Genuine Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges Begin Testing in Japan17 Jun, 2007 By: Tetsuo Kubo imageSource
Genuine Remanufactured Inkjet Cartridges Begin Testing in Japan
Seiko Epson has developed an ink cartridge product by remanufacturing
collected used cartridges with refilled inks that assures the equivalent
performance with the company’s new ink cartridges.
In May 2007, the company launched a proof test for the cartridges through
“Epson OA Supply”, Epson Sales’ Internet shopping site in order to verify
realization and sustainability of the remanufactured ink cartridge recycling
Leading the industry, the company has deployed collection posts for the used ink
cartridges at retailer shops throughout Japan and has been aggressively
promoting their activities, giving Bell Mark points for collected cartridges.
Conventionally, they have been reusing the collected cartridges in Japan as
recycled materials by disassembling and sorting for the quality of the materials
(“material recycling”). Remanufacturing ink cartridges has been discussed at the
company internally but they had big problems and a higher environmental burden
to rematerialize compared to the material recycling (the company trial
calculation) and quality assurance to customers.
This time, the company has established technologies for ink cartridge
remanufacturing and mass production of remanufactured ink cartridges, and has
developed the remanufactured ink cartridges to assure the equivalent performance
to the company’s new ink cartridges in functions and quality under the company’s
quality management control.