Presentation of a New Environmental Rating Scale for Evaluating the Sustainability of Digital Printing Systems

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The paper is dealing with an overall rating system for digital printing systems putting different parameters in consideration. Different parameters are used to form a sustainability number of 100, which is a system completely sustainable in use.

From 60-100 a system can berated as an environmental friendly ans sustainable system.

Different parameters are rated for the number 100 like deinkability, paper quality (FSC, PEFC, paper profiles) energy consumption, C02 output, VOC figures, toner, inks, used chemicals, percentage of waste paper in production, air pollution, archive quality.

All this figures are rated according their importance for the complete environmental process and deinking and paper re more important as energy consumption as an example.

Beside this number 100 there are facts like especially toxic and carcinogenic substance or not deinkable which exclude a system to be rated at all. This list will be added as an addendum to this rating system. Different systems will be rated according our new rating system.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2009

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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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