Proving that eco-friendliness and economy are not mutually
exclusive, the ABC Print Group in Hereford in the U.K. has been
printing for over a year with a Speedmaster SM 52 with an Anicolor
short inking unit. Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG (Heidelberg)
unveiled Anicolor technology at IPEX 2006, enabling customers to
cut waste by up to 90 percent. "We estimated we'd save one
million sheets and are pleasantly surprised to find that this
figure is actually over 1.5 million sheets for the year," says
Mike Greene, Managing Director of the ABC Print Group. "We
therefore save over 32 tons of paper each year and reduce the
impact on the environment by around 40 tons of CO2 a year," he
adds. The short makeready times enable the print shop to produce up
to ten 180-sheet jobs an hour. "Anicolor is a highly
innovative technology that ensures profitability for us and allows
us to offer our customers a fast, high-quality print service,"
says a delighted Greene.
The ABC Print Group was founded in 2001 and now employs 22
people, who produce all types of small-format print products for
the southwest of England.
The new Anicolor technology caught the print shop's
imagination at IPEX 2006, where it ordered a conventional
Speedmaster SM 52 ten-color press with perfecting device and two
Suprasetter A52 CtP platesetters. This equipment enabled the ABC
Print Group to quickly win new customers and expand its pressroom
at the end of 2007 with a Speedmaster SM 52 four-color press with
coating unit and Anicolor technology.
The Speedmaster SM 52 with Anicolor can be set up to print
coated or textured paper, board, or envelopes in less than seven
minutes, although Mr Greene says they often achieve change-over in
around 5 minutes - easily 40 percent faster than a conventional
press. This is possible because Anicolor technology works without
ink zones. And thanks to the Alcolor dampening system, conventional
printing plates can also be used for Anicolor.
The Anicolor press prints up to 15,000 sheets per hour in A3
format or 30,000 sheets per hour in A4 format, offering high
quality with total color stability. Anicolor technology thus
enables cost-effective production of short and very short runs and
shifts the boundary between digital and offset printing further in
the latter's favor. What's more, Anicolor's strengths can also be
exploited to the full with long runs, which is not the case for
One other interesting fact that Mr Greene points out is that
their previous conventional Speedmaster SM 52 with coater, which
they replaced with the Anicolor press ran for two or often three
shifts, but now they clear their work in one single day shift of
about 10 hours. "The savings in labor costs and electricity
are pleasing to say the least" he says.
A win-win situation for the environment and customers
Environmental issues are playing an ever greater role in the
print industry. For a number of years, Heidelberg has been working
on solutions for the development, production, and utilization of
presses that will limit the depletion of resources, reduce
emissions, and cut wastage.
In the end, cutting consumption is not just beneficial for
the environment - it also helps reduce print shop costs. As well as
competitive prices, print shops can therefore also offer their
customers and print buyers specific environmental benefits.
Mike Greene, Managing Director of the ABC Print Group, saves
over 32 tons of paper each year with his Speedmaster SM 52 with
Anicolor short inking unit and reduces the impact on the
environment by around 40 tons of CO2.
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