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  • Alison Haley

How Equipment Rentals is caring for the environment

Updated: Jul 7, 2022

Equipment Rentals and Sales Ltd has a long history of ensuring its products and practices are effectively helping to preserve the environment. Managing Director, Michael Cole said, “Caring for our customers' requirements goes hand-in-hand with how we care for our precious environment, so for the last 30 years we have made it our mission to help the planet by giving our customers the option of renting, leasing or purchasing our remanufactured equipment. This enables us and our customers to use climate positive products while not sacrificing the quality expected of our range of equipment.”.

Equipment Rentals only supply products that have been designed and manufactured with the environment in mind which is why they have been supplying the range of Olivetti, Develop and Konica Minolta business printers and multi-functional printer-copier-scanners (MFPs) for 30 years years.

To the uninitiated, printers and MFPs could be viewed as being less caring and more damaging to the environment but, in fact, the opposite is true. Production processes and the way they operate actually reduces the impact they make. Partners in ecology

For a start, the manufacturers of the products supplied by Equipment Rentals have to meet incredibly stringent criteria and compliance standards set by the international standards authority, Energy Star and the European Blue Angel mark. Equipment Rentals’ products have received ISO 14001 certification for their fast and efficient handling of environmental issues at every stage of the product life cycle - from the selection of raw materials and components through development, production, distribution to service and disposal. What is more, manufacturers like Develop and Konica Minolta are driven by their eco policies, with all system components being recyclable and the implementation of a “zero waste” principle at manufacturing sites and a carbon neutral policy towards printing.

Equipment Rentals’ multi-functional print-copier-scanners feature duplex printing as standard, polymerised toner - which is cleaner than standard toner and fuses to the paper at very low temperatures. All Equipment Rentals models operate to reduce carbon emissions by operating with low power consumption, and prints can be previewed at the operator panel, prior to being printed, to reduce errors and unnecessary discarding of paper and the automatic deletion of blank pages during copying and scanning processes, which reduces paper waste even further.

Saving energy and toner

There is also a “toner save” mode and various “energy save modes” built-in to the machines. For instance, the MFPs can be set to only enable the required printer, scanner, copier or fax facility part to function, and not fire up the entire machine, when in “sleep mode”– which is a great way of saving power. The printers and MFPs are now much quieter when operating, than in previous years. There are fewer moving parts and in-built fan-based technology reduces the heat produced by this equipment, as well as paper jams, as air is passed across the paper allowing it to remain separated from other sheets and flow smoothly through a simple, straight paper path.

With fewer working parts, and longer life-times on consumables, reliability is greatly increased and the need for maintenance call-outs is reduced, along with the overall total cost of ownership because there is less waste and less energy consumed.

It’s fair to say that as attention is being made to increase care for the environment, it is also true that the products themselves are becoming better for business – in terms of reduced waste, greater productivity, increased reliability and a healthier working environment. Everyone wins – especially the planet.

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