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New Deinkable Water based Inkjet Inks

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Water based inkjet ink is a major challenge for the deinking process. This process is the key step in paper recycling. It has been designed to separate hydrophobic ink particles from hydrophilic cellulose fibers. In this process, soluble dyes cannot be removed; they stay and accumulate in the circulation water. Thus additional bleaching steps have been suggested to make up for the loss in brightness. However, bleach is not an option for the majority of paper mills producing newsprint and other graphic papers from the household mix. It is neither economical nor ecological as this would require to add equipment and to increase the use of chemicals as well as the chemical load of the effluent.

Therefore, other solutions look more sustainable: Inkjet inks that help to produce prints which perform as good as offset or dry toner prints in a standard deinking paper mill. Resin based inks seem to be a way to achieve this goal.

Document Type: Research Article

Publication date: January 1, 2012

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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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