5 Ways to Go Green with Flexographic Printing

Looking for the best eco-friendly methods for using your flexographic printing machine? Discover here how making use of PCF paper, font selection, and customizing your printer’s quality settings could help you go green!

 

A study conducted by an international marketing institute shows that consumers are 58% more likely to choose products from companies that are mindful of their environment. That means opting for eco-friendly choices is not a matter of preference anymore. 

Sustainability has come a long way in terms of every business’s priority—and for businesses to thrive, they should be on the frontline of pursuing matters related to caring for the environment. 

To ensure your company’s commercial viability alongside increased productivity, reduced costs, and enhanced competitive advantage, considering environment-friendly choices is 100% a must. Of course, this movement of going green is extended to your printing operations.

Now, if you have a flexographic printing machine and you want to know just how you can go green with it, here’s a simple guide we made for you. 

 

  1. Use Process Chlorine Free (PCF) paper. 

Since chlorine and its main derivatives such as chlorine dioxide is proven harmful to the environment, especially to that of aquatic—choosing PCF papers means supporting the movement against further harming the aquatic environment.. 

With PCF papers used on your flexographic printing operations, you can ensure that your business leaves no carcinogenic footprint. Flexographic printing machines with PCF papers guarantee high-quality printouts without putting nature and other species’ lives at risk. 

 

  1. Utilize duplex printing. 

Printing on both sides or duplex printing by special web threading of the substrate or by using the turn-bar accessory of your flexographic machine is an excellent means of reducing the amount of used materials for your business. Although this may seem simple, a lot of business operations still fail to commit to this, resulting in both wastes in substrates and money. 

Encouraging employees to use flexographic printing machines wisely by implementing a company-wide instruction for duplex printing may create rippling positive effects for your brand in the long run. 

 

  1. Make use of print stop and review 

Tired of flexographic printing errors that could have been easily corrected? Well, that’s where the use of press jog function comes in handy. On your initial plate registering, by utilizing this function on our machine, you can prevent excess substrate waste by jogging the substrate backward and forward until you have reached your desired registration. This function is located conveniently on the left and right side of our machine near the print station so that the operator can micro-adjust until he have reached his desired output. 

 By simply looking at the result preview of your flexographic printout before running the press on auto-pilot, you can drastically reduce possible printout errors. 

 

  1. Font selection for printing

Did you know that there are fonts that require more ink than others? Yes! That’s why choosing your fonts wisely can help you reduce the amount of chemicals produced by your ink. That is especially if you’re making use of solvent-based inks for your flexographic printing machine. 

 

  1. Make your flexographic printing machines energy efficient. 

How can you do this? First, consider checking your flexographic printer’s quality settings. Instead of setting your print quality to high-resolution all the time, make sure to tone this setting down when you don’t need to produce high-grade printouts. 

Also, monitor your ink consumption and replace one color at a time to prevent wasting ink. Lastly, accessing your printer remotely and allowing it to be operated by multiple people only when needed could also be of help when it comes to preserving energy when working with a flexographic printing machine. 

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