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Track the Cost of Print Jobs on Epson P-Series Printers

Updated September 10, 2018: Please note the Epson LFP Accounting Tool only is compatible for PC operating systems and for Epson P-Series printers that are 24” wider and up.


Epson SureColor P-Series printer owners, prepare to rejoice!    There is now a better way to calculate your total print job cost when using Epson paper and Epson inks.   Epson has brought back the popular LFP Accounting Tool for the new SureColor P-Series printer line!

The LFP Accounting tool is an invaluable program that provides the actual cost per print on a given job including Epson paper cost per square feet (or inches) as well as total Epson ink usage and cost.  Not only that, it will also break down how much ink is used per color on each job!  How cool is that?  No more second guessing on what your print job cost will cost or tortured spreadsheets or mathematical equations.  Using the LFP Accounting Tool, you’ll have it figured out without having to pick up that calculator!

How does it work?  Simply go to the Epson.com home page, under Support, find your P-Series printer and (under the Drivers & Downloads section) download the LFP Accounting Tool from Utilities* and save it to your desktop. From there, open the tool and have it locate your Epson P-Series printer.  Once that is done, you are ready to print and price out your jobs.

First, you will want to enter the cost of the paper you are using as well as the inks by volume.  For this example, I am using the following:

  • Epson Printer:  Epson P7000 24” printer
  • Epson Paper:  Epson Premium Luster 24”x100’ @ $96.80/roll
  • Epson Inks:  T824xx 350ml @ $129 each

From the Job Information Screen, select Price Settings which will take you to the Unit Price Settings to enter your data:

Paper cost
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Ink cost
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Next, select the image to print.   Make sure to select the correct media type, and print away!

Pelican Capture
Size: 24”x18” Media Type: Epson Premium Luster Speed: 720/1440dpi, HS

After the print job is finished, click the Refresh Data button to reveal your job information:

Job Screen 2
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You can double-click this line to reveal the detailed information on this job.  This will give you the total cost broken out between the Epson paper and ink usage, including how much ink of each color was used, as well as individual ink costs.

Cost Breakdown 2
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For this print example, the total cost of a 24”x18” using Epson Premium Luster paper is $2.49 ($1.55 for paper + $0.94 for inks)

Hopefully you’ll find this to be a very useful tool that will give you a better idea on how to price out your print jobs and clear up the question of how much ink is being consumed throughout the printing process with your Epson printer.   Of course, the only caveat is that you must run the job in order to know how much it costs.  However, once you’ve tracked a few jobs, you should start to get a good idea of what your ink and price breakdown will be.

For more information about this tool or any other inkjet related questions, please call Imaging Spectrum @ 800-342-9294 or email inkjet@imagingspectrum.com and talk to an inkjet specialist today!

Happy Printing!

*Please note the Epson LFP Accounting Tool only is compatible for PC operating systems and for Epson P-Series printers that are 24” wider and up.

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Matt’s knack for the use of inkjet applications including proofing, promotional goods and signage came from the advertising world, where he managed the print and broadcast accounts for several key corporate accounts. Over 15 years at Imaging Spectrum, his experience has broadened in the print industry and now heads up the inkjet team in providing thorough solutions for printing opportunities across several platforms.

3 Comments

  1. Michelle

    June 16, 2017 - 2:27 pm

    Hello ! I am using the P7000 and running it on a Mac. The accounting tool program is not available for Macs. This seems very wild to me being its 2017. Anyone have any other ideas of how I can track cost until Epson gets it together?

    Thanks much!

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    Matt McComic

    July 29, 2016 - 8:48 am

    Thanks for the reply Jerry and yes, very relevant! I remember you coming in to our showroom and having some great vivid photographs of bluebonnets and Texas landscapes that are now being printed on your Epson P800 printer. We are hearing a lot of positive feedback like this from customers who have upgraded to one of the new Epson P-Series printers! Thank you for sharing.

  3. Jerry Cayce

    July 28, 2016 - 11:59 am

    I purchased an Epson P-800 from you last year. Recently , I changed my first ink cartridges,two, to be exact. Very stingy compared to the Epson 1400 I replaced. I “re-printed” a photo and did a side by side comparison between the 1400 and P-800. The old printer did a very nice job of an old door taken in upper Assissi,circa 1500, but, the P 800 , the wood looked as if you could touch the individual ripples of the wood,dramatic!
    I realize that the blog was about a different system, but, the information is still relevant.

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