We are all familiar with the old fashioned silk screen printing. A smelly, dirty and fragile process. It used to take about 10 -20 years to become a professional in the craft.
But screen printing has successfully evolved with technology advancement in digital printing methods.
This advancement has arguably made the DTG printing method an equal rival with the screen printing method. Both printing methods have been widely accepted and are widely used, thanks to each of their unique advantages. Having both the printing method at one’s disposal helps keep options open for customers based on their needs.
The screen printing process has been designed to be a lot easier, although the process of getting the ink into the substrate hasn’t witnessed much difference for the past years. The need to print film positive is no more thanks to the computer to screen systems; which creates and register high quality and durable stencils that results in sharper prints.
Users can now apply emulsion to their screen more evenly and easier than ever; this is thanks to the automation that can now be applied to screen coating.
The prepress process isn’t the only aspect of screen printing that has drastically improved thanks to the advancement in technology.
There are now hybrid machines which combine the uniqueness of both DTG printing method and the screen printing method to create better versatility in deliverables. Though the price of acquiring these machines are still quite high, large print shops are enjoying the benefits of this machine; which also brings ease to creating the variety of sizes and design that fits the customer’s need.
While the hybrid machines may still have a long way to go from perfection, commonly used machines are being upgraded to; require less effort, save more time, increase efficiency, while also being very economical. There are standards to the machines available in the market, so feel free to explore and make the choice that best fits your need.
The Anatol machines are now built with the Aries 2 operating system; which can be as easy to operate as a smartphone – They are designed with a touchscreen interface. Advanced memory space which lets the machine keep job parameters, therefore, reducing the time needed to setup.
Other features such as Wi-Fi adaptability and self-diagnostics has drastically improved the downtime of these machines.
These possibilities are virtually endless and are being improved over time. The more refined these features become, the easier it will be to gain access to them.
The existing benefits along with the technology advancement in the screen printing process is enough to show the future opportunities that exist in this method. Automation and Digital technology are taking the lead, and screen printing is a part of that future.