Printing Blanket Technology: A Solution To Drastically Reduce Toner Waste

Every year, tons of printer wastes fill the dump sites. These wastes are non-biodegradable which means that these items will not turn into natural fertilizer. Consequently, as the printing industry expands and becomes more advanced and the printing needs of businesses increase, the amount of toner wastes likewise escalates. For many years, manufacturers have been trying to reduce their wastes by recycling cartridges and producing remanufactured consumables. Although these actions do not solve the problem entirely, it has significantly reduced the amount of wastes because these delay the trip of cartridges into the landfills.

Printing blanket is one of the most essential material in offset printing. It is responsible for transferring images or impressions from the plate to the paper, vinyl and other materials. It is made of layers after layers of compressible ply fabric, carcass and chemical resistant rubber.

Enviro Image Solutions (EIS) started the Blanket Renewal Program seven years ago. They are the first one to create the printing blankets which allow multi-use or to be reused up to 4 times. This idea helped printer manufacturers to prolong their products life service. Consequently, it helped many businesses to significantly reduce their printing costs as they no longer have to replace printer blanket as often.

EIS are helping many printer manufacturers and companies in improving the quality of their output even reducing their production costs. The company diagnoses damages on individual blankets and analyze possible causes for inefficiencies. They even give custom recommendations without affecting standards and protocols for recycled blankets. However, when the printer blanket can no longer be recycled, they turn them into alternative fuel to help lessen production costs and to keep adding wastes into landfills.

EIS Blanket Renewal Program has been widely endorsed worldwide especially in countries including Canada, USA, Japan and UK where most high-end printers are made.

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