Today, Toshiba TEC launched their latest MFP (Multi-Function Printer) locally. It is the world’s first hybrid MFP, which is capable of printing regular black prints and unique erasable blue prints, all on a single device. This is great for eco-conscious companies, or individuals who go through a hefty amount of printing on a regular basis.
The reason that they are using blue ink is so that it does not get forged easily. When it comes to printing, you can get a document in black and white and it can’t be removed or changed. If they replicated the same black colour, dubious schemes can be attempted.
The erasable blue print allows the reusing of paper by printing with blue ink that can be removed via extreme heat. Once the prints are removed, all you need to do is slot it back to the paper feed, and you can reprint onto the same paper. Toshiba TEC claimed that you can repeat this for 5 to 6 times, before the paper becomes difficult to read. This is due to the fact that the prints are not completely removed, but merely heated until it becomes a very light grey hue, which can be difficult to see until closer inspection.
Representatives from Toshiba TEC mentions that it is true that the blue ink will be slightly pricier than regular black ink but in an attempt to reduce wastage, such a price has to be paid. To breakeven when you use a blue ink, you would have to reprint on the same paper for three times. The Toshiba TEC representative even showed us that a slightly crumpled paper can still be straightened a little when undergoing the erase procedure.
Mr. Paul Ting (Director & CEO of Toshiba TEC Malaysia mentioned during the Q&A session that a company can save an estimated RM300 if they print 10,000 copies of documents and about 6,000 papers are reused. In the long run, it would cost companies less and also help save the trees.
At the event, Toshiba TEC showed us two versions of the new MFP, the e-STUDIO3508LP and the e-STUDIO4508LP. The difference between the two is in monochrome printing speed. The 4508LP is capable of 45 ppm compared to the 35 ppm on the 3508LP. Both are equipped with Toshiba TEC’s e-Bridge Next platform, which handles state-of-art features for modern document workflows.
You can even purchase accessories that can be combined with the MFP. The e-STUDIO RD301 is an external paper erasing device that can be latched onto the MFP along with accessories such as Document Feeders, Hole Punch Units and much more. The brand-new hybrid MFP can be purchased via Toshiba TEC authorised distributors and is available to purchase now.