Industry First – Winning the Prize for 11 Consecutive Years
TOKYO, February 3, 2010 — Within Fuji Xerox's office-use digital color multifunction device lineup, four models from the ApeosPort-IV series,Note 1 and another four from the DocuCentre-IV seriesNote 2 have won the METI Minister's Award in the 20th Energy Conservation Grand Prize for 2009 (Energy-Saving Machines and Systems category) sponsored by the Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry of Japan (METI; Commendation ceremony will be held on Feb. 10). Since first winning this prize with its digital color multifunction devices in the DocuColor 1250 series in 1999, Fuji Xerox has become the first company in the industry to receive the award for 11 consecutive years.
The prize-winning products feature a newly developed Induction Heating (IH) fuserNote 3 and EA-Eco toner (EA: Emulsion Aggregate) that has reduced the fusing temperature by approx. 20 C compared with conventional EA toners. Combining these technologies, the products boast a reduction of maximum 75 percentNote 4 in Typical Electric Consumption (TEC)Note 5 (2.44 kWh),Note 6 a power consumption level that complies with the International Energy Star Program standards.
Fuji Xerox's IH fuser offers the world's fastest 3-second startup time, enabling the devices to be ready to print in less than 10 secondsNote 7 (a 55 percentNote 8 reduction compared with a conventional model) from a sleep mode. This has reduced the wait time before copying, faxing or printing, delivering the benefits of convenience and energy conservation at the same time.
The energy-saving technologies features include:
Aiming at contributing to global warming prevention, Fuji Xerox established a long-term power saving plan in 1997, which called for cutting the electric power consumption of its copiers and multifunction devices, and has been accelerating R&D efforts in energy-saving technologies. The power consumption per device has been reduced by about 45 percent in 2008 compared to the 1997 level, and Fuji Xerox also has reduced the total power consumption of Fuji Xerox's copiers/multifunction devices in the Japanese market by about 22 percentNote 11. As a result, it has reduced about 670,000 tonsNote 11 of CO2 in eleven years from 1998 to 2008.
By continuously innovating fusing technology, which is key to save power, and combining it with the company's original technologies, Fuji Xerox received Energy Conservation Prizes in all products areas, from low- to high-speed, monochrome and color, over 11 consecutive years (Chart 1).
In addition to the efforts concerning its products, in February 2009, Fuji Xerox set its greenhouse gas reduction targets for FY2020, where it aims to reduce power consumption per device by 80 percent of that in FY2005. Fuji Xerox will continue to contribute in global warming prevention through further development of energy-saving products and delivering them to as many customers as possible.
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Chart 1 : All areas of Fuji Xerox's products received Energy Conservation Prizes