Epson has a new product model, and it’s so common sense we wonder why no one else has tried to make what the company is calling the world’s first dry-process, in-office paper production system. What does that mean? It’s called PaperLab, and it recycle paper right in front of you. The best paper shredders can’t do that.
All offices know the random boxes or lids used to store paper destined for the recycle bin – even the “paperless” office is far too familiar with process. The PaperLab wants you to skip a whole lot of steps and just shovel all those recyled papers into it. Brand new, completely usable A4 paper pops out the other end, and suddenly your office is saving a whole lot of paper.
While Epson hasn’t released all the details, the specs that the company has announced for this cool office gadget are very impressive. The machine uses a reservoir of water to make sure that humidity levels inside are correct, but otherwise needs relatively little care as it appears to mash paper apart, suck away the ink, and put the pieces back together as new white paper ready to be used again, possibly with different settings for different paper quality options. Epson has reported that users can at the least switch betwee A4 and A3 paper depending on what they want.
The Lab is so good at doing this that Epson reports it can produce 14 pages per minute, which adds up to thousands of sheets in an average workday.
A couple important things to keep in mind: While PaperLab does sound like an office-changing invention, this gadget is probably going to be very expensive: Official figures haven’t been announced but it wouldn’t be surprising to see a figuring nearing $100,000 – we’re talking about major investment here. Also, while the machine is definitely a recycler, we’re not sure about the benefits invovled. Until Epson announces some figures, it’s hard to tell if the PaperLab actually saves money, energy or time – all we know is that it’s huge, so corporations better have space set aside.
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