Friday, December 17, 2010

No. 215: Erase printed letters and illustrations to reuse paper (December 18, 2010)

Toshiba Tec Corp. is scheduled to introduce a digital multifunction machine – a digital machine for copying, printing, scanning, and faxing – that can erase printed letter and illustrations instantly late 2011. The company developed this machine and its special toner that uses the erasable ink developed by Pilot Corp. This machine allows for the reuse of office paper to reduce office expense. In addition, carbon dioxide emissions in the production process of recycled paper can be reduced. The printing speed is expected to be 20-30 sheets per minute, and the machine will be priced at 20-30% higher than the conventional multifunctional machine on the market. It adopts the toner that utilizes color materials based on Pilot’s erasable ink technology. The print will be erased if the printed paper is heated at a certain temperature by a special eraser. The newly-developed machine makes it possible to reuse the printed paper for at least five times. About 60% of carbon dioxide emissions can be reduced should paper be reused for four times. Toshiba Tec expects great demand from government agencies and public offices as well as from private companies that emphasize the environment-conscious procurement approach.

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