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Sun Chemical's New Triton™ Inks Reduce Misting, VOCs, Problems for Web Heatset Printers

Published on 2006-10-19. Author : SpecialChem

Chicago, IL -- Web heatset printers have made it clear that misting problems and high volumes of volatile organic compounds (VOCs) are topics of major concern to them in today's high-speed pressroom. Sun Chemical has responded by developing Triton,™ a new set of four-color process inks utilizing unique chemistry developed by Sun Chemical to address these concerns.

Sun Chemical is introducing Triton at Graph Expo 2006, being held Oct. 15-18 at McCormick Place in Chicago, IL. The Triton inks offer technology unmatched in the inks market, and are formulated to meet the demanding needs of retail and magazine printers utilizing heatset web print technology.

"Triton inks use a unique, patented chemistry to improve ink-water emulsification," said Don Sierzega, product manager, Sun Chemical North American Publication Inks. "This results in improved color control, less misting, a 15% to 20% reduction in VOCs and less dependency on oil derivates, which should be advantageous given the recent volatility in petroleum markets."

Sierzega explained that environmentally friendly Triton helps form a finer water droplet in the emulsified ink. The improved roller transfer and ink laydown results in better color control and more uniform densities. Because it produces a better emulsion, the ink film is thinner and misting is lessened, he said. Reduced misting should translate to less press maintenance and less waste created by web breaks or contamination in non-image areas..

With lower VOCs than other available heatset inks, Triton can be extremely beneficial to printers whose growth prospects are limited by environmental regulations. Use of Triton may allow printers to expand capacity in their existing pressroom without having to seek adjusted permits for VOC emissions.

About Sun Chemical

Sun Chemical, the world's largest producer of printing inks and pigments, is a leading provider of materials to packaging, publication, coatings, plastics, cosmetics, and other industrial markets. With annual sales of approximately $4 billion, Sun Chemical has over 12,000 employees supporting customers around the world. The Sun Chemical Group of companies includes such established names as Coates, Hartmann, Kohl & Madden, and US Ink.

Sun Chemical Corporation in the U.S. and Sun Chemical Limited in England are subsidiaries of Sun Chemical Group B.V., the Netherlands. Sun Chemical has headquarters in Parsippany, New Jersey, U.S.A.; Slough, England; and Weesp, the Netherlands.

Source: Sun Chemical

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