Cugher Glass: the long life of screen printing

2013-06-20 | Screen printing equipment

Since its development, screen printing has seen other methods of printing starting to evolve, introducing new printing opportunities such as those for uneven surfaces or single prints. Screen printing, however, holds its ground because of its ability to guarantee longer life of images, thanks to the greater thickness of inks it can deposit.

For over 40 years Cugher Glass has been pioneers in the research, development, implementation and support of advanced solutions.
Screen printing and alternative technologies
If, at the beginning, screen printing was the only solution for those who wanted to duplicate texts and images on printable surfaces, over the years, alternative technologies have been developed and established, including pad printing and digital printing, which have boosted the creation of new printing opportunities, among which we can mention printing on uneven surfaces, and personalized single prints.
Pad printing is based on a pad made of soft material, which enables to transfer the ink onto very small and uneven surfaces, and for this reason can be used to print on promotional gift items. The limit of this method, however, is that printing cannot reach the exact edge of the printing surface. Digital printing offers the advantage of being able to produce different prints at each stroke, but still with the limits of speed with regards to printing and thickness of the film of the inks deposited on the surface.
Despite the coming into use of these alternative printing methods, screen printing maintains its significant and undeniable market share, due to some particular characteristics, making them therefore fundamental for numerous applications.


Screen printing - the method
The method used for screen printing is based on a screen printing frame, where the image to be printed is impressed, which can reach up to 6 metres in length and with printing speeds of up to 800 items per hour. The silk printing screen has particular...






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