Kyocera's Ecosys Story
Ecology Is Economy
Kyocera (pronounced Key-oh-Sara
from Kyoto Ceramics) introduced the cartridge-free Ecosys printer concept in
1992 as a means of reducing the user's "Total Cost of Ownership" (TCO) while
improving the printer's environmental impact. The Ecosys printer concept represents a
fundamental improvement over conventional, laser printer technology.
Conventional Laser Printers
Conventional printers use an imaging cartridge that integrates a
OPC drum, developer and toner into a single, disposable unit. When the toner is depleted,
the entire cartridge is disposed of and replaced with a new unit -- at significant cost
and inconvenience to the user. This system may be compared to a car in which the fuel
tank, engine and transmission were constructed as a single module. Under this concept,
owners would have to replace the engine, transmission and fuel tank every time they ran
out of gas!
The Cartridge-Free Ecosys System
In contrast, Ecosys printers feature a durable imaging system
based on Kyocera's own patented amorphous silicon print drum (a-Si) which is
a combination of ceramics and metal. Cartridge based
printers use an OPC drum that is a soft surface and normally is designed to
last from 7,000 to 20,000 pages. With a surface that is second only to
diamond in hardness, Kyocera's durable print drum is guaranteed up to
300,000 pages on the FS-2100DN, M304idn, and M3540idn
and to 500,000 pages on the FS-4100/4200/4300DN, FS-9530DN and M3550idn and
M3560idn. Tiny ceramic particles embedded in
Kyocera's "Ecotone" toner continually polish and recondition the drum during
normal printing. The result: Ecosys users need only to replenish the toner to continue
printing high-quality documents for up to 500,000 pages.
The toner container is the only waste
from the printer and is environmental safe. It is made of just two
types of plastic are ID coded for easy recycling. This is huge contrast to the tons of
waste spent non-biodegradable cartridges produce
in our landfills.
Above: Kyocera toner with just 5 parts made from two recyclable
A conventional OPC toner cartridge made of 65 parts from various
materials. Such cartridges are complex to recycle. They must be
sent to a processing plant to be broken apart; the parts have to be
separated, replaced or re-worked, re-assembled, refilled and repackaged.
cost and waste produced
The benefits of Kyocera's cartridge-free Ecosys technology are
twofold. Ecologically, it can help eliminate the environmental burden of millions
of used print cartridges worldwide that are now disposed of each year as trash.
Economically, by eliminating the recurring costs associated with replacement print
cartridges, Ecosys printers provide the industry's lowest TCO -- many less than 1/2 cent per
page. This incremental savings can recoup the printer's purchase price in a year or less,
particularly in network printing environments.
Ecocys printers use the world's first
positively charged roller that produce no ozone emission. No ozone
filter is needed. Ecosys toner requires less heat to fuse,
reducing power consumption while printing and in sleep mode.
Cost of Ownership:
Up to 70% lower cost per page
The FS-4200DN has a cost per page of about
4/10 of 1 cent per page (.0037 with our price for TK3122 toner) as
compared to HP's and Lexmark's printers in this class that have a cost per
page of 1.2 to 3 cents per page (based on industry standard 5% coverage).
Over the life of one Kyocera Ecosys printer can save you
thousands of dollars in printing cost! The saving for a company with
100 printers or more is astounding! For
a TCO comparison between Kyocera Ecosys
printers and their cartridge-based competitors,
Ecosys Honors and Awards
Kyocera's Ecosys printers have been recognized around the world
since 1992 for their innovative technology and their environmental friendliness.
These honors include:
Byte Magazine, Best of Comdex Spring
(`92); Byte Magazine Award of Excellence (`92); Best of What's New from Popular
Science (`92); Editors' Choice rating from PC Magazine
(`92); Pick of the Year rating from
Buyers Laboratories (`93); World's Best rating from PC Professional (Germany, `93); Award
of Excellence from Nikkei Sangyou Newspapers (Japan, `93); Better for the Environment
rating from Newsweek (`94); Major Savings Against Other Page Printers citation from Sunday
Times (UK, `94); Look More Closely reference from Computer Weekly (UK, `94); Technical
Excellence rating from PC Expert (France, `94); Saving Printing Costs Long-term citation
from PC Dealer (UK, `94); Performance is Incredible citation from PC Report (South Africa,
`94); Pick of the Year from Buyers Laboratories (`95); Best of Comdex Spring from Byte
Magazine (`95); Best Overall 11-30ppm Laser Printer rating from Byte Magazine (`96);
Top 10 rating from PC World (`96); Pick of the Year from Buyers Laboratories (`96); Test
Labs Recommended rating from Computer Reseller News (`96); Finalist, Best New Products
Award at FOSE (`96); Finalist, Best New Products Award at FOSE (`97); Editor's Choice
rating from PC Magazine (UK, `98); Editor's
Choice rating from PC Professional (Germany, `98) 99 Editor's Choice from Better
Buys for Business, Editor's
Choice PC Magazine UK 2001
Printers, Computers, & LANs and Kyocera:
Printers, Computers, & LANs
(PC&L) has been selling Kyocera Ecosys printers from its conception for 26 years
and is consistently rated in the top 5 printer resellers in the United States.
Before that company founder John Darner was in charge of Kyocera printer
sales at Medical Systems Support, then part of HBO & Company, where he helped build
Kyocera sales into the top reseller in the country.
How does PC&L sell so many printers in a market that is
dominated by HP? "You have to sell Kyocera printers to the customer by
educating them on the Ecosys concept", John says. "Once they become a
informed buyer, its easy to select Kyocera over HP and Lexmark.
Its like having two similarly equipped cars with one getting 100 miles to the gallon
and the other gets 30 miles to the gallon, that can be the difference between the cost of
operations with the Ecosys printers and its competition." "We have
a passion for selling Kyocera printers!" adds John, " This is a feel good product to sell because we know
its going to save our clients a lot of money while saving the environment by not
produce any cartridge waste".
PC&L has placed thousands of Ecosys printers into companies
who are cost and environment conscience. A factory authorized Kyocera service
PC&L will keep your Ecosys printers running like new. We also program custom forms overlays for
use on Kyocera printers.
PC&L's Kyocera Ecosys Store
here to view our printers
Kyocera printers, supplies, custom form overlays or service call PC&L at 800.473.7909
request a quote: sales@PCandL.com