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How To Make Printing Ink

  Introduction Printing ink is so much more than just the black stuff that you put on a page. It has been around for thousands of years, and it's been used in everything from newspaper presses to digital printers. As you can see, we're not talking about offset printing ink which is oil based. I want to have a little fun and talk about how you can make your own ink for your printer.  At home! Ready? Ingredients You will need the following ingredients: Soot (5 tbsp) : This is as purest as it gest. You can make the soot yourself by holding a glass up to a flame. This will allow you to slowly accumulate the soot. Water (2 tbsp): For the base of your ink, use distilled water so that you don't introduce any impurities into the mix. Distilled water is also easier to clean up than tap water because there are no minerals or residue left behind from tap water. Alcohol (2 tbsp) (grain alcohol): This ingredient works as a preservative for your ink and allows it to last for several mo

Testing Blanket Wash Additive

We recently did a test of a blanket wash additive to see if these products really make a difference.  The bottom line was that if the cost of the additive could save in waste or improve quality then it was worth it.  Let's start with a few basics though. What does this product do? I start with the assumption that you know what an automatic blanket washing system does.  If not, start with this .  The product shown above is essentially an additive that goes into your automatic blanket washing system - particularly your water.  As the pumps inject solvent and water to your blanket wash system, a pump (in our case a Dosatron pump) injects the additive into the mixture.  This cocktail has three claims according to Flint (in our case we tried the Varn Aqua Plus ): 1. Reduces fungal and bacterial growth and thus prevents blockages in the lines. 2. Increases "wetability" of the water and thus allows it to flow across blanket easier and remove lint. What we tried.