Kyocera launched its first ECOSYS printer into the UK market in 1992, the year of the first Earth Summit in Rio. Industry standard in every other way, our ECOSYS printers adopted a radically new engine design that drastically reduced the amount of waste caused by consumable replacements, as well as the energy consumed in their manufacturing and distribution. We are still the only manufacturer to have taken this approach which combines maximum resource efficiency with maximum user economy.
Almost 20 years on, ECOSYS has evolved into a R&D philosophy that underpins every new product, from personal printers to high volume enterprise level multifunctional devices.
Data-driven product innovation
A full lifecycle analysis is conducted for every new product, identifying the hotspots for product environmental impacts and informing ongoing improvements to product design.
At the heart of Ecosys technology is the amorphous silicon (aSi) drum for mid- to high-end systems and the long-life, single-layer PSLP drum for entry level printers and multifunctionals. These are much more durable than the organic photo-conductor (OPC) drums utilised in conventional products, lasting typically 30 times longer. As a result, it is unnecessary to replace it every time the toner runs out and this innovation allows other items which would normally be part of the consumable cartridge to be permanently sited in the machine, too. As a result, the consumable is simplified as shown by the following images:
Conventional toner cartridge
Contains over 60 components made out of various types of metal, plastic and foam
Kyocera toner cassette
Contains 5 pieces made out of 2 types of plastic, ID coded for easy recycling
The long-life drum was the innovation that launched Ecosys, but further enhancements to product design have taken place to ensure all impacts are minimised, for example:
- Smaller toner particles that require less energy for fusing
- Faster warm up time reduces energy consumption and encourages use of sleep mode
- Production of ozone as a by-product of printing is reduced to negligible levels