Epson printers "service required"
Just had an interesting chat with Epson sales after a contact of mine in the USA pointed out that Epson America are now supplying the reset utilities necessary for resetting printers "waste ink counters" which is the primary reason for the "service required" message you get with Epson inkjets. (ref: Epson America, Inc. - Epson Ink Pads Info)
Turns out the UK are not planning to offer a similar utility but it seems the whole WEEE thing may be shaking things up because I was informed that whilst the original option of "take it to an official Epson service centre" is still on the table they will now accept your printer and replace it for a small fee with a refurbished model.
Now I didn't specify printers so it's hard to say exactly whether this fee would apply equally to all models but the figure mentioned was "say £15" (direct quote).
I thought this nugget might be useful to any techs who are dealing with Epson 1400, 2400, 1800's and the like (as I suspect most Epson inkjets in schools are A3 or wide format).
Oh and I'm in the process of developing a comprehensive knowledge base of how to fit waste ink tanks to all Epson inkjet printers as these printers really are capable of lasting 4 or more years with their piezo electric printheads. More on that later.