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Dr. Andreas Kraushaar

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Prepress technology

transparent 11x15@fogra.org

+49 89. 431 82 - 335


Keeping an eye on energy consumption

The digital printing industry is embracing lean and green production. Lean operations make for less wasteful, more profitable businesses because they are based on concepts of resource management efficiency, process control and reducing any type of waste throughout the supply chain. Lower electricity usage can increase margins without compromising production values. Energy efficiency can add value to the printing machine, lowering a printing company's overall cost of ownership. Recognising this, manufacturers are introducing new digital printing devices with reduced electricity requirements and improved performance. Performance is about more than the printing heads or media handling, since many factors contribute to the energy footprint of a printing system. The machine's size and output format, imaging technology, requirements for primers and coatings, ink types, the number of colours, overall system configuration and drying or curing technology, can all affect electricity requirements and usage. This is another reason why ISO 20690 is so important.

ISO 20690 - Guidelines to determine the operating power consumption of digital printing devices

This ISO standard is based on a recent Fogra project and provides guidance on how to measure the electricity consumption of small and wide format digital presses printing in different modes of operation. This standard is intended for use on equipment that has been declared by the manufacturer to be suitable for use as a digital "production printing press". In addition, it provides a means to compare the energy efficiency figures according to two or more characteristic machine configurations: Best quality (slowest), highest productivity (fastest) or other alternate configurations.

Benefits for print service providers

  • Whether the production unit is defined as 1000 A4s or 15 square metres of substrate, printers can use ISO 20690 as a guide for their technology investment planning
    Benchmarking different presses
    Identify hidden consumers (e.g. a air conditioning running the entire weekend "eating" 4kW) 
    Based on additonal setups you can identify optimal process parameters and test further combinations
    Based on the Fogra database you can benchmark your press with average industy performance

Benefits for press manufactures

  • You get a professional measurement in the known neutral Fogra quality
  • Proviging energy efficiency figures for data sheets and advertisment
  • Benchmarking your products with your competitors
  • Identify potentials for improvement for prototype presses

Process & Prices

Contact us and we get back to you soon for arranging the approx. 1/2 day test.

Prices: 1350 € + MWST (945€ + MWST for Fogra members) for one printing press  + traveling costs.

Typcial testing workflow