Senefelder Misset in Doetinchem (NL) specialises in the production of magazines, periodicals and catalogues in large print runs. Magazines such as Story, Weekend and Elle roll off two 16-page, a 64-page and a 72-page rotary press. Senefelder Misset has been printing alcohol-free for years, a philosophy that has been taken to a higher level with the introduction of Wifac's Tower Millennium HSW-100 fountain solution.
Not every printer produces without the use of alcohol (IPA): after all, its addition to the fountain facilitates the printing process and - if you like - the work of the operators. However, the advantages do not outweigh the disadvantages, explains Olaf Schutz. First of all, IPA is quite expensive to buy and use, so you save a lot of money. Moreover, this type of solvent is harmful to the environment and to health." That's why Senefelder Misset has been phasing out the use of IPA since 1993.: " This does make it a little more difficult for the operator to get the ink/moisture balance right, for example. On the other hand, you get a sharper point on paper, more contrast and a nicer shine."