Home' FLEXO Magazine : June 2017 Contents through this unique, innovative and sustainable solution. It was po-
tentially opening doors to untapped market areas for us.”
Between 2012 and 2015, Artcraft performed testing on various sub-
strates, adhesives and inks, and eventually the company’s cost neutral
solution, ProPETE, was approved by APR in September 2015.
Artcraft created four specific label constructions that overcame these
problems. Two are BOPP-based construction; the other two are
paper-based. ProPETE products also use a thinner and stronger liner
than traditional paper liner, which means up to 30 percent more labels
can fit on a roll. This results in a reduction of production downtime on
equipment associated with label roll changeovers, fewer potential web
breaks, higher average run speeds and reduced shipping costs.
Artcraft is currently working on several “continuous improvement
projects,” including the continuation of ProPETE with a construction
that would be suitable for the recycling of HDPE bottles used for food
and cleaning products.
“Artcraft Label demonstrates the meaning of sustainable leadership
through its ProPETE line of label products,” noted Sustainability
Excellence Awards judge Dolores Corcoran of Lauterbach Group, Inc.
“Not only has the company created labels to assist with recycling of PET
thermoform containers, it has shown true awareness and understanding
of bad labeling and its lifecycle pitfalls hindering recyclability of PET.”
Polymount International says its goal is to create products that help
reduce costs and increase efficiency of customers’ businesses. This was
the motivation behind creating the Polymount Film Cleaner, which
works to save printers money and simultaneously reduce their startup
“At first, we started building a small prototype, and afterward we sat
down with an engineering company to make drawings of the whole
machine based on this prototype,” the company explains. “Everything
was tailor made specific for this machine.”
With the Polymount Film Cleaner, printed film is cleaned and can
be reused for the next setup of a new print job, eliminating hundreds
of feet of wasted material. Even if the film is not reused, the cleaned
substrates can be recycled.
Polymount states it already knew how to remove ink from dirty
printing plates due to the company’s Plate Cleaner, and so the basic
concepts from that were used to develop the Film Cleaner.
“The idea was derived from the amount of setup film we saw with
customers when they started with our Twinlock Sleeves or when we
installed a Plate Cleaner,” Polymount says. “ Therefore, it was easy
to calculate how much a printer threw away on a yearly basis. This
is a huge cost, which made the development of the Polymount Film
The machine works by guiding the roll of printed film via multiple
loops through a tank filled with a specially developed cleaning liquid.
An optional recovery unit keeps the liquid clean and allows it to
maintain its deinking ability.
At the last station on the machine, the cleaned film is dried and ready
for the next setup. The Polymount Film Cleaner can clean up to
164-ft. of printed film per minute and handles water-based and sol-
vent-based inks. It can also process all non-absorbent substrates like
PP, PET, PE and BOPP. The company says the machine is friendly to
the environment and saves “significant” costs on consumables. “ This
is increasingly relevant in today’s world as printruns are getting short-
er, and you have to change jobs more often than maybe a decade ago.”
With its Film Cleaner, Polymount says every setup roll can be used between
five and 10 times before it is thrown away, as long as the material is
Photo courtesy of Polymount International
“This is an example of a company looking at the flexographic printing
process, finding a seemingly overlooked problem, and creating a simple
and inclusive solution that provides a reasonable ROI while reducing
Rick Allen, Sustainability Excellence Award judge, on Polymount International
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