NEC Projectors First to Receive TCO Certificate

Published October 15th, 2009 - 11:03 GMT

NEC Display Solutions is the world’s first manufacturer to receive a TCO certificate for projectors.  The NEC NP215 and NP410 are the first projectors to be awarded the new label for quality and environment. TCO Development, the company behind TCO Certified, sets international standards for the certification of monitors’ environmental compatibility and ergonomics. The company have now also drawn up a catalogue of criteria for projectors and developed a measurement called “TCO Image Size”. The new measurement facilitates the choice of the right projector for the customer.

Choosing a projector is not an easy task. The solution is TCO Image Size – the largest projected area tested in normal use situations that meet all the visual ergonomic criteria TCO Development consider important for validating a high quality picture. Moreover, in order to receive a TCO certification, a projector needs to satisfy strict criteria regarding ergonomics, energy consumption and the materials used for the product and its packaging.

The NEC NP215 and NP410 satisfy the TCO requirements in an exemplary manner. The low power consumption of only 210W (NP215), respectively 195W (NP410), in Eco mode makes these projectors particularly economical and eco-friendly. Eco mode also facilitates an extended lamp life of up to 5000 hours. 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.

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. An optional message at system startup encourages the user to select the energy-saving mode, which can be activated easily by pressing the green Eco button on the remote control. When shutting down the projectors, the user is informed about the savings of each session.
As well as environmental and ergonomic aspects, a TCO certificate also means that a manufacturer is discharging its social responsibility across the entire value creation chain – from manufacturing to disposal. “NEC’s Green Vision philosophy, just like TCO’s standards, takes account of the entire product life cycle,” explains Ian Gobey, the General Manager at NEC Display Solutions in the Middle Eastat 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.

“Projectors are becoming increasingly popular. Therefore it is important to build them as environmentally friendly as possible and to assist consumers in identifying a product with optimal image quality, says Sören Enholm, Managing Director TCO Development. We are very pleased that a leading brand as NEC appreciates the TCO certification and sets an example for the rest of the industry”

*EuP 2005/32/EC: This eco-design directive, which comes into effect next year, states that projectors must consume less than 1 watt in standby mode or have a switch that enables them to be disconnected from the power supply completely.

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