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White Paper

A Current Comparison of Waterless Printing to Conventional Lithographic Printing Performance

In March 2011, IWPA conducted a G7 comparative print test between waterless and conventional offset printing. The results of the test are published in a white paper titled A Current Comparison of Waterless Printing to Conventional Lithographic Printing.

The 32-page white paper, authored by Gene Langlais of Capricorn Research, is available on request through the IWPA.


  • Waterless shows advantage in color space compared to conventional offset, indicating that a slightly larger color space is possible with waterless.
  • Color stability for waterless was better throughout the press run using the G7 aimpoints.
  • Waterless printed with consistently lower dot gain than conventional wet offset.
  • Start-up waste was significantly lower for waterless, requiring roughly 40% fewer sheets at start-up to achieve G7 aimpoint densities.
  • Waterless reached and maintained target ink densities on all subsequent restarts.

The white paper documents several key waterless benefits. Order your copy of the white paper today by contacting the IWPA office.

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