Feature in FY2012:
Our pursuit of "Society/Environment-friendliness" crystallized into Smart MFPs
Environmental Technologies in Smart MFPs
Smart MFPs adopt the ECOSYS concept, which aims to reduce environmental impact and minimize running costs through the employment of long-life technologies and a reduction in the number of disposable components. Added to these base features include an energy-saving design that enables a reduction in the amount of power consumption during operation and standby, a reduced amount of raw materials used in each product, and the low-emission design of restraining the release of organic substances such as ozone and benzene. Thus, the Smart MFP series is equipped with a wide variety of environment-conscious features.
Standby power consumption below 1 watt
Generally, electric office equipment consumes electricity at all times even during standby. The challenge to reduce this standby power is an important theme in the development of environmental technologies today.
Conventional printers and multifunction systems keep supplying electricity to all internal systems even during standby, but Smart MFPs employ an interlock mechanism that supplies electricity to only systems that must be operated, and to other systems to activate them only when it receives a job signal, enabling a reduction in standby power consumption. Through Smart MFPs, we have achieved the best power-saving performance in the industry; standby power consumption is only 1 watt or less.
Reduction in power consumption during operation
Smart MFPs are equipped with white LEDs as a light source for the scanner (to be used at the time of copying or facsimile transmission). This newly developed scanner contributes to the reduction in power consumption to about one fifth of that of conventional systems, while its long-life LED lighting is also attractive.
In addition, an IH system with excellent thermal efficiency is employed to ensure that the toner is fixed well to the paper. The enhanced efficiency in heat exchange, when compared to that with the conventional halogen heating system, also contributes to the reduction in power consumption.