About Beth Rice

Director of Environment, Health and Safety for Personalized Imaging

In recognition of Earth Day 2014, why is silver recovery relevant?

Today’s Earth Day post comes from three Kodak Alaris Personalized Imaging collaborators…

Rick Welch, Senior Client Service Manager, PI
Dominick Vacco, Customer Technical Support, PI
Beth Rice, Director Environment, Health and Safety, PI

It is relevant to us every day because we are committed to carrying out our business activities in a manner consistent with sound environmental, health and safety management practices and to comply with applicable laws and regulations. We are pleased to be able to assist our customers in meeting their environmental responsibilities by offering the Kodak Silver Recovery Program.

The goal of the Kodak Silver Recovery Program is to put less silver down the drain and more recovered silver profit into your pocket, while giving your business a competitive edge over other businesses that aren’t taking advantage of these services. If you want to conserve resources, prevent pollution, and save money, it simply makes good business and environmental sense to adopt a plan for efficient silver recovery. The program will help you save three of your most valuable resources: silver, time, and money and will offer you a complete range of services that may benefit your business.

Why should we all care about silver management?

If you are among hundreds of thousands of facilities in the United States and Canada that process photographic films and papers, then you are producing silver as a byproduct. The benefits of a silver recovery program far outweigh the effort that you put into it. Efficient silver recovery can be cost effective and profitable even with the high price of silver.

Over the years, Eastman Kodak Company and now Kodak Alaris have offered silver management services to our retail, professional and commercial customers. Our portfolio of services now includes:

  • Consulting Services including: silver assessment program, silver sampling, identifying the right equipment for the lab, and training for your employees
  • The Silver Recovery Program, which offers silver management by the Kodak Alaris network of expert Field Service Engineers in major cities across the USA and Canada

In addition to these services, a program is being developed that will allow our customers to purchase equipment and consumables for their silver recovery program.

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More information on silver recovery management as well as discussion topics can be found in our LinkedIn group site at http://www.linkedin.com/groups?home=&gid=4505432&trk=anet_ug_hm

In honor of Earth Day 2014, remember that an efficient silver management program will:

¨ Preserve our non-renewable resources

¨ Pay for itself when properly configured and maintained

¨ Provide compliance with certain environmental regulations

Celebrate Earth Day with Kodak Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX)

As Earth Day approaches each year, I like to reflect on things that I have done to improve our environment and make a difference. Did you know that many Kodak products have features and benefits with reduced environmental impact? This year I have been reflecting on the environmental benefits of the KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX) and would like to share those benefits with you. The APEX dry lab system uses digital print technology.  This technology eliminates the need to print pictures with water and processing chemicals, which also reduces chemical storage and disposal costs.KODAK_APEX70

In addition, the APEX reduces energy consumption when printing a picture.  By now you are thinking “show me the data”.

The APEX doesn’t need energy to maintain chemistry and paper drying processes.

Energy use was compared to the following representative systems in a retail setting: the KODAK Adaptive Picture Exchange (APEX), NORITSU QSS-2711DLS, FRONTIER 340 Digital Mini Lab, FUJI FRONTIER 570 Digital Mini Lab, and GRETAG Master Lab+ 742.

The electricity required by each system to deliver a standard print volume, 1000 prints per 24-hr period, was measured and used to calculate total energy consumption per a 4 x 6 print. This energy analysis suggested that Kodak’s APEX System consumes 70-90% less energy when compared to traditional photoprocessing minilabs.

The APEX has earned the Kodak Cares logo because of this energy savings comparison.

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The environmental benefits of the APEX do not end with energy savings. Photo paper used to create a print is sourced from PEFC (Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification schemes) certified sources.  This means that each print is created with paper from a sustainably managed forest.

And, one more benefit, the packaging used in the media to create a print is suitable for local recycling and plastic parts are labeled to facilitate proper sorting.

Celebrate Earth Day by printing your pictures, enlargements, collages, and other photo gifts at a retailer that uses the Kodak APEX dry lab. Happy Earth Day!