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printreg, December, 2000
Smoke, Odors and alternative inks


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From:Gary Miller(gmiller@wmrc.uiuc.edu)
Date:Wed, 13 Dec 2000 15:42:56 -0600


An offset printer has received an NOV because of smoke and odor problems. They are exploring alternative ink options including soy-based, water-based, and UV or EB cured. I could not find answers to the following questions in archives to these listservs or on the PNEAC web site. The printer was told that switching to soy inks would increase their smoke problem and they would have to install an oxidizer. I have not heard of this before. Has anybody else found that to be the case? The second question has to do with the cost of switching to UV or EB curable inks. One fact sheet on the PNEAC web site says the cost is $1 million which small printers can not afford. Is that the minimum cost for such systems? Can older presses be retrofitted or do they need to be replaced? Thanks for your help! Gary D. Miller Director, PNEAC Illinois Waste Management and Research Center One East Hazelwood Drive Champaign, IL 61820



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