Reuse/Recycling Design

Fuji Xerox is actively engaged in recycling design for the purpose of reusing and recycling parts.

With regards to the recycling design of Fuji Xerox, engineers from Fuji Xerox companies in Japan, the United States, and Europe established a Recycling Design Guideline in 1995. This guideline lists recycling design requirements spanning 130 categories. The requirements include those regarding ease of disassembly, standardization of parts, selection of materials, etc.

Moreover, Fuji Xerox conducts its own efforts to create longer life design, separated design, and strength design in order to increase the number of reusable parts.

In addition, by creating a manual with case examples on improvements made to enhance recycling efficiency, and by accumulating information in our database, we have made it possible for designers to share information at any time, thus enabling the use of the latest technologies in designs.

Fuji Xerox also has a Recycle procurement guideline to strengthen relationships with manufacturers of parts and materials.

This guideline urges suppliers to cooperate in: providing the know-how of Fuji Xerox on recycling design; providing information on the operating life of parts and participating in joint development of repair technology that allows reuse; and actively utilizing reused parts and materials at commissioned production companies, etc.

Design Guidelines

Long-life design Secure longer life of parts to reuse them
Separable design Short-life parts are separated so that only reusable parts are reused
Strength design Minimize damage of parts at the time of use, collection and reuse
Disassembly design Design for easy disassembly for breakup and parts assortment
Use of reusable materials Select materials which can be reused to recycle them
Common design Share the design to allow reuse in other models or subsequent models

Specific Examples of Reuse/Recycling Design

Example of Separable Design

Casters up to this time were made as an all-in-one structure, so that if the wheel part fractured, the entire caster had to be discarded. By using a separable design, it became possible to realize the maximum usage of the parts.

photo of Separated design

Example of Redundant design

By creating a backup hole, even if one screw hole wears out, the part can still be used by making use of the backup hole, so that it no longer has to be exchanged with a new part.