The following message is from Denis Begin. -Wayne
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>1. Fountain solutions - Are there alternatives to isopropyl alcohol
>that are not "glycol ethers" which have some toxicity concerns? What
>are these alternatives and how widespread is their use?
One of the ways to solve the isopropyl alcohol problem in offset
lithographic printing is to use the "waterless process". This
involves the use of special printing plates that eliminate the need
for dampening solutions (fountain solutions). One of the manufacturers
of these offset printing plate is Toray Industries Inc. For more info
on this process, see :
Cross, L. (1992) Waterless Ignites Renewed Interest. Graphic Arts
Monthly 64(4):38-40 Cross, L. (1992) Widening Interest In Waterless.
Graphic Arts Monthly 64(9):76,78,81-82 Cross, L.; Ynostroza, R. (1993)
Ink, Temp Systems Advance Waterless. Graphic Arts Monthly
65(6):53-54,57 Cross, L.; Ynostroza, R. (1993) Rising Tide Lifts Web
Hopes. Graphic Arts Monthly 65(10):35-36,39 Cross, L.; Ynostroza, R.
(1993) Watershed Year For Waterless. Graphic Arts Monthly 65(2):51-53
Cross, L.; Ynostroza, R. (1993) Will Waterless Dot Gain Measure Up?
Graphic Arts Monthly 65(8):63-65 NAPL (1993) Printing Waterless!
(Audiocassette). National Association of Printers & Lithographers,