Published Apr, 2022
WDS and the Environment
WDS Ltd has a long history of ensuring its products and practices are effectively helping to preserve the environment. Managing Director, Rachel Pollard said, “We are working hard to maintain sustainable practices, in our own business environment, to help reduce our impact on the global ecosystem”.
WDS 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 19 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 reduce the impact they make.
Working with caring manufacturers
For a start, the manufacturers of the products supplied by WDS have to meet incredibly stringent criteria and compliance standards, set by international standards bodies, including Energy Star and the European Blue Angel mark. WDS’ 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, the implementation of a “zero waste” principle at manufacturing sites and a carbon neutral policy towards printing.
WDS’ multi-functional print-copier-scanners feature duplex printing as standard and polymerised toner, which is cleaner than standard toner and fuses to the paper at very low temperatures. In fact, all WDS models operate to reduce carbon emissions by operating with low power consumption. They also feature measures to reduce paper wastage. Prints can be previewed at the operator panel, prior to being printed, to reduce errors and the unnecessary discarding of paper. Meanwhile, the automatic deletion of blank pages during copying and scanning processes, reduces paper usage even further.
There are many modes that these products can be set to, such as “toner save” mode and various “energy save modes”. For instance, the MFPs can be set to only enable the printer, scanner, copier or fax facility to function, as required, when in “sleep mode” so the entire machine does not have to power-up – 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 avoiding paper jams. 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.
Greater attention to the environment has benefits in other areas for our customers
It’s fair to say that as lengths are 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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