How can a copier reduce your organisations’ effect on the planet?
Copiers and printers, every organisation has them. Some have one, some have hundreds. They are all vital in helping businesses function, and without them things would be very different. So how can we ensure a copier is as environmentally friendly as possible?
A copier has hundreds of moving parts, and performs several different functions. From scanning and printing, to folding, stapling and scoring. They are versatile machines, and some copiers and printers are certainly more kind to the environment than others.
In terms of hardware, we have a very useful ‘Eco-Calculator’ on our website where it is possible to see how the latest Konica Minolta copiers and printers compare against other manufacturers. By entering your current or expected print volume and electricity unit rate, the calculator makes it easy to view the not only the environmental savings, but also the financial savings too.
It goes without saying, a smaller copier will usually be cheaper to run and kinder to the environment, but not always. With energy consumption one of the major drivers in terms of effects on the environment, the Eco-Calculator is well worth looking at.
It is also worth noting that the Konica Minolta copiers that we deal with, use ‘Simitri HD’ Toner. Simitri HD toner is unique in the copier world as it is made of 9% biomass. Konica Minolta’s constant efforts to reduce their environmental impact has resulted in a toner that results in 33% less CO2 than conventional toner during the manufacturing process. Not only that, the polymerised toner grains are much finer than conventional toner, so less toner is needed during the print/fusion process, which contributes to the reduction in the amount of energy used and related CO2 emission reduction.
Aside from the physical properties of the copier and it’s manufacturing process, one of the most effective ways to reduce the environmental impact of your copiers and printers is to utilise some of the powerful software solutions available. Creating workflow rules to reduce the number the prints your organisation produces is something many of our customers are already doing. Utilising powerful document archival and retrieval software can reduce or in some cases totally eliminate the need to reprint documents which not only has a positive impact on the environment but also a positive impact on your organisations bottom line.
To find out more about the range of Software Solutions Digital Copier Systems can provide, and how they can help your organisation become more planet focussed, click here). To try out our Eco Calculator, click here).