Ricoh to Use Scrap Steel in Office MFPs

In the eco-friendly department, Ricoh Company of Japan reports that it and partner Tokyo Steel Manufacturing have developed electric furnace-made steel sheets – principally made of 100-percent steel scrap – that it’ll be using to construct office MFPs for launch this year. According to Ricoh, this is the first time in the office industry that devices will be built in part with electric furnace-made steel sheets.
According to Ricoh, steel sheets made in electric furnaces have mostly been used as a construction material with an emphasis on strength. It says the steel it’ll be using in its office MFPs has the necessary thinness (a thickness of 2mm or less), electrical conductivity and processability. Tokyo Steel used its advanced impurity removal and rolling technologies to develop and produce the high-performance steel sheets for office-equipment use.

Ricoh will continue to work with Tokyo Steel to improve the material properties of the recycled steel, with an eye to greater application in more advanced techniques such as deep drawing, noting, “If we are to continue using limited resources into the future, we need to start using steel sheets made of steel scrap and produced in electric furnaces for all possible applications.” The company has set a target for reducing the amount of resources it obtains from the Earth by 25 percent by 2020 and by 87.5 percent by 2050 (compared with 2007). Towards this end, it’s taken various initiatives, such as downsizing products, developing renewable resources like biomass, and recycling resources.

Our Take

This is a good deal for the planet and we thank Ricoh for it. However, we can remember back in the day when Ricoh had adapters A,B,C,D,EE,F,AARGH etc. to tie all the all the options together, the installer routinely left with several paper boxes full of sheet-metal plates and screws to dispose of.

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