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Re: Question re/ Reducing Alcohol Based Ink Usage

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From: Wayne Pferdehirt (
Date: Sun Dec 05 1999 - 22:53:39 CST

If you are unable to find an ink that eliminates VOCs at the source, another option is
recovery of VOCs and reuse of solvents. I am aware of a portable unit sold by QTI
that is designed for recovery of VOCs from inkjet printing. See:


An inquiry was recently posted from the PNEAC web site requesting information about
low VOC ink-jet inks. I have been able to locate two suppliers, one is in the Philippines
the other in Illinois. Does anyone have any information and suppliers of water based
and/or lower VOC ink-jet inks?

The following is technical information the originator provided to me:
The sorting machine is an AFSM sorting machine, with an ink jet printer,
printing bar codes and cancellation marks on the stamps. The FT214
ketone/alcohol ink is mixed with an FT215 additive, also made by Image S.A.,
and is a Ketone/alcohol additive.

Thank you for your input,

Debra Jacobson

Debra Jacobson (formerly Kramer)
E-mail Address 9/99)
IL Waste Management & Research Center / IL Dept of Natural Resources
1010 Jorie Boulevard, Suite 12Oakbrook, IL 60523
630/472-5023 Fax

Wayne P. Pferdehirt
Director, Master of Engineering in Professional Practice Program
Specialist, Solid & Hazardous Waste Education Center
University of Wisconsin-Madison/Extension
610 Langdon Street, Room 532, Madison, WI 53703-1195
Phone: 608/265-2361 Fax: 608/262-6250

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