At TLS - Boca Systems we feel that all businesses have the responsibility of doing their part to protect and maintain our planet. We regularly evaluate the latest technologies for ways to reduce both our energy usage and our total impact on the environment. This philosophy extends to all aspects of our business as we are constantly adapting our products and procedures in the interest of operating in the most environmentally friendly manner.
TLS - Boca Systems has utilised its engineering expertise and resources to produce the most environmentally responsible ticket printer possible. We have analysed every aspect of the design process and manufacturing environment in order to implement reductions in both material usage and energy consumption.
BOCA Printers Long Life
All BOCA printers are designed to last in excess of ten years. Assuming a minimal amount of occasional maintenance, your printer should last for as long as you need it. Unlike other products that need periodic replacement, your printer will not require limited landfill space as it continues to work reliably for many years into the future.
In the rare event that your printer outlives your requirement, the casing and most of the internal components are made of easily recyclable aluminium and bio-plastics parts. Please refer to our recycling policy if you would like us to dispose of your printer for you.
Reduced Size and Packaging
Over the past five years, we have reduced the average size of the printer by approximately 40% resulting in similar reductions in printed circuit board size, paint usage and cabling. The reduced printer size reduces shipping weight by approximately 30% while affecting a 40% reduction in shipping volume. Both factors significantly decrease the environmental impact of shipping our products throughout the world.
Our products comply with all applicable ROHS regulations. We have also implemented a number of measures to reduce the energy usage in our manufacturing facilities.
Extensive R&D efforts in power supply design have allowed us to reduce the printer’s idle power requirements by over 50% to under 3 watts. Typical operating power usage has dropped by almost 20% to approximately 22 watts. These improvements reduce both your ongoing cost of using the printer and its impact on the environment, while allowing our printers to earn the ENERGY STAR qualification.
BOCA Systems Ticket stock
All of our ticket grade thermal paper is sourced from either FSC or SFI certified forests. Additionally, we produce our printing plates with a chemical free process while using environmentally friendly water-based inks. All of our paper waste is recycled, further minimizing the environmental impact..
It should be noted that a quality thermal paper requires a very smooth printing surface. The short fibres inherent in recycled paper create a bumpy printing surface. A significant amount of energy is required in order to provide recycled paper with the smoothness necessary for thermal printing. The environmental impact of the added energy overshadows the limited environmental advantage from using recycled paper.
We have upgraded many of our presses to use high speed, compressed air at low temperatures in place of hot air dryers. The lower temperatures reduce the total energy consumption of our printing process. Additionally, we have invested in improved technology and processes to reduce our waste percentages by almost 50% over the past five years. The reduced use of materials (paper, ink, foil) produces a corresponding reduction in the energy needed to produce the tickets.