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GATFPress Best Seller Updated to Tell All About Ink

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Pittsburgh, Pa., September 13, 2001 — Originally written in 1960 by industry sage Robert R. Reed, What the Printer Should Know about Ink has been revised and expanded to include the latest information on ink and ink manufacturing technology. Tens of thousands of copies have been sold during the past forty years to make this title a GATFPress best seller, year after year, as well as the industry’s most popular book on ink. The third edition by Dr. Nelson R. Eldred covers everything from the components of printing inks to testing and specification to process-specific issues. "The printer’s first concern with printing inks is to get the right ink for the job," states the first chapter which gives an overview of the printing processes, the typical products that they produce, and how both affect ink requirements. "Inks that are properly formulated for one job often cause problems with another because they are not appropriate for the job at hand or because the have been altered during handling or running the job." Because printing inks must be formulated to carry out specific jobs, attention must be paid to the printing process for which the ink is designed. Therefore, subsequent chapters explore inks for lithographic, gravure, flexographic, letterpress, and screen processes and include 38 pages of troubleshooting charts. Toners and specialty inks are also reviewed and a new chapter on inkjet inks is included. This new edition also adds chapters on energy-curing inks and coatings, and health, safety, and environment issues. All of the other chapters have been updated and expanded to reflect the developments that have occurred in the years since publication of the second edition. One chapter, among its twenty, is devoted to the most important ingredient of printing inks—pigments—before discussing color measurement and control. Flow, viscosity, thixotropy, tack, and trapping are addressed in addition to vehicles and varnishes. Last, What the Printer Should Know about Ink tells about ink manufacturing and testing and instructs on buying inks and specifications. Author Dr. Eldred collaborated with over 50 industry experts to improve this text. After receiving his doctorate in organic chemistry from Pennsylvania State University, he set up a research project at the Union Carbide Corp. on chemicals and resins for manufacture of paper and ink. He later served as assistant manager of development for Buckman Laboratories, Inc., before joining the GATF as supervisor of the Chemistry Division. Later, Dr. Eldred became manager of GATF’s Techno-Economic Forecasting Division. He is now an independent graphic arts consultant headquartered in Tampa, Florida. Dr. Eldred, the author of Chemistry for the Graphic Arts published by GATFPress, has written extensively for both technical and trade journals, holds several patents, and presented numerous seminars and workshops on paper and ink. He holds degrees from Oberlin College, Wayne State University, and the Pennsylvania State University. Presented in a basic, easy-to-understand format, Dr. Eldred’s updated text will benefit both students and industry representatives alike. It is an excellent complement to GATF’s What the Printer Should about Paper book, providing readers with valuable reference sources on the two most important materials used in printing. A 352-page hardcover book, What the Printer Should Know about Ink, Third Edition (ISBN 0-88362-284-X) contains over 120 illustrations and 51 tables. It is available for $75 ($55 for GATF/PIA members), not including shipping. Orders may be placed by contacting GATF by phone at 800/662-3916 (U.S. and Canada) or 412/741-5733 (all other countries); fax at 412/741-0609; or online from the GAIN Bookstore. Mail orders to GATF Products, P.O. Box 1020, Sewickley, PA 15143-1020. Indicate Order No. 13113.

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