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(Fwd) RE: Printwise

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Date:          13 May 98 08:31:32 -0600
From:          Jeff Adrian <jeffadrian@johnroberts.com>
Subject:       RE: Printwise
To:            printech <printech@great-lakes.net>
Reply-to:      printech@great-lakes.net

 RE: Printwise
 5/13/98             8:21 AM
Printwise was a ink system developed by Deluxe Corporation. The key
benefit of this system was that cleanup could be accomplished
essentially with water for oil based Printwise inks. The John Roberts
Company was a beta test site for this ink system a few years ago.
While the Printwise system had tremendous potential through reduced
VOCs encountered in cleanup using petroleum cleaning solvents, there
was a major hurdle that was not overcome. In order for a print
facility to benefit from the Printwise system, all of the inks used at
that facility needed to be in the Printwise system, primarily because
continued use of any standard inks and the solvents used to cleanup
those inks would make an extra burden, maybe an impossible one, to
keep the two systems separate (as far as wastes generated).
Theoretically, Printwise inks could be made in any PMS color, but
saying that and doing so are not the same thing. The other major
barrier centered on ink performance. Most printers are somewhat
reluctant to "bet the final product" on something like a radically
different ink. If the new ink fails, the printer takes the hit to
replace the product ($), and also has unhappy customers on his hands
(more $)!

I hope this gives you some useful info about Printwise. While it
apparently worked well for Deluxe internally (and may be still working
well for them), it was quite another matter to take the product

Jeff Adrian
The John Roberts Company
M0FLEI01 wrote:
>A few years ago there was a company named Printwise that had an
>water-washable lithographic ink system. Are they still in business? If
>does anybody have a contact name &/or phone number.
>Marvin Fleischman, Industrial Assessment Center, Department of
>Chemical Engineering, University of Louisville, Louisville, KY
>40292, 502/852-6357, FAX:502/852-6355, email:m0flei01@ulkyvm.
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