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NZ awaits world's first erasable printer/copier...

25 Feb 2014

A new multi-functional printer (MFP) that for the first time allows users to print and erase documents then re-use the paper will make its debut in New Zealand next month.

Developed by Toshiba, the world first Eco-technology can reduce paper usage by up to 80 percent in a bid to reduce company costs and carbon footprints.

According to Toshiba, the Eco MFP slashes carbon dioxide emissions associated with standard machines by 50 percent.

The Toshiba system comprises two machines: the e-STUDIO306LP multifunction copier that uses a special erasable toner and the RD30 erasing device that uses heat to erase what has been printed, allowing paper to be used up to five times.

Before applying the heat, it can scan the output to file via network or USB drive for archiving so that its data is not lost while it can also erase 30 sheets per minute, befogging sorting through and eliminating any damaged paper from being reused.

"The “erasable” printing is as distinctive as the MFP itself," says Jim Nolan, Auckland Regional Manager, 
Toshiba Australia.

"Its blue colour notifies users that its output is erasable and the paper reusable. So they know that they’re not only saving money by using less paper for the same document volume, but also protecting the environment.

"In essence, the new technology bridges the gap between reducing and recycling paper."

Cost is expected to be around AU$7, 000 and according to Nolan, a number of organisations have already bought it sight unseen.