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Environment considerations: sustainability
Businesses today should take a look at how their office equipment impacts the environment. This relates to waste, recyclability, energy consumption and printer emissions and it takes into account the hardware (or machine itself) as well as all consumable products. Why is it important? Ignoring environmental implications of using office equipment may lead to unnecessary waste and high energy consumption.
The first thing that springs to mind when thinking of waste is the ink cartridges or residual toner disposal. This is usually your prime consideration. But, what about prints that cannot be used due to poor quality, printed at the wrong location, or simply because the prints are not correct? Waste can also occur as a result of trimming when the wrong media size was loaded.
- Amount of waste generated: how much waste are empty ink cartridges or toner bottles generating?
Check to see what the capacity of an ink cartridge or toner bottle is to estimate how often these need to be replaced.
- Poor-quality prints: how much waste is being generated as a result of misprints. How often do you need to throw away prints due to insufficient quality or simply because the outcome is not what you wanted the printer to do?
- Waste as a result of trimming: how much paper do you throw away as a result of trimming?
Check to see if the printer can hold different media sizes to avoid unnecessary trimming.
When selecting a large format printer recycling plays an obvious role in the area of ink cartridges collection and residual toner disposal. However, the printer itself can also be recycled.
- Printer recyclability: does the manufacturer maintain a cradle-to-cradle philosophy so that old printers can be refurbished, reused or remanufactured?
Consider if the printer manufacturer has a remanufacturing program in place.
III. Energy consumption In the technical specifications you can find the energy consumption of large format printers when actually printing. However to get a complete picture of the energy that a printer consumes, it is good to consider how the machine is used on a typical day.
- Energy consumption: what is the actual energy that a printer consumes?
To get a better idea of the energy consumption of your large format printer, estimate how long the printer will likely go into sleep mode, how often will it be used per day and what type of printing it is doing.
- Cooling: Does the room in which the large format printer is placed need to be cooled? In many cases the heat dispersed by the printer needs to be compensated by energy guzzling air conditioning, meaning your energy bill is higher.
When shopping for a large format printer, consider the printer’s waste, recyclability and energy consumption, so you know ahead of time what to expect and what you can do to better serve the environment.