At Active Display Group we are not only committed to 100% compliance will all environmental regulations governing the conduct of our business, we are pro-active in our quest for continual improvement to operate in more environmentally friendly ways.
Environmental Focus Areas:
- Energy efficient manufacturing
- Recycling of manufacturing waste and by-products
- Management of plant discharges to the sewer and the atmosphere
- The suggestion and use of recyclable materials in production
- Adopting manufacturing methods more readily permitting recycling at end-of-life
- Quotation estimates to reclaim recyclable materials in goods no longer required
SCREEN WASH AUTOMATED SYSTEM
In line with our policy of employing environmentally sound practices, in 2007 we commissioned the latest CHIM 92 Automated Closed-Loop Screen Wash System.
Environmental benefits include:
- Zero use of Volatile Organic Compounds (VOC's) in the screen cleaning process. All chemicals are surfactant (soap) based.
- Vastly reduced water usage through filtering and re-using chemicals & water rather than using entirely fresh water as is the usual practice with most other Australian screen printers.
- Closed-loop system whereby used chemicals are captured and filtered for re-use rather than washed down the drain.
- Chemicals that can't be filtered any further, they are stored in tanks and sent away to be incinerated.
DIRECT TO SCREEN TECHNOLOGY
Our screen print production lines are supported by Australia's only two Luscher JetScreen Laser DX Computer to Screen exposure lines. These fully automatc lines allow us to produce screen prints at far higher resolution than any other printer in the country.
Our ability to produce high quality screen prints lets us provide high quality large format print at the most economical cost - as screen print becomes more cost effective than digital print above a run of around 150 prints.
ENERGY REDUCTION INITIATIVES
Our new SIAS 5-colour screen printing press utilises a newly released electronic dying lamp control system which reduces power consumption by over 40% against comparable machines fitted with older style transformer systems. This machine was commissioned in July 2008.
Use of energy efficient MV lighting in all manufacturing facilities
Energy waste minimalisation through automatic shut-down of non-essential power out of business hours (at main switchboards)
All waste paper, plastic & metal products are collected and recycled
ELIMINATION OF CHEMICALS
No photographic chemicals are used in any processes since the implementation of Direct to Screen technology.
All manufacturing plants hold current 'Trade Waste' agreements with South East Water.
Active continually pursues alternative, more environmentally friendly print clean-up chemical solutions for both environmental and Occupational Health and Safety reasons.
DESIGNING FOR SUSTAINABILITY
Where performance constraints permit, Active will adopt mechanical fixing methods to join the various components of displays, rather than adhesive type joins. This type of construction allows for easier dismantling of components at end of life to permit proper recycling all such components.
Active is an industry leader in POP sustainability, and as such is a founding sponsor of the POPAI "Future's So Bright Green" sustainability conference initiative.
Active's Managing Director, David Gittus, is a Team Leader on POPAI's National Sustainability Committee and was a guest speaker at the inaugural POPAI sustainability conference.