In 2009, Ricoh released its first recycled full-color copier with high picture quality. This launch was made possible by the company’s tireless efforts since the 1990s to develop a rigorous quality control system across the entire process—from collection of end-of-life models to recycling. Since the introduction of our first recycled copier in 1997, Ricoh has continuously expanded the lineup of recycled models. With the addition of full-color models, Ricoh’s recycled copiers are now capable of meeting a variety of customer needs with a wide selection of monochrome and color models, all of which are marked by high quality and high environmental performance.
In November 2012, Ricoh released the imagio MP 7501RC/6001RC series of multifunctional monochrome digital copiers.
The average rate of used parts in the production of the series stands at 85% in weight, and we have reduced CO2 emissions during manufacturing by roughly 97%*1 from the previous model (produced as new units). The CO2 emissions reduction over the total lifecycle of imagio MP 7501RC and imagio MP 6001RC is estimated to be roughly 17% and 20%*2, respectively. Even though reusable parts are used with the series, they have passed quality inspections that are as strict as those for new units.
The Ricoh Group has actively been working to reduce the use of packaging materials. In 1994, we introduced “eco packaging” which uses less cardboard.
In 2001, we introduced resin-based “resource-recirculating eco packaging” materials, which can be used repeatedly, in the market for the first time.
The packaging materials are mainly used for our recycled multifunctional copiers shipped within Japan. In addition, the Ricoh Logistics System Group has introduced RFID (radio frequency identification) technology to manage and improve the “resource-recirculating eco packaging.”
RFID technology manages each step of arterial and venous logistics flow to enable the steady collection and reuse of the packaging materials.
Ricoh provides customers with a factory kitting service. Specifically, for product to be delivered to a customer, the company attaches optional items and configures the necessary settings, including IP addresses, according to the specifications of the customer. Ricoh then directly delivers the product and all other items packed as one unit to the customer. This service helps shorten the installation time of the machine, and also contributes to a substantial reduction of packaging materials compared with the traditional delivery of items separately packaged in cardboard.
Moreover, the factory kitting service contributes to substantially improving the efficiency of logistics operations through direct delivery from the factory to the customer, and also increasing the transportation efficiency by reducing the overall shipping volume.
Conventional packaging versus the factory kitting service