Printing Ink Techincal Information

Printing Ink and the Environment
Responsive image Some printing ink components have the potential to impact the environment. These potentially include the use of bio-derived renewable raw materials, the amount of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and hazardous air pollutants (HAPs). Read the the real story in the NAPIM Whitepaper on ink and the environment.
Soy Printing Ink
Responsive image Printing with inks formulated with soybean oils as a replacement for petroleum based oils is one of a number of approaches aimed at reducing the environmental impact of printed products Read the NAPIM Whitepaper - A Realistic Appraisal of Soy Inks
BioRenewable Content (BRC) Program
Responsive image The BRC program was developed to respond to both printer and print buyer demands for information related to their supply chain’s efforts aimed at reducing or minimizing environmental impact.

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Sustainable Green Printing Partnership (SGP)
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NAPIM is a supporter of theSustainable Green Printing Partnership . The SPG mission is to encourage and promote participation in the worldwide movement to reduce environmental impact and increase social responsibility of the graphic communications industry through certification and continuous improvement of sustainability and best practices within manufacturing operations. learn more about sustainable printing

Testing and Standards
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NAPIM is a supporter of the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) which establishes numerous standards applicable to inks and coatings.

Responsive image The International Standards Organization (ISO) also establishes and maintains test standards applicable to inks and coatings. Search ink test methods.

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NAPIM is a supporter of the American National Standards Institute

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The National Printing Ink Research Institute (NPIRI)Technical Conference takes place annually in late September or early October. This conference focuses on current and developing printing technology issues. The NPIRI Summer Course takes place annually in mid-July at the Sonoco Institute at Clemson University.

Technical Presentation Archive
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Search the archive of technical presentations from the NPIRI Technical Conferences. Search all technical presentations from 2001 to the present

Metals in Printing Ink
Responsive image The use of metallic pigments in printing ink formulations is a frequent question asked of printing ink manufacturers. Due to health, safety and environmental concerns U.S. ink manufacturers discontinued the use of heavy metal-based pigments in inks more than 20+ years ago. Read the NAPIM Whitepaper on Metals in Ink