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NPES and NAPIM Announce Reaffirmation of Safety Standards

December 15, 2011
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RESTON, VA—Dec. 15, 2011—The reaffirmation of two safety standards was announced by NPES, The Association for Suppliers of Printing, Publishing and Converting Technologies, and the National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM).

B65/NAPIM 177.1-2007, Safety standard — Three-roll printing ink mills, which applies to all three-roll mills used in the printing ink manufacturing industry, establishes safety requirements for safety controls, operating procedures and the design of three-roll mills.

B65/NAPIM 177.2-2006, Safety standard — Printing ink vertical post mixers provides standardized guidance, advice and recommendations to both equipment designers and operators aimed at reducing the risk of personal injury during the operation of vertical post mixers.

"In-running nip accidents occur when the washup stick (in-running nip point guard) is not in the rear nip during roll cleaning… the NGSIS (Nip Guard Safety Interlock System) that is part of the B65/NAPIM 177.1- 2007 electrical package prevents this worse case accident," says Jon Hatz, President of Keith Machinery Corporation.  "B65/NAPIM 177.1- 2007 works; it is something that the committee should be proud of."

This work was completed by the ANSI-accredited B65 Committee, which consists of several subcommittees that address safety for printing press systems, cutting machines and stand-alone platen presses, as well as binding and finishing systems. NPES serves as the Secretariat to ANSI CGATS, ANSI B65 and the USTAG to ISO TC130 (Graphic Technology).

The B65/NAPIM standards are available for purchase from NPES.  For more information or to order, visit the NPES Standards Workroom or contact Debbie Orf, NPES Assistant Director of Standards, at phone: 703/264-7229 or e-mail: dorf@npes.org.

About NPES
NPES is a U.S. trade association representing more than 400 companies that manufacture and distribute equipment, software and supplies used across the workflow of printing, publishing and converting processes. NPES is a co-sponsor of PRINT and GRAPH EXPO—the largest and most comprehensive prepress, printing, converting, package printing, binding and finishing, mailing and fulfillment, marketing, and offset and digital equipment trade shows and conference in the Americas.

About NAPIM
The National Association of Printing Ink Manufacturers (NAPIM) is a trade association whose overall purpose is to promote the general development and improvement of member companies by fostering greater understanding and knowledge of the printing ink industry as well as representing the industry as a whole on a national basis.
 
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