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UVgel racks up environmental certifications

Friday, 06 April 2018
By Print 21 Online Article

Garry Muratore, Océ.

Océ’s UVgel ink technology, as used in the Colorado 1640 wide-format printer, has scored Greenguard Gold certification, giving it a seventh environmental and safety seal of approval for indoor applications.

The Greenguard tick is the latest in a series of stringent global safety considerations for chemical emissions, odours and harmful compounds for large-format products including wall coverings.

Garry Muratore, product manager for graphic arts at Océ, is proud of the Colorado 1640 and UVgel’s safety performance. “This places the Océ UVgel technology and the Océ Colorado 1640 in an elite group of companies whose products can safely be used in sensitive environments such as hospitals and schools. The prints are also judged odourless, which is essential for environments such as restaurants and supermarkets,” he said. “Colorado customers can supply prints with absolute confidence into such environments. It’s another tick in the box for compliance in critical applications.”

The certification means UVgel is on par with technologies such as HP Latex, and far safer than solvent, which can be laden with dangerous volatile organic compounds (VOCs). “Older solvent technologies contained flammable and carcinogenic VOCs. You don’t want things like that in hospitals and schools where there’s kids around,” said Muratore.

UVGel now complies with the following safety certifications:

  • AgBB: Océ Colorado 1640 UVgel ink fulfills all requirements of the AgBB scheme evaluating volatile organic compounds in building materials for indoor use.
  • GREENGUARD Gold: UVgel ink is GREENGUARD Gold certified for low chemical emissions into indoor air during product usage.
  • EN15102:2007 Decorative wall coverings: Océ Colorado decorative wall coverings have successfully passed all tests for this mandatory CE marking: mechanical strength, safety in case of fire and sustainability. CE marking according to this new regulation on wall coverings is mandatory in Europe since 2013.
  • Odour: Océ Colorado 1640 printouts using Océ UVgel technology have been judged odourless according to DIN EN ISO 16000-28 i.A., VDI 4302 by a 3rd party testing agency.
  • VCL-free: Océ UVgel ink is free of VCL (vinylcaprolactam).
  • A+ Émissions dans l’air intérieur: Océ Colorado 1640 is measured to comply with A+, the top label for this mandatory classification for wall coverings sold on the French market. Local wall-covering producers must apply for the certification individually.
  • M1 – Emission Classification of Building Materials: Océ Colorado 1640 is measured to comply with M1, the top label of this Finnish certification scheme, which includes a 28-day emission and odour test. Local wall-covering producers must apply for the certification individually.

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