[LINK] Toshiba printer erases and reprints on a single sheet

David Boxall david.boxall at hunterlink.net.au
Sat Dec 2 14:14:00 AEDT 2006

I wonder how green this really is.

Toshiba printer erases and reprints on a single sheet
By Will Head,      23 November 2006 09:54 AEST      Hardware     

Toshiba has unveiled a printer that can print, erase and reprint on a 
single sheet of special paper up to 500 times.

The B-SX8R uses specially engineered paper similar to the thermal paper 
used in early fax machines, except it can be erased and is much more 
durable. The sheets are made of plastic and can be recycled at the end 
of their lives.

Toshiba's process uses a special pigment in the paper that reacts to 
heat. If heated above 180 degrees centigrade the pigment turns black, 
creating an image on the sheet.

However, if the surface is heated to between 130 and 170 degrees the 
pigment reverts to white, allowing the image to be 'erased'.

Special marker pens are also available, which can be erased from the 
paper using an optional cleaning machine.

Toshiba is touting reduced CO2 emissions created during the paper 
production process.

Traditional paper manufacture and waste creates 6.5kg of CO2 emissions 
per 1,000 sheets, compared to 1kg for the same quantity of rewritable 
paper pages.

The printer costs approximately £5,000 ($12,500) and the paper is 
estimated to cost £5 ($12.50) per sheet, working out at 1p per use if 
reused 500 times.

Since the pigment is in the paper, the printer has no consumable costs 
beyond the cost of the paper.

"The B-SX8R will help reduce paper use thus preserving forest resources 
and reducing CO2 emissions during paper manufacturing and waste 
processes," said Mike Keane, european product manager at ToshibaTEC.

"The B-SX8R does a small thing in saving paper resources, but assists in 
the big practical objective of global environmental conservation."

The printer is currently available only in Japan, but Toshiba is looking 
to launch in Europe if there is sufficient demand.

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