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Samsung unveils greener printers as research shows offices are failing to cut waste
Friday, 11 December 2009 00:00
IT firm Samsung Electronics has launched two new colour printers onto the UK market, which it says will help businesses reduce energy costs and waste – as it unveils new research that shows most UK businesses are not taking enough steps to reduce wasted paper and toner in the office.

The new CLP-620ND and CLP-670ND printers come with a ‘Power Save’ button and ‘Toner Save’ option, both of which Samsung says will help deliver energy and toner efficiency savings without compromising on colour printing performance.

The launch of the new printers comes on the back of new research by Samsung, which shows that in the UK, three quarters of businesses are not taking sufficient steps to minimise wasted office resources. The picture is much worse across Europe, though, where 83 per cent of businesses are not taking measures to reduce wasted paper and toner in the office printer environment.

Despite talk of the ‘paperless office’, research from InfoTrends indicates that 779 billion sheets of paper were used in homes and offices across Western Europe last year alone – enough paper to fill Wembley Stadium five times.

“We have found that over half of all document output costs are associated with purchasing paper and toner,” said Anthony Penton, head of Marketing, Samsung Print Division. “Reducing waste is an ideal way to minimise not only costs, but also a company’s environmental footprint. With workers still dependent on the printed page, simple technologies can help companies reduce print volume in the short-term, and educate users about suitable printing behaviour in the longer-term.”

Samsung says the Power Save button on its newly-launched printers sends the device into sleep mode, immediately halving its power consumption to reduce energy costs. The printers’ Toner Save options allow employees to select draft mode printing for internal documents in order to conserve toner. Automatic duplex printing – or double-sided printing –also makes it simple for users to reduce paper consumption on the two printers.

The company says the new printers, which have a 250-sheet input and output capacity, are suitable for any size company, but are particularly aimed at small to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) because of their money-saving benefits.

“SMEs in today’s market are concerned about reducing costs and minimising the impact they have on the environment, but they don’t want to sacrifice high performance to achieve that,” said Kiran Sanghera, B2B Print Product Marketing manager.

Samsung says it offers a range of other solutions to help companies manage the volume of printed material produced. These include a PIN or swipe card printing solution, which helps make employees accountable for their printed output. The system forces users to enter their PIN or swipe their card at the device before the print job is released, thereby helping to reduce the amount of documents sent to print and then forgotten about.

Other solutions, include IT admin solutions, such as Samsung SyncThru Web Admin Service 5, which allow IT managers to control and report on printing devices.

 

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