NEC Display Solutions is the world's first manufacturer to receive a TCO certificate for projectors.
The Swedish company TCO Development sets international criteria for the certification of monitors' environmental compatibility and ergonomics. Now it has drawn up a similar catalogue of criteria for projectors and developed a new measurement called "TCO Image Size". This measurement facilitates the choice of the right projector for the customer. The NEC NP215 and NP410 are the first projectors worldwide to be awarded the new label of quality and environment.
In order to receive a TCO certification, a projector needs to satisfy strict criteria regarding acoustics, energy consumption and the materials used for the product and its packaging.
In addition, it has to feature an Eco mode in which the device can be operated with lower energy consumption and less noise. When the video or computer interface is disconnected, the projector has to enter standby mode automatically.
The NEC NP215 and NP410 satisfy the TCO requirements. The low power consumption of only 210W (NP215), or 195W (NP410) in Eco Mode makes these projectors economical and eco-friendly.
Eco mode also facilitates an extended lamp life. An Auto Power Off function enables the projector to automatically turn off if no signal is received by any input device for a specified amount of time. In standby mode, the devices only consume 0.7 W. This means that they already comply with the forthcoming EuP 2005/32/EC directive, which comes into effect in January 2010. After use, the projectors can be switched off immediately.
Additionally the projectors offer a Carbon Savings Meter. The tool calculates and totals the CO2 savings that are achieved when the device is being operated in Eco mode. As well as environmental and ergonomic aspects, a TCO certificate also means that a manufacturer is discharging its social responsibility across the entire added value chain – from manufacturing to disposal.
"NEC's Green Vision philosophy, just like TCO's criteria documents, takes account of the entire product life cycle," explains Ulf Greiner, product line manager for business projectors at NEC. "TCO certification for our projectors is both an affirmation and a further incentive to continue our efforts to achieve optimum environmental compatibility while at the same time delivering outstanding performance and cost effectiveness."