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Greener practices adopted by one of France’s largest training schools
A collaborative project between CPS and Encres Dubuit, AFIG, the largest regional training centre in Brittany in printing-related disciplines, has implemented measures aimed at reducing the environmental impact of its screen printing department
AFIG celebrated its 80th anniversary in 2008 and now provides training to more than 400 students every year. The relationship between CPS/Dubuit and the centre has been a longstanding one. As compliance regulations became stricter in terms of waste disposal and use of screen cleaning chemicals AFIG evaluated a range of products, eventually selecting a system for recirculating screen cleaning solvents and another for wastewater treatment.
The screen cleaning equipment chosen was the CPS 2100 SW washer in conjunction with CPS Screen Wash V3. This is a product without any hazard warning, a flash point above 60° C and a low evaporation rate of 1 (acetone has a rate of 600 and water has a rate of 30, by way of comparison). Furthermore CPS Screen Wash V3 complies fully with European directives, as well as meeting the requirements for the Imprimvert label awarded by the French Chamber of Commerce and Federation of the Graphic Industries. Similarly, using a CPS Oscar 4000 wastewater treatment system, AFIG was able to dispose of wastewater to the main sewer in compliance with the standards established by the city.
The adoption of the new systems coincided with AFIG’s relocation to new premises and they have since been in daily use as part of the centre’s training courses. The latest generation of screen printers trained at AFIG are therefore the first to benefit from the new equipment, which should help them understand how to use less polluting products and processes in the future.
As a result of the new equipment and of the centre’s collaboration with inks manufacturer Encres Dubuit a number of print workers were recently sent to AFIG for retraining in order to benefit from this technology and help improve the management of chemicals and their waste.
AFIG has also had visits from other training centres, and AFI, another screen print training centre in Rouen, has since decided to make a similar investment. In partnership with CPS, AFIG is now one of the finest showcases for environmental expertise and the management of screen printing waste.