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Flexo Sustainable : Spring 2012
run on a wide variety of press configurations and can be custom-formulated to meet the needs of most any application. They offer: • High pigment loadings for fine line anilox rolls • Formulations for high line screen and process jobs • Wider pH operating range • Improved viscosity stability on press – user friendly • Ability to dry on a wide range of sub- strates • Formulations that contain maximum levels of renewable materials • Excellent trapping • Exceptional rub resistance Greenerpackage.com, the gatekeeper of the Walmart database, evaluated the systems. Extensive lab tests were performed and, meeting stringent U.S . FTC require- ments for environmental claims, enabled the ink system to be approved and displayed at both the 2010 and 2011 Walmart Sustainable Packaging Exposition. SucceSS Story for Walmart As a requirement for exhibiting at the Walmart Expo, ven- dors were required to report on a project, the approach and the success/savings of a sustainable project endeavor. Color Resolutions International presented its documented reduc- tion of petroleum and VOC’s from the development of the CRI Earthflex ink system: Develop a SuStainability action plan To support advances in sustainability, the printer should develop a strong partnership with their ink supplier with the objective of: 1. Establishing a business plan that includes sustainabil- ity and a lean manufacturing approach. These efforts should have sufficient visibility and authority within the organization to ensure ongoing progress is made 2. Investing adequate time and resources to train and educate employees about regulations and technical developments pertaining to sustainability 3. Implementing well-defined processes for minimizing wastes and maximizing recycling efforts. This should include a thorough understanding of the press mechan- ics, proofing techniques, and color matching protocols for each press 4. Implementing methods to measure and communicate the results of sustainability efforts on a routine and timely basis. This helps to establish a positive track record of performance 5. Maintaining an open mind to new ideas and processes. The use of soy is well known in the industry, but there are other alternatives. In addition, time spent upfront to fingerprint the press will most likely lead to less down- time and scrap later on 6. Challenging suppliers to be committed to the continua- tion and success of their sustainability initiatives Sustainability has been defined as meeting the needs of the present without compromising the ability of future genera- tions to meet their own needs. To live and work with integrity well within the limits of nature, and use science and common sense to advance sustainability in all its forms for the bet- terment of the environment, the community, our associates, our suppliers and customers. The focus is centered on the reclaiming, recycling, and the use of renewable resources for all ink products and processes, including those of customers. The mission is to minimize the carbon footprint and provide a healthy environment for our children, grandchildren and future generations. Printing is an integral part of our society. As we move forward toward establishing a more sustainable future, we take into consideration our approach to optimize energy usage, reduce waste and increase the use of renew- able resources. n About the author: James Ford is special projects technical manager, Color Resolutions International. CRI is an interna- tional packaging ink company focused on water-based and UV curing flexo inks for printing corrugated, flexible pack- aging, envelopes, tags and labels, and folding cartons. CRI uses proprietary InkChemistry to custom tailor inks that print cleaner, richer, truer colors and give your printed graphics an edge in the marketplace.Its EarthFlex line of inks reflects technologies described in this article. CRI works with companies that have been frustrated with ink issues that affect quality, efficiencies and costs. The com- pany provides technical assistance and expertise in resolving printing issues. For more information about CRI, visit www. colorresolutions.com or call toll free at (800) 346-8570. 10 Sustainable FLEXO spring 2012 www.flexomag.com 1 CRI Earthflex Inks Success Story Project Objective: • Reduce petroleum -based components commonly found in packaging inks, reduce volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in the ink formulation, ultimately reducing the ink’s carbon footprint. Approach: • Provide new ink system with plant-based polym ers; reducing the petroleum-derived polymer content. • Reduce the VOCs in the formulation by reformulating the ink. Minnesota Corrugated Box CRI Earthflex Inks Color Resolutions International Successes/Savings: • Reduction in petroleum-derived resin by 32% in 90 Black form ula for a savings of 2.75 gallons of petroleum oil per 450 lb. drum of ink. • Reduced VOCs from 7.2 to 6.2 lbs. per drum of ink. 575 Quali ty Bl vd. Fairfield, OH 45014 800-346-8570 ♦ www.colorresolutions.com Call for Abstracts Deadline: April 27 FTA’s 2012 Fall Conference & Tabletop Exhibition Efficiency in Flexography: Connecting the Dots October 15-17 • The Pfister Hotel • Milwaukee, WI Chairs: Sean Teufler, Harper Corporation of America & Johnny Dye, Accredo Packaging, Inc. All abstracts must be submitted online. Visit www.flexography.org for details.
Year End 2011