PaperLab is the world’s first1 in-office paper secure recycler that turns waste paper2 into new paper using a virtually dry process3 powered by Epson’s unique Dry Fiber Technology. This revolutionary on-demand solution enables your business to securely destroy sensitive information, recycle, reduce its societal and environmental impact and take control of paper supplies.
A combination of three processes is used to turn waste paper2 into new paper – defibrating, binding and forming. Unlike conventional papermaking, PaperLab uses virtually no water from start to finish. This virtually dry process3 makes it possible to produce new paper in a small, localised cycle.
Used printed paper
Removes all ink and toner and reduces the waste paper2 to its fibres.
Brings the clean fibres back together, strengthening them and forming new paper to a specified colour and weight.
Forms by pressing then cuts the new paper into A4 or A3 sheets.
When data security is crucial for your business, PaperLab delivers absolute certainty that key confidential waste is safely and effectively destroyed. It removes toner and inks and takes the waste paper2 back to its fibres
• Your information stays safely on site and is never entrusted to external contractors.
• This new solution goes way beyond conventional levels of information destruction, with a rating of P7.
• ISO/IEC 21964-2 Security Level P7: Destruction of data carriers in such a way that the data on them cannot be reproduced with current technology or scientific knowledge (<5 mm² particle size).
Standard shredding solution
The traditional process to destroy confidential office paper is by shredding. This involves bagging up the waste paper which then needs to be collected or delivered to the shredding plant.
Shredded paper is only partially destroyed, despite undergoing a time-consuming process. It also needs to be processed and collected.
External specialist confidential waste paper processing plants can be expensive, require logistical organisation and have a large CO2 footprint.
New paper must be sourced, purchased and delivered, requiring more planning and logistics.
SMALL PAPER CYCLE
PaperLab in-house solution
The waste paper is collected or dropped off, then stacked securely in-house, ready for PaperLab.
Within three minutes, the new paper emerges from PaperLab4 (after the first sheet feeding started).
Contribute to a circular economy
Preservation of water resources PaperLab paper requires 95 to 96% less water6, calculation method verified by TÜV Rheinland
Reduction of CO2
Saving wood resources
Upcycle and create paper on demand
PaperLab has the versatility your business needs, being able to produce paper at high speed and in a range of formats and finishes on demand:
• Size A4 and A3
• Plain paper stock at 90g/m2
• Card stock from 150-240g/m2
• A range of colours
• Business cards
PaperLab can handle waste paper2 in A4 or optional A3 sizes, and copy paper from 64g/m2 to 108g/m2.
PaperLab can produce up to 720 A4 sheets or 360 A3 sheets per hour4 after the first sheet has been produced, which equates to 5,760 sheets per 8-hour work cycle.
First sheet out time is three minutes4. This recycled paper can be used with ordinary laser printers, inkjet printers and copiers.
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Source: Epson research conducted in November 2016.
PaperLab can use ordinary A3 and A4 - sized copy paper as raw material.
A small amount of water is used to maintain a certain level of humidity inside the system.
Approximate values. Output speed, first sheet out time may vary depending on environmental conditions.
DIN 6738 standard classifies the lifespan of papers and is based entirely on the effect of accelerated aging on the strength of the paper. Standard approved by The Deutsches Institut für Normung (German Standards Institute). LDK 24-85 is the highest lifespan class. Papers in this lifespan class may be called ‘non-aging’ as according to today’s level of knowledge and with gentle handling and storage, they are expected to have a lifespan that can meet the highest requirements.
Compared to fresh fibre paper & recycled paper produced in Germany: October 2019.