We face global environmental problems in which each person is addressed to act responsibly on a local scale. It was natural for Kyocera, a company founded in 1959 with its continuing mission of combining IT development, innovation, and ecology, to be 1992 the first worldwide in developing a cartridge-free system in traditional laser printers. Our ECOSYS technology has a direct and great impact on ecology. ECOSYS technology uses a patented amorphous silicon print drum and other long-life components. As a result, only one consumable – the toner itself is required and there is no expensive cartridge system. However, ECOSYS is more than just mechanics, it is a principle considered from a concept. In developing printers, the three factors that we focus on are:
Highly efficient use of energy, results in less pollution and waste of resources.
Kyocera’s expertise in the ceramics industry was the catalyst for the first amorphous silicon printer drum with a surface that is highly durable. This has been further developed so that printers can be expected to have a very high workload. Tiny ceramic particles embedded in Kyocera’s “Ecotone” toner continually polish and recondition the drum during normal printing. As a result, the drum can last up to 30 times longer than conventional drums.
Conventional printers use an imaging cartridge which contains drum, developer and toner into a single disposable unit. When the toner has depleted, the entire cartridge must be disposed of and replaced with a new unit at a significant cost to the user. In all Kyocera models, the drum is separate from the toner. That is why with Kyocera there is no need to replace everything; only the toner. The result is that Kyocera’s ECOSYS printers create less waste than any other competitive product, while having the lowest comparable cost per print.
Our technology is not only competitively priced, but will cost even less to operate.
Lower running costs
The Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) of Kyocera’s ECOSYS devices is invariably the lowest in their class. TCO includes all costs: direct, such as the purchase price and operating costs per page and indirect, including maintenance, replacement of consumable products such cartridges, use of print media, administration of the machine and the costs of energy to power it. In organizations where a lot of material is printed or copied the cost of consumables can rise dramatically, particularly where relatively expensive cartridges containing the drum, developer and toner has to be disposed and replaced frequently. Kyocera’s ECOSYS technology significantly reduces these costs: cartridge-free printing means no replacement.
Providing the very high productivity and output quality demanded by users worldwide.
Modularity and functionality
A printer is usually selected on the amount or type of work required at the moment of purchase, but what happens when the business grows or tasks change? With Kyocera ECOSYS products a wide range of paper trays and functions can be added along with several document output options. Kyocera ECOSYS printers and copiers will easily handle multi types of media. This means that the initial investment in a long life, reliable document management system remains valid and secure, along with all the advantages that were reasons for the original purchase. Upgrades are also available with several Kyocera devices so that even the engine-speed can be enhanced, maximizing the long term benefit of the investment, especially as the operator’s business grows. Technological progress means that computer environments and networks are advancing all the time: a printer that operates within all recognized networks is vital to ensure that it does not get left behind and becomes redundant.
Honours and Awards
Kyocera’s ECOSYS printers have been recognized around the world for their innovative technology and environmental friendliness. Competitive manufacturers may claim that recycling is the way forward, but the fact is that designing a product which significantly reduces the need to recycle is the real alternative, and that is where Kyocera Mita stands head and shoulders above the competition. ECOSYS is not a bolt-on addition; it is – and always has been developing the technology for a colour ECOSYS device and 2003 saw the launch of the first A4 colour ECOSYS printer – the FS-C5016N.