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In addition to reducing impact with compact and lightweight products, we approached these products from the design stage with consideration for resource-saving and easy recycling after a product is no longer used. Specifically, we defined a "recyclable rate*1" as an index for evaluating the recyclability calculated from product design drawings, and set 75% or higher as our target value.

The following are examples of our primary efforts with completed products, including printers, scanners, and computers.

  • We use ISO11469 and ISO1043 material identification codes on plastic parts weighing 25g or more (example: >HI-PS<).
  • We provide "disassembly marks" that indicate locations for inserting tools when disassembling a unit.
  • We avoid using adhesive to bond joints of dissimilar material. (For example, we avoid inserting metal parts in plastic housings, or gluing polystyrene foam cushioning material to cardboard boxes.)
  • We use embossed labels (e.g., molded caution labels in place of conventional stickers).
  • We avoid the use of laminates for manuals.

Epson aims to continue to reduce environmental impacts across the lifecycles of its products. As part of this, we take into account how our products will be discarded at the end of their useful lives when we design and build them.

*1 Recyclable rate: Recyclable parts and materials as a percentage of the total weight of a product, not including material used in blast-furnace reduction and as a combustion aid (thermal recycling).

Powerful Features for Productive Meetings

BrihtLink Pro 1410Wi/EB-1410Wi
BrihtLink Pro 1410Wi/EB-1410Wi

BrightLink Pro 1410Wi/EB-1410Wi is an interactive projector that increases meeting productivity and maximizes presentation effectiveness while reducing your environmental footprint.

Use as a copyboard

  • The all-in-one interactive projector with copyboard, electronic blackboard, and other common whiteboard functions saves both resources and installation space.
  • Directly annotate up to 50 sheets' worth of projected data and images, no PC required. Increase meeting productivity and minimize printouts by saving data or by emailing it directly from the projector.

Projectors provide new ways to communicate in the classroomSpeedy Information Sharing


Used together with a video conference system

Connect your existing videoconferencing system to the projector, and use the projector's multi-location interactive function*1 and split-screen function to display your videoconference on one side of the screen and your presentation on the other, to achieve virtual face-to-face collaboration. This interactive projector can reduce the need for travel and reduce your environmental footprint.

*1The multi-location interactive function requires EasyMP Network Projection.

Multi-location interactive functionMulti-location interactive function

Split screen functionSplit screen function


Projectors featuring brightness and mobility

The EB-1776W is an ultraportable mobile projector that delivers 3000 lumens of brightness, for a crisp and brilliant picture even in well-lit rooms. The projector weighs a mere 1.7 kg and is just 44 mm tall. It is 28% smaller that Epson's EB-1735W, released in 2008.

Slim and light enough to slip into a carrying case along with a PC and a few documents, this easily portable yet powerful projector can help you maximize the effectiveness of your digital presentations.

Projectors Featuring Brightness and Mobility

Projectors Featuring Brightness and Mobility

Digital label press that reduces waste material during printing processes

SurePress L-4033A
SurePress L-4033A

Epson developed the SurePress L-4033A digital inkjet label press for the label printing industry, which had been searching for a way to reduce the amount of waste material that is produced during printing processes. The SurePress L-4033A dramatically reduces waste while providing outstanding throughput.

  • Reduces ink and stock paper use Output is stable because there are no plates to misalign as is common in analog printing processes. Thus there is no need for test printing. This keeps wasted ink and stock paper to a minimum and reduces cost.
  • Does not require pre-coating*
    Since the pre-press processes (e.g., processes involving plates and print preparation) that are required for analog printing processes are no longer necessary, the time from manuscript production to delivery is reduced, and reproduction film, plates, and chemicals are also no longer required.
  • Eliminates reproduction film, plates, and chemicals
    Since the pre-press processes (such as plate processes and print preparation processes) that are required for analog printing processes are no longer necessary, the time from manuscript production to delivery is reduced and reproduction film, plates, and chemicals are also no longer required.

* Coating layer on the surface of stock paper to ensure that the ink is fixed

Comparison of workflow between conventional analog printing and SurePress digital printing

Comparison of Workflow


Eco-efficient garment printer that safely delivers vivid, wonderfully detailed prints

SureColor SC-F2000
SureColor SC-F2000

The SureColor SC-F2000 can print on t-shirts, polo shirts, tote bags, and other cotton or cotton-blend fabrics. This direct-to-garment printer leverage Epson's advanced inkjet technology to produce original articles of clothing inexpensively, in short runs with a fast turnaround. Inkjet systems shorten the garment printing workflow and save resources, thus shrinking users' environmental footprint.


Comparison of Workflow

Comparison of Workflow


Efficient digital photo printing

SureLab SL-D3000
SureLab SL-D3000

The SureLab SL-D3000, a digital minilab aimed at photo shops and studios, is easier to maintain than traditional development methods. This advantage offers lower maintenance costs while also helping to mitigate resource consumption and reduce the environmental impact of the printing process.

Digital Minilab Advantages

Digital Minilab Advantages


Workflow improvements with remote proofing

Epson Stylus Pro 4900
Epson Stylus Pro 4900

An advanced new option for the Epson Stylus® Pro 4900, SpectroProofer® facilitates professional color management workflows by performing color calibration automatically. When driven by the latest front-end RIP software, the SpectroProofer can provide proofing at remote locations. Therefore, there is no need for operators to have technical knowledge, so speed, accuracy and economy are significantly better than with manual workflows.


Comparison of Workflow

Comparison of Workflow

Compact engine enables smaller and lighter printers and better transport efficiency

Expression Premium XP-610
Expression Premium XP-610

Released in 2013, the Expression Premium XP-610 was engineered to be as compact as possible so that they fit in even the most space-constrained home. Epson engineers shrunk the printer mechanisms and gave the new print head and ink cartridges a slimmer profile. As a result, these compact inkjets are significantly smaller in every dimension than the Artisan 730(2011). The smaller products use fewer materials, have smaller retail boxes, and are thus more efficient to ship.

Providing Environmental Value with Compact Printers

Providing Environmental Value with Compact Printers

Improving transport efficiency with smaller products and packaging

Providing Environmental Value with Compact Printers


Fully-integrated, feature-rich compact teller device

TM-S9000MJ
TM-S9000MJ

Paper checks are an integral part of life in the U.S. and some other locales. In the past, banks would physically mail checks to one another for processing, but legal changes and technological advances have made electronic check processing standard.
With the TM-S9000MJ, Epson supports electronic check processing, which not only lightens the work load on banks but also reduces the environmental impact by eliminating the need for physical transport.
The TM-S9000MJ combines check scanning, endorsement and receipt printing functions in a single device. In addition to having a small footprint that saves space at the teller counter, this all-in-one device is fast and easy to use. By maximizing work efficiency and eliminating the need for several separate devices, the TM-S9000MJ helps save energy and resources.

TM-S9000MJ

TM-S9000MJ


Unpainted housing parts* for inkjet printers

Unpainted housing* (Piano black glossy molding)
Appearance of glossy molding

Epson has developed glossy and textured molding technologies for use on its printer products. These technologies, which eliminate the need for paint on plastic housing,* were made possible through the careful selection of plastic materials and the establishment of molding techniques. They give our printers a high-end feel and at the same time reduce the environmental impact.

*Excluding labels for buttons and switches

Resource-saving

  • Paint is not required.
  • Non-painted plastic housings enable a higher grade of recyclable material.

Energy saving

  • Painting processes are not required.

Advantages of paint-free plastic

  • Lower VOC emissions in the painting process
  • Eliminates need for paint handling

Examples of glossy textured molding

Examples of glossy textured molding

Examples of glossy textured molding


Total annual paint use, Global warming impact of painting
Reduction rates are based on fiscal 2006 benchmark (100%).
Applicable products: Inkjet printers (including A2+ units from 2009 onward) and scanners

*Except for operation panel markings and design detail

Reduced volume of user manuals

In Europe, we publish manuals in 30 languages. With 50 pages for each language, the entire text of manuals we create is 1,500 pages, resulting in a huge volume of paper that must be reduced as much as possible. Therefore, we made the following improvements to user manuals for inkjet multifunction printers, to improve usability while also decreasing the volume of paper used by approximately 25%.

<Points of improvement>

  • Reduced paper size: A4 to A5
  • Short and concise content: removal of redundant information and detailed check of required information
  • Innovative layouts
  • Changed from text format to illustrated format
  • Multilanguage compilation

Reduced volume of user manuals

Reducing use of paper resources

Biomass plastic using

Biomass plastic*1 was used in a cleaning rod provided with the Aculaser C9300N, a color page printer that Epson released in 2010. From material extraction to disposal, biomass plastics generate approximately 20% fewer carbon emissions than petroleum-based plastics.*2

Part that used biomass plastic

Aculaser C9300N
Aculaser C9300N

biomass plastic

biomass plastic


*1 Japan BioPlastics Association-certified plastics made from biomass (renewable biological material derived from living organisms).

*2 Calculated by a life cycle assessment (LCA)

Dot matrix printer size and weight reduction

Being compact and lightweight are important considerations for printers, whether it be from an environmental impact perspective or in terms of freedom of installation location for the customer. The LQ-690's platen unit is no less than 65% lighter than its predecessor, the LQ-680's it, since we changed from a cylindrical to a flat platen and revised the materials used in its manufacture. We also reduced metal frame area by shifting the mounting substrate from the bottom to the rear of the printer. The LQ-690 is 24% lighter and 16% smaller than the LQ-680. In particular, a 9% height reduction offers the customer more freedom when it comes to installation location.

LQ-690, Section of Platen unit

Paper saving functions for receipt printer

The TM-T88V thermal receipt printer, released in 2010, boasts newly adopted features for reducing paper consumption. Top and bottom margins, line spacing and barcode heights can be adjusted via the host computer in advance, thereby enabling receipt paper consumption to be reduced by roughly 30%. This lowers costs for the customer and reduces burden on the environment.

TM-T88V, Paper saving functions

Smaller tuning-fork crystal unit

Electronics manufacturers demand ever smaller electronic devices for a growing list of mobile products such as cell phones and portable media players. At Epson, efforts aimed at improving and miniaturizing tuning-fork crystal units have resulted in dramatic size reductions: Today's tuning-fork crystal units are a mere 1/180th of the cubic size they were approximately twenty years ago.

The FC-12D, achieved using QMEMS* and high-precision packaging technologies, is ultra-compact. Measuring 2.0 x 1.2 x 0.35 mm (max.), it has about half the footprint of its predecessor and a lower mounting height yet provides roughly the same performance. This new product contributes to further enhancement of mobile products by offering higher-density integration, improved design flexibility, a smaller size, and more advanced functionality.

* QMEMS: QMEMS is a combination of "Quartz," a crystalline material with excellent characteristics such as high stability and high precision, and "MEMS" (micro electro mechanical system). QMEMS quartz devices are created using quartz material instead of the semiconductors used by MEMS. We perform precision micro fabrication on the quartz material to offer high performance in a compact package.
"QMEMS" is a registered trademark of Seiko Epson Corporation.

Smaller tuning-fork crystal units

Tuning Fork Crystal Products

Environmentally conscious products best practices

Better Products for a Better Future

At Epson, we know that planning for the future requires a strong commitment to the environment. That is why we strive to create innovative products that are reliable, recyclable, and energy efficient.
Better products that use fewer resources help ensure a better future for us all.

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