Toshiba Tec Rolls Out World’s First Copier/MFP with Erasable Print Capability

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Toshiba Tec e-STUDIO5008LP

Toshiba Tec Corporation of Japan today unveiled the world’s first hybrid copier/MFP, the e-STUDIO5008LP series, which prints black prints as well as erasable blue prints within one device. The new “eco-conscious” MFPs – which essentially enable users to use the same paper multiple times when printing with the Erasable Blue Toner (EBT) – will be available this July.

The e-STUDIO5008LP series, which is driven by Toshiba Tec’s e-BRIDGE Next platform, is the newest addition to the company’s MFP line-up.  It enables users to re-use paper via Toshiba Tec’s proprietary Erasable Blue Toner that is erased using heat generated by the MFP, or erased by an optional paper erasing unit, the e-STUDIO RD301.

Toshiba Tec says the system minimizes paper consumption without restricting printing, and also reduces costs and organizations’ eco footprint.

This isn’t the first MFP with erasable toner that Toshiba Tec has introduced. Back in 2012, it introduced the world’s first MFP that can re-use paper, the e–STUDIO306LP/RD30, which uses a special erasable toner, but toner could only be erased using an included de-inking station that added considerably to the MFP’s footprint – see our story here for more.

The e–STUDIO306LP with RD30 erasing unit.

Toshiba Tec notes that businesses often print documents for temporary document use – such as for proofreading, reviewing an email message, or reading a fax. In these instances, the e-STUDIO5008LP series enables users to print using the erasable blue toner, while using regular black toner for producing more permanent documents.

How it Works

Erasable Blue Toner can be selected from either the print driver when printing, or from the touchscreen when making copies. The printer driver allows users to change the default setting for each application with a rules-based printing function. The rule-based printing feature also allows administrators to define multiple rules for automatically selecting the toner mode (blue or black) by application. The e-BRIDGE Paper Reuse Report generates a summary of paper reduction and average paper-usage to help convey an organization’s environmental contribution at a glance.

To use the Erase function, the user first selects Erase on the touchscreen, then loads the documents to be erased in the MFP’s bypass tray or in a cassette. At the touchscreen, they then indicate where they’ve loaded the paper (the particular paper cassette tray or the bypass feeder), and then press Start. Various paper-sizes can be erased, including letter- and A3-size, and virtually any type of copy paper can be used. Users can erase a maximum of 400 sheets at a time, and paper can generally be erased up to five times.

The optional e–STUDIO306LP/RD30 erasing station works in a similar manner, but also enables users to scan and route documents to a document repository for later viewing before erasing text and images printed on them. It also automatically sorts paper into resusable erased documents, and non-reusable documents – the latter of which may contain black ink marks, for instance, that can’t be erased. It erases paper at up to 30 ppm.

See this Youtube video here for more details on the erasing process.

Specifications and Features

The e-STUIDIO5008LP series consists of three black-and-white models: the e-STUDIO3508LP, 4508LP, and 5008LP. All three MFPs print at up to 35 ppm when printing using the Erasable Blue Toner; however, the 3508LP prints at up to 35 ppm using black toner; the 4508LP prints at up to 45 ppm using black toner; and the 5008LP at up to 50 ppm using black toner.

Other specifications include:

  • Standard print, copy, scan, and fax.
  • Mobile printing via Apple AirPrint, Mopria support for Android, and Toshiba e-Bridge Print & Capture.
  • Security includes self-encrypting hard drive, user authentication, user-access control, user-access logging, and PDF encryption.
  • EPEAT Gold, Energy Star, and Blue Angel certified for eco-friendliness.
  • 320-GB self-encrypting hard drive.
  • 1,200-sheet standard paper capacity expandable to 3,200 sheets.
  • Supports paper in size from A5-R to A3 / ST-R to LD, non-standard size (~297 x 432 mm).
  • Optional document finishing includes multi-position stapler-finisher, saddle-stitch finisher, inner finisher, and job separator.
  • Standard High-Speed USB port, and Ethernet 10/100/1000BASE-T network interface; optional Wireless LAN (IEEE802.11 b/g/n), and Bluetooth.

For more information and complete specifications, visit Toshiba Tec here. For more information on the optional  e-STUDIO RD301 erasing unit, visit Toshiba Tec here.

Environmental Focus

The e-STUDIO5008LP Series is designed with “Together Information” in mind, Toshiba Tec’s vision of how people and organizations create, record, share, manage and display ideas and data. The firm also says it’s also seeking to attain Toshiba’s “Excellent ECPs (Environmentally Conscious Products)” certification with every product it designs and manufactures. The e-STUDIO5008LP series has earned the “Excellent ECPs” designation, which is Toshiba’s internal certification awarded to products achieving the highest level of environmental performance in the industry at the time of release.

Sachio Koyama, general manager of Products, Marketing & Service Division for Toshiba Tec’s Printing Solutions Business Group commented on the new introduction: “Our team is proud to announce our hybrid MFP, the signature model of our environmentally conscious products. Thanks to our unique paper-reusing technology, our latest MFP may generate regular, as well as erasable prints within one product. We believe it will help our customers function more ecologically, while still operating in an efficient and economical manner.”

Our Take

As with the Toshiba Tec’s previously introduced e–STUDIO306LP/RD30, the e-STUDIO5008LP Series’ main benefit of course is that it could very significantly cut down on paper-usage in paper-intensive offices, saving money (and trees). The benefit of this new series is that an optional erasing station isn’t required, saving  valuable office space.

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