THE EPSON CHIP SYSTEM
FACT(1) The chip does not measure actual
ink level(s) inside the cartridge
FACT(2) The chip simply sits on the cartridge -When
installed it is connected to circuitry inside the
printer - the printer will not function without a
chip connected or when a chip reads "empty"
FACT(3) Epson printers will function properly with
non Epson (compatible) chips and cartridges.
HOW DOES THE
EPSON Chip System "WORK"?
When a new cartridge is installed the chip
registers "full" and therefore the Ink Level Monitor shows "full". During
printing (or indeed cleaning cycles) the droplets of ink fired through the
printhead are being counted - once the total number for the cartridge is
reached the chip is "switched off" At that stage the printer can not be
used to print and in normal circumstances an end user would instal a new
The earliest solution to appear
in the UK was the JetTec ILRS system for the Photo
780 / 790 / 870 / 890 / 915. This product was also
developed for the 680 / 777 - 1270 / 1280 / 1290
/ Photo 900 & 2000p ranges.
- REFILL SYSTEMS
A number of new systems which
allow users to reprogramme / reset the chips and
refill cartridges with ink have appeared. The first
"Universal" model with unlimited resets
was the JY168. This was improved to the present
model available the 7 Pin has the best chip reset
indication & recognition.
The 7 Pin Universal Chip Resetter has been incorporated
with inks to make up extra value refill ink kits
for popular Epson printers: