Printers are one of the most frustrating pieces of consumer electronics, but it turns out that thirst for expensive ink and sometimes chewing and choking on paper isn’t the biggest challenge when using an Epson printer. what Some users have searchedhardware can be Programmed to stop working for just one dayIf used too often.
The phrase “planned obsolescence” is thrown around a lot with consumer electronics, as a practice where a product is specifically designed and built with a limited lifespan so it can be upgraded or replaced within a few years. should go. Most companies refuse to use this approach, or will cite very specific but questionable reasons why it is necessary, as recently discovered. mark havenauthor and professor at the University of New Haven in Connecticut.
Haven recently took to Twitter To share a frustrating experience with his wife’s “very expensive @EpsonAmerica printer” which, seemingly out of nowhere, displays a warning message that it has “reached the end of its useful life.” Then it stopped working, needed service to bring it back or a complete replacement.
So what was the problem with the printer? a dead engine? A faulty circuit board? No. The error message was related to the porous pad inside the printer that collects and holds excess ink. These wear out over time, creating a potential risk of property damage from ink spills, or even potential damage to the printer. Usually other printer components wear out before these pads, or consumers upgrade to a better model after a few years, but some high volume users may get this error message while the rest of the printer works perfectly fine. and seems usable.
According to fight to repair substackThe auto-lock issue affects the Epson L130, L220, L310, L360 and L365 models, but can also affect other models and is at least five years old. there is already video on youtube Other Epson is showing users to manually replace these ink pads to get their printer working again. company r. provides the usefulness ofwindows only inkpad setting Which will extend the life of the printer for a short time, but it can only be used once, and then the hardware will officially need to be repaired or completely replaced.
A few years ago, Epson launched its EcoTank line of printers, which were specifically designed to address the extremely high cost of replacing ink cartridges for color inkjet printers. The printers used to have large ink stores that could easily be filled with cheap bottles of ink, and although Epson’s EcoTank printers were more expensive, they would be cheaper to last in the long run, especially for those with lots of color. print images. But this assumes that they continue to work for a really long time. Videos of users manually replacing the ink pads on their Epson printers suggest that the company may be redesigning the hardware so that the part is easily serviceable by the user, extending the life of the hardware. But as it stands, the company’s solution contributes to the growing e-waste problem and forces consumers to pay for new hardware long before they actually need it.
We reached out to Epson for comment on this functionality and asked the company which models are particularly affected by this range. We’ve also asked if the service is covered under the printer’s warranty, and if not what the cost might be, and will update this story when we have an answer.
As some readers have pointed out, absorbent ink pads are an inherent and important part of the design and functionality of all inkjet printers, including those made by companies such as HP, Canon, Lexmark and Brother, among others. As anyone who has had an unfortunate encounter with a leaking inkjet cartridge or is trying to refill cartridges with third-party tools, you can attest, you don’t want those things anywhere other than on the printed page. also end.
Mark Haven’s tweet suggests that the problem at hand is that printer manufacturers aren’t properly educating users about the possibility that the expensive printers they buy will have limited life, or require that mandatory service. . The same can be expected from other expensive purchases like a car. The dealer will clearly outline the necessary maintenance you’ll need in the future, but printer manufacturers aren’t forthcoming, at least with models aimed at the average consumer. The first time you hear about this problem it shouldn’t be a monotonous and unexpected error message saying that your printer has “reached the end of its useful life”, especially when most parts of it are completely be working
Epson has already taken steps to reduce the amount of e-waste produced by its printers through the EcoTank line, which allows ink tanks to be refilled instead of buying new inkjet cartridges and disposing of old ones, Each of which consists of actual electronic components. , But it certainly can do more, especially with problems like this. For some models, such as those expected to see higher usage, the company has implemented hardware designs that allow the end user to easily replace ink collection devices via a maintenance kit.
But it’s not a feature you see on consumer-facing models. Instead of betting that printers or other components will become obsolete or fail before ink pads require servicing, companies can be more transparent about potential life limits from the start. Inkjet printers are pretty eager to let you know when ink levels get low, so let’s steer clear of a printer’s potential need for maintenance even if a user doesn’t come close to actually needing it .
As it stands now, there’s no doubt that many users who get an error message like this just replace their printer entirely, when they would undoubtedly be happy to pay for a $15 maintenance kit that Takes them back up and running quickly, keeping more equipment out of recycling facilities or landfills.