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offset and industrial printing
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FK: Friction
Installation of digital offset prints
9 sequential modules, 6ft x 6ft ea.
Eye Tricks, Walsh Gallery, NJ

© picture courtesy of Walsh Gallery

Newspaper Printing. Industrial presses can be operated either with potentially
harmful inks and solvents or with safer and eco-friendly alternatives
Safer products have gained a considerable share of
the market, and initial quality issues have been overcome.

We are currently developing this section:
please contact us
if you are from within the graphics and printing

industry wishing to contribute an up-to-date article,
or your thoughts, developments,

or other writing on this important subject.

Health | Soy-based Inks | Mixed Inks | Linseed Oil-based Inks | Dryers | Solvents | Plate Systems | Developers

Nontoxic Offset Printing - Why?


'Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry, 1993

In an offset printing factory with 56 workers, 20 (36%)

developed symptomatic peripheral neuropathy

due to exposure to n-hexane.

Another 26 workers (46%) were found to have subclinical neuropathy.'

'Peripheral neuropathy refers to damage to nerves of the peripheral nervous system, which may be caused either by diseases of or trauma to the nerve or the side-effects of systemic illness.  (Wikipedia)'


Some Research Notes

-   'N-hexane neuropathy in offset printers'

-   'Going green with your marketing materials', Jennifer Proia

Safer Offset Chemistry, some examples

-    'Böttcher 260'  Newspaper Roller and Blanket Wash Böttcher 260 wash is a very safe, low odor, non-hazardous wash formulated for the newspaper industry. It is very mild on the rollers and blankets and it offers a much lower safety and health risk than traditional washes on the market. It is a clear solvent with a pleasant odor. Flashpoint 203°F

-    'Varn Safety UV Cleaner' is one of the only effective cleaners for UV inks that does not rely upon harsh solvents.
Most UV washes contain large amounts of solvent EB. This is also known as 2-butoxyethanol or butyl cellosolve®. Varn Safety UV Cleaner does not contain solvent EB, which is a hazardous air pollutant under the Clean Air Act. Varn Safety UV Cleaner appeals to the UV ink and coating user who also requires a strong and safe cleaner.

-   'Varn® VWM Wash' is a water miscible, one step wash formulated to meet ecological requirements for safety in roller and blanket washes.


© image: Sven Teschke, (Wikipedia, GNU)

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