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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2012
• MacDermid offers to customers its Environmental Foot- print Calculator (EFC), based on the results of its find- ings, as a way to understand the environmental impacts of production, while incorporating the variables, such as plate type, plate gauge and geographic location that are specific to each trade shop • DuPont provides data on its website showing that its thermal FAST system has significant energy-savings over typical solvent systems • Kodak argues that its NX system is the most sustainable because it comes to color more quickly and consistently than the other processes • Asahi says that its water-washable plate system is the most eco-friendly option, due to its lack of VOC emissions and lower CO2 footprint Each of these suppliers has drawn a differing conclusion, so it’s important for the trade shops to understand the argu- ments of each to set their own educated position. CONCLUSIONS Though smaller in scope, compared to the printing opera- tion, many opportunities exist for achieving green sustainabil- ity objectives in the prepress trade shop. Beside the environ- mentally positive impact achieved by these objectives, many also provide cost-saving opportunities that lead to a better bottom line and a more efficient operation. Additionally, consumer product companies and printers alike, look to partner with trade shops that deliver a quality product and at the same time provide supplemental benefits that set them apart from their competition. Make sure that they are proud to do business with you. n About the Author: Tyler Mills works as special projects man- ager for Cyber Graphics in Memphis, TN. He graduated from Clemson University in 2006 with a degree in Graphic Com- munications. He’s led a number of internal projects around quality management, workflow optimization, scheduling and color profiling, and he currently manages the organization’s sustainability objectives. Cyber Graphics is a privately owned trade shop in Mem- phis, TN, serving the pre-media and media needs of cus- tomers worldwide by blending design creativity and skillful expertise with the technological requirements of flexographic printing. Specialties range from creative design and digital photography to food styling, production art, color manage- ment, workflow, plate making and laser engraving. Cyber has successfully executed over 3,000 packages across many regional and private label brands using their CyberXtendTM expanded gamut system. www.flexomag.com fall 2012 Sustainable FLEXO 11 Photopolymer plate scrap is collected in gaylord bulk boxes to be incinerated in a waste-to-energy operation, keeping it from entering the landfill.