Bonus Pastor Catholic College makes the switch and saves

The iconic London college switches from laser to business inkjet printers and cuts almost three quarters of their costs


  • 70% operating cost savings 
  • 75% maintenance cost savings
  • Switch to business inkjet from laser
  • 7 x Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5190 DTW installed
  • 8 x Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 DWTF installed
  • All printers equipped with Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology

Bonus Pastor Tony Wheeler


Bonus Pastor Catholic College is a ‘modern and visionary’ college that has high prospects not just for the students but from everyone within its academic community. The institution is a specialist college in maths and computing.

A solid administrative support system was fundamental. Tony Wheeler, Director of Data and ICT, was tasked with ensuring the department was running smoothly and cost efficiently.  One of the areas pushing the budget was their business machines. The college had a mixed fleet of A4 and A3 laser printers, both colour and monochromatic. Costs of the laser printers were running high and consequently Bonus Pastor looked to Contrac, a certified Epson reseller, to provide a solution. 

It pays to make the switch

Contrac knew that Epson’s business inkjet printers would provide the solution to the problem posed to them. Aesthetically, the Epson Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) printers that Contrac proposed were appealing to Tony Wheeler, but furthermore, it was their exceptional performance and low ownership costs that secured their placement at Bonus Pastor.

Contrac replaced all of the Dell, Oki, and Xerox printers with Epson RIPS machines. There were seven Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R5190 DTW installed and eight Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 DWTF. This managed suite of RIPS printers replaced the high volume printers and have the advantage of giving colour printing to those administrative departments that originally only had mono.

Both the WorkForce Pro WF-R5190 DTW and the WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 DWTF can yield up to 75,000 pages before the first ink replacement and use up to 80 percent less power than the competitive colour laser printers they replaced. The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 DWTF also maintains this low energy consumption and still offers the added benefits of scanning, copying and faxing. This fosters an ecological and energy efficient workspace, which allows a sustainable solution for Bonus Pastor for years to come.

Contrac was able to arrange a rental agreement for Bonus Pastor over the course of 3 years that yield an incredible amount of mono prints and colour prints throughout the duration of the lease. With the installation of these printers, Contrac was able to reduce Bonus Pastor’s spend per annum by an incredible 70%.

WorkForce Pro WF-R5190

Low maintenance; high performance  

Additionally, the costs for these printers over the course of one year will be approximately one third of what the college was paying previously for consumables. 

The printers were also equipped with the Epson Device Admin software which allows the college to see at a glance, the status of all the printers, which makes it very easy to see which printers need to have ink replaced. 

A future of versatility and productivity

The college has been very impressed with the printers as well as the excellent print quality. Tony Wheeler says that the entire fleet has proved to be ‘robust and reliable’. The additional features they have brought to some offices, such as scanning and copying, have made for efficient and productive work areas. 

Switching from laser to business inkjet printers minimised their impact on the environment as well as their budget. Epson WorkForce Pro RIPS printers are the ultimate administrative machines, now Bonus Pastor can now comfortably rely on the connectivity and flexibility of their new fleet. 

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