Sun Chronicle Installed ProImage OnColor ECO Ink Optimization Software

The Sun Chronicle in Attleboro, Mass., a United Communications Corp. paper, recently installed ProImage’s popular OnColor ECO Ink Optimization Software to reduce ink consumption and ink cost on their offset press.

The paper is using the ECO Saas (Software as a Service) for their daily newspaper publication plus six weekly publications generating an average of 60 color pages per day and an average of 51,000 print copies per day. Based on their data and estimation, they have been using about 16 percent less color ink since starting to use ProImage OnColor ECO Software.

ECO automatically analyzes PDF files and determines the exact amount of ink needed to produce the newspaper without jeopardizing quality. It does this by automatically converting pages to the right color space regardless of whether objects are RGB or CMYK, pixel or vector data.

The Sun Chronicle reports an improvement in print quality since using ECO and experiences a more consistent print outcome. OnColor ECO uses a unique algorithm to ensure a close match between the output and the intended source space – even when it is unknown.

By using OnColor ECO SaaS – a cloud service that allows users to process color pages over the Web – no purchase of the application itself is necessary resulting in immediate ROI and ink savings.

The Sun Chronicle (formerly The Attleboro Sun and the Evening Chronicle) is a daily newspaper in Attleboro, Mass. It also publishes the weekly Foxboro Reporter, weekly shopper Entertainment ADvisor, and the Silver City Bulletin in Taunton, Mass.

United Communications Corp. (UCC), based in Kenosha, Wis., is a family-owned, privately held media company, operating television stations in New York and Minnesota and newspapers in Illinois, Massachusetts, South Dakota, and Wisconsin.

AF&PA Reports 66.8% of U.S. Paper Consumed in 2015 Was Recycled

The American Forest & Paper Association (AF&PA) has announced that 66.8% of paper consumed in the U.S. was recovered for recycling in 2015.

“Industry efforts, the voluntary, market-driven recovery system, and the millions of Americans who make the decision to recycle every day have helped to keep U.S. paper recovery at continuously high levels,” comments AF&PA President and CEO Donna Harman.

AF&PA Board Chairman and Packaging Corp. of America Chairman and CEO Mark Kowlzan explains, “Our industry will continue to support and implement education programs and initiatives to inform consumers about the importance of paper recycling, and encourage the continued expansion of access to paper recycling nationwide.”

The annual paper recovery rate has nearly doubled since 1990 and the industry has set a goal to exceed 70% paper recovery for recycling by 2020 as part of its Better Practices, Better Planet 2020 sustainability initiative. Paper recovery for recycling helps extend the useful life of paper and paper-based packaging products, making it an integral part of the industry’s sustainability story.

For more information about paper recycling and AF&PA’s commitment to sustainability, visit