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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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case1/ind
ex.htm

Cleaning Anilox Rollers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes alternative cleaning methods for anilox rollers and outlines the regulatory concerns associated with using solvents for cleaning. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/aniloxrollers.pdf

Inside Flexo: A Cleaner Run for the Money
Abstract: Twenty-minute video developed for the Design for the Environment Project that provides flexographic printers with tips on how to address environmental concerns while improving the bottom line. Information on how to order a free copy is included.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/flexo/videos/ins_flex/index.html

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
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case2/ind
ex.htm

Management of Aqueous Waste from Water-based Flexographic Printing Processes [PDF]
Abstract: Many flexographic printers are switching to water-based ink technology to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This fact sheet describes alternatives for handling the wastes associated with water-based inks. (PDF format; Length: 7 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/AqueousWasteFactSheet.pdf

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.
Source: EnviroSense
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/docs/printing_and_laminating_case_stud
y.pdf

Water-Based Adhesives: Solventless Lamination Reduces Flexible Packaging VOCs [PDF]
Abstract: Peter Voss describes the ongoing switch in the flexible film & paper laminating industry from solvent-based adhesives to new water-based polyurethane adhesives and acrylic emulsions for dry-bond laminating, resulting in reduced VOC emissions.
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/waterbasedadhesives.pdf

What are VOC's and Do Printing Related Materials Contain Them
Abstract: Discusses volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and products containing VOCs that are commonly used in printing.
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/vocs.cfm

 


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