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Automatic Blanket Wash, low VOC

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From: Robert Gifford (
Date: Fri Sep 17 1999 - 10:45:35 CDT wrote:
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> Wayne P. Pferdehirt from the University of Wisconsin Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center suggested I place a question regarding automated blanket wash systems on the PNEAC/Printech web site. I am working with a client who recently purchased a Hiedleberg press with automated blanket wash cleaning capabilities. The most pressing concern for him is to find a substitute solution which is RCRA non-hazardous (Un-listed and high flash point. It would also be nice to avoid either a high vapor pressure and/or high VOC content. My questions are.....Is there any literature available containing success stories/case studies for using alternative blanket wash solutions with automated cleaning systems? I am particularly interested in vegetable-based and terpene-based solutions, but any and all environmentally sound solutions are welcome. Also, have any studies regarding automated cleaning systems and the performance of alternative blanket washes been completed or are any underway?!
  I have
> plenty of information o
> manual cleaning, please do not worry about sending me information on this.
> Thank you in advance.
> P.S. I am networking with Heidleberg, MAN-Roland in Germany on these issues as well. They have recently completed such a study. At this time, I am unsure whether the results and blanket wash solutions will be usable and available for US printers.
> Colin Kiefer
> Pollution Prevention Engineer
> Pollution Prevention Assistance Division
> Georgia Department of Natural Resources
> Atlanta, GA 30334-9004

* Robert Gifford
* Solid and Hazardous Waste Education Center (SHWEC), and
* Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
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