Fount Solutions

Due to the continuous changes in application technology, ever faster running machines and alcohol-free printing, printing inks, printing plates and printing press types must be well coordinated.

In view of the large variety of print media, colours, dampening unit types and other printing conditions, a differentiation in the fountain solution additives is crucial for a trouble-free printing process. Machine, ink, water, paper, temperature and the legal requirements have a great influence on the printing processes and thus on the dampening solution concentrate.

DC DruckChemie provides every machine type and the associated dampening system with the ideal dampening solution with which the quality standards are met - while minimizing it at the same time of paper waste. Our dampening solutions are certified with regard to their corrosion behaviour and are available in all common quantities - from the 10 kg canister to the 200 kg barrel and the 1,000 kg IBC.

We guarantee a consistent pH of the damping circulation by use of our fount solutions when the following advantages typographically arise:

             • No negative build-up of the colour on the non-printing areas of the printing                   blanket

             • Eliminate corrosion of plates, blankets and printing cylinders

             • No dot gain

             • Optimal free running of the plates

Coldset

All dampening solutions of the NP series are characterized by a high buffer capacity and a stable pH value in the pressure-favourable range and also ensure optimal surface tension, fast free-running and therefore less waste. The fountain solutions of the NP series allow a short water flow and prevent over-emulsification of the ink.

Corrosion approvals for MAN and KBA demonstrate the excellent corrosion protection properties of our dampening solution concentrates, which are available for all types of dampening units.

Coldset Water hardness (<12 °dH) VOC content in % EU/CH Corrosion inhibitor Release Dosage Information
Wassertop NP 2118 6/0 2-4% for all manroland / KBA machines with spray or brush dampening systems.
Wassertop NP 2122 8/5 2-4% universal product for all KBA / WIFAG / GOSS / manroland machines with turbo dampening unit.
Wassertop NP 2126 8/15 2-4% universal product for all KBA / WIFAG / GOSS / manroland machines with turbo or spray dampening system.
Wassertop NP 2130 PS 15/15 2-4% universal product for all KBA / WIFAG / GOSS / manroland machines with turbo or spray dampening system. Very low foam
Wassertop NP 2132 2,5/10,5 2-4% universal product for all KBA / WIFAG / GOSS / manroland machines with turbo or spray dampening system. Very low foam

 

Heatset

Due to continual changes in inks or ink formulations, a release of fillers, such as chalk from the ink or kaolin from the paper often takes place. This results in washouts and deposits in the dampening water system and on the rollers. Our specially developed heatset fount solutions prevent the occurrence of these print process-hindering and time consuming effects. 

Heatset Water hardness (<12 °dH) VOC content in % EU/CH Alcohol recommended dosage Alcohol maximal dosage Corrosion inhibitor Release Dosage Information
Wassertop HS 2.46 13/13 0 max. 5% 2-3% Universal dampening solution concentrate for high-speed heatset machines. Suitable for IPA free printing. Mostly very clean water in the circulation system.
Wassertop HS 2.48 Spezial 2/12 0 max. 5% 2-3% Universal dampening solution concentrate for high-speed heatset machines. Suitable for IPA free printing.
Wassertop HS 3002-PS 13/37 0 max. 5% 4% Dampening solution concentrate for high-speed heatset machines. Suitable for IPA free printing. Longer wash intervals and a significant reduction in waste possible. Saves costs!
Wassertop HS 3007 8/16 0 max. 5% 4% Heatset dampening solution concentrate for Goss machines. Suitable for IPA free printing.

 

Sheetfed
Our dampening additive concentrates for sheet-fed offset can be used for all substrates and, even with an extremely low dosing (2 to 3%), they prevent roller glazing and ink stripping, thereby guaranteeing optimal plate protection. An over emulsifying of the ink is prevented and a stable ink-water balance is produced so that a problem-free print run is possible.

Sheetfed Water hardness (<12 °dH) VOC content in % EU/CH Alcohol recommended dosage Alcohol maximal dosage Corrosion inhibitor Release ISEGA Dosage Information
Wassertop DH Plus KI 0/0 5 8% 2-3% Dampening solution for conventional printing. Suitable for all dampening systems and plate types.
Wassertop SF 3.1 0/0 3 5% 2-3% Fountain solution best suited for printing with metal and Special colors. Suitable for all dampening systems and plate types.
AlkoLess SF 2.60 8/9 0 5% 2-3% Fountain solution for IPA-free printing. Suitable for all dampening systems and plate types.
AlkoLess SF 475 15/18 0 5% 2-3% Fountain solution for IPA-free printing. Suitable for all dampening systems and plate types.
AlkoLess SF 4003 15/15 0 5% 3-4% Fountain solution for IPA-free printing. Suitable for all dampening systems and plate types. Good results with Komori

 

Fountain solution additives      

Hardener

DC offers various hardening agents based on calcium or magnesium which, in customer-specific dosing, keep the process water constant between 9 ° and 12 ° dH (German hardness) and facilitate the printing process with this optimal water hardness.           

Paper Save

Additive for heatset printing and offers printers both economic and ecological advantages. With minimal effort, the number of cleaning cycles during a print job can be almost halved.