Printech Archive, April, 1999: Re: Chromate in Screen Emulsion

Re: Chromate in Screen Emulsion

Michael R. Ukena (
Fri, 2 Apr 1999 15:16:02 -0800

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I do not think there is a connection between the offset process that Gary
Jones has been addressing and the chemicals used in processing screens for
screen printing. I have gone through my list of available products used in
screen reclaimation and I cannot come up with any that could (or for any
reason should) contain chromium in any form. The main reclaim chemical that
is almost universal in the screen industry is sodium metaperiodate. This is
a salt that is closely related to household chlorine bleach. In fact, most
printers know that if they run out of smp, they can use bleach in a pinch.
I know the chemical formula for smp and there is no chromium molecule hiding
in there!

I still think the source is the emulsion. Second choice is ink residue from
an out-of-date ink product that may still contain chromium. If so, the
printer needs to purge their inventory of these old products and quit using

Mike Ukena

-----Original Message-----
[]On Behalf Of Deb Kramer
Sent: Friday, April 02, 1999 8:19 AM
Subject: Re: Chromate in Screen Emulsion

As Gary Jones has mentioned (his personal campaign to get offset printers
to switch to other products) several times there is a 2 part offset plate
process solution that contains chromium. Could this be related? I realize
the processes are completely different, but maybe the industrial chemical
products are not.

Deb Kramer



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