The Case Study
KBA Metronic developed the OC 200 single card printing machine with a primer unit, four C-M-Y-K printing units and one varnishing unit. Following successful test trials at its experimental print shop at Veitschochheim,
Germany, US company Sustainable Cards LLC launched the environmentally friendly product. The machine will be in operation at Sustainable Cards' Swedish site.
With more than 100,000 printed for Copenhagen hotels, the wooden key cards are highly stable, and very quickly biodegrade in comparison to plastic cards, so they do not pollute the environment.
The OC 200 produces single cards without using water in the ISO standard format 85.5 x 54 mm (3.4 "x 2.1") with UV-curable inks. The unique, temperature- controlled Anilox inking unit for zoneless ink transfer ensures an even inking, providing excellent print quality. And because, in contrast to conventional offset printing, it uses no water, no alcohol and no powder, the machine prints in an environmentally friendly way and leaves no emissions.
Gunter Meyer, Sales Manager at KBA-Metronic said: "We are delighted that at such an important event as the International Climate Change Conference of the United Nations was equipped with environmentally friendly hotel key cards printed with the unique printing technology of KBA-Metronic's OC 200. As more and more environmentally friendly products are being demanded in the marketplace, buying the OC 200 is exactly the right decision".
Peo Akesson, CEO and founder of Sustainable Cards added: "The OC 200 prints without water and does not need the isopropanol normally used in conventional offset printing. That means it corresponds precisely to our expectations"
The OC 200 can print on most commercial cards up of to 1.2 mm thickness. Even cards with magnetic stripes and chip recesses can be processed. Thanks to its modular design, the machine can be adapted to the needs of the customer with the ability to add two to six print units, a primer unit, a coating module, a paternoster vertical conveyor module for high gloss effects, and a card turnover unit.
And the environmentally sounds approach goes a step further as only a few waste cards are needed before a printing format can be set up.
The OC 200's unique quick-action clamping device allows the printing plates to be mounted in a very short time. Even very short print runs of less than 1,000 can be produced especially economically and efficiently. UV dryers located after each printing unit guarantee the highest quality and assure that the cards can be packaged immediately after printing.