Different Industrial Printing Methods

Used Heidelberg Printing Machines DealerWhen it comes to printing, the market has significantly changed over the past so many years. Earlier printing books, brochures, broadsheets, newspapers and other printed material are carried out via white-glove process. But our hearty thanks to Johannes Gutenberg’s for giving birth to movable printing machines back in 1439. Since then the printing process has been revolutionized immensely and has been  widely used all across Europe and America.  The movable type of printing comes with the greater advantage of faster printing of books which in turn allowed people to get in tune with the worldly knowledge and education.

Due to incessant technological advancements and up-gradations,  printing has come a long way. Books and other printable commodities can now be produced in bulk in a very short span of time while maintaining the quality of printing. There are now a wide range of printing processes publishers can choose from. Let’s go though some of the most popular printing methods used today.

Used offset Printing Machines in IndiaOffset – The full name of this Printing process is offset lithography. Offset printing technology  is the most commonly used printing technique on the market, appropriate and fast for printing on paper, cardboard, plastic and other flat materials. Offset is widely used for printing books, newspaper, brochures, broadsheets, stationery, packaging, etc.

Flexography – In flexography flexible (generally rubber) printing plate is used, which stretches the range of substrates that can be printed on. Material such as Plastics, metals, cellophane and other materials can be easily printed on. Flexo technology is generally used for packaging and labels and to a less widely for printing newspapers.

Digital printing – Digital printing is a recent developed technique where printing is done using digital image through a range of media.

Different variants of  printing technologies such as inkjet and xerography are also referred to as digital printing. These are the newest processes and as such, they are gradually replacing other traditional processes. They also offer new opportunities such as variable data printing, in which each printed copy is entirely different from the previous one.

Screen printing – Screen printing is carried out by using a mesh to transfer ink onto a substrate, leaving the areas made impenetrable to the ink by a blocking stencil.

This printing technique can be done on a wide range of materials and the printing surface does not necessarily have to be perfectly flat. Printing t-shirts or glass surfaces or on wood are some of the examples.

Used Heidelberg Printing MachinesRotogravure – Also known as gravure, is a type of intaglio printing process, this is a technique in which an image is engraved onto a printing cylinder. That cylinder is inked like offset printing and flexography, it uses a rotary printing press. The ink engraved onto the cylinder is subsequently transfers to the paper.  Gravure is used for high volume work such as newspapers,  magazines, and packaging.

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All You Wanted to Know About the Carbon Neutrality Concept in New & Used Heidelberg Printing Machines

Used Heidelberg Printing MachinesEveryone is aware that CO2 emissions are the major contributors to global warming. In the wake of such a pressing issue, Heidelberg pioneered the concept of Carbon Neutrality in all its prepress, press and postpress machines. Unveiled at Drupa 2012, this technology initiative from the house of Heidelberg caught everyone’s attention in the press industry. Here’s a quick overview of the concept, which also goes on to prove the company’s commitment towards sustainable development:

The Concept

Statistics reveal that while there are several greenhouse gases that account for climate change, carbon dioxide is the biggest culprit. There are also many CO2 equivalents that have been causing the damage. These gas emissions are a direct impact of burning fossil fuels. Heidelberg came up with the initiative to calculate the carbon footprint and subsequently neutralize the carbon gas emitted while manufacturing the machine. It achieves its goal of compensating the gas emissions by purchasing climate protection certificates. Heidelberg buys the certificates of Project Togo in Togo, West Africa, which is said to support a reforestation project.

Calculation of CO2 footprint of printing presses

After a lot of research and taking into account the international eco-balance standards, Heidelberg collaborated with the TU Darmstadt to establish a method for calculating the carbon footprint of printing presses. Several parameters were taken into account, such as energy consumption, transport, and the various materials with their specific CO2 footprint. Further, they also calculated the CO2 emissions occurred at the premises of the suppliers.

According to the calculation model, the manufacturing process of a Speedmaster XL 106-6+L gives out approximately 260 tons of carbon dioxide. Of course, this would vary depending upon the model of the equipment.

Certificate & Label

The company also has a certificate from The Fraunhofer Institut UMSICHT, which states that the company adheres to the rules for calculating the CO2 footprint for manufacturing its printing presses.

The “CO2 neutral” label can be seen beside the company logo on all new and Used Heidelberg Printing Machines.

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