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Ricoh introduces tool to track digital print carbon footprint

May 11, 2010 12:00 AM

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Ricoh Americas Corp. (West Caldwell, NJ) introduces @Remote Green Reports, the latest enhancement to Ricoh’s @Remote Product Suite.

With @Remote Green Reports, users can track month-to-month trends in energy and paper consumption of their Managed Ricoh @Remote Compatible document output devices, allowing them to monitor fleet performance and the possible environmental impact device usage operations have on such areas as CO2 emissions or conservation of forests. This tool collects data from Ricoh networked multifunctional products (MFPs) and securely transmits the information to a Ricoh data center. The data is then processed into green reports that are made available to users via a secure, password-protected Web site.

The critical environmental metrics include month-to-month energy consumption comparisons of the Ricoh devices and the amount of time each device spends in each power mode — operation, stand-by, energy-saving/low-power and sleep — which varies greatly depending upon usage patterns and office workflow. These metrics allow businesses and IT centers to better manage their fleet in an effort to increase energy savings — for instance, adjusting the timers of devices, identified by @Remote as under-utilized, to go into a low power mode quicker than the factory default. @Remote Green Reports can also monitor, per device, the print output by page, reporting the percentage of jobs that are printed in duplex or combine mode (multiple-images on one page) and report resulting paper savings. The tool calculates and trends approximate CO2 emissions, paper and power consumption, as well as tracks approximate device paper and utility costs, for month-to-month comparison.

@Remote Green Reports can be customized with local data to estimate more accurately what the business saves on paper and device utility costs. Additional graphs and charts aid in tracking environmental performance of the fleet over time.