Monday, January 25, 2010

UV Printer Ink: Environmentally Safe and Sound

Printers that use UV ink are impart less hazards to the environment. UV printer inks are different from the other types of inkjet inks because these have acrylic monomers and an initiator package. After the printing process, the ink is then exposed to UV light for curing. The main advantage of using UV printer inks is they dry almost instantly. As soon as the ink is cured by the UV light, it is already dry. They are very good for printing graphics. The only drawback is UV printer inks are more expensive and would require more expensive curing modules. They are commonly-used in large flatbed printers.

UV printer inks can print more copies in less time. They are found to be more environment-friendly because they contain less harmful chemical components that are commonly found in regular printer ink. Regular printer inks contain as much as 60% to 70% volatile organic compounds (VOCs). VOCs are organic compounds that usually contain carbon and are volatile. These impart unfavorable effects not only to the environment but also to people's health such as greenhouse gases that contribute to global warming. The VOCs in printer inks evaporate to the air during the printing process and the accumulation of such may cause adverse effects on the quality of air. Aside from being an environment hazard, VOCs also increases wastes due to the loss of ink at faster rates since the ink evaporates quickly to the atmosphere.
Unlike regular inks, users have higher chances of utilizing almost 100% of the ink content in UV printer cartridges due to less incidences of evaporation. As such, you get more prints without sacrificing print quality. UV printer inks are used for several applications.

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