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10 April 2007

Kyocera Mita has confirmed that all of its current printers and multifunctional products (MFPs) produced after 1 April 2007 will fulfil and exceed the requirements of the new 1.0 ENERGY STAR specification for imaging equipment introduced by the Government of the US and the EU. ENERGY STAR helps users of office and home technology to protect the environment and save money through energy efficient products.

The new ENERGY STAR rating for imaging equipment has stricter requirements than its predecessor, particularly with regards to paper consumption. Specifically, duplex functionality is required as an optional feature on all printers and MFPs within the 20-39 pages per minute (ppm) segment for colour devices and the 25-44 ppm segment for monochrome devices. Duplex functionality as standard is mandatory for colour and monochrome devices with speeds of 40 ppm and 45ppm or more in colour and monochrome respectively.

All of Kyocera Mita’s monochrome printers with a print speed of 22 ppm or above, such as the FS-1030D, already feature duplex printing as standard. The company’s A4 colour printers, for example the FS-C5015N, offer duplex printing as an optional feature. Kyocera Mita’s A3 MFPs are all duplex capable: devices such as the KM-2050 offer it as an optional feature, but all workgroup MFPs with a speed of 30 ppm and upwards, for example the KM-3050, KM-4050 and KM-5050 have duplex printing as standard. All current Kyocera Mita products produced before 1 April 2007 meet the previous ENERGY STAR requirements for printers or MFPs.

“Fulfilling the ENERGY STAR requirements demonstrates the contribution Kyocera Mita’s devices make to environmentally-friendly printing by reducing power and paper consumption in offices and home offices,” says Reinhold Schlierkamp, Director Kyocera Mita Europe.

As well as paper usage, ENERGY STAR is concerned with the power consumption of equipment. ENERGY STAR rated printers can cut electricity use by over 60 per cent and an ENERGY STAR rated MFP can save about 160 EUR in electricity bills over its lifetime in comparison to non-rated devices. The power consumption requirements of the ENERGY STAR rating consider both the total power consumption of the device and the stand-by power consumption requirements when the devices are in ‘ready’ or ‘sleep’ mode.

In relation to the different modes, one of the criteria that the Kyocera Mita devices meet is the default time delay for the device to downgrade from ‘ready’ mode to ‘sleep’ mode when it is not being used. In terms of power consumption, the difference between ‘ready’ and ‘sleep’ mode is particularly important because the power required when a device is in ‘sleep’ mode is typically over 40 per cent lower than in ‘ready’ mode. The Kyocera Mita FS-1030D, for example, consumes 50 per cent less power in the ‘sleep’ mode than in the idle ‘ready’ mode.

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