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Unlike solvents that release VOCs when they dry, SunJet UV cure
inks are 100 per cent solids and dry by polymerisation
performance such as resistance and flexibility. Colorific European sales director, Colm printing on the environment and facilitates an
“Moving forward, SunJet is investigating Garvey, said: “Put simply, end users want to improved print production environment.
the role of aqueous or water-based inks. know that their print service providers are Compliant with Nordic Swan certification,
We’re looking at ways to include water in UV doing their bit to offer an ecological HP latex inks do not produce ozone emissions
formulations with the view that more alternative. Not only can display producers use during printing and contain no hazardous air
aqueous-based and entirely aqueous inks will these inks with confidence, knowing that they pollutants. This means improved working
be used. Aqueous inks are environmentally have been tested extensively during environments for PSPs and a greater range of
friendly, though their use at present does formulation and production, but they can pass places, particularly indoors, where graphics
come with compromises.” on the benefits of greener production to their can be used.
customers.” Among other dealers, the HP Designjet
Buy biodegradable Inks in the Colorific Bio range can be printed L65500 printer is available from i-Sub Digital.
More and more manufacturers are working to onto uncoated materials with no separate Director of i-Sub Digital, Andy Spreag, said:
adopt environmentally friendly practices for lamination or coating process, making them “We've been keen to add a more
inks, substrates and media and to facilitate especially suitable for outdoor applications. environmentally acceptable solution. The HP
recycling of printed materials. The recent They are also resistant to alcohols, cleaning L65500 is a productive and versatile machine
launch by Colorific of new environmentally fluids and scratching. Similarly, full hardware capable of printing on both water and solvent
conscious third-party products shows just and UV face resistance warranties are offered, based media at high speeds. It is suitable for
how well the industry is reacting to that and the inks have an extended shelf-life of 18 indoor and outdoor applications, achieving the
demand. Described as a high quality, wide months. quality required for both with the durability
gamut alternative to solvent-based normally only achieved by solvent inks. It will
formulations, the Colorific Bio range is 90 per Quest for quality interest customers looking for an alternative
cent biodegradable, ISO9001 compliant and There are a lot of things to consider before to solvent inks.”
aims to allow print service providers to offer you change your inks for environmental
greener results. reasons, the main one being compatibility with And finally
Available in CMYK, plus light cyan, light your machine and ultimately the quality which You may be getting fed up with hearing about
magenta or orange and green, the range is you can offer customers. what you should and shouldn’t be doing to
formulated for use in the sign and display HP addresses this issue with the protect the environment, but the fact remains
industry, using a combination of introduction of its new Designjet L65500 wide that we need to take action. The good news is
biodegradable food-grade solvents and high format printer – the first to use HP latex inks. that taking action on the environmental
quality pigments. The ink is classified non- These pigmented, water-based inks are agenda no longer means making a
flammable, non-toxic and non-hazardous and designed for commercial and industrial compromise.
doesn’t require any extraction of fumes for printing applications. They use HP’s aqueous-
compliance with health and safety regulations. dispersed polymer technology to provide print llll
Colorific claims there’s no compromise on durability and display permanence, said to be llll
quality with excellent adhesion on common comparable to solvent inks. The water-based llll
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