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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.
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Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: 2009-01-01

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  • For more than 30 years, IS&T's series of digital printing conferences have been the leading forum for discussion of advances and new directions in 2D and 3D printing technologies. A comprehensive, industry-wide conference that brings together industry and academia, this meeting includes all aspects of the hardware, materials, software, images, and applications associated with digital printing systems?particularly those involved with additive manufacturing and fabrication?including bio-printing, printed electronics, page-wide, drop-on-demand, desktop and continuous ink jet, toner-based systems, and production digital printing, as well as the engineering capability, optimization, and science involved in these fields. In 2016, the conference changed its name formally to Printing for Fabrication to better reflect the content of the meeting and the evolving technology of printing.

    Please note: For purposes of its Digital Library content, IS&T defines Open Access as papers that will be downloadable in their entirety for free in perpetuity. Copyright restrictions on papers vary; see individual paper for details.

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