Screen Print India, Goa – Exhibition & Awards

Dear Friends & Proud Screen Printers,

Whenever there is print exhibition abroad, I always wish to visit mainly for two reasons:
1) To know what’s new in print technology
2) What’s going on around in the world of printing.

Besides this, I have also one strong personal reason to visit such exhibitions, that is, to take some break from my routine work schedules by visiting some places of great interest.

Many of my industry friends who travel abroad for the trade shows have the same opinion that they also try to combine business travel with leisure. They spend lot of time in exhibition stalls, talk to exhibitors, see samples and live demo, and then at the end of the day visit some places of interest with their friends and family.

Mega international exhibitions such as SGIA, FESPA, IPEX, DRUPA, etc attract progressive minded visitors from across the globe which is the reason why such exhibitions also attract lot of exhibitors.

In India, print exhibitions are now-a-days becoming monotonous, more and more regional and many big ones organise them in crowded metro cities. Even in some places, I have noticed that printers from the same region where the shows are being organised, do not often visit. That may be because of too many trade shows are being held nationally and regionally within a gap of few months and apart from exhibition, especially in metro cities you do not get proper time to relax have fun around.

In abroad, the purpose of visiting any trade show is not just business but also enjoy leisure, and that’s exactly why this year Screen Print India exhibition is being organised in Goa, a perfect tourist destination of India – Pure business / Sure leisure!

So take a break from your hectic schedule because now you have got the chance to enjoy at the same time see hundreds of world class screen printed samples of various applications plus update your technical knowledge and meet many renowned industry experts and speakers during this four day Screen Print India 2014 Exhibition at GOA starting from 18 to 21 September 2014!

 

You will also get a chance to see many creative screen printed samples of special effect at our stall…

Here is the video of those amazing and outstanding screen printed sample gallery which were printed in my institute DMI during several workshops.

 

 

Start preparing for your visit to Screen Print India Exhibition at Goa and book your flight/train tickets now to Goa. Visitor who lives nearby can also drive all the way to GOA which is also more fun. Don’t forget to make your hotel booking online at one of the finest beach resorts in Goa.

As we all know Goa is famous for beaches and water sports, so have fun and enjoy the weekend with your friends and family during your stay.

You must be aware that there are many FREE technical seminars by renowned international speakers during the show, all four days; seize these great opportunities to upgrade your knowledge.

Meanwhile, I am sure, you are also preparing to send your ENTRY with best samples to Screen Print India Award – I was told that the last date is 26th August 2014. You can download the award entry form and get to know more about Screen Print India Goa at:  DOWNLOAD SCREEN PRINT INDIA 2014 AWARDS APPLICATION FORM

It’s going to be a unique experience – a business & leisure trip to Goa with pleasure. Don’t miss it!

Eagerly waiting to meet you in September at Goa, right at Grafica’s stall…

Until then enjoy the monsoon.

Bhargav Mistry

Screen Print India Vikas Yatra (Educational Tour to Promote Screen Printing)

April 25, 2014 3 comments

Dear Friends,

I am pleased to announce that my company Grafica Flextronica who is one of the Knowledge Partners in Screen Print India 2014 Vikas Yatra organised by Aditya Exposition, owners of Screen Print India Exhibition.

Vikas mean progress and progress cannot be possible without Education. So to me this Vikas Yatra in a way can also be called as an Educational Tour.

Along with us there are several reputed companies like EPSON, SERICOL, SKYSCREEN & COLORs. Each of these companies including Grafica will demonstrate unique, high quality award winning screen printed samples which are produced by renowned printers across the globe.

In this Educational Tours visitor will get chance to speak to all these companies technical staff and learn new products and techniques.

Earlier Grafica on its own strength, single handedly conducted more than 25 educational seminars, events and road shows across India to promote screen printing and thereafter through my institute DMI since 1996. Till today more than 1250 professionals have taken training from my institute DMI and more than 3000 printers so far have visited Grafica’s various educational events and road shows in 25 cities across India.

This time we are participating with other industry colleagues which in a way will be beneficial to all visitors because all these companies shall also carry their printed samples which are produced using their products.

The purpose of this Vikas Yatra which I will refer as Educational Tour is:

  • To create awareness about the latest trends in screen printing technology.
  • To promote screen printing industry and technology.
  • To demonstrate new techniques and ideas in screen printing.
  • To update technology and knowledge in screen printing & special effects.

In all these road shows Grafica will carry 100’s of highly creative screen printed samples produced in our in-house and highly professional screen printing institute DMI (Dhirubhai Mistry Institute For Print Education Research & Training).

All those who have missed our DMI workshop can get a chance to see our recent developments and latest trends in screen printing.

Apart from Grafica and DMI’s sample you will also get a chance to see “LIVE DEMO” of DIRECT TO GARMENT DIGITAL PRINTER to print high quality t-shirts & LARGE FORMAT DIGITAL PRINTER also used for PROOFING & POSITIVE OUTPUT using high end RIP SOFTWARE from EPSON.

This tour is open for all professional printers, so don’t miss this opportunity.

Printers from nearby places should also plan to visit this Educational Road Show which will never happen again this year.

I will also be present in all three cities starting today 25th April from Aurangabad, 26th April – Nashik, 28th April – Pune and finally on 29th April – Mumbai.

So lets meet and exchange ideas.

See you soon…

Good Bye and have a knowledgeful weekend ahead…

Bhargav Mistry

Printing Technology Institutes in India should now learn a lesson from Clemson University, USA!

January 14, 2014 1 comment

Clemson University, USA

I strongly feel that the printing technology institutes in India should now learn a great lesson from Clemson University, USA, who are using two Grafica’s nano-print plus to teach advanced screen printing process to graphics students.

I salute Patrick Rose, Senior Lecturer of Clemson University, who has taken a commendable initiative to promote advanced screen printing and keep this versatile printing process alive.

The Printing Institutes in India show somewhat step motherly attitude towards ‘screen printing’ process. The syllabus makers and institutes seem to have totally neglected screen printing as if it is an out-dated printing process.

Much against the tremendous advancement taking place in screen printing, I often hear from printing students that the institutes still teach screen printing using out-dated methods. That is exactly why, as a manufacturer of screen printing machines, Grafica has taken the responsibility of imparting education and training to printers and printing technology students through our DMI Institute.

The Department of Graphic Communications, Clemson University, USA, has recently installed 2nd Grafica’s nano-print plus, a semi-automatic screen printing machine which does not require compressor or have any pneumatics inside.

Clemson University, USA Installs 2 Nano-Print plus

As his summer teaching session came to an end, Patrick Rose, Senior Lecturer, Department of Graphic Communications, Clemson University, USA, shares why they invested in two nano-print plus.

What was the objective of installing one more screen printing machine? (While many other institutes still have just small manual screen printing table to teach screen printing):
Both Nano-Print Plus machines replaced two older (1987) machines. We wanted two alike machines for more efficient and consistent teaching.

Why such aggressive educational initiative is needed by investing in technology to teach students?
We have a hands-on intensive program. Although we do not expect students to operate presses later, we want them to have the experience so they can better be managers of people who do operate presses. About 50 students so far since December have used the Nano Plus machine for a 4 colour print.

As an academician what did you like, feature wise, in this machine? Your experience with nano-print plus?
Great experience! I like how quiet they are and the precise nature of their operation. We were looking for a similar size to the machines was replaced. We also wanted a machine that did not require compressed air to operate. We also liked the fact that the screen never tilts, causing the ink to run to one end. The Nano Plus is a unique hybrid of a clamshell and a 2 post pillar type press.

What are your teaching contents?
4 colour process. It is the first printed process colour product our student do- and it is screen printed!

Your views about screen printing … its potential, future and scenario in the US: There will still be screen printing in the future! In the USA screen printed posters and letterpress cards and stationery are becoming quite popular! People want the feel of the texture of screen ink and letterpress impressions. There are also special applications of screen printing for “”functional”” materials used in electrical circuits as well as electroluminescent (EL) displays.

nano-prinTag – Video

January 6, 2014 2 comments

Watch live demo of Grafica’s nano-prinTag, worlds fastest and first all electrical mechanical direct to garment textile screen printing machine… To print tag-less labels direct on garment, high density logos and much more. Print Area – 6″ x 6″ Inch (15.24 x 15.24 cm).

January 2014

January 6, 2014 3 comments
As reported in the earlier issues of Grafica News India, there has been a growing trend of digital print solution providers diversifying into screen printing. The latest entrants are Kerala based Apple Sign and Hyderabad based Vijetha Digital – both digital printing service providers. I would only say that both screen printing and digital technology can co-exist under one roof of your printing business.
It is heartening to note that some of the screen printers are now practicing the basic principles of advanced screen printing as taught in DMI’s educational workshops. (Read DMI impact stories on page 6 & 7).Let me draw your attention to the forthcomingFESPA Awards 2014′ competition. As creative screen printers – in industrial, textile and graphics segment – you must have a huge collection of innovative and striking screen printed samples produced during the year 2013. Select the best ones and send it to FESPA’14 Awards competition.

If you are still not sure about it, then Mike Young, my friend, an international screen printing expert in USA, has conveyed an inspirational message in his post-SGIA report published in the November’13 issue of Screen Print India Dec 2013 magazine about the very concept of participating in such awards and its immense benefits. He said:Quote: There were a total of 221 awards conferred to 53 winning companies… only six companies from the Indian block submitted entries (same as last year), it signified a winning participation of 11.3% to the rest of the world. Nonetheless, despite India’s small contribution they somehow managed to capture over a quarter of all awards by bagging a total of 60 – a whopping 27.1%. Unquote.

He further noted: If there is a downside to all this fanfare, the question I have is, why was there only six companies from the Indian printing community participating in a prestigious competition when there are so many world class printers within its boundaries? For those who do not think their everyday work is up to international scrutiny, I suggest they simply enter only three samplings of their best work in the appropriate categories and see what happens.

I urge once again all of you to take part in the forthcoming FESPA Awards 2014, and if you are a first timer then make it a habit of participating in national and international competitions in future, with a true spirit of entrepreneurship and healthy competition. It is surely an opportunity to celebrate excellence in screen printing which is now a most versatile printing process.

However, remember, under the principle of ‘healthy competition’, participation is primary and winning awards is secondary. As Mike Young said: “One may be merrily surprised and, like they say about playing a lottery – you can’t win if you don’t’ play!

So, come on, let’s go for it – participate in FESPA’14 Awards Competition! Let this be your ‘NEW YEAR RESOLUTION’. Let this new enthusiasm prevail forever.

More details about FESPA Awards 2014 in Grafica News India, page 12.

Remember, the last date to reach the entries to FESPA, UK, is on or before 28th February 2014. So, HURRY UP, RUSH YOUR ENTRIES and that should be your first task to be accomplished in the very beginning of 2014. If you are serious about it, then it is better you do it now to avoid last minute deadline pressure.In this December 2013 issue of Grafica News India we have published two technical articles. One by Scott Fresener who does not need any introduction in the field of textile and one from Dawn Hohl-Nowlin, a Technical Trainer and Consultant on screen printing. Her industry experience includes 18 years with SPTF/SGIA, USA, overseeing screen printing workshops, developing training resources and conducting process-related research. Both Scott & Dawn are a member of the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT).

Finally, we have had a successful participation at Garknit-X exhibition held on 13-15 December 2013 in Kolkata. The photographs on page 3 say it all.


I once again wish you, your family and fellow workmen, A HAPPY, HEALTHY AND WEALTHY YEAR – 2014.

Bhargav Mistry
MD, Grafica Flextronica & DMI (Dhirubhai Mistry Insitute For Print Education Research & Training)
Board Member of Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT)
Board member of Screen Printing Association of India (SPAI)

Five Trends in Screen Printing Process

August 25, 2013 3 comments

Trend No. 1: Fast changing image of screen printing:

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The very mobile or high end smart phones or iPods, tablets that you are holding in your hands have the imprints of screen printing. The helmets you wear, the bike you ride have designer decals on both sides; the car you drive has the speedometers and dashboards – all screen printed. If you are a cricket fan, notice that almost every bat has multiple designer stickers screen printed, and t-shirts, helmets, PVC cheer sticks, balloons, or flags that the cricket fans are holding in the stadium – all screen printed. And do not forget, we are living in high technology electronic age. Every electronic product that you use has a PCB (printed circuit board) inside, screen printed of course.

A high level team of printing company engaged in automobile and aeronautic decals printing and high end graphics, walked into Grafica’s stall at Gulf Print & Pack’13 in Dubai. During the discussion, the gentlemen did not mind sharing with our team that they have as many as 30 semi – automatic and fully automatic screen printing machines! This is the quick glimpse of fast changing trend in screen printing.

So, screen printing is more than what people may tend to think about printing visiting cards, letterheads, invitation by using out dated and tedious method what we call “manual screen printing”. Screen printing is an artistic as well as technology oriented process. From its age-old method, ‘silk’ screen printing has transformed into an advanced technology.

Its distinct advantages: It has its own distinct advantages: versatility, suppleness, wide range of applications, brightness and solidity of colours of outdoor applications, possibilities of special effects in graphic and textile; and wide range of presses available for different applications – Multi – colours press very large size for graphic applications; Multi-colours rotary screens to print textile in roll; possibility of combination with other imaging or printing process (offset, digital, etc.).

The visual impact that screen printing process can create is simply incredible. The durability of the inks, the vibrancy of the colours, especially considering the harsh outdoor weather conditions for outdoor applications such as automobile decals, helmet stickers, indoor/outdoor advertising display boards, etc, (it withstands sunlight, rain, snow, wind, etc).

Applications, unbound: Screen printing has wider applications in commercial graphics (packaging included), industrial (almost every industrial segment needs the imprint of screen printing process), garment decoration and textile printing as summarised below. (It is virtually impossible to list out total number of applications of screen printing process).

Commercial Applications:
• Posters
• Billboards
• POP/POS
• Displays
• Stickers/Labels
• Signs
• Flags
• Packaging
• Value addition on offset printed commercial and packaging.

Daily necessaries:
• Toys
• Stationery
• Sports goods
• Art (Serigraphy)
• Cosmetic containers
• Toiletry containers
• Wooden products
• Glass & ceramics
• Plastic Cards, Credit Cards
• Foot wear

Textile:
• Sportswear
• T-shirts
• Ladies/Mens/Kids wear printing (full fabric printing)
• Textile printing
• Heat transfers/Tag-less labels
• Caps
• Jute bags
• Cloth bags
• Garment tags, stickers
• Packaging for Garments/Saree/clothing

Industrial applications:
• Automotive decals
• Automobile meters
• CDs
• Parts of electric appliances
• Membrane switches
• Liquid crystal display
• Automatic vendors
• Metal name plates
• Print Circuit Boards (PCBs)
• Hybrid Circuits
• Solar Cells
• Mobile keypads, iPod, iPads
• Medical patches and many more…

Trend No. 2. Advancement in screen printing technology comes of age:

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“Necessity is the mother of all invention.” And that applies to screen printing as well.

So, now there are:

1. Screen printing machine (semi-automatic or fully automatic – alas NOT MANUAL tables anymore!)

2. Screen making set up thatincludes: polyester yellow mesh or fabric (alas NOT nylon mesh anymore); fabric stretching unit with tension meter; aluminium frames (alas NOT WOODEN FRAME anymore), emulsion coating equipment; screen exposing machine; screen drying unit, and other accessories.

3. The screen that is the imagecarrier (considered the ‘heart of screen printing’)

4. Squeegee (the ‘heart of thescreen printing machine’) supported by a ink coater

5. The substrate on which youprint which depends on the job. (Screen printing process can be used to print on numerous paper and non- paper substrates – both semi- rigid and rigid – pvc, wood, glass, tile, ceramics, fabric, metal, etc).

6. UV Inks, varnishes, UVspecial effects (and emulsion and chemicals needed for screen making) (to be forbidden solvent ink wherever possible since it is hazardous)

7. Drying system to print,depending on the ink used (UV curing, IR/Jet Air/Wicket Dryers as against racking system which requires huge space.

8. QC tools (like tension meter, UV thickness meter, spectrometer, etc)

Trend No.3 : Emergence of Multi-process printing solution & fast spreading value addition concept:

ImageIt is believed that screen, offset and digital printing will co-exist for different types of jobs. These days, many offset printers are ‘falling in love’ with screen printing as witnessed by us during various printing exhibitions. In the last couple of years we received more visitors from offset, packaging and digital than screen printing.
Perspective

1. Digital-screen combination: This is yet another good sign. There are many digital printers who have also screen-printing units to meet the market demand for ‘total print solution’.
2. Offset-screen combination for VALUE ADDITION:
3. Digital, offset, screen combination.

There has been a growing trend of many offset printers and packaging printers embracing screen printing process for carrying out print finishing in house instead of depending on outsourcing.

Why value addition?
Sharjah based Silver Point Printing Press has recently bought one more Swing Cylinder Press with inline UV from Grafica to meet the non-stop and growing demand for value addition which is offered with the application of various decorative UV to give touch and feel effect over duly commercial and packaging jobs.

In today’s highly competitive business environment, print buyers are certainly looking for something different which really differentiates them from their rivals. Ultimately, the packaging in a shelf carries its look, its power of attraction for the consumers, and eventually the feeling of touch, or we can rightly say, today packaging is all about sensation – look, touch, feel, smell. Same principle applies to all commercial jobs other than packaging – value addition is a must.

The most promising is the use of a wide range of ‘special effects’ thanks to the think tanks in the screen printing industry driven by FESPA, an international association of various national printing associations including India.

UV Special effects currently used in the market are:
• Commonly used UV Matt and Gloss
• Pearl
• Metallics
• Fluorescent (glow in the dark)
• Scents / Rub and sniff
• Emboss
• Glitter (silver and gold)
• Sand
• Sensation
• Abrasive
• 3D reflective
• Crystal
• Rough finish
• many more…

Trend No. 4: Focus on Quality, productivity & Standardisation:

ImageToday, with automatic precision machines, it is possible to get a result that years ago would have been a pipe dream. For example, by manual screen printing reproducing photorealistic images on t-shirts was next to impossible, but now with automatic direct to garment textile screen printing machines, garment printers are able to print what the customers want with speed and accuracy.

In India, many of the large screen printing units are matching to international standards, and beyond, in a competitive marketplace because of use of high-level equipment and high – priced consumable supplies.

The industry (customers) allows minimum tolerances for the rejection besides mandating for Just in Time production and deliveries. Today, there exist different systems designed to help the screen printers to achieve better result. But it revolves around the simple concept or standardisation of the entire screen printing process.

Also, Screen printing industry is now waking up to the reality of UV-age. More and more screen printers are now adopting UV and dumping the foul smelling solvent which many feel a curse to the screen printing. Yes in some areas such as decals and industrial printing UV has not made successful inroads and still they have to use only solvent inks.

Shift from manual to automation: In the last decade, there has been steep increase in the number of screen printing machines and UV curing system (also screen making set up) sold in the last couple of years than it was five to ten years ago. There has been a big shift from manual to semi-automatic and now fully automatic system. More and more printers are now adopting automation and using quality raw materials, process standardisation, documentation of parameters for each job since in screen printing every job is a new job involving unique process parameters, use of materials (inks, chemicals, mesh, etc) with different specifications.

Over 50 companies engaged in garment manufacturing as well as garment printers (job workers), and also jute bag manufacturers, have installed our automatic direct to garment screen printing machine along with complete screen making system who had huge manual long tables.

Trend No.5: Growing urge for Education and training:

ImageScreen printing is now quicker, cheaper, produces better quality images and offers a number of special applications. Having advanced machines in place is not sufficient to run a profitable screen printing business. Being able to truly master printing high quality images, using the screen printing process, also takes much longer, because there are a number of variables involved.

Since we started workshops (always houseful with average 50 participants) in our DMI institute in 2006, till today over 2000 printing professionals (owners and staff) from India, USA, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Nepal, etc, (screen, offset, packaging, flexo, textile printing segments) attended our 3-day workshops. They were of the opinion that without proper knowledge, screen printing technology cannot be used in a profitable manner.

Conclusion:
I would conclude by saying that while technology is the lock, education is the key to unlock the numerous opportunities in screen printing. I leave the screen printers to decide whether to take both (technology and education) or anyone! Those who grab both will stand winners in the market.

Key to success is technology adoption and knowledge up gradation!

Image“Two years ago, when I saw some wonderful creative samples at DMI institute, I realised the potential of screen printing process … I strongly believe, in screen printing every step is a ‘science’. So without learning this ‘science’ nothing can be printed qualitatively. By learning new techniques we can assimilate it in our daily practice. Mr. Narendra Paruchuri,
Managing Director, Pragati Press, Hyderabad

Image“You simply redefined the “Screen Printing Industry” of India to a different dimension. In the last six years your institution and activities have grown to multiple folds and you created significant mark in the chosen field. Nobody in India has approached screen printing so seriously and you created an international bench mark for the Indian screen printing industry..” Prof. Dr. Rajendrakumar Anayath, The Technological Institute of Textile & Sciences, Bhiwani, Haryana

Enjoy this cool Sunday…

Bhargav Mistry

Participate in FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition

February 26, 2013 Leave a comment
FESPA 2013 Awards Competition

FESPA 2013 Awards Competition

My Dear Grafica Customers & DMI Participants,

I am pleased inform you that FESPA has recently announced it’s most prestigious “FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition” which is now open for all Screen & Digital Printers across the globe.

In India this competition is supported by SPAI (Screen Printer’s Association of India) to support all screen & digital printers.

Winning this prestigious award will change the image of your organisation in the global market.

So rush your best screen printed entries to SPAI office in Mumbai and on your behalf SPAI will send your entries to FESPA LONDON for competition. You will have to pay very nominal fees to SPAI for sending your entries from Mumbai to London…

I have listed few products that are eligible for competition for your ready reference:

1. Advertising (POP’s POS, Graphic Posters)

2. Screen Printed T-shirts & Garments

3. Wedding Cards or any invitation/greeting cards

4. Commercial screen printed products

5. Screen printed Electronic & Industrial products

6. Glass & Ceramic Tiles and Transfers

7. Textile Heat Transfer Stickers

8. All types of screen printed stickers and labels

9. UV special effects

10. Automotive dials and decals

11. Screen printed Cd’s & plastics components

12. Screen printed Foot wear

And any other products that are either screen or digitally printed can be sent for competition.

Last date to receive the registrations: 25th March 2013

Last date to receive the entries: 25th April 2013

For more information about FESPA 2013, LONDON show, FESPA Premier Awards kindly visit www.fespa.com

Grab this opportunity and take active part in the FESPA 2013 Premier Awards Competition.

Hurry up and send your entries to SPAI office in Mumbai.

For any quick assistance please contact SPAI office (+91 22 66939747) or email your queries to info@spai.in

My best wishes are always with you…

Bhargav Mistry
www.bhargav.com

DOWNLOAD FESPA PREMIER AWARDS 2013 COMPETITION REGISTRATION FORM

Important Note: If you are a screen or a digital printer outside of India still you can participate in this competition but in that case you need to contact FESPA.com directly and I am sure they will guide you how to participate in this competition…

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