The use of refractometers in the pressroom for analyzing fountain solutions is becoming more and more common. Ink and Coating vendors will use them to “prove” that the fountain solution is the cause of whatever problem their product is afflicted with. Customers sometimes use them to troubleshoot problems in the reservoir that stem from either incorrect dosage or excessive contamination. However, the improper use of refractometers can lead to incorrect conclusions regarding fountain solution and its relationship to press problems.

That said, what role do refractometers play in the pressroom and how can they be used properly? To find out, please download Prisco’s Tech Solutions 19 to learn more.