, and retail shops. LFPs are conventionally used for special applications, but with UI identical to business printers and a simple and clean look that fits any office, we designed printers that make it easy for customers to buy their first LFP. For schools in particular we prioritized safety, reducing the outlet port to ten mm so that children cannot fit their fingers inside. The large touch panel and buzzer let you see the status at a glance, and gives guidance for easy use.
ES-50/ ES-60W scanner
This is an A4-sized sheet-feed scanner. As more companies move away from paper, demand is increasing for mobile scanners that can easily digitalize various documents including photos or receipts both inside and outside the office.
With that in mind, we worked with engineers, improving portability to aim for the lightest weight and smallest size in the class to bring more customers a comfortable experience.
The final product helps prevent operating errors during transport, improves portability for easy use, boasts simple functionality, as well as boasting an attractive design.
EV-100/ EV-105 projectors
These projectors are to be used for lighting or video performances of products or exhibits in shopping centers or museums. To better show off the appeal of the product or exhibit, we focused on a simple design that melts into the surroundings. We removed all holes and wiring from the unit sides, which customers notice, for a clean design. The vents, which any projector requires, were hidden in the design as slits with identical patterns on the unit’s front and rear. The cylindrical design, made to resemble a spotlight, enables you to install it on the ceiling without negatively affecting the atmosphere.
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How to replace head cleaning set Epson SureColor F2000


Proper maintenance of your printer ensures an extended life; much like replacing the oil on your car. Learn how to replace the head cleaning set on your Epson SureColor F2000.

Click here for the SureColor F2000 Maintenance Guide which includes a maintenance schedule.


#1 Selling DTG Printer in the World - Epson SureColor F2100

Epson’s SureColor F2100 Printer - Best Selling DTG Printer on the market (under $50k.)

Many start-ups, t-shirt designers and business owners seeking their first DTG (Direct-to-Garment) printer often ask what the best option would be to meet their needs. If you’re in the market for a DTG solution under $50K the answer is simple. The Epson SureColor F2100 Printer is the best selling t-shirt printer on the market.

The SureColor F2100 was designed in conjunction with Epson engineers and real DTG end users. The resulting printer ensures a proven and tested DTG printer that needs less maintenance and maintains high print speeds.


Epson C831: First GHS Certified Inkjet Label Printer

Attention chemical producers! OSHA’s Hazard Communication Standard outlines a set of specifications that labelers must follow called the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals (GHS). GHS requires a specific label format to “Provide workers quicker and more efficient access to information on the safety data sheet, enhance worker comprehension of hazards, especially for low and limited-literacy workers, reduce confusion in the workplace, facilitate safety training, and result in safer handling and use of chemicals.” As chemicals are shipped across the globe, there is a huge need for standardized systems of labeling and classification.


GHS is a complex system and covers the identification of the chemical(s) and associated physical hazards, health hazards and environmental hazards. The component that rules the standard for labels is BS5609. BS5609 includes criteria for label performance and print performance to ensure that the label is readable and stays attached to the item. The GHS website clarifies: “In very simple terms the BS5609 labelling standard means that if a drum falls off the side of a ship and washes ashore the label must still be stuck to it and the information printed on it must be readable.” As you can imagine, while these standards are very important and beneficial, they can be a challenge to print. 


Thankfully, Epson was up to this challenge and created the first inkjet printer that has been BS5609 certified. 


Some notable features of the C831:
Ideal for large labels including large-format drum and chemical labeling
Industrial-strength inkjet printer with tractor feeder
Fast print speeds of up to 16.5 pages per minute
Printable area up to 8.0 x 22”
Only inkjet solution that has been BS5609 certified
Supports a wide variety of media types and sizes
Just when you thought label printing couldn’t get any more exciting, the Epson C831 is here to provide simplification and efficiency to your label printing while complying with GHS standards. 


Learn more about the C831 here!




Canon's TM Series is Awarded with Construction Executive's Hot Products of 2019


When many people think about the printing industry, they think of signage and photography printing. While they would be correct, there is another industry that has a significant printing need: construction. These printers, also known as plotters, are designed to produce CAD drawings, blueprints, GIS maps, and other vector graphics.

The Construction Executive’s Hot Products list of 2019 includes Canon’s imagePROGRAF TM Series Plotters, highlighting the versatility and speed these machines can offer. The Construction Executive points out that “the new models are designed to provide users quickly and efficiently with everything that they need to produce a variety of applications.” 

The TM series is user-friendly, fast and produces quality prints with Canon’s LUCIA TD water resistant pigment ink. The software for this printer series is updated along with the printer hardware, making them versatile machines fit for many industries. Canon’s press release for the series states that “…the imagePROGRAF TM Series an ideal fit for retail, restaurants, and office settings as well as the traditional architectural, engineering and construction environments.” The TM series is perfect for technical printing but are also geared for more versatile functionality. The press release elaborates on this point:“these new models are designed to provide users of all-types with everything that they need to produce a variety of output. Utilizing LUCIA TD pigment ink, the imagePROGRAF TM Series provides superb print quality and longevity for vibrant displays and outdoor signage, especially when used with Canon’s water resistant media - opening up new markets and applications for these printers.”

Some notable specifications of this series include:

  • 60% quieter than previous imagePROGRAF models for less distractions in the workplace
  • Security features, such as Secure Disk Erase, which conforms to United States Department of Defense standards (DoD5220.00-M), IPSec support, SSL/TLS and 802.1x authentication
  • TM MFP T36 Series provides users with an intuitive 15.6-inch color touchscreen
  • Print up to 144 D size prints per hour
  • Scan to copy/file/share solution available
  • Smaller footprint
  • Included software:
    • PosterArtist Lite
    • PosterArtist (optional)
    • Accounting Manager
    • AutoCAD Optimized Print Driver
    • Easy- PhotoPrint Editor

The TM series has been a hit in the construction industry and is a fantastic tool for blueprint production, signage, posters and more. Congratulations to Canon for making the Construction Executive’s 2019 Hot Products List!

You can find the TM series printers on our website here and you can read the article at Construction Executive here.