Product Innovation

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We seek to harmonize environmental and economic interests by developing innovative print and document management solutions. From the product development phase, we consider the environmental impact of a product during its entire life cycle. Our product innovations deliver safe and environmentally conscience products and services, which benefit our customers, our business and our planet.

Product Development

Technologies

We believe in sustainable innovation. That is why we develop technologies that improve the environmental performance of our products. We have developed green technologies such as Océ CrystalPoint (no ozone, low ink waste), Gemini Instant Duplex (no ozone, low energy use, great accuracy so less misprints), Radiant Fusing (low energy consumption) and Aquarius. Visit our technologies page to learn more about the green aspects of our technologies

For efficient waste paper recycling, deinkability of paper is an important aspect. In 2015 Océ collaborated with the World Economic Forum, the Ellen MacArthur Foundation and the McKinsey Center for Business and Environment on Circular Economy to produce a white paper with guidelines on design and management for circularity of printed media. Click the button to download the whitepaper Design and Management for Circularity – the Case of Paper

Product Design

Our products provide energy-efficient and resource-efficient solutions to our customers. In product design, we take the total lifecycle CO2 emissions (product carbon footprint) into account. Several of our products are EPEAT (Electronic Product Environmental Assessment Tool) registered and therefore comply to strict comprehensive criteria for design, production, energy use and recycling. In 2015 we partnered with other industry leaders to establish a “Guideline for Applying Recycled Plastics” in product design, thereby sharing our expertise with product designers from other companies to stimulate the use of recycled plastic. Furthermore we are a partner of EPA-USA ENERGY STAR® and where applicable our products are ENERGY STAR certified. Our products are equipped with a Remote Service System, enabling remote diagnostics and problem solving, reducing CO2 emissions from unnecessary service visits.

Product Use

We provide energy-efficient solutions for our customers so they can save energy. Our user friendly interface makes it easy to efficiently manage print jobs, where preview software allows customers to optimize performance by avoiding waste from misprints Furthermore, we are continuously pushing the boundaries to eliminate any chemical and noise emissions from our products during use. Finally, we make sure our products are accessible to people with disabilities (USA Federal agency requirements, Section 508).

Circular Economy

We are proud to apply a circular business model for over 35 years. Our experience in reuse and recycling through our Asset Recovery and remanufacturing programs allows us to contribute to resource efficiency. At the end of life of a product the components of a machine are reused for their original purpose. The product is thereby given a second life enabling the highest level of material reuse. When remanufacturing is no longer feasible from a quality or economic point of view, a machine is completely disassembled. Materials are carefully sorted and offered for recycling to certified recyclers.