Going green AND saving packaging costs?

Going green AND saving packaging costs? from Siltech Limited

By: Siltech Limited  28/07/2016
Keywords: Variable Information Printing

Removing those waste producing, cost increasing print technologies might seem like an unachievable goal for many packaging manufacturers and printers, however technologies are often dictated “to” end users - “this is how we do it” conversations abound in the industry. In order to get a precise clear print quality using a thermal ribbon the substrate needs to be uniform and flat – often the use of coated papers is the only way to achieve this resulting in high levels of waste from trim and from ribbon usage. An alternative would be to use thermally coated paper and use a direct thermal print head, however this is wasteful when only 5-10% of the paper surface is for variable information. Thermal paper is also difficult to get good colour marking on – a larger coat weight is required, increasing costs. An ideal solution then would be to use plain paper/card stock that can be printed using traditional lytho or flexo techniques and print a thermally sensitive patch for the variable information – The majority of the packaging benefits from low cost, high colour print and the patch is highly sensitive to variable information. Siltech (http://www.siltechlimited.com) is pleased to announce the launch of Thermosil – a single layer patch that allows direct thermal printing of variable information – no more waste, no more ribbon jams, and significantly reduced cost. Laying down the Thermosil patch as part of the normal carton print process means that there is no need for thermal ribbons or for ink on the packaging line – this means increased savings on every carton, no smudging, excellent machine readability and reduced environmental waste – one customer has made a 32% saving on labelling alone by switching from thermal labels to Thermosil on a plain label, with the added benefit of better colour uplift and readability.

Keywords: Variable Information Printing