Latest News — Convergence in the Print Industry

UNDERSTANDING GROWTH OPPORTUNITIES AND COMPETITION

To better understand shifting dynamics in the industry, PRINTING United which focused on the opportunities the convergence of markets and technologies provided this report, sudy surveyed America printers over all segments of the printing market. This report provides insights into the print market shifting dynamics and also can help you do make your 3-year business plan.

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Main Features of Screen Printing

Screen printing advantages are many, one of the most fundamental is the strong printing adaptability, so people call in addition to air and water can not be printed, in all different materials and surface shapes of different substrate can be printed on the ultra strong process, and is not limited by the size of the printing area.
Screen printing has the following characteristics compared with other printing methods.
(1) Low cost, quick effect Screen printing can be mechanized production, can also be manual operation, its investment can be small, from thousands of yuan can be engaged in artisanal production, to tens of millions of yuan to build a modern screen printing plant. Because the cost of equipment and materials for this printing method is lower than other printing methods, and its Seihan method and printing method is also simpler, so the current special interest of the people in the gang, for them to create re-employment opportunities. The plain printing, the convex printing, the gravure printing can not complete the simple print may use the silk screen to complete. Shanghai Printing screen printing can be divided into industrial screen printing and fine arts screen printing. Art screen printing can be used to print exquisite prints and copy valuable oil painting, its products bright color, thick ink layer.
The body of the picture is strong, it is the other printing method is beyond.
(2) Adapt to irregular substrate surface printing
The screen is resilient, in addition to printing on the plane, but also in the surface, spherical or uneven surface of irregular objects printing, such as a variety of glassware, plastic, bottle cans, lacquer, wood, etc., in the flat, convex, gravure printing methods can not be printed, it is able to print.
(3) strong adhesion and good inking Because of the characteristics of the screen, ink through the screen hole, directly attached to the substrate surface. According to the requirements of the substrate material, both available ink printing, can also be used for various paints or colorants, glue, etc. for printing.
and other printing methods because of the ink pigment particle size of the subtle requirements, but limited.
(4) thick ink layer, strong sense of three-dimensional In the four printing methods, screen printing ink layer thicker, graphic texture rich, three-dimensional sense of strength. Offset printing ink layer of 1.6 microns, convex printing about 5 microns, gravure ink layer of about 12.8 microns, flexo printing ink layer thickness of 10 microns, and screen printing ink layer thickness can reach 60 microns. Thick film screen printing ink layer thickness can reach about 1 mm. Screen printing is used to print braille, ink layer thickness of up to 300 microns.
The method is through Braille machine, according to the original in the screen version directly made Yang map, and the net printing ink, immediately after heating drying, that can form a point word.
(5) Strong light resistance, good fineness If the use of black ink in the paper on the first imprint of the maximum density measured after the comparison of the range, Offsctdruckereien for 1.4 convex printing for 1.6 gravure printing for 1.8, while the maximum density of screen printing can reach 2.0, so the screen print of the light resistance is very strong, the color is much better than Offsctdruckereien. In offset printing, if you want to use proofing mechanism to take white cover opaque printing, you should be in the same part of the 3-4 times, and screen printing only once on it.
In the color of the printed matter, even if it is the same color printing colors, screen printing texture and color far more than Offsctdruckereien. Screen printing ink layer thickness can be thickened, can also be thinned. For example, in the four-color screening screen printing, Shanghai printing requires that each color of the ink layer is not thick, but thin ink layer.
Ink layer thinning method is by changing the printing speed, ink viscosity, screen thickness, scraping plate shape, printing pressure and inking angle and other variables, you can make screen printing ink layer thinning, or even thinner.
(6) wide range of substrates It can be paper, cardboard, wood, metal, textiles, plastics, cork, leather, fur, ceramics, glass, decals, transfer paper, as well as a combination of various materials, so screen printing in addition to the printing industry in the intellectual week of all the applications, but also widely distributed in printing and dyeing, clothing, signs, radio, electronics,
Ceramics and packaging decoration industry.
(7) Large printing format Now the flat, convex, gravure and flexo printing are limited by the size of the printing format, while the screen printing can be large format printing. Especially at present, with the rapid development of advertising market, screen printing large outdoor advertising print in the advertising market accounted for the increasing proportion. Now the largest format of the screen printing outdoor advertising can reach 2.2×3.8 meters and 2.2×4 meters.

How to Choose the Right Screen Mesh Size

From low count mesh to high count mesh, different mesh size used for different applications in the silk screen printing process. Mesh size is measured by how many holes or threads of mesh per inch. For example, 110 mesh(43T) screen has 110 holes/ threads per inch, and 43 holes/threads per centimeter.

Higher mesh count have the finer threads and holes in the screen mesh. The size of the screen mesh is related with how detailed your image is and how thick the ink you are using is. If you have an image with extremely high detail, low count mesh is not usable, you have to choose higher count silk screen printing mesh. The fine lines or dots in the image will simply fall through the holes in the mesh not giving you a correct representation of what your image should be. Also if you are using a thinner ink, the ink will also flood through the larger holes and soak onto your shirt or substrate making your image blurry as the ink bleeds.

On the other hand, if you are trying to print a thicker ink (such as white) through to high of a mesh screen, barely any ink will print through the silk screen mesh. Some times there are many different sizes available. But if the mesh count is nearly same, such as the difference between 155 and 156, 196 and 200, or 81 and 86, the difference is so negligible and small that it will not matter in your final results. Because there are so many variables involved in silk screen printing we can’t tell you exactly what mesh sizes are used for what applications. While we can give you a general outline of what sizes to use for certain types of screen printing.

The most standard mesh sizes are 110mesh (43T) and 156(61T). 110mesh (43T) use a very thick ink. It’s good for block text letters and larger spot color designs. 110mesh (43T) is a recommended mesh for white flash plates because many times you will only have to make one print impression which speeds up production time. 156 mesh (61T) also use a little thicker screen printing ink while offers you some higher detail ability in your image because the finer mesh. And also if you are printing with a little thinner viscosity colors of inks, you may want to use the 156 mesh so not too much ink is passed through the screens. Lower mesh counts such as 40-86 are used for shimmer and glitter inks. These kinds of ink have particles in them that will not pass through the typical mesh sizes. Therefore you need a lower mesh count with large holes in order for all the particles to pass through properly. Shimmer plastisol inks have finer particles in them so you could probably use 86 mesh (34T) while glitter inks have much larger particles so it would be recommended to use 40mesh (16T) or 60 mesh (24T). 200mesh (80T) and 230 mesh (90T) are mainly used for finer detailed images and thinner inks. These sizes screen printing mesh can hold larger half tone dots but they are not recommended for four color process prints or fine detail half tone printing. And graphic and solvent based silk screen inks that are much thinner should be used with these mesh sizes. Also if you would like a softer feel to the ink on your shirts you can print through these higher mesh counts which will let less ink through the screen giving you a much softer feel on the shirt. This can get tricky but many times a duller distressed look is wanted for the artwork but if bright vibrant colors are desired (especially white) you will have a hard time getting the opacity thick enough using these higher meshes. 305 mesh (120T) is used for extremely high detail textile printing and fine halftone four color process and simulated process prints. (Please contact us for more further information.) Fine half tone dots need high fine detail mesh to hold and expose on. Higher mesh count such as 355mesh(140T), 380mesh (150T), and 420mesh(165T) are used mainly for graphic printing with UV inks. UV inks are extremely thin and many times are used for high detail printing on signs, banners, or CD’s. Using a higher count screen mesh allows the automatic printers used in UV printing to regulate the amount of ink passed through the screens.

Exposure Notes: Different size polyester screen printing mesh sizes use different amount of emulsion, accordingl to how big the holes in the mesh are. For example, 110 mesh(43T) monofilament polyester screen mesh will hold much more emulsion than 305 mesh(120T). But the difference isn’t extreme, you will have to vary your exposure times slightly for different sizes of screen printing mesh. A finer mesh that holds less emulsion will expose faster then a lower mesh that holds more emulsion. But the difference is small so you may have to only vary as slightly as 5-10% in either direction, it depended on screen printing mesh size in order to get maximum exposure performance

Why Choose Yellow Mesh

We recommend that you chose a yellow mesh if you are choosing a mesh count of over 155. Died (yellow) mesh exposes much better than white mesh in the higher counts because it blocks light conductivity through the threads. White mesh is more cost effective and works just as well on lower mesh counts. We do however offer both white and yellow mesh in a variety of different sizes.

Screen Printing On Glass Panels

Our company produces silk screen glass mesh, through the screen printing process, the glass or epoxy/polyester ink on a variety of glass substrates.and printing logo on products, such as cover glass, EMI shields, lighting fixtures and other display glass.

Minimum glass substrate thickness to screen print is: 0.27 mm (0.01″)
Maximum glass substrate thickness to screen print is: 30.5 mm (1.2″)
Minimum glass substrate dimension to screen print is: 5 x 5 mm (0.2 x 0.2″)
Maximum glass substrate dimension to screen print is: 1905 x 1651 mm (75″ x 65″)

Screen printing in the application of glass bottles, can be around the bottle will print to the entire circumference, so that the entire bottle Display brand logo and product content. The glass printing mesh can make the pattern clearer and the gorgeous printing to each kind of shape glass, the glass container, moreover the printing pattern is durable, is not easy to fade. Our company specializes in the production of glass, glassware, beverage glass, glass wine bottles, fruit juice glass, medical glass containers, chemical laboratory glass containers for the printing of glass printing mesh. Smooth and beautiful mesh surface, tension stability reached 25N, width of the largest 370cm, complete specifications, the use of imported reed weaving, the production of more excellent mesh quality. After years of international market use of testing, access to the broad masses of foreign customers unanimously recognized, in the glass printing plant in the process of performance, the use of mesh more long life, reduce the glass printing plant material costs, our sales of glass printing net exports increased.