SunDance cares about the environment and are dedicated to being responsible stewards of the global ecosystem. It was the first SGP certified offset printer in Florida and it takes pride in continuously implementing sustainable solutions for environmentally efficient manufacturing processes. The SGP certification criteria requires an annual continuous improvement project and SunDance’s 2020 SGP Continuous Improvement Project (CIP) is associated with the film lamination process at its plant.
SunDance’s company-wide project brainstorming phase started in late 2019. All CIP ideas are required to adapt to the SMART format- Specific, measurable, attainable, relevant, and time bound.
After several weeks of collaborative ideas and discussion, SunDance’s 2020 CIP project was chosen. In March 2020, it replaced its old inefficient hot water heater and piping system feeding its two film lamination machines with a new heater and upgraded piping.
The replacement was considered because the two film lamination machines require hot water heat exchange in order to get the lamination rollers up to a specific operating temperature. After upgrading the old hot water heater and piping system, the roller heating process time significantly decreased from 2 hours, or more, to only about 15 minutes. Since a hot water exchange is used in the heating process, SunDance is also now reducing its water usage when heating the rollers because the lamination rollers heat up faster. Additionally, SunDance will realize a reduction in our AC usage as the old heating system created hot spots in the building which in turn needed additional AC to cool back down.
Throughout the year SunDance will continue to take proactive measures to identify, analyze, and improve this new heating process. Their goal is to optimize and exceed the SGP standards of quality. SunDance takes pride in incorporating new sustainable manufacturing processes that improve quality, productivity, and efficiency.
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