Products:Resource Conservation / Recycling
–Reduction (in size and weight, etc.)–

Weight reduced by 65% and footprint by 37%

  • JAPANJapan/Ricoh Co., Ltd.

The multifunctional full-color digital copiers in the RICOH MP C6003/C5503/C4503/C3503/C3003 series (launched June 2013) are more than 65% lighter than previous models in their class. The series features thinner resin and metal plates, as well as a new, lightweight frame equipped with reinforced surfaces and corners for cabinet solidity.
After repeated simulations to test strength and shock resistance, we successfully lowered body weight from 209 kg to 102 kg. And by redesigning the paper-feed, we were able to integrate a side cabinet with the main unit, resulting in a 37% reduction of the footprint.
Overall, by making it lighter and more compact — and by using recycled and biomass plastic — we have created a product that uses resources more efficiently to place less of a impact on the environment.

image:Size comparison between the new and previous models

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Industry’s First “Internal Staple-less Finisher” Marketed*

  • JapanJapan / Ricoh Co., Ltd.
image:Double-stapling is difficult to pull apart. An image in the stapling location would have an impact on the hold of the stapling, so machines also feature a mask function that does not allow images to be printed in the stapling location. Double-stapling is difficult to pull apart. An image in the stapling location would have an impact on the hold of the stapling, so machines also feature a mask function that does not allow images to be printed in the stapling location.

When shredding or otherwise disposing of documents bound together by staples or clips, time must be taken to remove the staples/clips first. Ricoh has stolen the march on the rest of the industry by developing an “internal staple-less finisher” that utilizes a crimp-style double staple without conventional metal staples. This finisher is marketed as the “Internal Finisher SR3130” and offered as an option for the RICOH MP C2503 Series launched in December 2013.

This staple-free stapling binds documents (up to five standard papers) together with pressure instead of metal staples, reducing the time and effort needed to sort documents for disposal. The resources required to manufacture metal staples are thus conserved, making this an eco-friendly approach, and staple-free stapling is seen as enhancing safety at production sites for food products or precision instruments concerned about foreign objects in products, as well as at childcare facilities eager to prevent accidents such as children accidently swallowing small objects.

The internal staple-less finisher is not only eco-friendly but also safe and easy to use, and providing this function on a greater range of machines will help conserve even more resources.

  • *As of December 2013 (RICOH data)

Process of paper crimping

image:Process of paper crimping

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