greenpiece: Monitor Your Green
Ricoh Americas Corporation, a provider of digital office equipment and advanced document management solutions and services, recently introduced @Remote Green Reports, the latest enhancement to Ricoh's @Remote Product Suite.
@Remote Green Reports allow businesses to monitor, assess and report imaging fleet performance and employee printing trends in support of internal sustainability and/or cost reduction goals.
With @Remote Green Reports, users can track month-to-month trends in energy and paper consumption of their Managed Ricoh @Remote Compatible document output devices, allowing them to monitor fleet performance and the possible environmental impact device usage operations have on such areas as carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions or conservation of forests. This tool collects data from Ricoh networked multifunctional products (MFPs) and securely transmits the information to a Ricoh data center. The data is then processed into green reports that are made available to users via a secure, password-protected website.
The critical environmental metrics include month-to-month energy consumption comparisons of the Ricoh devices and the amount of time each device spends in each power mode—operation, stand-by, energy-saving/low-power and sleep—which varies greatly depending upon usage patterns and office workflow. These metrics allow businesses and information technology centers to better manage their fleet in an effort to increase energy savings.
For example, adjusting the timers of devices, identified by @Remote as under-utilized, to go into a low power mode quicker than the factory default. @Remote Green Reports can also monitor, per device, the print output by page, reporting the percentage of jobs that are printed in duplex or combine mode (multiple-images on one page) and report resulting paper savings. The tool calculates and trends approximate CO2 emissions, paper and power consumption, as well as tracks approximate device paper and utility costs, for month-to-month comparison.
@Remote Green Reports can be customized with local data to estimate more accurately what the business saves on paper and device utility costs. Additional graphs and charts aid in tracking environmental performance of the fleet over time.
"@Remote Green Reports are a key enhancement to Ricoh's Total Green Office Solution—our approach to helping customers personalize their document management solutions for the goal of reducing their environmental impact," said Shun Sato, senior vice president, corporate marketing, Ricoh Americas Corporation. "The ability to manage resources efficiently—balancing environmental responsibility with productivity—is essential to organizations today. With @Remote Green Reports, decisions and policies on energy and paper reduction can be made based on actual usage trends, and not mere speculation."
@Remote Green Reports are an important tool in Ricoh's Managed Document Services (MDS) program, which focuses on total cost of ownership, business process improvement, security and compliance, and environmental sustainability. Beyond conducting assessments, implementing solutions and providing on-site and off-site management of fleets, Ricoh MDS uses a change-management approach to help customers change their document output practices across their organization, streamlining processes and cutting costs.
For more information, visit www.ricoh-usa.com.