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Mono printing has never been this green

PrintIT Reseller caught up with Jeremy Spencer, Toshiba Tec’s Marketing Director, to find out more about the company’s new eco-conscious MFP which prints regular black prints as well as erasable blue prints, within one device

Toshiba have set a new industry benchmark
Toshiba have set a new industry benchmark

In 2013, Toshiba set a new industry benchmark in sustainable printing when it launched the e-STUDIO306LP and RD30 which incorporates its unique erasable toner technology. It has now taken this concept one step further by introducing a new hybrid MFP which combines conventional printing with erasable printing, enabling paper to be reused over and over again.

Driven by Toshiba’s e-BRIDGE controller, the e-STUDIO3508LP, e-STUDIO4508LP, and eSTUDIO5008LP are the world’s first monochrome MFPs with erasable print function, providing an innovative solution for companies that want to be ecological, economical and efficient. They work like any other mono device to print in black and users can also choose from a variety of paper handling and finishing options.

Jeremy Spencer, Marketing Director
Jeremy Spencer, Marketing Director

“The e-STUDIO5008LP series behaves exactly like our current mid-range mono MFPs,” Spencer explained, adding: “But it also features the erasable technology unit. What this means is that users can print in both black and erasable blue, and the MFP itself is capable of erasing the toner. You simply place the used paper (A4 and A3) into the designated paper cassette and start the process. The blue toner will be erased and you can then reuse the paper multiple times providing financial and environmental benefits.”

Erasing unit
As an alternative, users can use the optional e-STUDIO RD301 erasing unit, which Spencer says comes with advanced features and is ideal for high volumes. “Not only does it erase at a speed of up to 30 pages per minute, it also sorts the paper into reusable and non-reusable paper. Additionally, it also allows you to scan and digitise documents for archiving into electronic DMS before erasing the toner,” he said.

The optional e-STUDIO RD301 paper reusing device fully integrates into digital workflows and can archive, erase and sort up to 100 sheets in one go. One of the biggest developments with this iteration is that in addition to erasing paper, the device is also capable of scanning documents for archiving and document retrieval. Equipped with a single pass duplex scanner, the system ensures fast conversion into JPEG, TIFF or PDF format. These files can then be stored on a company’s server or passed into a document management workflow.

Once the document has been digitised, the content of the sheet is erased using heat which turns the toner from blue to transparent, erasing everything that was printed. The erased sheet is sorted into reusable and non-reusable paper and placed in the respective output cassette. This entire process – archiving, erasing, sorting – is done automatically within just a few seconds.

Why erase?
One of the USPs of the e-STUDIO5008LP series is the use of temporary documents. “We conducted some research that revealed 45 per cent of all printed documents end up in the bin on the day of creation,” Spencer said.

Some key findings of a Keypoint Intelligence/Infotrends study include the fact that 50.9 per cent of users prefer to edit on paper, 28 per cent of users print for temporary reference, 12.3 per cent print to then scan to email/workflow/cloud and only 25.3 per cent of users print for permanent record/reference.

“Our hybrid system enables users to select the erasable blue toner, so that when documents which are only intended for temporary use, for example to proof-read a document, meeting agendas, or as a reminder to do something, are finished with, whatever was printed can be erased and the sheet reused,” he added.

Rule-based printing can be activated in the printer driver. This allows users to define multiple rules for the printer driver to then automatically select the blue toner e.g. for all emails and faxes, documents typically intended for temporary use.

Keypoint Intelligence/Infotrends research findings point to end-user demand for green solutions – 20 per cent of UK SMBs see going green as a priority over the next three years.

Toshiba Tec strives to be one of the world’s leading eco-conscious companies based on its Three Greens philosophy: Greening of Products, Greening of Process, and Green Management. Complying with rigorous verification standards is demonstration of its commitment to sustainable business improvement. BSI (British Standards Institution), has verified that the new e-STUDIO5008LP series and

Key features
Speeds of up to 50 pages per minute (ppm) and up to 35 ppm in erasable blue ensures the Hybrid MFP can handle even large jobs effortlessly

A customisable, tablet-like user interface, gives easy access to the print, scan, copy, fax and erase functions

Outstanding image quality on both black and erasable blue toner

The optional Dual Scan Document Feeder can hold up to 300 sheets while processing documents at speeds of up to 240 images per minute

Industry leading data security thanks to features such as the self-encrypting Toshiba Secure HDD and further optional security functions for IEEE2600.2 compliance

Multi Station Print allows users to send print jobs from a computer and retrieve them at any convenient MFP by authenticating at that device

Cloud printing ensures access to your documents, from anywhere. Embedded apps enable users to send documents directly to, or print them from Microsoft OneDrive, Google Drive and Dropbox

Mobile printing provides flexibility to print directly from a mobile device via AirPrint, Google Cloud Print, Mopria Print Service or Toshiba e-BRIDGE Print & Capture app. An optional module which activates the Wi-Fi as well as the Bluetooth feature, enables mobile devices to be connected directly with the MFP

e-BRIDGE technology makes it easy to integrate the system into existing IT infrastructure and helps administrators to work more efficiently. The open platform architecture also enables the creation of customised workflows, which simplifies complex scanning, archiving and other document management tasks

the paper reusing device e-STUDIO RD301 meet the stringent requirements of the Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) standards ISO 14040 and ISO 14044.

From an environmental perspective – one of the biggest advantages of its erasable technology is a significant reduction on environmental impact. Both paper usage and the CO2 emissions from paper production can be reduced by erasing prints and reusing the paper. BSI’s verification process reviewed the LCA calculation method of these new MFPs for a five year period and compared it with that of Toshiba Tec’s regular MFPs. From this calculation method, printing the paper in erasable blue five times and erasing them to reuse will reduce the CO2 emission by 57 per cent compared to that of five black prints.

Reducing paper usage saves natural resources, reduces carbon footprint and can also save money
Reducing paper usage saves natural resources, reduces carbon footprint and can also save money

Reducing paper consumption
Spencer argues that this new system delivers a positive financial as well as environmental impact. “There is a small cost premium on the price of the engine, but that’s easily outweighed by the resultant cost savings on paper,” he said.

Reducing paper usage saves natural resources, reduces carbon footprint and can also save money. With this hybrid system, a single sheet of paper can be reused five times. “Assuming that you use a sheet of paper five times (i.e. print once and reuse it four times) and you print 4,000 erasable pages per month, you can reduce paper consumption by up to 80 per cent,” he explained. “This means that after five years you will have saved almost 200,000 sheets of paper. In other words – the same amount of paper which you would usually use in one year, will now last five years.”

The savings will soon stack up especially when you factor in price increases in paper costs over the last 12 months, typical web pricing puts a box of office paper at around £11-£15 and there are also savings to be had from the cost of storage, distribution and disposal.

“It’s also easy to track how much you have already saved – the e-BRIDGE Paper Reuse Report generates reports that calculates paper reduction, the average usage of paper, etc. to show your environmental contribution at a glance,” Spencer added.

In conclusion, Spencer muted that Toshiba is looking to further develop this technology, suggesting that we can expect further new product innovations to be introduced early 2018.

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