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Case Study: Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation [PDF]
Abstract: Outlines the waste reduction and P2 accomplishments of the Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation in Neenah, WI. Neenah Printing does lithographic web and sheetfed printing as well as wide web flexographic printing. PDF Format; Length: 5 pages.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
Case Study: Reducing VOCs in Flexography
Abstract: Highlights the experience of Highland Supply Corporation (HSC), a wide-web flexographic printer, which successfully reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and hazardous waste at its Highland, IL facilities by switching inks.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for Environment
Learning from Three Companies that Reduced VOC Emissions
Abstract: Presents the steps that three wide web flexographic printers took to reduce their VOC emissions. Includes factors considered in management decisions and how the decisions were implemented. The two methods tried were switching to water-based inks and installing an oxidizer.
Source: U.S. EPA
Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry: A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers
Abstract: Contains common P2 practices for printing and several case studies. Lithography, flexograhy, gravure, letterpress, and screen-printing are described in depth, along with major P2 concerns associated with each.
Source: NEWMOA and IL Waste Management and Research Center
Small Business Waste Reduction Guide: Printing & Laminating Case Study #1 [PDF]
Abstract: C & H Packaging in Merrill, WI reduced VOC emissions by converting from VOC-based materials and technology to water-based materials and technology.
Sun Chemical Develops Alternatives to Solvent Flexo Printing
Abstract: Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company's new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to comply with pending European legislation that will affect the industry while printing up to 600 meters per minute. From October 2007, the Solvent Emissions Directive states that every printing firm that uses more than 15 tons of solvents per year must either invest in incineration units or find alternatives for 75 percent of its solvent-based print colors. In addition, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive legislates that printing firms using more than 200 tons of solvents per year must be in possession of a specific environmental certificate and must strictly apply procedures according to "best practice techniques." Sun Chemical's innovative breakthrough is the use of modified amine soluble resins, which crosslink after they transfer from the press to the substrate, making the inks fully water resistant when dry. Each of the inks - known as Barracuda, Piranha and Beluga - has been designed for specific applications. Erik Segers, corporate product manager liquid inks, Sun Chemical Europe, said, "Water-based inks are ideal for smaller printing businesses which do not have the capital to invest in the more costly incinerating equipment. Additionally, unlike the use of incinerators, water-based inks will not increase printers' carbon emissions, which could be taxed in the future to address concerns about global warming. Early trials suggest the total cost of print could be reduced up to 20 percent by switching from solvent-based to water-based ink. However, this could vary depending on a printer's individual circumstances."
Source: Ink World Magazine
Toxic Release Inventory for Printing and Publishing (SIC27): 1996 Releases and 1988-1996 Trend Analysis [PDF]
Abstract: Summary of release reporting components of 1996 TRI report. (PDF format; Length: 20 pages)
Source: Printers' National Environmenatl Assistance Center (PNEAC)