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Innovation

Innovation

Innovation is central to Lexmark's business strategy. We focus our efforts on seeking new ways to solve our customers’ issues while benefiting society and the environment. Our hardware, software, tools and services comprise a set of innovative solutions that improve the operation of everyday tasks and processes in an environmentally conscious manner. Our employees are encouraged to discover effective and eco-friendly ways of helping our customers and safeguarding the environment. Whether it’s improved energy efficiency in our facilities or new ways of creating, packaging and shipping our products, all employees are challenged to think outside the box.

Encouraging innovation
We offer our interns, engineers, designers and other employees several opportunities to learn more about innovation and career development. To demonstrate the solutions that are produced by our creative participants, Lexmark holds the following events:

Tech Talks and Biz Talks
Monthly events to share new innovations, technical learning and customer insights with our research and development teams.

Student Showcase
A showcase of student-intern and new-employee work, as well as helpful career development information and networking opportunities for all attendees.

Problem-solving Hackathon
An annual design event in which our research and development team in Cebu, Philippines, collaborates to solve problems and showcase their creative solutions.

 

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Products

Product innovation
The Lexmark CX725 Series of color printers and multifunction products continues our commitment to protecting the environment and helping our customers through innovation. This series incorporates our latest designs promoting sustainability, featuring improvements in power consumption, long life performance and more.

The CX725 includes features like a power-saving mode that uses less than a half of a watt and a sleep mode that uses less than 3 watts. The CX725 uses almost 50 percent less energy than its predecessor product according to the ENERGY STAR® Typical Electricity Consumption (TEC) metric. Our exclusive Unison Toner makes energy savings a reality, using less energy than Lexmark’s previous toners by printing at a lower temperature.

The CX725 comes with a comprehensive set of environmentally friendly features. Printing on both sides of paper is set as the default to save paper. The unique ColorSaver feature saves toner by printing images at a lighter shade by default, while leaving text dark and readable. The included Scan Center solution lets users scan documents and automatically send the scanned images to multiple locations, including shared network folder, email, fax, cloud drive, internal hard disk or mobile device to further save paper.

The CX725 demonstrates significant improvements in page yield when compared to the previous product generation. Its long-life imaging components, which can last up to 150,000 pages depending on customer usage, minimize the need to replace parts. An ultra-durable coating used in the photoconductor unit provides excellent print quality throughout its extended life. Cartridge design improvements reduce toner waste by up to 50 percent, resulting in higher efficiency and yield. Plus, an advanced auto color retract feature pulls color printing components away during monochrome printing to prevent unnecessary wear. The long-life components of the CX725 save resources, reduce waste and require less maintenance, improving our customers’ efficiency.

Designed with the environment in mind, the CX725 is manufactured using up to 50 percent post-consumer recycled plastic, one of the highest percentages among printers on the market. Remanufactured components from our award-winning Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP) provide a second life to the CX725’s cartridges, developer rollers and photoconductor units.

The CX725 includes advanced Section 508 and European Standard EN 301 549 accessibility features for those with varying levels of ability. Features such as a control panel that tilts from almost horizontal to almost vertical, paper trays that can be closed with less than five pounds of force, built-in voice-guided navigation with a headphone jack for private listening, and raised keypad icons provide a better user experience for all of our customers.

Numerous independent organizations certify Lexmark products’ environmental credibility. The CX725 has earned the prestigious Blue Angel certification and is EPEAT Gold certified.

Thanks to Lexmark’s commitment to designing products in the most environmentally efficient and socially responsible manner possible, our customers can quickly produce presentation-ready documents while reducing their environmental impact and costs.

 

The Lexmark CX725 Series
Pictured: CX725de

Features:

• Power saving mode

• Unison Toner saves energy

• Two-sided printing is default

• Color Saver saves toner

• Scan Center saves paper

• Improved cartridge design

Recycling

Innovations in recycling plastic
Lexmark’s commitment to incorporating recycled materials into our products has been evident for over 20 years. Processes created by our engineers recover material from empty Lexmark cartridges through the Lexmark Cartridge Collection Program (LCCP). Cartridges returned by our customers are easily disassembled for possible reuse or remanufacturing. If remanufacturing is no longer an option, the cartridge is sent to be recycled.

Lexmark engineers reclaim post-consumer recycled (PCR) plastic from cartridges and return the material to near virgin quality for use in printer components. The ingenuity behind our PCR closed-loop process involves every production step taking place at our Lexmark LCCP facility in Juarez, Mexico. The closed-loop recycling system at the LCCP facility removes the plastic, grinds it, and then integrates the PCR plastics into new parts. In 2016, 594 metric tons of plastic were extracted from our used cartridges and pelletized for reuse in new products

Detailed procedures and controls are in place to ensure we produce a safe and high-quality PCR plastic. In 2016, our 100 percent PCR plastic resin processed at LCCP achieved certification from the Underwriters Laboratory for use in Lexmark print cartridges. We incorporate the PCR material containing up to 100 percent closed-loop PCR plastic into 27 components.

The closed-loop recycling process demonstrates Lexmark’s commitment to the environment by conserving plastics for reuse, resulting in fewer natural resources being mined or extracted. Locating all steps of the process at the same facility reduces the impact on the environment by increasing our resource efficiency and eliminating the need for fuel to transport the parts. Operating sustainably is part of Lexmark’s corporate vision and values. Creating new processes to reuse supplies in an efficient manner is integral to every new product Lexmark designs.

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Reuse

Innovations in cartridge reuse
Being a good environmental steward by preserving our natural resources is incorporated into the design of every Lexmark product, with preference placed on conserving and reusing product materials. Lexmark created an innovative process at our LCCP recycling plant in Juarez, Mexico, to reuse a major component of our laser cartridges. Prior to implementation of our newest process, the developer roller in a used laser cartridge was rarely part of our remanufactured cartridge. This roller possesses a difficult-to-clean film of toner on the rubber surface that inhibited its reuse. Testing revealed the roller had an extensive life improvement if the film of toner was removed. Lexmark engineers created a novel washing system to remove the toner film using ceramic agitators with scrubbing agents to clean the roller without damaging it or altering its properties.

Reuse of developer rollers results in substantial environmental savings for Lexmark. Using a reconditioned developer roller instead of a new one protects natural resources and prevents pollution caused by harvesting new raw materials. In 2016 over 200,000 rollers were reused in remanufactured cartridges. In addition, over 400,000 gallons of water was saved by incorporating a process to reuse the water during the cleaning. Lexmark was awarded a ML100 Award by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council in Sustainability Leadership for reconditioning our developer rollers.

Innovations in material reuse
Lexmark laser printers contain photoconductor units, which are imaging cylinders with photosensitive coatings. At our facilities in Boulder, Colorado, we replace the photosensitive coating on nearly two million photoconductors per year, saving energy and materials. In 2016, over 1.2 million photoconductors from our returned cartridges were collected and sent back to Boulder for recoating and reuse. An additional 300,000 photoconductors were recovered from the manufacturing line resulting in the reuse of 119 metric tons of aluminum.

Boulder stores and transports our photoconductors in reusable trays to reduce waste. The plastic trays are shipped from the United States to China and Mexico and then returned for reuse. In 2016, the continual utilization of our trays kept 94 metric tons of material out of landfills.

Lexmark was awarded a ML100 Award by Frost & Sullivan’s Manufacturing Leadership Council in Sustainability Leadership for reconditioning our developer rollers.

In 2016, over
1.2 million photoconductors
from our returned cartridges were collected for recoating and reuse