Faigle supports printers in the digital shift that has been taking place in this industry for several years. Didier Oppliger, director of Faigle SA Suisse Romande, details the advantages of this transformation, mainly from an environmental point of view.
What are the advantages of a traditional print shop migrating to digital?
Customers are increasingly demanding both for printing results and execution speed. Traditional offset printing requires steps that slow down lead times, such as platemaking, manual preparation, and long drying times for some inks. Also, with offset, variable data printing is unthinkable. Variable data is the possibility of customizing a form, for example in terms of name, text or even address. This technique is even more important today because it is part of the trend that promotes targeted and personalized advertising, with the aim of a stronger impact, more effective and at a lower cost. The printers and software we offer our customers meet all these criteria and allow us to meet these requirements with ease.
What types of companies do you support in this area?
We support many print profiles. From the company that spans decades to those just starting out in the field. From a family institution to one with hundreds of employees. From the traditional press to the “Copy Shops” of today. We must offer personalized support, with adequate, high-quality and long-term content. Our digital presses must be efficient and accessible to all operators. Among our customers, I can mention, for example, the Haute Ecole d’Art et de Design (HEAD), whose graphic center recently acquired two new digital presses. The Apexgroup printing company, a family business that has been active for over 40 years in Couvet in Val-de-Travers. Or the Copy Shop of the EMERA foundation in Martigny, which aims to promote the autonomy of people with disabilities and increase their participation in social life.
What is the environmental impact of the type of high-volume digital press you sell?
Our supplier is a company that is concerned about the environmental impact of their high-volume digital presses, and the models we offer today have an extended lifespan compared to older models. Furthermore, the toner uses biomass as its main component, a characteristic that significantly reduces the carbon footprint. An estimated 40% cumulative reduction in CO2 emissions compared to standard powdered toner production processes. Note also that the fusing temperature is reduced, so the oven that heats the toner uses less energy and its de-inking process is particularly efficient. The proposed options also have an environmental appeal to highlight, in addition to their effectiveness. I’m thinking, for example, of an option to automate the use of double-sided printing or even color calibration. Other options help reduce printing errors and ultimately reduce waste and save energy.
What else does Faigle bring to address the green challenges in the high-volume printing industry?
We recognize that effective training is essential to mastering the performance of a high-volume digital press and the associated options and programs. In addition to material control, the concept of Color Management is developed. Emphasis is also placed on management, proper handling and storage of media. All of these elements reduce a print shop’s environmental impact. We also offer an online information platform with digital and dynamic training materials. These are automatically updated and made available to our customers. Therefore, it is no longer necessary to constantly reprint the brackets when an update is made.