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Energy saving press for Carbon Tax era

Wednesday, 14 March 2012
By Print 21 Online Article

With an estimated energy saving of around 30 per cent against comparable devices, Canon Océ’s freshly launched range of VarioPrint DP black and white presses will be a welcome addition to a marketplace that is bracing itself for the government’s Carbon Tax to hit in July this year.

The VarioPrint DP range of small to mid-range monochrome toner-based presses, which were launched into the Australian market this month, make use of a newly-developed self-imaging drum and a paper heat transfer system to minimise the energy consumption of the machines.

According to Océ Australia’s marketing manager, Damian Schaller, with an energy saving of up to 30 per cent, the units will be well placed in the market for the introduction of the Carbon Tax, when the industry will be looking at ways to minimise the added expense of electricity.

“No matter who you compare us to, you can save up to 30 per cent of the energy consumption,” said Schaller at the VarioPrint line’s launch in Sydney this week. “We know energy costs will increase in all states by around 30 per cent, and this is the greenest black and white production device ever.”

The energy-saving properties of the VarioPrint DP line are made possible by the Océ DirectPress drum, which uses of 7,500 conducting tracks on its surface to create a 600 by 2400 dpi image without the strong electrical charge and heat usually needed for toner-based systems.

The result is a system that not only requires less heating and power, but also creates no ozone – a common feature in many toner-based systems. Schaller says this helps create a cleaner and healthier working environment for press operators.

“There’s no ozone for your users. Ozone creates redness of the eyes and can create a sick-building syndrome,” he said. “Because DirectPress has no electrical charge involved, it does not create ozone.”

Additionally, the self-imaging drum allows for excess toner to be magnetically ‘scraped’ from the surface to be re-used. “No waste toner, no electrical charge, no ozone product,” said Schaller.

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