FUJI XEROX TO REMOVE HARMFULL CONTENTS

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FUJI XEROX TO REMOVE HARMFULL CONTENTS

 user 2008-01-28 at 2:14:00 pm Views: 45
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    Fuji Xerox slashes harmful content in printers with first lead-free shafts
    January 2008 – Fuji Xerox has developed the technology to make lead-free shafts, a core component in copiers and printers.
    The
    move comes in the wake of stricter standards on the use of lead and
    other potentially harmful substances. Fuji Xerox plans to gradually use
    the parts in new models as early as the beginning of 2008.”This will be
    the first time globally that lead-free shafts will be used uniformly in
    printers and copiers,” says Rob Abraham, MD of Bytes Document
    Solutions, sole authorised distributor of Xerox products and solutions
    to 24 African countries.The shaft is a rod-like part that rotates to
    move the paper in printers and copiers. Plastic bearings on each end
    support and turn the shaft. To prevent friction noise and maintain the
    life of the bearings, the surface roughness of the shaft must be less
    than one micron.To date, steel containing trace amounts of lead has
    been used as an alternative to lubricants to help the production
    process. But Fuji Xerox’s shaft uses lead-free steel.The steel is
    polished, machine-worked and plated with the help of some 20 firms in
    Japan, China and South Korea. This has allowed Fuji Xerox to develop
    highly precise technology while keeping costs down.The first new copier
    to feature the lead-free part will contain roughly 80 shafts. A single
    copier sports around 4kg of shafts, roughly 12 grams of which have
    typically consisted of lead.

    In five years, nearly all copiers sold will feature lead-free shafts.
    As
    the authorised Xerox distributor to 24 sub-Saharan countries, Bytes
    Document Solutions, previously known as Xerox South Africa, is engaged
    in the marketing and servicing of the complete range of Xerox document
    equipment, software, solutions and services, and operating through an
    extensive network of distributors, dealers, concessionaires and channel
    partners. With black economic empowerment partner Kagiso Trust owning a
    27% stake of the business, it is a wholly owned member of the JSE
    Securities Exchange-listed Bytes Technology Group.