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Anilox Cleaning Systems: Preserving Roll Life [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Stan Seelig, this article describes alternative cleaning systems for anilox rolls. These alternatives will extend roll life, and are also more environmentally friendly. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/aniloxcleaningsystems.pdf

Comparing Laser Engraving Technologies: Nd: YAG vs. CO2
Abstract: FLEXO Magazine article by Dan Reilly (FLEXO, August 1999, p. 52-57) that discusses the practical use of both laser technologies and attempts to define the pros and cons of each, focusing more on how the finished engravings perform, rather than differences in the way the lasers operate.
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.flexography.org/flexo/article.cfm?ID=11

Demystifying Environmental Management Systems (EMS) for Printers
Abstract: An explanation of the benefits of an EMS for printers. Written by Jeffrey R. Adrian.
Source: PNEAC - J. Adrian
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/jeffa.cfm

Flexible Packaging Strategic Plan: Match the Success of Bottles & Cans
Abstract: Written by Robert Moran. Outlines marketing considerations, applications, current industry conditions and future expectations. (Hard copy available in FLEXO Magazine, December 2001, p. 20-22)
Source: FLEXO Magazine On-line Publications
URL: http://www.flexography.org/flexo/story/FM122001.html

Flexographic Ink Options: A Cleaner Technologies Substitutes Assessment
Abstract: Comparative evaluation of solvent-based, water-based, and ultra-violet cured ink technologies on wide-web film substrates. It assesses the performance, cost, energy, and environmental and human health impacts of 45 ink formulations.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/ctsa/index.html

Ink and Cleaner Waste Reduction Evaluation for Flexographic Printers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the technical and economic efforts incurred by a flexographic label printing company that changed the type of ink and cleaning agent used in its print shop. The changes were incurred as the best way to eliminate all hazardous materials. (PDF Format; Length: 43 pages)
Source: IL Waste Management and Research Center
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library

Pollution Prevention: Environmental Marketing
Abstract: This fact sheet offers environmental marketing tips.
Source: MT State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/marketing.cfm

Sun Chemical Develops Alternatives to Solvent Flexo Printing
Abstract: Sun Chemical has announced a breakthrough in water-based ink technology for flexographic printing on polythene (PE) film. The company's new approach offers a viable and cost-effective alternative to solvent-based inks, and allows printers to comply with pending European legislation that will affect the industry while printing up to 600 meters per minute. From October 2007, the Solvent Emissions Directive states that every printing firm that uses more than 15 tons of solvents per year must either invest in incineration units or find alternatives for 75 percent of its solvent-based print colors. In addition, the Integrated Pollution Prevention and Control Directive legislates that printing firms using more than 200 tons of solvents per year must be in possession of a specific environmental certificate and must strictly apply procedures according to "best practice techniques." Sun Chemical's innovative breakthrough is the use of modified amine soluble resins, which crosslink after they transfer from the press to the substrate, making the inks fully water resistant when dry. Each of the inks - known as Barracuda, Piranha and Beluga - has been designed for specific applications. Erik Segers, corporate product manager liquid inks, Sun Chemical Europe, said, "Water-based inks are ideal for smaller printing businesses which do not have the capital to invest in the more costly incinerating equipment. Additionally, unlike the use of incinerators, water-based inks will not increase printers' carbon emissions, which could be taxed in the future to address concerns about global warming. Early trials suggest the total cost of print could be reduced up to 20 percent by switching from solvent-based to water-based ink. However, this could vary depending on a printer's individual circumstances."
Source: Ink World Magazine
URL: http://www.inkworldmagazine.com/news/2007/06/28/sun_chemical

Testing a Multi-Color Press [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Kenneth E. Rizzo. Detailed explanation of press testing to determine need for restoration or service. (PDF format; Length: 8 pages)
Source: Graphic Arts Technical Foundation (GATF), SecondSight Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/pdfs/Test_Color_Press.pdf

UV Curing: Health and Safety [PDF]
Abstract: Outlines the health and safety concerns associated with UV curing inks, coatings, and adhesives. Includes a comparison of the toxicity and other properties of UV-curable ink components and some commonly used ink solvents. Compares permitting requirements and pollution potential of UV-, solvent-based, and water-based inks. Written by Anthony J. Bean and Joann Cortese.
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/uvcuringhealthandsafety.pd

Waste Minimization Assessment for a Manufacturer of Labels and Flexible Packaging [PDF]
Abstract: Describes key findings of an EPA pilot project to assist small and medium-sized manufacturers who want to minimize waste generation; pilot plant manufactures spiral wound labels for commercial use and flexible packaging for foods.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/gravure/envresbrief3.pdf

Water-Based Adhesives: Solventless Lamination Reduces Flexible Packaging VOCs [PDF]
Abstract: Peter Voss describes the ongoing switch in the flexible film & paper laminating industry from solvent-based adhesives to new water-based polyurethane adhesives and acrylic emulsions for dry-bond laminating, resulting in reduced VOC emissions.
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/waterbasedadhesives.pdf

Which Metals Does the Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH) Legislation Target?
Abstract: Includes links to detailed descriptions (including health effects) of cadmium, mercury, lead, and hexavalent chromium, the metals targeted for elimination or reduction in packaging by the TPCH legislation.
Source: The Council of State Governments (CSG)
URL: http://www.toxicsinpackaging.org/which_metals.html

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Inside Flexo: A Cleaner Run for the Money
Abstract: Twenty-minute video developed for the Design for the Environment Project that provides flexographic printers with tips on how to address environmental concerns while improving the bottom line. Information on how to order a free copy is included.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/dfe/pubs/flexo/videos/ins_flex/index.html

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A Safe Beginning: How One Narrow Web Facility Established a Safety and Environmental Program [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Tim Granley. Describes establishment of a safety and environmental program at VA flexographic printing company. (PDF format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/asafebeginning.pdf

Case Study: Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation [PDF]
Abstract: Outlines the waste reduction and P2 accomplishments of the Neenah Printing Division of Menasha Corporation in Neenah, WI. Neenah Printing does lithographic web and sheetfed printing as well as wide web flexographic printing. PDF Format; Length: 5 pages.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/neenah.PDF

Case Study: Reducing VOCs in Flexography
Abstract: Highlights the experience of Highland Supply Corporation (HSC), a wide-web flexographic printer, which successfully reduced volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions and hazardous waste at its Highland, IL facilities by switching inks.
Source: U.S. EPA Design for Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case1/ind

Exact Printing Plate Begins their Journey on the Road to Pollution Prevention [PDF]
Abstract: This case study from the Ontario Centre for Environmental Technology Advancement (OCETA) describes pollution prevention recommendations for Exact Printing Plate, a flexographic printing plate supplier. Includes information on waste reduction in the engraving and film production processes. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: OCETA Toronto Region Sustainability Program
URL: http://www.oceta.on.ca/TORSUS/Exact.pdf

Flexible Packaging Association: Examples of Source Reduction
Abstract: This web site provides examples of how the use of flexible packaging reduces the total amount of packaging, and thus decreases the amount of material consumers discard.
Source: Flexible Packaging Association
URL: http://www.flexpack.org/public/source_reduction_examples.asp

Learning from Three Companies that Reduced VOC Emissions
Abstract: Presents the steps that three wide web flexographic printers took to reduce their VOC emissions. Includes factors considered in management decisions and how the decisions were implemented. The two methods tried were switching to water-based inks and installing an oxidizer.
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/flexo/case_st/case2/ind

Pearl Pressman Liberty Saves Over $21,000
Abstract: A summary of the energy efforts (Green Lights/Energy Star) at a Pennsylvania print facility, which resulted in a $21,000 savings.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/ppl.cfm

Pennsylvania: Dopaco, Inc. Case Study [PDF]
Abstract: Dopaco, Inc. supplies printed and formed paperboard cartons and cups to the fast food industry. The printing is done using either rotogravure printing presses with water-based or solvent-based inks or flexographic printing presses with water-based inks. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: PA Department of Environmental Protection
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/gravure/dopaco.pdf

Replacement of Hazardous Material in Wide Web Flexographic Printing Process
Abstract: A wide web flexographic printing firm in New York substituted water-based inks for solvent-based inks when manufacturing flexible packaging, using plastic sheet substrates (e.g., plastic bags for bread).
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/replacehazardswidewebflexo

Small Business Waste Reduction Guide: Printing & Laminating Case Study #1 [PDF]
Abstract: C & H Packaging in Merrill, WI reduced VOC emissions by converting from VOC-based materials and technology to water-based materials and technology.
Source: EnviroSense
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/docs/printing_and_laminating_case_stud

Solvent Elimination by Off Press Cleaning with CO2
Abstract: This case study describes how a flexographic packaging printer eliminated the use of solvents in cleaning removable press components by switching to carbon dioxide blasting.
Source: Georgia Department of Natural Resources Pollution Prevention Assistance Division
URL: http://www.p2ad.org/documents/ma_printing3.html

Toxics Use Reduction Case Study: Water & Ink Waste Reduction at F.C. Meyer Company
Abstract: A cardboard box manufacturer and printer has trained its employees in "good housekeeping" practices and significantly reduced ink wastes and wastewater generated when cleaning the printing presses.
Source: MA Office of Technical Assistance
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/fcmeyer.cfm

Use of Plastic Blast Media to Clean Press Parts
Abstract: Written by Dale Patterson, this article describes how Alliance Packing of Sacramento, CA switched to plastic blast media to clean ink pumps, pans and other press components, resulting in both environmental and monetary benefits.
Source: PNEAC/FLEXO Magazine
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/plasticblastmedia.cfm

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A Pollution Prevention Guide for the Printing Industry
Abstract: This Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC) fact sheet provides basic pollution prevention information for printers, including suggestions for reducing common wastes, such as silver, inks, solvents, waste from process baths, rags and wipes and other wastes. Also includes contacts for further assistance for Delaware businesses.
Source: Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control (DNREC)
URL: http://www.dnrec.state.de.us/DNREC2000/P2/PrintingIndustry.h

Acetone Regulations and Pollution Prevention: What You Should Know [PDF]
Abstract: Regulatory information for manufacturers in Ohio.
Source: OH EPA
URL: http://wwwapp.epa.ohio.gov/opp/fact34.pdf

Basic OSHA Record keeping & Training Requirements Affecting Printing
Abstract: Fact sheet provides a brief description of some OSHA record keeping and training regulation steps
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/basicosha.cfm

Basic RCRA Recordkeeping for Printers
Abstract: Provides basic understanding of various record keeping requirements mandated by EPA.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/rcra.cfm

Best Management Practices for the Printing Industry
Abstract: Fact sheet offers key P2 practices such as materials substitutions, recycling and changeover recommendations for best management practices.
Source: VA Small Business Assistance Program
URL: http://www.deq.state.va.us/osba/factsheets/printink.html

Biochemicals for the Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Discusses biochemical alternatives to toxic petrochemicals used in the printing industry. Includes case studies and references. (PDF Format; Length: 15 pages)
Source: Institute for Local Self Reliance
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/Biochemicals_for_the_Printin

Cleaning Anilox Rollers [PDF]
Abstract: Describes alternative cleaning methods for anilox rollers and outlines the regulatory concerns associated with using solvents for cleaning. (PDF Format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/aniloxrollers.pdf

Environmental Health and Safety Checklist for Minnesota Printers
Abstract: This is a tool to assist printing companies in identifying environmental, health and safety requirements (regulations) that may be applicable to them.
Source: MN TAP
URL: http://www.mntap.umn.edu/print/printerchecklist.htm

Environmental Management of Photopolymer Flexographic Printing Plates
Abstract: Written by Doreen Monteleone, Ph.D., of the Flexographic Technical Association, this fact sheet describes environmental considerations in the use of various photopolymer flexographic plate development processes.
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/photopolyflexplates.cfm

EPA Sector Notebook on Printing Industry
Abstract: Thorough overview, essential background document. Includes P2 opportunities, compliance issues, specific regulatory information, and statistical overview.
Source: U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assistance
URL: http://www.epa.gov/compliance/resources/publications/assista

Flexible Packaging Industry Facts & Figures
Abstract: A list of flexible packaging industry statistics for the United States of America.
Source: Flexible Packaging Association
URL: http://www.flexpack.org/INDUST/industry_facts_figures.asp

Focusing on Flexo Inks [PDF]
Abstract: Describes the Design for the Environment Flexography Project. (PDF Format; Length: 2 pages)
Source: U.S. EPA
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/focusonflexoinks.pdf

How to Read and Use an MSDS for Environmental Purposes
Abstract: Explains basic information included on an MSDS form.
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/msds.cfm

Management of Aqueous Waste from Water-based Flexographic Printing Processes [PDF]
Abstract: Many flexographic printers are switching to water-based ink technology to reduce volatile organic compound (VOC) emissions. This fact sheet describes alternatives for handling the wastes associated with water-based inks. (PDF format; Length: 7 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/AqueousWasteFactSheet.pdf

Management of Solvents and Wipes in the Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: General guidance on reducing and managing solvent wastes for printers. (PDF format; Length: 4 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/MGMTSOLVP.pdf

Persistent, Bioaccumulative, and Toxic Chemicals: A Printer?s Roadmap [PDF]
Abstract: Written by Gary Jones of the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation. Federal regulatory information related to PBTs. (PDF format; Length: 12 pages)
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/PBTprintersroadmap.pdf

Pollution Prevention Self-Assessment
Abstract: P2 self-assessment checklist to help printers learn how to reduce waste and increase efficiency.
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/checklist.cfm

Pollution Prevention: Facts About Paper
Abstract: Environmental information on various types of paper, recycled content standards, and regulatory information.
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/paper.cfm

Pollution Prevention: Working With Suppliers
Abstract: Offers P2 tips for working with vendors and trade associations.
Source: Montana State University
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/suppliers.cfm

Printer's One Plan Approach to the OSHA Hazard Communication Program, the EPA Emergency Response Plan, and the EPA Risk Management Plan
Abstract: Discusses and explains elements in the OSHA Hazard Communication Program
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/printersoneplan.cfm

RCRA in Focus: The Printing Industry [PDF]
Abstract: Offers basic record keeping information for EPA, RCRA and OSHA. (PDF Format; Length: 15 pages)
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/printing.pdf

Reducing Ink and Solvent Use in Enclosed Flexographic Inking Systems [PDF]
Abstract: Explains the environmental benefits of moving from an open to an enclosed ink delivery and metering system. (PDF format; Length: 5 pages)
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/InkingSystems.pdf

Silver Recovery Systems and Waste Reduction in Photo Processing
Abstract: Fact sheet focuses on silver sources, recycling and reducing silver uses.
Source: NC EHNR
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/silver.cfm

Summary of the EPA Regional Office and State Positions Concerning the Regulatory Status of Contaminated [soiled] Shop Towels [PDF]
Abstract: 1996 summary of state's positions on the regulatory status of disposable soiled shop towels and wipes.
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/shoptowelpolicy.pdf

Toxic Release Inventory for Printing and Publishing (SIC27): 1996 Releases and 1988-1996 Trend Analysis [PDF]
Abstract: Summary of release reporting components of 1996 TRI report. (PDF format; Length: 20 pages)
Source: Printers' National Environmenatl Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/printingtri.pdf

Understanding Air Pollution Permits
Abstract: Discusses revisions to air pollution permitting requirements. (PDF format; Length: 10 pages)
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/airpollutionpermits.cfm

Universal Waste Rules and How they Affect a Printer [PDF]
Abstract: Detailed information on how Universal Waste Rules apply to a printing operation. (PDF Format; Length: 4 pages).
Source: Printers? National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/UniversalWasteRules.pdf

Waste and Cost Reduction Techniques for Small Parts Cleaners [PDF]
Abstract: Information on waste & cost reduction, alternative solvents, and alternative parts cleaners. (PDF Format; Length: 6 pages)
Source: North Carolina Dept. of Environment, Health & Natural Resources
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/WasteCostReductionSmallParts

Water-Based Inks for Flexographic Printing [PDF]
Abstract: Water-based inks provide an alternative to solvents and a means of eliminating both pollution and many of the regulatory constraints on the printer. Describes Control Technology Guidelines (CTGs), status of water-based inks in the marketplace, water-based ink conversion barriers, and basic requirements for converting to waterborne inks. Written by Fred Shapiro.
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/flexo/waterbasedinks.pdf

What are VOC's and Do Printing Related Materials Contain Them
Abstract: Discusses volatile organic compounds (VOCs) and products containing VOCs that are commonly used in printing.
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center (PNEAC)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/vocs.cfm

What is Hazardous Waste
Abstract: Explains how to determine if a waste is classified as hazardous. Focuses on wastes commonly generated by printers.
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/whatisahazwaste.cfm

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Environmental Publications for Printers [PDF]
Abstract: A list of printing industry periodicals, etc. for additional reference
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/sheets/all/publist4printers.pdf

Printing Industry Manuals on Compliance, P2 & Processes [PDF]
Abstract: A directory of state and regional printing compliance & P2 manuals
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/pdfs/listmanualsfactsheet.pdf

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A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print, 2nd Edition
Abstract: Monadnock Paper Mills has released the second edition of a how-to guide for creating more sustainable print materials. A Field Guide: Eco-Friendly, Efficient and Effective Print points out alternatives for design decisions that support sustainability. New information in the second edition includes a full chapter dedicated to packaging, an expanded section on energy and emissions, and an overview of the various environmental programs, logos, and terminology that many paper mills use in their product literature today. Sections of the guide include: Paper; Production; Inks; Printing; Finishing; Packaging; Checklist; Reference; and A Commitment Today. The guide is available for download at the URL listed here (PDF Format; Length: 20 pages). The guide may also be ordered at www.mpm.com/info.
Source: Monadnock Paper Mills
URL: http://www.mpm.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=32

Pollution Prevention for the Printing Industry: A Manual for Technical Assistance Providers
Abstract: Contains common P2 practices for printing and several case studies. Lithography, flexograhy, gravure, letterpress, and screen-printing are described in depth, along with major P2 concerns associated with each.
Source: NEWMOA and IL Waste Management and Research Center
URL: http://www.wmrc.uiuc.edu/main_sections/info_services/library

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Association for Suppliers of Printing and Publishing Technologies
Abstract: Association specifically representing companies which manufacture or distribute equipment, systems, software, and supplies used in printing, publishing and converting.
Source: Association for Suppliers of Printing and Publishing Technologies
URL: http://www.npes.org/

Association of Quick and Small Commercial Printers
Abstract: Provides industry news, tech tips and information directed to small printers
Source: Association of Quick and Small Commercial Printers
URL: http://www.printimage.org/

Glossary of Flexographic Printing Terms
Abstract: This document provides a glossary of terms and key technical words associated with each department in the flexographic printing plant. Compiled by Debra Jacobson, WMRC. (Length: 54 pages)
Source: Waste Management and Research Center (WMRC)
URL: http://www.glrppr.org/hubs/hub503/Flexogloss.doc

GreenPrinter: Eco-Friendly Printing
Abstract: GreenPrinter provides and environmentally friendly printing service, featuring New Leaf Paper and Climate Cool shipping. Through GreenerPrinter.com, you can obtain: high-quality, affordable printing services; featuring real-time print quotes and online ordering; using state-of-the-art recycled papers; printing by a certified environmentally responsible company; and shipped directly to you with zero climate impact. In addition, all printing services purchased through GreenerPrinter.com results in a financial contribution to support GreenBiz.com, an acclaimed, nonprofit online resource on business and the environment. GreenBiz.com is a program of the National Environmental Education & Training Foundation.
Source: Tulip Graphics & GreenBiz.com
URL: http://www.greenerprinter.com/grp/home.do

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American Printer Magazine
Abstract: News source of information on technologies and new trends
Source: American Printer Magazine
URL: http://americanprinter.com/

Flexible Packaging Magazine
Abstract: Monthly magazine offering information for the flexible packaging industry.
Source: Stagnito Communications
URL: http://www.flexpackmag.com/

FLEXO Magazine
Abstract: Magazine of the Flexographic Technical Association.
Source: Flexographic Technical Association (FTA)
URL: http://www.flexography.org/flexo/

Graphic Arts Monthly Magazine
Abstract: Features industry news, new technologies and upcoming events
Source: Graphic Arts Monthly Magazine
URL: http://www.gammag.com/

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Design for the Environment: Flexographic Printing Partnership
Abstract: Provides technical information and pollution prevention tips for printers. Includes general project information, findings & accomplishments, links to project publications and a list of partners.
Source: U.S. EPA/Design for the Environment
URL: http://www.epa.gov/opptintr/dfe/pubs/projects/flexo/index.ht

Abstract: Finishing may include operations such as coating, cutting, folding, and binding.
Source: Virtual Flexo Plant (VFP)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/virtualflexoplant/pageInfo.asp?ID=4

Flexo Exchange
Abstract: Provides industry information & resources for the flexographic printing industry.
Source: http://www.flexoexchange.com/
URL: http://www.flexoexchange.com/

Flexographic Printing Processes
Abstract: Process flow diagrams, process descriptions, and material balance diagrams for each printing unit operation.
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org/printprocesses/flexography/

Flexographic Technical Association
Abstract: The Flexographic Technical Association, Inc. (FTA) is the leading technical society devoted exclusively to the flexographic printing industry
Source: Flexographic Technical Association
URL: http://www.flexography.org/welcome.cfm

Flexographic Technical Association
Abstract: The Flexographic Technical Association, Inc. (FTA) is the leading technical society devoted exclusively to the flexographic printing industry
Source: Flexographic Technical Association
URL: http://www.flexography.org/welcome.cfm

Frequently Cited OSHA Standards
Abstract: Allows the user to list the most frequently cited Federal or State OSHA standards for a specified 2, 3 or 4-digit Standard Industrial Classification (SIC) code.
Source: Occupational Health & Safety Administration
URL: http://www.osha.gov/oshstats/std1.html

Graphic Arts Blue Book
Abstract: A nationwide source for graphic arts products & services
Source: Arts Blue Book
URL: http://www.gabb.com/

Graphic Arts Information Network (GAIN)
Abstract: On-line information for the Printing Industry of America Association and the Graphic Arts Technical Foundation.
Source: PIA/GATF
URL: http://www.gain.net/eweb/startpage.aspx

Abstract: Flexographic plates have the printing image in relief, which means the image area is raised relative to the non-image area.
Source: Virtual Flexo Plant (VFP)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/virtualflexoplant/pageInfo.asp?ID=68

Abstract: The prepress process includes the various printing related services, performed before ink is actually put on the printing press.
Source: Virtual Flexo Plant (VFP)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/virtualflexoplant/PageInfo.asp?ID=2

Abstract: The five types of printing presses used for flexographic printing are the stack type, central impression cylinder (CIC), in-line, newspaper unit, and dedicated 4-, 5-, or 6-color unit commercial publication flexographic presses.
Source: Virtual Flexo Plant (VFP)
URL: http://www.pneac.org/virtualflexoplant/pageInfo.asp?ID=3

Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center
Abstract: Compliance assistance center, current trends, news, tools
Source: PNEAC
URL: http://www.pneac.org

Printing Processes
Abstract: The printing processes listed on this website include process flow diagrams, process descriptions, and material balance diagrams for each unit operation.
Source: Printers' National Environmental Assistance Center
URL: http://www.pneac.org/printprocesses/

State Regulations Locator
Abstract: Links to state regulations, searchable databases.
Source: National Metal Finishing Resource Center
URL: http://www.envcap.org/state/

Toxics in Packaging Clearinghouse (TPCH)
Abstract: TPCH was formed in 1992 to promote the Model Toxics in Packaging Legislation. This legislation is designed to phase out the use and presence of mercury, lead, cadmium & hexavalent chromium in packaging within four years in states that enact it.
Source: The Council of State Governments (CSG)
URL: http://www.toxicsinpackaging.org/

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