Carbon footprint slashed due to £1m investment

12 months after installing a second cylinder press, Fascia Graphics reports significant efficiency savings…

On the twelve month anniversary of installing its second Sakurai MS80-SD servo-driven cylinder press – unique to the UK keypad and overlay industry – Fascia Graphics has reported that its carbon footprint has been reduced for the second year running.

Fascia Graphics has invested nearly £1million in the two machines, and worked closely with Natgraph, the supplier. The installation has been so successful Fascia Graphics has been invited by FESPA UK (the industry’s leading trade association) to present at the ‘Screen Printing Now’ conference in London this September.

Both Sakurai’s were built with Natgraph High Temperature, Air Force UV/IR combination dryers, which are the latest technology for cylinder screen printing lines. The machines were purpose designed and built with unique anti-scratch substrate paths, ensuring perfect delivery of the substrate to ensure flawless print detail – further reducing Fascia’s material consumption and waste.

How it reduces energy consumption…
The two printing lines are also designed with bespoke heat exchange units which remove the heat from the waste air and use this to heat up the fresh air being pumped in. This drastically reduces the amount of energy the dryer uses as the fresh air coming in has been heated by recycling the heat from the waste air.

The Sakurai’s have also benefited from the reduction of dust and debris in the atmosphere as they have been installed within positive pressure clean rooms. Temperature and humidity are closely controlled, reducing static charge on the press and substrate. This consequently reduces downtime during production, resulting in reduced waste of energy, materials and time.

Michael Hole, Systems Improvement Manager at Fascia Graphics, said:
“Our investment in the Sakurai’s has really paid off, and put further distance between Fascia and our competitors with regards to performance, product quality and energy efficiencies. Cutting carbon emissions at the same time as providing so many service and production improvements to our customers is an industry first, and one that we are very proud of.”