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Toshiba Intros Printer That Erases Paper Documents

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This multi-function printing system can use the same piece of paper five times, erasing the toner each time.

On Wednesday Toshiba revealed the world's first eco-friendly multi-function printer system that can actually erase images and text from a document. That's right: it can un-print a printed letter, possibly saving jobs, marriages, and ultimately money in the long run.

According to Toshiba, this printer system includes the e-STUDIO 306LP MFP and the e-STUDIO RD30. The document is printed on the e-STUDIO 360LP using a special erasable toner, and then to "erase" the text or image, the document is passed through the RD30 which removes the toner color using high-levels of heat. The RD30 even scans the document before it's wiped clean.

"The key features of the RD30 are its ability to sort paper into reusable and un-reusable sheets at the same time as removing the toner color, and to digitize the documents prior to erasing," Toshiba said. "Normally, documents that have been used, for example, at a meeting, are either filed away or scrapped, but with this system, there is no filing or destroying of paper documents, and the contents of the documents can be converted into data and saved for future use."

Toshiba said that the new system houses Intelligent Green MFP Technology with the built-in erasing system, allowing users to refill their paper tray five times with the same paper. That said, if the same piece of paper is used five times, then the system's total CO2 emissions will be reduced around 57-percent (as opposed to printing once per sheet). The cost of paper is also reduced to around one-fifth, and the system's lower ecological footprint will improve "the standing of the enterprise in CSR campaigns."

"Toshiba's award-winning design team incorporated bio-based plastics into this innovative re-usable paper MFP," the company said. "Bio-based plastics are made from raw materials extracted from plants, Bio-based plastics are environmentally friendly, producing approximately 20-percent less CO2 during its production when compared with petroleum-based plastics."

Toshiba's new erasable printing system will launch in Japan first in February 2013, followed by a worldwide release sometime thereafter. Pricing is currently unavailable.


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    A Bad Day , December 6, 2012 9:40 PM
    Management:

    We denied your request for new high tech so called eco friendly printers. Go with the cheapest one, we don't care how much maintenance it requires and how most toxic fumes it emits into our office.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 6, 2012 10:51 PM
    But the toner will cost a fortune....
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    Ironslice , December 6, 2012 9:33 PM
    That's amazing!
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    A Bad Day , December 6, 2012 9:40 PM
    Management:

    We denied your request for new high tech so called eco friendly printers. Go with the cheapest one, we don't care how much maintenance it requires and how most toxic fumes it emits into our office.
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    memadmax , December 6, 2012 9:49 PM
    It's cool and all, but with the price of paper it would take decades for it to pay itself off ^.^
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    A Bad Day , December 6, 2012 10:08 PM
    memadmaxIt's cool and all, but with the price of paper it would take decades for it to pay itself off ^.^


    It's a high volume printer. You have no idea how much paper it goes through in a typical office day.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 6, 2012 10:51 PM
    But the toner will cost a fortune....
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    abbadon_34 , December 6, 2012 10:58 PM
    next will be the article about security and privacy breaches with recovered documents
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    alextheblue , December 7, 2012 12:01 AM
    What about the cost of this "special eraseable toner"?

    :/ 
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    alextheblue , December 7, 2012 12:04 AM
    Oh blast it, I need to remember to refresh old tabs before I post. Radio_Active sure as heck beat me to it.

    Anyway, why is it that sometimes when I post, even when I immediately head over to the forums to edit my post (and add something like the above comment), sometimes the option is simply not present? I just checked and this was only moments after posting, too.
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    bak0n , December 7, 2012 2:12 AM
    And the printer driver corrupts half way through the erase job.
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    A Bad Day , December 7, 2012 2:36 AM
    bak0nAnd the printer driver corrupts half way through the erase job.


    Actually, it's not going to be compatible with Windows 9...
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    alidan , December 7, 2012 3:51 AM
    i could definitely see this being useful for a big corporation and documents they need to give everyone but everyone doesn't need to keep.

    it may be possible to pay this thing off in a year.
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    zipop , December 7, 2012 6:28 AM
    Toshiba! You need patent it fast!
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    doive1231 , December 7, 2012 8:01 AM
    Unless the reprinted paper is in immaculate condition, it won't be as useful. Reprinted paper is always curled etc which you couldn't send.
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    RADIO_ACTIVE , December 7, 2012 2:38 PM
    Good start to a very good idea
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    scythe944 , December 7, 2012 3:33 PM
    Yep, special printer, special toner, just need to hire a special team of people that walk around the office pulling pages out the trash, flattening them back out with an iron so they can feed it back through the printer and pull out all of the paper jams. Very green and cost effective!

    /sarcasm
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