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Ricoh “Green” Print Room Facilities
 Ricoh's high volume solutions are being used to enhance the environmental performance of an investment bank's* Canary Wharf print room. (The bank cannot be named due to customer confidentiality)The print room produces in excess of a million prints per month, and is operated on behalf of the bank by corporate information solutions service provider, Williams Lea. Using a fleet of six Ricoh Aficio MP1350 machines - black and white multifunctional devices capable of producing up to 135 pages per minute - is enabling the Williams Lea team to meet the bank's demand for a greener, more cost effective print room."Throughout 2007 the bank is making a concerted effort to lead the finance industry's drive to improve environmental performance and this impacts on every aspect of the business," explains Alistair Dermit, account manager with Williams Lea. "This led to a decision to change the format of internal documentation from single-sided, American Quarto to double-sided A5 output. With millions of pages being produced by the print room each year, this move will considerably reduce the amount of paper being used by the UK offices and associated binding materials."The Ricoh devices were selected following a comprehensive review and road testing process, proving the most technically suited as well as the most popular operating system with the print room staff. Through a month long load balancing experiment on the trial machines, Dermit and his team ran more than half a million outputs -
in excess of twice the amount they anticipated. A key factor in determining this success was the fact that the Aficio MP1350 could offer six times the paper capacity of its nearest competitor, significantly reducing the administrative burden in the print room.The green credentials of the print room have been further enhanced through the purchase of three GBC Streampunch units which have introduced staple, round and square cut finishing rather than the non-biodegradable plastic cover and comb bindings that had been used in the past. These devices were added to the solution following a meeting with Ricoh at Digital Print World 2006.Further information can be found at www.ricoh.co.uk