Americans spend an estimated 90% of their time indoors2 and the levels of common indoor air pollutants can be two to five times higher indoors than outdoors,3 making indoor air quality (IAQ) a serious health concern. Learning about the IAQ performance of product and equipment used in offices and other indoor environments can help people to improve IAQ.
As is the case for other technical equipment, environmental features of printers can be characterized by the use of eco-label programs and certification requirements. Testing according to such programs, and comparison against guidelines of such programs, yields good insights into the IAQ performance of the devices.
Accordingly, Original Equipment Manufacturers (OEMs) design and test their printer systems for compliance with applicable guidelines, as defined by the widely recognized UL ECOLOGO®, EPEAT, and the Blue Angel (“der Blaue Engel”) eco-label programs. Such certification requires testing of OEM printers together with OEM toner cartridges.
Several non-OEM cartridges are also available on the market including remanufactured cartridges which may use parts from OEM cartridges and “clones/new build compatibles” which are new non-OEM cartridges.
These non-OEM cartridges are intended for use with popular printing systems but they are filled with non-OEM toner. Therefore, if depleted OEM cartridges are replaced by these non-OEM cartridge alternatives, it may no longer be ensured that the printing systems’ performance lives up to the strict certification guidelines.
In fact, testing performed by a team of UL scientists, researchers, and engineers demonstrates that the devices’ IAQ performance can be substantially altered by the use of non-OEM toner cartridges. While some of the global eco-label standards are applicable to remanufactured cartridges, there are no existing environmental standards for “clones/new build compatibles”.
Office and Indoor Air Quality
3 “The Inside Story: A Guide to Indoor Air Quality,” U.S. EPA/Office of Air and Radiation, Office of Radiation and Indoor Air Quality. Web.
In our increasingly connected world, any network device can become an avenue of attack for hackers. And if we’re going to enjoy the many benefits and conveniences of the Internet of Things, we must commit to securing every “thing” we connect. Servers and client PCs top the list, but network printers may also be vulnerable to attack. Why? Because they’re less likely to be thought of as needing protection.
Over the past few years, there has been a rise in attacks of embedded system technologies, which are often shared across connected devices. The risk includes PC firmware/BIOS as well as printer firmware. Cyberattacks are rapidly increasing in sophistication , and because of this, ABM Federal is hyper-focused on printer security, especially in the office environment.
Reducing an organization’s environmental impact and costs
An optimized imaging and printing environment delivers benefits across an organization. Energy and paper saving technologies can help reduce your organizations environmental impact and costs.
Improved management can increase reliability and boost productivity. And convenient recycling ensures that you can responsibly dispose of unwanted hardware and supplies.
Save Energy, Reduce Costs
A typical office environment can have a printer on almost every desk, along with fax machines, copiers, and other single-use devices throughout—many old or outdated. ABM Federal’s Managed Print Services (MPS) Program helps assess your organizations print needs, placing the right type and number of devices in the right locations.
Cut Paper Waste, Boost Productivity
Efficiency is about more than just energy—it’s also about how your organization manages information.
Paper-based workflows are often the norm in a typical office. But unclear printing or workflow- management policies can lead to wasted paper and multiple single-sided, unclaimed, or poor-quality print jobs. ABM Federal’s MPS can help revamp your print strategy by streamlining workflows and improving employee print habits.
• Digital Transformation—Capture, connect, and communicate documents digitally, improving workflow while reducing paper waste.
• Automatic Two-sided Printing—Print on both sides of a page to reduce paper waste by an estimated 25% or more.
• User-authenticated Printing—Reduce unclaimed print jobs and misprints by 10% to 30% with pull- and PIN-printing solutions that enable users to claim jobs stored on networked printers.
New Build Compatibles (NBC), also called clones, are often sold as low cost replacement cartridges made with ink or toner that are produced by a company NOT affiliated with the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) which can lead to poor quality prints, lower page yields, printer downtime and costly repairs.
Many of these products perform poorly and do not produce the page yields that comparable legitimate cartridges deliver, so more clones are used. Because they are based on designs and technologies that often violate OEM intellectual property (IP), infringing compatibles cannot be refurbished without a remanufacturer risking a lawsuit. And even if they were remanufactured, the performance would be even worse than the poor performance the clone delivered during its first use. So, each year an increasing number of clones find their way into landfills, and it doesn’t appear that this will change anytime soon.
The type of cartridge you purchase makes a big difference to the environment. Although remanufactured cartridges may be advertised as “reused,” most end up in landfills.1 But when you choose Original HP cartridges, you’re taking part in a circular economy. With your help, HP’s closed-loop recycling process brings products back to life.
HP laser printing systems stand for unsurpassed reliability and quality. However, many users are not aware of the value of the technology which is incorporated in the Original HP toner cartridges. It is commonly assumed that all of the intelligence is in the printer, while in fact, almost 70 percent of the imaging system is contained in the cartridge itself. Non-HP toners1 often cannot deliver the premium performance you enjoy with Original HP printing supplies.
Designed to work the first time, every time1
Depend on print jobs with 98% customer-ready prints from the first print1
On average, Original HP Inks print more than 2x the pages than non-HP inks tested1
Free and easy recycling to help reduce waste2
100% of Original HP Toner Cartridges and 82% of Original HP Ink Cartridges contain recycled content3
HP diverts almost 1 million empty plastic bottles per day by using them as recycled content in new ink cartridges4
To help maintain the indoor air quality where you live and work
HP voluntarily designs and tests its printing systems5 to meet eco-label emission guidelines
Original HP Inks are water-based for odorless, low-emission printing and indoor air quality performance6
Help protect your printer and data7
Security is applied throughout the HP supply chain to provide product integrity for the customer7
Original HP office cartridge chips contain tamper-resistant HP proprietary firmware7
1. SpencerLab 2018 study commissioned by HP for the on-average performance of 12 brands of remanufactured cartridges, refilled cartridges from leading refill service providers, and refill kits compared to Original HP Ink Cartridges (61XL, 62XL, 63XL, 564XL, 950XL, 951XL, 970XL & 971XL) sold in North America. See spencerlab.com/reports/HPInkReliability-NA-2018.pdf. 2018 SpencerLab Color and 2019 SpencerLab Monochrome Reliability studies for North America, both commissioned by HP. Color study compared Original HP color cartridges with six brands of non-HP cartridges for the HP LaserJet Pro 400 M451dn; CE410A/X, CE411A/12A/13A cartridges. See spencerlab.com/reports/HP-CLR-Reliability-NA-2018.pdf. Monochrome study compared Original HP Cartridges with seven brands of non-HP cartridges for the HP Pro M402 and Pro M521 printers; HP 26A and 55A cartridges. See spencerlab.com/reports/HPReliability-NA-2019.pdf.
2. Program availability varies. See hp.com/go/recycle.
3. 82% of Original HP Ink Cartridges contain between 45-70% recycled plastic. 100% of Original HP Toner Cartridges contain between 5-45% post-consumer or post-industrial recycled content. Does not include toner bottles, ink bottles, and other products not listed. See hp.com/go/recycledcontent for list.
4. See hp.com/go/sustainableimpact.
5. An HP printing system consists of HP printer, HP paper and Original HP supply. Blue Angel DE-UZ 205 emissions criteria or earlier versions applicable when printing system launched.
6. Up to A3+ page size HP printing systems meet Blue Angel DE-UZ 205 sec. 3.3 emissions limit or earlier BA versions applicable when printing system launched. An HP printing system consists of HP printer, HP paper and Original HP supply. See produktinfo.blauer-engel.de/uploads/criteriafile/en/DE-UZ%20205-201701-en%20Criteria.pdf.
7. HP office-class printing systems are select Enterprise and Managed devices with FutureSmart firmware 4.5 and up, Pro devices, LaserJet models 200 and up, with respective Original HP Toner, PageWide, and Ink Cartridges. Does not include HP integrated printhead cartridges. Digital supply-chain tracking, hardware, and packaging security features vary locally by SKU. See hp.com/go/SuppliesThatProtect and hp.com/go/SuppliesSecurityClaims.
Simple, Efficient and Secure e-Commerce Solutions
ABM Federal has a long history of simplifying the procurement process, streamlining our ability to make your federal office IT safe and productive. With our private purchase portal, Shop.ABMFederal.com, users can shop in a secure environment and be confident they are receiving competitive pricing with our “Best In Class” (BIC) Contracts, saving them time and money.
Centralized e-commerce purchasing programs that provide cost savings and operational efficiencies. With a dedicated e-commerce site, combined with a single Business Purchasing Agreement (BPA) with ABM Federal, a Federal Agency can see measurable cost savings of up to 15% to 20%, as well as gain operational efficiencies across its U.S. locations. These savings and efficiencies are based on similar programs that ABM Federal has in place with other Federal Agencies including a 5-year $30M program for a large civilian agency supporting over 3,500 buyers.
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Introduction to the OS4 Solution
GSA’s latest solution for office supplies and services, Office Supplies Fourth Generation (OS4), is available through the Multiple Award Schedules (MAS) program.
As the newest generation of the Federal Strategic Sourcing Initiative (FSSI) OS solution, OS4 incorporates all of the features of Best-in-Class FSSI OS3 while integrating the robust structure of the MAS.
All of the lessons learned from OS3 have contributed to the creation of OS4. This solution, combines the attributes of MAS and OS3 into a single acquisition solution that reduces contract duplication and improves efficiencies.
OS4 provides a seamless way to purchase office supplies while fully complying with the Trade Agreements Act. The OS4 solution also provides environmentally sustainable purchasing options, is friendly to small businesses, and offers flexible delivery, product variety, and significant savings.
GSA Schedule 75 SIN 75-220 (OS4) # 47QSEA19D000B