On the seabed of the North Sea off the coast of Denmark, the first CO2 reservoir has been established that will store this unwanted gas produced from the manufacturing process. The process is simple and efficient: in the factory itself that generates it, the CO2 is converted to liquid form for transport, via heating, then compressing and finally cooling the CO2. Is it a complete process or is something missing…?
The result is CO2 in liquid form: easy to transport and store. It is transported by gas tankers from the coast to the platform of a former oil well, now exhausted. It is then injected into the subsoil to occupy the place where, until not so long ago, the black gold lay.
We said that everything is in place to make this practice commonplace in order to neutralize CO2 emissions. We correct: the sensors are missing. In a process of this scale, which involves different industries, countries and legislations, it is critical to have information on each phase (how much CO2 an industry emits, how much is captured, etc.).
In the printing industry, we were part of the revolution that involved creating the first sensor capable of capturing data on the use and status of printers installed remotely. This sensor, later baptized DCA (Data Collection Agent), gave rise to a new business: the MPS (Nubeprint has a lot to say because its engineers and founders were the ones who dreamed of this technology and made it a reality with the first patent in 2000).
But, as with CO2 capture and storage, in printing a single sensor is not enough, quite the contrary. As the sensor is the secure connection between the source of the data (which is located next to the printer user) and the place where the data is to be used (the supplier of the printing products), it is very unlikely that a single sensor can be adapted to the requirements of each and every one of the printing customers (the requirements of a bank with thousands of printers are not the same as those of a dentist’s practice with a single printer).
For all these reasons, Nubeprint has developed the concept of a data collector ecosystem. This is a whole library of DCAs that have the same purpose: to read the printer status and usage data and transport it in the most convenient way to the place where it needs to be used.
Currently, Nubeprint has DCAs for LAN, WIFI and USB connected printers; laser and inkjet printers and multifunctional equipment; Ribbon, thermal, large format and 3D printers; even DCAs for scanners; also DCAs for PCs, servers, tablets, smartphones, smart TVs and Raspberry.
We are aware that our developments position our customers competitively and that they are also their gateway and the basis for the expansion of new business. For this reason, Nubeprint never stops researching, dedicating year after year 30% of its turnover to R+D+I activities.