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Printing Processes

SCREEN-PRINTING

In screen-printing, screen fabric is stretched over a frame. The grade of the screen fabric and the weight of the fibers are determined by the print resolution and the viscosity of the ink.
The template coating is then applied to the screen fabric either manually or photomechanically. The actual motive to be printed can be anything at all. For example, the template material could be a light-sensitive emulsion. If a printing film on this coated screen is then exposed, the emulsion on the exposed areas hardens and the unexposed areas can be rinsed clean with water.

A rubber squeegee draws ink across the screen, transferring it through the mesh of the fabric onto the desired material wherever the screen is not coated. The screen is then lifted away and the print is ready.
Screen Printing

Squeegee draws ink across the screen transferring image through to vinyl.

The Benefits of Screen-Printing

 
• Screen printing inks are ultraviolet (UV) light cured, pigmented colors.

• These inks are glossy and very resistant to chemicals and abrasion.

• Screen-Printed materials are weather proof and waterproof and may be used indoors and outdoors.

FLEXO-PRINTING

Flexography is a high speed printing process that uses flexible plates made of rubber or plastic. The inked plates have a slightly raised image and are rotated on a cylinder to transfer the image to the substrate.

The Benefits of Flexo-Printing
 
• Very economical.

• This system can be well suited for a wide variety of materials including paper, plastic, acetate film, polyethylene, and newsprint.

• In addition to creating full-color materials, most flexographic presses accommodate laminating and die cutting processes to protect the product's final shape and size

• Flexo-Printed materials are not weather proof, therefore only indoor use is recommended.

• Flexo-Printed inks will vary slightly in color from our standard screen printed inks.
Flexo Printing

Rubber plate with raised image rotates on cylinder to transfer image to labels.