Economy Through Ecology Highlighted by manroland
The core topic of energy efficiency was illustrated by Torsten Fritsch from Berg Energiekontrollsystem GmbH. The objective is to increase a printing company’s efficiency and protect the environment by reducing energy consumption and energy costs. He then described the process steps necessary for comprehensive energy management.
Consumable materials, technology and financing
When consumable materials such as paper and coating are produced in a resource-conserving manner, the print production process can build on this foundation of ecology.
Thomas Wegner-Ney from VDMH (Hesse Print and Media Association) showed why uncontrolled exploitation of forestry resources must be stopped. He pointed out the ecological benefits of FSC (Forest Stewardship Council)-certified paper and explained how a printing company can receive FSC certification. “TerraGreen” coating, presented by Frank Kamphuis of ACTEGA Terra, is based on natural materials of resins and wax. Up to 75 percent biologically degradable, this innovative coating received the 2008 German Printing Industry Innovation Award.
The press and workflow technologies available from manroland for environment-friendly print production were presented by Vincent Krafft and Joachim Ruf and were aided by a print demonstration on a 6-color ROLAND 700 HiPrint with coater module. The press also included QuickChange options to reduce makeready time, inking unit presetting with ColorPilot, gray balance control with okBalance®, QuickStart and PrepressLink.
There was great interest in modelling the print process improvements with the manroland “eco-counter”. The calculator shows the costs that can be saved by using environment-friendly technologies. Despite all innovative progress, one thing remains the same: new technology requires investments on the part of a printing company. Marcus Kaufmann from the KfW-Bank explained how investments in environment protection can be assisted by less expensive financial services and special financing. He outlined the procedure involved in applying for energy efficiency consulting subsidies and gave examples of investment calculations.
A number of available programs at U.S. based energy companies can help commercial printers conserve energy and cash for their facilities. Edison Electric Industries spokesman Ed Legge, suggests printers contact their utility provider to see what incentives they qualify for. With money being set aside as part of the federal government’s stimulus package, he said energy efficiency is a major consideration for each and every state.