Saving money by checking water
Keeping track of a production process is not only helping the quality of a printed product but it can also save money. Danish newspaper publisher Sjællandske Medier did this by checking their fountain process with the brand new f-IQA.
Keeping track of a production process is not only helping the quality of a printed product but it can also save money. An example for this is Sjællandske Medier, the biggest newspaper publisher on the Danish island Zeeland.
The company with its 500 employees publishes four daily newspapers („Frederiksborg Amt Avis“, „Dagbladet“, „Nordvestnyt“, „Sjællandske“) and 32 weeklies. That’s a lot of printing which is why Sjællandske Medier checked their fountain process with the brand new f-IQA (Fountain ISO Quality Assessment) by Agfa. Currently this process is not yet commercially available but Agfa is promising to change that in „due time“ according to their case study on Sjællandske. Five other modules will be added as well.
During the f-IQA Agfa tested six distinct water samples from Sjællandskes fountain setup installation: tap water, de-mineralized water, re-hardened water, fresh fountain solution, used fountain solution and the fountain additive. Factory Manager Niels Grinsted says about Agfa: „Their quick response time and professional knowhow regarding different aspects of the printing workflow such as experience with plates, gum and fount, has contributed to improve our final printed results. We use an Arkitex Newsdrive workflow to control our CtP system which consists of two Advantage N engines with online Clean-out units, imaging on N94-VCF chemistry free plates. Recently we decided to start using the Anturafount CS1, which is a perfect match for the N94-VCF plates.“ The Anturafount investment was the direct response to the testing results.
The solution had an immediate economic impact: Sjællandske reduced their start-up paper waste by 5 to 7 %.
This shows that green printing is more than a temporary trend but represents a strategic business decision in an industry that is using a huge amount of raw materials like paper, ink or cardboard. This aims not only for using less material but also for reusing and recycling used materials like metals or plastic. For small and midsize companies interested in the topic the Australian Industry Group published a checklist on green printing which can be downloaded here.