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What Makes a Digital Print Recyclable? Results of a European Survey

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Digital printing is being used more and more. Most technologies are well accepted but pose some difficulties with respect to deinkability and paper recycling. Worldwide, approximately 50 % of the paper is recycled. Digital printing should not be a determinating factor in reducing or stabilizing this number. Most developers as well as printers are not aware of these difficulties neither of the existing differences in the printing processes in terms of the recyclability of the printed product.

The paper gives an outline on paper recycling to explain how problems can arise with some digital prints. It will deal with high speed printing processes, dye and pigment based inkjet, liquid and dry toners and UV curable technologies. Results obtained e.g. within a research project sponsored by INGEDE during the last three years at the CTP (Grenoble, France) suggest that oil based inks on coated paper and dry toner are the preferred technologies with respect to this matter [1]. First results of a European Survey on the deinkability of digitally printed papers will be presented.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2006

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  • For more than 25 years, NIP has been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in non-impact and digital printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems, including drop-on-demand ink jet, wide format ink jet, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based electrophotographic printers, production digital printing systems, and thermal printing systems, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields.

    Since 2005, NIP has been held in conjunction with the Digital Fabrication Conference.

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