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Flexo Sustainable : Fall 2012
Recycling of materials, like those pictured here, is a key ingredient in cei’s sustainability strategies. Advanced technical printing with water-based inks on com- plex mult-layer structures makes for high-quality, impressive (and green) products that are here to stay. Further, cei utilizes an in-house ink-formulating special- ist, employed by a major ink supplier, in developing custom formulations to meet cutting-edge ink adhesion applications. One of the larger water reduction projects, in the press opera- tions, came from reviewing the need of de-ionized water. This project ended in the removal of de-ionizing tanks, resulted in implementation of a reverse osmosis system, and a reduction in salt for water softening. Closed-loop ManufaCturing Environmentally conscious manufacturing has gained more and more interest in recent years. For achieving it, a closed- loop manufacturing system—where products are made from used products, parts and materials taken-back from market, as well as new ones—are beginning to take hold. Closed loop manufacturing resource planning, also known as closed loop MRP (CLMRP), is a model that integrates returned/used products into the supply chain. In such a model, the original equipment manufacturer (OEM) takes responsibility for the return loop (RL) process. Cores, or the product packaging components, can come from customers or retailers, but may also come from downstream production facilities in the form of manufacturing byproducts or compo- nents. By closing the loop and managing the product lifecycle in a holistic manner, the manufacturer has more control over both supply chain and manufacturing planning. Some of the closed-loop processes that cei utilizes include: • 100 percent aqueous-based chemicals and developing solutions are used in printing plate operations. Chemi- cals and plate components are controlled through quality 14 Sustainable FLEXO fall 2012 www.flexomag.com