Irwin Hodson Teams with KBA and ClimatePartner on Eco-friendly Printing

An environmental management program is anchored securely in corporate thinking, and the use of efficient and at the same time ecological technologies is considered a matter of course in Portland. The green awareness of the workforce is similarly important, and all employees are encouraged to form carpools or to use bicycles or public transport for the journey to work.

Recognizing the signs of the times
“We are proud of our sustainability commitment and would like to pass the idea on to our customers,” as Ken Kozol explains. “With ClimatePartner, we have found the ideal ally.” ClimatePartner has already gathered extensive experience in the field of sustainable media production on the German and European markets, and is accepted as an expert for voluntary climate protection in the print industry. “We are pleased that Irwin Hodson Press is making use of the opportunities for active contribution,” says Katharina Riess from ClimatePartner California Inc.

Rapida 105 integral to the sustainability strategy
One key element of the sustainability strategy is the new press installed just a few months ago: A 35-metre-long, 14-unit KBA Rapida 105 (predecessor series of today’s Rapida 106) with UV facilities. It is the first sheetfed offset press from KBA at Irwin Hodson Press, and the undisputed showpiece in the print room, which it shares with further medium-format presses from other manufacturers. Unusual for a 10-colour perfector is the configuration with five printing units and an inline coater between two dryer towers before the perfecting unit, and then another five printing units and a further coater before the dryers in the press delivery.

Unique features such as the sidelay-free infeed DriveTronic SIS and the high level of automation, with fully automatic plate changers, washing systems, KBA Densitronic Professional colour measurement and control, and the KBA Logotronic production management system, reduce makeready times and start-up waste to an absolute minimum. A reel-to-sheet feeder permits the use of more favourably priced reel stocks and further enhances the productivity of longer runs. With the two coater towers before and after the perfecting unit, it is possible to coat both sides of the sheet in a single pass, alongside additional finishing effects guaranteed to catch the imagination of agency customers.

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