Revolutionary Thermal Processing Technology Achieves Milestone
SGS and DuPont Packaging Graphics celebrate the installation of the 1000th Cyrel FAST unit in Florence, Kentucky. Pictured from left to right: Brian Schoulties, Mark Bolling, Roger Shelton, Jim Breeze, Jason Bowman, and Chris Cash of SGS, and Mark McCollum of DuPont Packaging Graphics. Photo courtesy of DuPont.
SGS International has become the 1000th DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST installation in the world, continuing the decade long growth of the flexographic packaging industry’s most popular and sustainably driven workflow. Introduced at the 2000 drupa trade fair and commercialized in 2001, the DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST system is a thermal flexographic plate processing system that requires no solvents or liquids of any kind. The 1000th machine has just been installed at the SGS facility in Florence, Ky.
“We were one of the first Cyrel® FAST customers for DuPont and we now have 17 FAST units in plants around the globe,” said Marriott Winchester, senior vice president --SGS. “We initially liked the system because it was a dry process with a small footprint and rapid-access platemaking capability. And, with its improved environmental performance, we could easily expand capacity or start up new operations and with confidence that we would fall within local regulatory guidelines. When a leading retailer introduced a ‘sustainability scorecard’ to the industry, the certified Life Cycle Analysis (LCA) that DuPont sponsored confirmed the reduction in greenhouses gases and energy consumption associated with Cyrel® FAST, and put us in a position to help our customers meet their increasingly challenging sustainability goals.”
Cyrel® FAST has become one of the preferred workflows for SGS in its production of packaging for many of its major global consumer package goods clients due to its superior environmental benefits.
“Our consumer packaged goods customers are committed to reducing the environmental impact of their activities, preventing pollution and promoting the sustainability of the natural resources upon which we depend,” continued Winchester.
The DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST system eliminates the need for processing solvents and completely eliminates the drying step. This reduces greenhouse gas generation by over 50 percent and non-renewable energy consumption by over 60 percent. Over the last nine years, the shift to Cyrel® FAST has offset over ninety one million pounds of CO2, and saved the energy equivalent of over five million gallons of gasoline.
“DuPont is committed to providing more sustainable offerings along the value chains that it serves, and the Cyrel® FAST system is a prime example,” said Wendy Andrushko, North America sales director-- DuPont Packaging Graphics. “Cyrel® FAST is uniquely suited to the demands of today’s fast-paced, sustainability driven, global brands.”
The DuPont™ Cyrel® FAST system consists of two key elements - a compact thermal processor and a special Cyrel® FAST flexo plate specifically designed for dry thermal processing. The Cyrel® FAST processor is currently available in both a 35”x 47” and a 42” x 60” format, and a 52” x 80” version will be introduced at the 2012 drupa trade fair. Cyrel® FAST Plates are available in a wide variety of sizes, thicknesses and types to fit the widely varying needs of the flexographic packaging industry.
“The Cyrel® FAST system is perfect for our needs,” stated Chris Cash,” vice president general manager -- SGS Florence. “The small footprint and fast turn-around are a plus, and the dry thermal process allowed us to significantly increase our capacity without the equivalent increase in greenhouse gas generation that a solvent platemaking system would have. The Cyrel® FAST system helps us satisfy our customer’s needs as well as our own.”
SGS is a global leader in the digital imaging and communication industry and offers design-to-print graphic services to the international consumer products packaging market. SGS offers a full spectrum of innovative digital solutions that streamline the capture, management, execution and distribution of graphics information. Brand development, creative design, prepress, image carriers and print support services are utilized in each of the three main printing processes: flexography, gravure and lithography (also known as “offset”). SGS customers, many of which SGS has served for over 20 years, include large branded consumer products companies, mass merchant retailers and the printers and converters that service them. The company’s services ensure that its customers are able to obtain or produce consistent, high quality packaging materials often on short turnaround times.
DuPont Packaging Graphics is a leading supplier of flexographic printing systems in digital and conventional formats, including Cyrel® brand photopolymer plates, Cyrel® FAST processing equipment, sleeves, mounting and finishing products.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials, and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs, and thought leaders we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.com.