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November 13, 2012

New Copier Returns Printed Paper to Pure White in Seconds

By Cheryl Kaften
TMCnet Contributor

Now you see it; now you don’t. According to a story on ABC News, Tokyo-based Toshiba (News - Alert) TEC Corporation, a division of Toshiba, is set to sell an eco-friendly copy machine that enables users to erase printed documents and reuse them as blank sheets of paper—reducing their carbon footprint in the process. Each sheet can be “wiped” clean up to five times.

The Loops copier system does its disappearing act using a special toner with erasable ink, as well as an extra device that applies heat to wipe the paper clean.

And it wastes no time, either. The system, unveiled Monday, can erase up to 30 sheets per minute. Once the documents are clear of type, the machine sorts through all the printouts and eliminates damaged paper from the system. A company spokesperson claimed that by using the new system, an organization can reduce the amount of paper used by 80 percent, compared to standard copiers.

Loops is part of a larger push by Toshiba Tec to produce green, energy efficient products. The copier system, alone, slashes carbon dioxide emissions of standard machines by nearly 60 percent, according to the company.

Company President and CEO, Norio Sasaki, commented, "One of our core commitments is the Toshiba Group Environmental Vision 2050, with an aggressive goal of raising the eco-efficiency of our products and business processes 10 times by 2050 as we endeavor to address one of today's most pressing problems, global warming. We are proactively implementing environmental initiatives throughout our business activities. More specifically, we are helping to mitigate the impact of global warming by promoting state-of-art environmental technologies, such as carbon capture and storage (CCS) systems, solar photovoltaic systems for solar power generation, a new generation of innovative rechargeable batteries for industrial and automotive applications and new eco-friendly LED lighting systems.”

Loops is scheduled to go on sale in Japan next February and comes with a hefty price tag (News - Alert): 1.41 million yen, or more than $17,000. Toshiba Tec plans to sell the green system abroad under a different name starting in May.

Edited by Rachel Ramsey

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