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  • 16 Jun 2015

Label Impressions reduces waste with Precision AirConvey

PAC team photo in front of matrix waste removal equipment

Label Impressions, a label and packaging converter based in Orange, California that claims to be the world’s first carbon-neutral, wind-powered label printing company, has invested in a Precision AirConvey (PAC) matrix waste removal system. The PAC system will help Label Impressions capture and shred waste from its presses, while eliminating the need for rewinding rolls of waste.

Each week, up to 800,000 square feet of raw material is unwound from rolls for processing at Label Impressions. Before the investment, trim and matrix from the rolls needed to be rewound and manually removed from the presses. Operators had to remove waste rolls up to 90 times a week, costing hours of downtime and resulting in the loss of as much as 27,000 square feet of raw material every week.

The investment in a PAC matrix waste removal system is expected to keep nearly 1.5 million square feet of raw material from going to waste each year.

The PAC system will also enable Label Impressions to purchase material rolls with thinner edges, further reducing raw material use by 1.67 percent. In total, the improvements is expected to save Label Impressions an estimated $210,000 annually: $132,000 through reduced material costs and $78,000 through eliminated downtime. The system is scheduled to pay for itself within a year, proving that environmental and cost-consciousness can go hand-in-hand.

Said Jeff Salisbury, president of Label Impressions, ‘This new system demonstrates that Label Impressions is committed to implementing environmentally friendly solutions at each stage of our production process. We’re very pleased and excited to see the impact the PAC system will have on reducing our carbon footprint, as well as supporting the financial health of our company.’

Precision AirConvey CEO Thomas Embley added that the partnership was equally rewarding for his company, ‘This installation is not the product of chance, but of design. We strive to engineer the best, greenest trim and matrix removal systems, precisely for the benefit of responsible companies like Label Impressions. We’re delighted that they chose us from across the country, and believe it validates our position as an industry leader.’

Label Impressions works with CarbonFund.org to purchase carbon offset credits. The energy footprint of the business is calculated annually and the numbers of credits required to offset label and packaging manufacturing are made accordingly. The fund allows the converter to allocate its funding to specific carbon footprint reducing opportunities such renewable energy or water management.