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August 2011

Expert’s View Terascreen to distribute

Published by Grafica Flextronica for FREE Private Circulation

Michel Caza recently announced

French company, Terascreen's
Grafica machines in Europe collaboration with Grafica to
distribute and service complete
range of screen printing machines
and allied products in European
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This distribution arrangement was
“I strongly believe, in screen jointly announced by Michel Caza
printing every step is a 'science'. (on behalf of Terascreen) in presence
So without learning this 'science' of Erwan Guiziou one of the partners
nothing can be printed of Terascreen and Bhargav Mistry,
qualitatively. By learning new MD, Grafica at a media briefing cum
techniques we can assimilate it in get together in Mumbai on 11th July
our daily practice”. 2011.
Narendra Paruchuri, Turn to page 4
Managing Director, Pragati Press - Hyderabad
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Grafica at Grafica appoints RH Solutions as

FESPA Mexico supplier for North American market
Nano-series screen printing machines to be showcased at SGIA Expo 2011
After setting up base in UAE and
European market, Grafica
Flextronica, has recently appointed
Milford (USA) based RH Solutions
LLC as Supplier for North America
with immediate effect. RH Solutions
will distribute and service Grafica's
wide range of screen printing
machines, screen making set up and
UV curing machines in the US
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Mirror Image bags Grafica's

Nano-Print as special award in From Nano-Print to Cylinder Arihant Printers offers value
PrintWeek India'11 contest Press in just one year added packaging in Kolkata
With Grafica's Cylinder Press and inline UV Kolkata based
Arihant Printers is now focussing mainly on offering
premium quality print finishing services to offset printers
in Kolkata.
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“Grafica broadened my vision

in advanced screen printing” Hitesh Dobariya of Rajkot-based Dee Ech Art, has been
dreaming to buy a Cylinder Press and inline UV for the
last couple of years. He translated his dream into a
reality within one year after buying two Nano-Prints,
one after another.
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Kohinoor Printing Press opts for 3D certificate presented to

Turn to page 21 Grafica’s Cylinder Press participants at DMI Workshop
Over 60 participants were simply awe-stuck when they
DMI WORKSHOP ON were presented a 3D certificate printed on acrylic on the
Advanced Screen Printing 3rd day of DMI's Workshop held on July 28-30, 2011.
22 / 23 / 24 Sept 2011
For registration Log on to: Turn to page 16

Enough is enough! After engaging five semi-automatic

screen-printing machines for many years, Kolkata based
Kohinoor Printing Press, a post press service provider,
had to finally opt for Grafica's fully automatic cylinder press with inline UV.
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August 2011 page 2

Bhargav’s Blog
Erwan), a get together was graced by that two of his staff had attended
my valuable customers, industry DMI's workshops. Thank you Mr.
associates and friends, despite heavy Narendra.
showers. Thank you friends! Later
Michel also visited Ace Printers. Roaring success at Print Expo
SPAI-FESPA Cross Country My company notched up a roaring
Table Top Exhibition success in PrintExpo held from 10 to
12 June 2011 at the Chennai Trade
My Team is just back after Centre claimed to be the biggest
PrintWeek India Awards 2011 participating in SPAI-FESPA Cross- printing show in south India.
update! Country Table Top exhibitions
DMI is becoming
((CCTTEs) at Ahmedabad, Morbi
indispensable And the awards goes to: and Rajkot in the state of Gujarat.
DMI has been imparting Screen Printer of the Year – Eswara Earlier, my company had
knowledge constantly to printing Screen, Chennai participated in similar show at Surat,
professionals since 2006. But
Vapi and Baroda on 14th, 15th
these days I am noticing an urge Special Award – Grafica's Nano-
for learning among the printing Print - to an emerging screen printer
community and this is a good – Mirror Image, Ahmedabad.
sign for our industry. Hundreds
of printing professionals who My company had sponsored both the This was our first time presence at a
have already gained tremendous awards. I thank all printers who had South India exhibition and naturally
knowledge from my workshops submitted their entries with a spirit our stall was amongst the busiest
back home inspire their of healthy competition. Last year, stalls.
colleagues and industry friends to Nikhil Ahuja of NBA Studio, Pune
gain such advance knowledge had received Grafica's Nano-Print as My presentation at South India
from DMI Workshops. So I think special award in PrintWeek India Printers Meet
DMI is becoming indispensable. and16th July, respectively. We had
also participated in CCTTE at
I had to reschedule my DMI
The rescheduled workshop was Aurangabad, Pune and Nashik in
workshop (which was to held on 9,
held on 23, 24, 25 June 2011 with April this year.
10, 11 June) as I had received an
the participation of 40+ printing invitation from my well wisher and
professionals mostly this time Sigma Institute of Printing
friend Rajendrakumar Anayath.
from offset, screen printing. inaugurated by Narendra P,
Head, Print Media Academy,
Earlier in April also we had first Pragati Press, Hyderabad
Heidelberg India Pvt. Ltd, to make
workshop of this financial year.
Sigma Corporation, my company's
Then, on 28, 29, 30 July 2011 we 2010 competition. And at Screen new representative in Hyderabad,
had yet another houseful Print India Award, Kalarts, Belgaum took one more initiative after
workshop with record number of had won the Nano-Print as special inspired by DMI. He has established
participants crossing 60. The award. a printing institute – Sigma Institute
participants were awe stuck when of Printing to impart practical
they were presented with 3D Grafica's strategic alliance with training in screen printing. I think
certificate 100% screen printed Terascreen to market Nano Mr. Dhiren Shah of Sigma is a
on acrylic, designed and printed series in Europe and Russia dynamic entrepreneur, because after
by Image Care Pvt Ltd. opening a demo centre for our Nano-
presentation at South India
Print and Nano-UV, he realised the
Pritners's Meet on the sidelines of
Tailpiece: need to set up a training institute so
Print Expo. in Chennai.
I had been to Rajkot in Gujarat, that screen printers can learn the
recently to attend a marriage of basics of automation locally instead
Relax and enjoy watching
of all the way coming to Grafica's
videos of Grafica's most finest
DMI. I think other dealers should
creation of this year

One of the finest creations made by

my company's engineering team,
I am really delighted to announce my “NANO-PRINT plus” is best and the
company's collaboration with most sturdy screen printing
Terascreen, France to market our machines offered at very economical
Nano range of screen printing cost. NANO-PRINT plus is such a
my close relative. I took the
machines and equipment in Europe user friendly machine that even a
opportunity of visiting my
and Russia. Michel Caza, who is manual screen printer thinking to
cylinder press customer, Dee Ech
spearheading Terascreen venture, take a leaf out of Dhiren Shah's switch over to automation will find it
Art, a company run by Hitesh
was in Mumbai to make this experience. very easy and simple to operate.
Dobariya. It is simply amazing
important announcement at a media
how a small sized screen printer
briefing cum get together hosted by Narendra P., MD of Pragati Now coming over to NANO-SCREEN
transformed big dream into a
my company on 11th July 2011 in Press praises DMI: MAKER 5-in-1, I feel this concept in
reality. (Read his success
Mumbai. Following media briefing screen making is a super duper hit
story on Page 11)
(by Michel, myself and his friend Narendra P., MD of Pragati Press, because it saves space and money
Bhargav’s blog after lighting the traditional lamp to plus it gives complete freedom to a mark the inauguration of the Sigma screen printer as he can make high
Institute, praised Dhiren Shah for his quality screens in-house. We have
initiative. He recollected his visit to uploaded videos of both these
DMI and appreciated my DMI’s machines.
contribution to the industry. He Watch these videos at
made it a point to mention gratefully

August 2011 page 3

Grafica received overwhelming
response at the recently
concluded Print Expo 2011 –
Chennai. The success achieved in
this event was a major
breakthrough for the company.
That's because several deals were
struck during the exhibition
besides receiving hundreds of
enquiries from all over south

Bhargav Mistry, MD, Grafica also

received “BEST PRODUCT
AWARD” at Print Expo 2011
Awards Nite.

Although it was Grafica's first

time presence at a South India Grafica creates an impact at
exhibition with Fully Automatic
Swing Cylinder Press, it's stand Print Expo 2011 Chennai
was amongst the busiest with
constant flow of curious visitors
from southern states. That's
because there were live demos of
Grafica's swing cylinder press
with inline UV, Nano-Print Plus
with UV, Nano-Print with UV,
Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1 and

Grafica's MD's presentation

at South India Printers Meet:

Bhargav Mistry had received an

invitation from Prof.
Rajendrakumar Anayath, Head,
Print Media Academy, Heidelberg
India Pvt.Ltd, to make
presentation at South India
Pritners's Meet on the sidelines of
Print Expo 2011 in Chennai.

Grafica Team is just back after

participating in SPAI-FESPA
Grafica participates in SPAI’s Cross Country
Cross-Country Table Top
exhibitions (CCTTEs) at
Table Top Exhibitions: Maharastra /Gujarat
Ahmedabad, Morbi and Rajkot in
the state of Gujarat. Earlier,
Grafica had participated in
similar show at Surat, Vapi and
Baroda on 14th, 15th and16th
July, respectively. The first road
show was held in three cities –
Aurangabad (28th April), Pune
(29th April) and Nashik (30th Aurangabad Pune Nashik

Big exhibition or small road show

like this, Grafica's focus has been
to give benefit to visitors both in
terms of technology and
education. Hence at all these
CCTTEs Grafica pictorially
displayed its products and a large
collection of DMI's creative Vapi Baroda Surat
samples produced with a variety
of UV special effects.

Ahmedabad Morbi Rajkot


August 2011 page 4

TERASCREEN to distribute Grafica
machines in EUROPE Cont’d from page 1

What I appreciated also was that,

contrary to many manufacturers, all
over the world, not specially Indian,
he builds his machines for printers,
accepting my concept of “this is to
the printer to ask the manufacturer
to build what he – printer – really
needs and wants and not to accept
what the manufacturer decides that
it's good for him!”

It is true that, right from the

Michel Caza recently beginning, I tried to convince – and
announced French company, to help him – to sell his products in
Terascreen's collaboration Europe, USA, etc.
with Grafica to distribute
and service complete range May be, it was a little too soon and
of screen printing machines Grafica had so much to do simply to
and allied products in answer the demand of the Indian
European market. printers that they could not follow
INTERVIEW with Michel Caza: best screen-printing school in the
Terascreen is a newly my wishes for a distribution abroad!
world - I pushed and promoted it as
formed company with six Down memory lane, please much as possible and, with the help
share holders, including There came the “Nano”… the giant
share the story behind your of FESPA made the first Workshop
Michel Caza & his wife idea to offer at a very reasonable and
'Grafica connection': there.
Therese Caza. affordable price, modern and
sophisticated UV equipment to print
I feel Bhargav widely and nicely The rest of the story belongs to …
This distribution in small format to do every thing
explained a few months ago (in Indian screen printing history!
arrangement was jointly from fabrication of the screen to the
January 2011 issue of GraficaNews During 2004 I announced the first
announced by Michel Caza printing action.
and the story is also available at FESPA India Exhibition for 2005,
(on behalf of Terascreen) in, how we met, and insisted – together with Kurt
presence of Erwan Guiziou It came just a the right moment:
how he spent some times in France Sperisen, to have SPAI (Screen
one of partner of Terascreen when the pressure of environmental
in my home and company and how Printers' Association of India)
and Bhargav Mistry, MD, and health rules came to affect even
this could help him to develop his becoming the first “Associated
Grafica at a media briefing the very small companies and when I
technical knowledge. Member” of FESPA.
cum get together in Mumbai started to develop my new concept of
on 11th July 2011. the “Two Speeds” screen printing.
I will not tell the story again, just What prompted you to establish
remind that we became more than alliance with Grafica to
Michel and his friend Erwan What is 'Two Speeds screen
simple relations, friends… A special distribute their machines in
Guiziou, who runs his own Printing' concept? Please
link such as the one between a pupil Europe?
textile printing business in elaborate on this:
and his Guru and mostly between a
France - were in India on a Pita and a Beta! This was the first step. The relations
3-day visit to Grafica (from You see, on one hand the huge
we had are mostly a personal matter.
10th till 12th July) to fine companies working are at the
I immediately could see the But let us say that I immediately
tune the strategy. national and international scale,
industrial possibilities of Grafica, caught the spirit of Bhargav and his
offering their customers a “full
tried to help him to improve his obsession to build modern and
"The success of Nano series Service” and using screen, offset,
products and machines, find technically perfect press and other
in India is a compelling case digital, pad, flexo… and all finishing
contacts around the world, eventual equipment, helped him to take care
for exploring its use in the and often installation on site.
partners and customers, etc simply of what Indian consider too often as
European and other because, I believe in him, his “details” – sorry for that but I wrote
markets. And we have been On the other hand hundreds,
imagination, his technical that a few weeks ago – I mean what
working in this direction, thousands of what I call “Family
capabilities and capacities. And you do not see “immediately”.
making the Nano series of business” or “Village Printers”
when he started DMI – for me the
products compliant for sale
in Europe with CE marking."
said Bhargav Mistry, MD,
Grafica Flextronica.

“With the formation of

dealer networks in Middle
East, USA, Europe, Grafica
gears up to capture
unexplored global market.
The tie up with Terascreen is
a major breakthrough for
our company,” concludes

August 2011 page 5


Michel Caza

working at the very local scale and ! For those small «Family organiser of CTCO NOVA Exhibition
being far from having the capacity of Business» or «Village in Lyon, France, all together we build
investment to face the new companies» as I name them, the a new company TERASCREEN, to
environmental and technical pressure of environmental rules, sell in exclusivity in Europe the Nano
constraints for a “quality” work as the necessity of «Sustainability» machines and of course the other
“Image makers”… will be heavier and heavier… as technical achievements of
for the big ones! Grafica…As simple as this and it
To sum up, whatever will be the became official in Mumbai during
future of screen printing, it is clear In Europe too, we have a “Two speed July 2011.
for me that we still will have these screen printing”. The big or medium
two types of screen printing national companies are not Tell us about Terascreen?
businesses: interested or equipped to print for After Bhargav proposed me, we had
very local markets and we have long discussions in the preceding
! Small screen-printing family thousands of small companies doing months, to build a company selling
business it. their Nano series machines and
! Large companies, using multi- equipments to begin with.
technologies and bringing “full As an expert in screen-printing,
services”. having seen so many brands I and my wife Therese were happy to
across the world, what accept the idea and we finally formed
This scheme will accentuate or motivated you towards brand TERASCREEN for distributing
increase, in that sense that many Grafica? Grafica's Nano series machines in
medium sized companies will have to You have a part of the answer above! Europe ('TERA' contains millions of
group themselves, or they will be It became simply “evident” for me, NANO). It now has a fully legal
bought by larger companies: the because those very small companies existence and will start its operations
problem being to have a sufficient exist not only in India but all over in the coming months.
financial surface to face the huge the world! And they also needs, even
investments engendered in the in Europe, USA or South America We are a company with 6 share
future by the more complex and the “3 C” I use to speak about the holders: Erwan and Stephanie
sophisticated machinery, control Nano Premier Leagues (NPL and Guiziou, Therese and Michel Caza,
tools, R & D, as well as the NPL plus): “Cleaver, Clean, Chip”. Artem Nadisravili from Russia and
development of sales in a lot of new And for Grafica, now the possibility Guillaume who own 3 magazines in
areas and applications. exists to build more and to export! France, Spain and Italy. They mostly
To expand not only in India, but also organise a French Exhibition
But in most countries in the world, in the whole world! dedicated to Promotional Textile,
small or very small companies exist Promotional Objects – CTCO in
and will still exist… But mostly very Therese and me, Erwan and Lyon France – with next year the
locally, Stephanie - Erwan is the first who addition of a space – NOVA –
decided to build a totally “green and dedicated to Sign and Graphic
! For graphic, textile and sign sustainable” small plant to apply my printing under a very new concept in
applications of course, but also water based UV technology to Exhibition, an “open space”
for some « niches » in industrial garment printing - , Artem, my dedicated to true and real
applications. Russian pupil and Guillaume, the demonstration of equipments and
products at several level shown “at
work” by the manufacturers or their

That is where we shall launch –

beginning of next year - at the real
scale under the brand “Terascreen,
distributing in Europe Grafica's
Nano machinery and equipments”.

On the other hand, our Russian

partner and shareholder, Artem will
take care of Eastern and Central
European countries. Erwan, Therese
and I will take care of Western

August 2011 page 6

Recently you had visited
Grafica's factory. Your over
all view on Grafica's
manufacturing capabilities
and its training institute
I already said that for me, DMI
represent the “nec plus ultra” (an
old Latin expression meaning
“the best of the bests”! in term of
Institute or School, or University.

Thanks Bhargav, but I noticed

that your students learned at
DMI more in one month than our
students learn in Europe in… two
years! So, no problem at all from Each of us has a precise role to play departments “in-plant” and some are medium size companies can be
this point of view. in the task. Erwan – the “Key man” huge, as it can be for example in interested for “niche” applications.
of Terascreen - and Artem sell and India or China in the textile industry. The fact the Nano-Plus has a “lift of
Grafica's Manufacturing deliver, Therese take care of the screen while printing” is a big
capacities? Three years ago, I organization and of a good part of So, what is your marketing “Plus” for this market. Similarly,
could have some doubts. But, management, Guillaume exhibits in strategy? Nano-Screen Maker 5 in 1, it can be
definitely not now anymore! I its different events, I will take care of We use a first chosen “Pilot used too at that size made the whole
don't know how many Nano marketing, using my relations and company” to buy the Nano-Premier of the Nano League extremely
Premier Leagues we shall sell in my friends of FESPA Federation and League (NPLs) at a very fair price at adapted to the printers we target.
Europe or other friends in the printers and pupils in the European the condition they permit other
US, Mexico and Canada… But I market. companies in their own country to Nano print plus can be used for sign
am sure that Grafica can supply look at the operations; a kind of on any type of plastic material,
them in a quite correct delivery We shall use a good part of the “Permanent Living Workshop” graphic small posters and fine art,
time. 'marketing techniques' of Grafica in where even their competitors can transparent or opaque decals, special
India; it is a good model, but our big come. effects printing behind screen, offset
How do you yourself keep fit idea is to have in each country a or digital, packaging also with
to spearhead this new “Pilot company.” Initially we intend to target to small special effects, POP items for in-
venture involving huge task and medium companies, but there door, automotive parts, telephone
of marketing Grafica's Nano Screen printing scenario in could be possibility of introducing cover, wood decoration for toys or
in Europe? Europe: these machines to big ones for others, fascias, CDs, DVDs, credit or
I love new adventures, new Here, we are still in the graphic field. “Niche” or special applications (e.g. commercial cards, car dashes, labels,
challenges… To do something This tendency exists too, but at a heat transfers applications or special transfers, leather, glass, RFID, even
both for my peers, big or small, much lesser degree, in Europe and effects on small runs offset or solar cells, etc.
and to help screen printing to USA. In Europe, for example, the digitally printed which be done
expend again in the world! That offset printers prefer to subcontract mostly with Nano-Print Plus – 22” x Many users who are at the present
is exactly the kind of challenge I their additions of “special effects” to 28”). moment are obliged to subcontract
love both for my partners and professional screen printers. This is the fabrication and stencilling of the
me, as for helping Bhargav to often not only from a practical point In which segment Grafica's screens will be able to stretch, coat,
expand Grafica and build a of view (another technology for Nano series machine will fit or expose their screen “home” with the
company at the world scale! them), but also because of some (big will have market? “Five in One” marvellous system.
sometimes) differences in the “Work Any small structure, screen-printing
And don't say I am too old! The Conventions”. actually quite often manually and Will there be any competition
age you have in front of the drying the solvent inks used on racks for this kind of machines in
movement of the earth around On the contrary, in France, if we is a potential customer at this feeble your area of operations?
the sun is one thing. But you real speak of the industrial applications level of investment. Of course, in a certain manner there
age depends if you are young at (electronic, automotive, CDs and are press from diverse countries that
heart or not. I know all the DVDs, solar cells, glass – flat and The size of Nano Print plus (55 x 71 could be competitor, but… Not at
respect you Indians and the bottles, and so on) as screen printing cm – 22”x 28”) semi-automatic those prices! That is the reason why
Chinese's have for their is a part of the process of fabrication, seems to me more suitable for the we prefer to work without agents in
“ancestors”, ye-ye or dâdâ! Very there are screen printing European market. Even some each country, not to increase too
sorry if I don't feel that old! No. much the price and to keep the idea
of Bhargav intact: to supply valuable
and cheap equipments for the small
family business.

Nothing similar to the Nano-Screen

Maker 5-in-1 currently exists in the
market. You must buy every part
piece per piece the stretching system,
the coating, the exposure unit with
vacuum and electronic control of
“I term Nano concept as 'KISS' - exposure, the drying cabinet, the
Keep It Simple and Stupid'” control lighting table… And that will
Erwan Guiziou cost you a lot more! – Quite a lot

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August 2011 page 7

About RH Solutions: Grafica appoints RH Solutions as
RH Solutions, based in Milford
(OH), USA, established in 2008 is
supplier for North American market Cont’d from page 1

specialized as an authorized
import supplier for Grafica
Flextronica's 'Innovative and
Award Winning' Screen Printing
Machines and Allied Equipment,
Siasprint's world leading
multicolor screen-printing
machines and UV Special Effect
Products that will enable printing
companies to increase profits
with an array of value added
finishing, be it screened, offset,
flexography or digital prints.

RH Solutions is spearheaded by
Ron Hayden, who has over 30
years of application experience
and product knowledge in various
commercial and industrial
graphic printing sectors. RH
Solutions specializes in budget-
conscious, high quality screen
printing machinery solutions for
membranes, overlays, product
labeling, circuitry, PV/solar, IMD, and out and found that Grafica
Following its alliance with Grafica, house screen printing solution in
dial/gauges, transfers/decals, machines are engineered with a
RH Solutions LLC, USA is actively Mexico!” That's because Grafica's
medical, nano-particles, R & D, heavy duty chassis/base together
setting up major distribution Nano-range machines will perfectly
electronics, high-performance with high quality components for
channels throughout North America fit the demands of Mexico market
industrial applications and all reliability, high performance
with established installations, after- because of the 'high quality, low cost'
other graphic applications. repeatability and long life yet,
sales support, parts and engineering, concept.
sales mainly derived by regional economically prominent. Especially I
distributors. RH Solutions had also displayed also saw a great potential for their
Grafica's Nano-series screen printing brand new innovation – Nano-Print
Announcing this development, machine and equipment at the 2011 plus, an ergonomically designed
Grafica's managing director Bhargav SGIA Printed Electronics & semi automatic screen printing
Mistry said: “Screen printing as a Membrane Switch Symposium. This machine which was voted 'Best
versatile process has huge demand in was Grafica's second presence in the Product of the Year' during Screen
industrial printing, textiles, graphics US market. Grafica had Print India Expo 2010, an
and packaging. Screen printers in the demonstrated its NPL series at international exhibition held in
Americas can explore the power and FESPA Americas in Orlando, USA in Mumbai in December 2010.”
secrets of screen printing for value February 2011.
addition, the way we have According to Ron, customers in US
successfully explored in India. NPL is a complete screen printing market are looking for quality,
Hence, I see a great potential for package introduced by Grafica for competitive price and excellent
Grafica's products in the Americas.” the first time in the world which service support. “Industrial-quality
comprises Nano-Print, a 15” x 20” built machines and equipment are
He continued: “The marketing, semi automatic screen printing very important as well as the support
distribution and service network set machine, Nano-UV curing machine, behind it and that's why RH
up by Grafica through RH Solutions Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1 (which Solutions has formed a strategic
is well timed as the SGIA 2011 Expo comprises fabric stretching alliance with Grafica which is very
is round the corner.” apparatus, screen coating unit, well known for its excellent products,
screen exposing unit with metal- responsive technical support and
RH Solutions will show case halide lamp, screen dryer, screen after sales service,” he added.
Grafica's Nano-series screen printing touch up table) Nano-Sharpener.
machines and allied equipment “RH Solutions implements the same
packaged as Nano Premier League Commenting on RH Solutions' philosophy as Grafica, providing
(NPL) at SGIA Expo 2011. alliance with Grafica, company's qualified before and after sales
director Ron Hayden said: “We support. Additionally, RH Solutions
Recently, in association with its local happened to see live demo NPL and is dedicated and determined to
sub-distributor Graficolor, RH process colour screen printing above satisfy the needs of the American
Solutions had exhibited Grafica's 100 LPI using Nano-Print at FESPA market with superior quality from
NPL at FESPA Mexico held in AMERICAS. After a close evaluation Grafica. The partnership with our
Mexico City on 18-20 August 2011. I came to the conclusion that Grafica customer is our priority. As a result,
As per the feedback received from is a manufacturer of high quality we are firmly convinced that any
RH Solutions, the Mexican market semi to fully automatic screen customer needs or ideas are worthy
was very aroused by Grafica's NPL. printing machines and ancillary of serious consideration and
The comments from the Mexican equipment. We realised that there analysis, while evaluating all
screen printing community lies a good market for Grafica's possibilities and benefits offered
reviewing Grafica's machines for the machines in the Americas.” through our partnership with
first time ever, was encouraging: Grafica,” Ron concluded.
“We need Grafica's complete in- He continued: “We studied inside
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August 2011 page 8

RH Solutions to show case Grafica’s
Nano-series at SGIA Expo 2011
The marketing, distribution and 2901), scheduled to be held during line holograph, micro embossing and
service network set up by Grafica October 19-21, 2011 at New Orleans, many more UV special effect
through RH Solutions is well timed USA. They will also make booth applications. These samples are
as the SGIA 2011 Expo is round the presentation and pictorial display of 100% screen printed during regular
corner. Grafica's various other products. workshops at DMI, Grafica's inhouse
training institute situated on the
RH Solutions will show case At SGIA 2011, RH Solutions will hold outskirt of Mumbai. RH Solutions
Grafica's Nano-series screen printing live demo of NPL, display an array of will also distribute a 100% screen
machines and allied equipment creative print finishing samples of printed catalogue, demonstrating the
packaged as Nano Premier League thick film deposit, abrasive, wrinkle, possibilities of UV Special Effects
(NPL) at SGIA Expo 2011 (Booth No. glitter, deep high gloss, textures, fine and creative screen printing.

Grafica's Nano Premier League takes Cont’d from page 1

visitors by surprise at FESPA Mexico 2011

The Made in India, Grafica Nano screen printing process.

Premier League and DMI's Creative
Finishing samples with UV Special Back from Mexico, Ron reported:
Effects took hundreds of visitors by “Many visitors regionally and abroad
surprise at Fespa Mexico'11 held on who's eyes lit up when seeing
18, 19, 20 August 2011. Grafica's NPL and DMI's Special
Effects creative print samples
RH Solutions, Grafica's newly eloquently displayed. The visitors
appointed Supplier for North were fascinated with the
America and their local sub- extraordinary power of screen
distributor Distribuidora Graficolor printing special effects and print
enjoyed the lively welcome and finishing.”
warm embrace from curious visitors need Grafica's high quality, low cost
as it was for the first time such a He continued: “While this sheer screen printing machinery concept
appealing technology was displayed positive excitement was not limited and the power of Special Effect for
in Mexican market. to screen printers but also the digital, creative enhancements in Mexico.”
offset and flexography industry
Graficolor's Educational Instructor rapidly learned how they too, can FESPA Mexico 2011 delivered a
Jorge Rivas, UV Specialist Marco benefit from creative finishing strong return in the form of many
Antonio Gonzalez and RH Solutions enlivened with special effects for serious inquiries for Grafica Screen
Director Ron Hayden kept the value added-addition.” Printing machines and Special Effect
seeking visitors fully engaged with Products supplied by RH Solutions
convincing explanations on Grafica's And the comments made by Jorge in North America.
low cost high quality screen printing Rivas who's many loyal customers
package NPL and the nuances of and students swarmed the stand
producing value added products by constantly, were significant: “We Full story on

RH Solutions Exhibits Grafica’s Nano-Print

at SGIA Printed Electronics & Membrane
Switch Symposium 2011
RH California on 14, 15, 16 June 2011.
LLC, a “We captured attendees' attention
Supplier from our large High Definition Flat
for North America, kick started the Screen running continuous live video
entry of Grafica's Nano range of footage of Grafica's high quality
screen printing machines by Nano-Print, Nano-Print plus and
participating at the 2011 SGIA Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1,” said
Printed Electronics & Membrane Ron Hayden, Director of RH
Switch Symposium held in San Jose, Solutions, USA.

August 2011 page 9

Dealer Network
Sigma Corporation opens training institute
and Grafica's Nano-Print demo centre in
Hyderabad Cont’d from page 1

“When I saw some

wonderful creative samples
at DMI, I realized the
potential screen printing

This is what Mr. Narendra

Paruchuri, Managing Director of
Pragati Press, said while
inaugurating the Sigma Institute
of Printing in Hyderabad. Here's
excerpt from his speech:

“The old mindset 'screen printing

business can easily be started
with an investment as low as Rs.
500 to print visiting cards,
letterheads, etc, has to
change/has changed now. That's
because the technological
development in screen printing
has moved much ahead of this
Taking inspiration from DMI, training during workshops and Your association with Grafica:
“Believe me they had excellent Hyderabad based Sigma Corporation to show live demo to Sigma will now deal with the best in
training experience. Screen has recently opened a full-fledged prospective customers. Screen Printing Machinery, the
printing is part of our business for training institute - Sigma Institute of brand Grafica! This is a win-win
over 15 years now. But when we Printing - to offer practical-oriented The institute is situated on 2nd floor situation. While we would strive to
sent our staff to DMI, it really training in screen-printing and heat of Sigma's new 7000 sq. ft. facility at secure more business for Grafica, it
made big difference; we are transfers. Balanagar in Hyderabad. It houses will also benefit us because Sigma
seeing some good results after all the facilities required for training will be ideal point for customers for
implementing some of those This is for the time in India a that include pre press, screen sourcing machines, materials and
techniques. printing material dealer has taken a making set up, printing, sample even obtain training.
bold initiative to set up demo centre gallery.
“With regard to 'embellishment' and a training institute – all under I know Grafica since late Shri
part, screen printing has huge one umbrella. Established in 1997 at Chikkadpally Dhirubhai Mistry. Now under the
application on packaging. Believe in Hyderabad, Sigma Corporation is dynamic leadership of his son,
me I do not think Pragati could The institute was inaugurated engaged in wholesale and retail trade Bhargav, Grafica aims to bring
have garnered so many awards by Mr. Narendra Paruchuri, of Screen/Offset and Transfer automation revolution in screen
without using this versatile screen Managing Director of Pragati printing materials, catering to printing industry. They do not just
printing process to print either an Press in the presence of Andhra region with over 150 sub- supply 'best' machines but give
ordinary UV, Textured UV or dignitaries from the screen dealers' network throughout the tremendous support; all their
Emboss UV and other effects. We printing industry on 3rd July state. With 35+ staff strength, Sigma machineries are very user friendly.
sincerely believe that we 2011. is headed by Dhiren Shah, an They have a strong goodwill in the
embraced screen printing at right entrepreneur moved from Mumbai market.
moment and exploited it few decades ago. He is assisted by his
extensively. children. Why Nano demo centre?
Our customers will be greatly
“Whether name, fame or What inspired you to set up the benefited on two counts: First, they
profitability –we achieved all Institute and demo centre? need not all the way go to Grafica's
these partly by using advance Over the years I found that in the factory at Vasai near Mumbai to see
screen printing technology. Today Hanish Mehta, GM-Sales & absence of machine dealership there machine demo. Secondly, customers
we cannot really think of any good Marketing, Grafica graced the was something missing in our can be trained locally in basics of
job without the imprint of screen occasion and conveyed good 'basket'. So to fill the void, we automation. This way language
printing which blends well with wishes for the success of Sigma decided to represent Grafica for problem of customers, not knowing
other printing processes. As I said Institute and demo centre. Hyderabad and Andhra market. But Hindi and English, in remote places
the credit for many of our awards we felt there is still something very will also be solved. Also, if we want
also goes to screen printing Sigma has also commenced important aspect missing – training to promote screen printing, showing
process.” marketing of Grafica's range of and a demo centre. a demo would be most appropriate
screen printing machines and allied so that printers can understand the
products in the state of Andhra So we thought it appropriate to start fundamentals and benefits of
Pradesh. They have also set up a a screen printing institute-cum- automation; mere distribution of
demo centre for Grafica's Nano-Print demo centre so that customers in brochure will not create much
and Nano-UV within the institute Andhra Pradesh and south India can impact. We can also show them
itself. The demo centre will have get basic training in automation DMI's samples so that they get more
dual role – to hold practical based on the input from DMI. confidence.
Full story on

August 2011 page 10

Cont’d from page 1

Mirror Image bags Grafica's Nano-Print as

special award in PrintWeek India'11 contest

Mirror Image, printing division of Award 2011 to Eswara Kumar of special award – Grafica's Nano-Print
Ahmedabad-based Image Care Pvt Eswara Screens. - given away to an emerging screen
Ltd was adjudged as the emerging printer, is a corporate initiative of
screen printer of the year in “My entire Team Grafica Grafica. Sponsoring an award like
PrintWeek India Award 2011 congratulates Mirror Image led by this, time and again, really gives me
competition, under the Screen Ashish and Anuj Desai and Eswara immense satisfaction,” Bhargav
Printer of the Year' category. Screen on their magnificent commented.
achievement,” said Bharghav.
Grafica's Managing Director Bhargav “I really appreciate and thank
Mistry presented Nano-Print as This is for the third time Grafica PrintWeek India for including
special award to Mirror Image at presenting its Nano-Print as award 'Screen Printing' category in their
PrintWeek India Awards Nite in to promote and inspire more and annual awards competition to make
Mumbai on 25th August 2011. As more screen printers switch over to sure that this versatile printing
Mirror Image's directors could not automation and shed the outdated process is not left out of
attend the ceremony, their manual screen printing methods. In recognition,” he added.
representative in Mumbai received the past Grafica had given away
the award. Nano-Print as special mention award The CEOs of the award winning
to NBA Studio, Pune; Kalarts, print firms in the 18 Quality
Similarly, the PrintWeek India Belgaum who won first prize at Categories and six Performance
Award 2011, Screen Printer of the Screen Print India Awards 2010 Awards were present to receive their
Year title was bagged by Eswara under wedding card category. titles. Team Grafica congratulates all
Screens, Chennai. As sponsors, “I firmly believe sponsoring the the award winners in their respective
Bhargav also presented PrintWeek 'Screen Printer of the Year Award' categories.
India 'Screen Printer of the Year' instituted by PrintWeek India, and
Full story on

About Image Care Image Care produces direct mailers, combining CMYK and UV special
company brochures, menu cards, effects perhaps printed for the first
carry bags, garment tags, POP time in India, using the techniques
Many printers may tend to think that
material (4 color printing on Sun- of screen printing process. This
screen-printing is somewhat limiting
pack and sun-board), customized demonstrates how a creative
in its scope – especially commercial
dispensers, calendars, wedding thinking entrepreneur thinks
graphics. But, ever since venturing
cards, key pad fascias, automotive differently to explore the unexplored
into screen printing in a big way,
decals etc. Perhaps they are the first possibilities of screen printing
Ahmedabad-based Image Care Pvt.
one in Gujarat to offer 4 color quality technology which led to novel idea –
Ltd. has proved that it's the other
screen printing on sun-pack and the 3D on acrylic, 100% screen
way round.
sun-board. printed.
Image Care Pvt. Ltd. is a company
which deals with ideas and talk To take it to even greater heights,
about ideas. Started a decade ago as they try to experiment with new
an Integrated Marketing ideas like the 3D effects on acrylic.
Communication (IMC) Company, it
quickly carved a niche for itself in the Grafica's Nano-Print came as a
advertising and designing market. deserved award for Mirror Image
who had sent in their entries which
The Directors of the company, comprised 100% screen printed
samples: 3D printing on acrylic Anuj Desai
Ashish Desai who is a qualified
printing technologist, and his combining process colour screen
printing and UV special effects (most “In the recent PrintWeek India 2011
younger brother, Anuj Desai,
prominent entry which displayed competition we were adjudged as
decided to have their own screen
their creative thinking); diary with 'emerging screen printer of the year'
printing set up with Grafica's 30” x
hard bond cover which again and received Grafica's Nano-Print as
40” Camshell with UV and complete
Ashish Desai combined the design elements and special award for this achievement.
pre-press set up. This move helped
UV special effects, transparent We thank Grafica for their
the company to convert intangible
packaging using PVC material and a encouragement and support,”
opportunities into tangible ones, and
table calendar with excellent print comments Anuj Desai, Director,
gradually the in-house screen
finishing. Mirror Image, printing division of
printing set-up became the
The 3D printing on acrylic Image Care Pvt Ltd, Ahmedabad
company's new strength.

August 2011 page 11

From Nano-Print to Cylinder Press
in just one year Cont’d from page 1

Hitesh Dobariya of Rajkot-based Dee

Ech Art, has been dreaming to buy a
Cylinder Press and inline UV for the
last couple of years. He translated his
dream it into a reality within one
year after buying two Nano-Prints,
one after another.

Dinesh Dobariya / Hitesh Dobariya

After investing in two Nano- service support was very crucial. Prints and learning UV techniques at
Dee Ech Art, housed on a 3000 Prints, why did you opt for That's because our business fully DMI Workshop, we started
sq.ft area, is a fast emerging Grafica's Cylinder Press? depends on job work and our introducing new innovative ideas
printing house in Saurashtra That's because we are doubly customers highly rely on our timely and we received good response from
region of Gujarat, undertakes foil satisfied customer of Grafica. When I delivery. I thank Grafica team who the market. So, instead of acquiring
printing, lamination, print bought first Nano-Print from them I never let us to fail for any reason. couple of semi automatic machines
finishing, varnishing, blister had already set my ambition to buy a That's is why we felt fully assured we directly jumped cylinder press
coating, value addition with Cylinder Press. However, I felt that and confidently bought Grafica's buy to full fill my dream into reality.
variety of UV special effects on all to make this dream a reality I must Cylinder Press. Now, with Grafica's Cylinder Press
types of offset printed jobs have strong support from a reliable we are able to achieve higher
including packaging. Their supplier. No doubt, their machine is What is your strategy behind production with less effort and
customer base is spread across already of world class. However, as deploying a fully automatic keeping in mind our future growth to
the entire Saurastra region. we are located in remote place of screen printing machine? tap value addition market in this
covering cities such as Rajkot, Saurashtra and catering to many Sine our production requirement has region aggressively.
Jetpur, Morbi, Kutch, Bhuj, printers in the region, for us reliable increased after deploying two Nano-
Full story on
Porbander, etc.

Arihant Printers offers value added

packaging in Kolkata Cont’d from page 1

With Grafica's Cylinder Press and

inline UV working in full 'Swing',
Kolkata based Arihant Printers are
now focussing more on offering
premium quality print finishing
services to offset printers in Kolkata.
Established in 2005, Arihant
Printers is a sister concern of
Diamond Varnish, a company
started in 1975 by Dilip Kumar Jain.
Arihant is spearheaded by his son
Sunny Jain and he is assisted by his
brother Sandeep. Arihant has four
units spread over 15000 sq. ft,
housing pre press, a design team, 4
colour offset, complete post press set possible in a semi auto machine is
Your experience with
up, foil printing and lamination. possible in cylinder press.'
Their print portfolio include:
Their response-ability is fantastic.
Packaging such as clothing boxes, We did see many other brands with
Grafica's technical team is always
sweet boxes; mass wedding card lesser price but choose Grafica.
supportive. DMI's faculty was
sheets; diaries and calendars, gift That's because we did not want to
here to guide us through trial
boxes and all types of specialised make compromise on quality and
runs and commence commercial
commercial jobs. repent later. Also, when so many
production. I had attended DMI's
printers speak about their cylinder
workshop few years ago and the ! Well-built machine - We almost
Why did you opt for Grafica’s press and DMI through Grafica
knowledge gained is relevant and run the machine in two shifts.
cylinder press? News, our trust and confidence level
immensely beneficial. ! Consistent print quality
I have every reason to believe that hi- in brand Grafica built up further.
! Side lay sensors
speed cylinder press and inline UV is
! No complicated mechanism. I
truly an economical investment. So, What did you like the most in
and my operator did not take
we acquired cylinder press to Grafica's cylinder press
much time to understand its
increase our production capacity and particularly?
to explore all our creative ! Registration system
capabilities. I would say, 'What is not ! High speed Full story on

August 2011 page 12

Benefits using UV technology
in Screen Printing By Bhargav Mistry,
Managing Director, Grafica

Interestingly, one of our customers, knows about UV? UV lamp which releases radiation of
dealing in industrial printing ! How much substrate supplier about 240-400 nm. UV lamp (bulb
Indian screen printing
revealed that he has recovered his knows about UV? and reflector) is fitted in separate
industry is now waking up to
investment on table top UV system ! Can all these people are capable modules to facilitate easy handling
the reality of UV-age. More
within one month. In another case, of guiding me or giving me and replacement whenever needed.
and more screen printers are now
amazingly one of my dealers has training properly UV lamps in a curing unit must be
adopting UV and dumping the
stopped his 3-4 decade old business ! Yes ink wise you will find UV is replaced after a certain number of
foul smelling solvent which many
of dealing in solvent inks and screen priced on higher side. But how do hours use. Some lamps do last up to
feel a curse to the screen printing.
printing consumables and focussed I workout my costing to ensure 3,000 hours, but replacement and
That's because it not only
on promoting and marketing UV that I do not charge more than running costs are a consideration.
requires lot of space for drying
inks in a big way along with our what I used to charge earlier for a
but also environmentally hazard
Nano-Print and Nano-UV curing job using solvent inks. Mesh and machine: Is there any
and wastage is rampant. The
machine. That's because even as a difficulty hitch in using UV ink on all
biggest nightmare for screen
supplier he felt UV is the future. If at all the cost works out more how types of screen printing machines?
printers is ink choking in screen
during small intervals and even do I convince my customers.
With UV, benefits unbound: There is no problem, but printing
during printing which restricts
! Sharp and finer print details Other than normal UV inks, is there with UV ink requires finer and even
screen printers to deliver finer
! Environment-friendly than any potential for various UV special ink deposition. Therefore it is
details. But now with UV Inks the
hazardous solvent effects and how much I know about advisable to use finer mesh say 165
problem of ink choking up in
! Clean work environment print finishing and value addition, or 180 mesh and you have to buy a
screens is never a issue.
! Economic print solution what is the market for this special UV curing machine as per print
! No ink drying on screen, no segment. area/curing area required.
In some areas such as decals and
choke up hence saves lot of time
industrial printing UV has not
! Faster job turn around Do I need to employ skilled Substrate: With the availability of
made successful inroads and still
! Waste reduction manpower or the existing UV inks and UV curing machine,
they have to use only solvent inks.
However, screen printers, manpower be trained in UV? screen printing even on most difficult
Faster job turn around: Curing substrates, viz, PVC, metal,
wherever applicable, should
of UV ink happens almost instantly Remember half knowledge is polyethylene, foil, polystyrene, PP,
consider UV because of its
as compared to solvent inks which dangerous and if you practice based ABS, PVC, besides paper is now
immense benefits. Screen
requires lot of time to dry. on half knowledge given by half- possible.
printers should also note that
Space saving: Since drying (curing) knowledgeable suppliers you will
other processes such as offset and
takes place instantly lot of space burn your hands in UV business. UV screen printing: Devices
digital are also roaring with UV.
otherwise required for putting up required. There are many devices to
And I feel UV will soon become
drying racks can be saved and use it And do not just see the current monitor UV output which are passed
the norm for all printing.
for other productive purpose. And market but plan yourself and under the UV source to measure
UV curing system as such requires prepare a project report with a long temperature and UV output.
Based on my continued
less space to position it along with term vision for an economically A light sensitive tape is used to gauge
experiments and R&D at DMI
printing machine. viable business proposition. the level of absorbed UV when
institute and feedback from
customers, I can vouch for UV passed under a UV source. This tape
Fine print quality: Vibrant print Technically speaking: Since changes color as per the intensity of
technology. The future of UV is
quality in process color screen application of UV in screen printing lamp and speed of the conveyor,
bright that's because it offers
printing. is growing, I strongly recommend which is then checked as per
screen printers with great
production advantages over that screen printers should make calibration chart.
UV – an economical and every effort to acquire as much as
profitable printing solution: knowledge in UV inks, printing, UV Word of caution:
I always highlight in my workshops curing and all related areas. UV, UV, UV do not simply jump on
Screen printing, though a most
that screen printer should never it. Take cautious step instead of
versatile printing process,
compare the face value of UV ink In UV inks, the liquid coating burning your hands later. First study
requires different types of drying
with solvent ink which is cheaper (printing) gets cured to a solid state the market. Analyze the return on
system, viz, UV curing, IR drying,
than UV price wise. But look at the after being exposed to UV light. This investment. Study the supply
Hot air drying and most
output per kg? In solvent, printers chemical change is known as sources, talk to them and understand
commonly screen printers use
end up wasting lot of ink, substrate ultraviolet (UV) polymerization. UV better. You should thoroughly
whole floor of their printing unit
because very nature of solvent ink, understand the whole UV
to dry the printed stuffs on racks.
whereas with UV every drop of ink is Usually, UV ink consists of: technology, how it works, its
Now-a-days, most advanced
usable or can be put it back on the ! Oligomers technicalities, UV lamp, UV inks, UV
wicket dryers are available as an
tin after printing is over. It is my ! Monomers curing system, and more importantly
online racking-cum-drying
research that UV ink gives more ! Photoinitators its application in relation to different
impressions than solvent ink. When substrates and safety aspects. And
we take into consideration the Besides there are other components our DMI workshop orients screen
With UV technology (UV inks and
benefits and mileage of UV ink, it is such as pigments, stabilizers, flow printers on some of these aspects.
UV curing system), screen
definitely cheaper than solvent controls, flatting agents. But it is better to have regular
printers can now expect to
overall. interaction with printing
achieve great deal of efficiency in
their work and higher UV lamps: UV curing takes place machine/UV curing machine, UV
Food for thought! based on UV radiation activating and inks manufacturer/suppliers,
productivity and why not
! Where do I get training? UV sensitive chemicals. UV ink substrate suppliers, etc to keep
! How much my machine supplier contains liquid prepolymers, photo yourself updated on regular basis.
(both printing machine and UV initiators and pigments. As the ink is And knowledge seeking will
curing system manufacturer or exposed to UV radiation it gets definitely ensure you are on right
dealer) know about UV? polymerized instantly into hardness. track and deriving maximum
! How much UV ink supplier UV radiation is facilitated through a benefits from UV.

August 2011 page 13

Cont’d from page 1

Kohinoor Printing Press opts for Grafica’s

Cylinder Press
With this high end screen printing
technology, Kohinoor Printing Press
render delightful experience to
offset/packaging printers in Kolkata
by offering them aesthetically
appealing value addition service
with speed and consistent quality.

Why did you invest in a fully

automatic press? and technical support. We found plus point of Grafica is that they are
That's because we were confronted none other than Grafica as the best in constant touch with us; DMI's
with labour shortage and production option. faculty was here to guide us during
constraints in our semi-automatic trial runs and helped us to stream
printing unit which had five semi In what way cylinder press has line our production. The uniqueness
Kohinoor Printing Press is jointly
automatic screen printing machines. benefited you? of Grafica is that through the Grafica
managed by three Jain brothers:
Adding couple of more semi auto We believe that cylinder press and News they also give us publicity and
Sachin, Nitin and Jitin. The
machines to jack up production, as with inline UV is a great combination this way our presence is made felt in
company was started off with a
part of our expansion, would have to convert our great ideas into the printing industry.
humble beginning by their father
required additional manpower. superb quality products. Let me
Pradip Kumar Jain in 1985, with
Hence we felt that a fully automatic assert that operational efficiency of What is your future plan?
just 250 sq.ft area. They are a
line with UV is the best economical our printing unit has drastically We will soon shift our unit spread
full-fledged one stop post-press
proposition. improved in all respects, including over 4000 sq.ft, to another location
service provider in Kolkata with
wastage reduction. with15000 sq ft space which will
all inhouse facilities -- 4
Why did you prefer brand house our entire printing facilities.
lamination machines, 2 roller-
Grafica? What's so special about We also plan to acquire a 5 colour
coaters with UV, 5 semi
We wanted to buy the machine from Grafica's service? offset.
automatic/ UV curing machines,
a reliable manufacturer who has Many manufacturers forget once
3 punching machines, two 2
excellent track record in offering their machine is installed at
foiling machines.
prompt after sales service, training customers' place. But the biggest Full story on

“We are in a advantageous position being

Representative of Grafica in Kolkata”
Sushil Golchha, founder of Nilesh
Enterprise, has enthusiastically
decided to represent Grafica to
market their Nano range of semi-
automatic screen printing machines
and allied equipment in Kolkata.

Interview with Sushil Golchha:

Why did you decide to

Nilesh Enterprise is a complete represent Grafica?
screen printing solution provider Grafica is now one of the well known
to graphics and textile printing in brands in screen printing machinery.
Eastern region. They also an excellent machine in 15” x 20” attend DMI's workshop. My brother
We see new opportunities and we
manufacture graphics and textile range. Rajesh had also attended DMI's
are now in a better position to offer
inks. Besides a network of more quality materials along with quality workshops. DMI's knowledge is a
than 80 dealers in Eastern India, Your experience with Grafica? stepping stone for success for many
machines to our customers..
Nilesh Enterprise also exports Grafica is highly professional in their printers.
materials to Nepal, Bangladesh approach towards customers. Before
We decided to promote their
and Sri Lanka. His brothers buying machine they guide their What is so special about
machines aggressively after the
Subhas, Sanjay and Rajesh also customers properly; and after Grafica's service?
launch of Nano-Print and other
joined the business. installing the machine, they extend The biggest plus point of Grafica is
Nano-series machines, keeping in
full technical support. This is their that not only their engineers
mind our eagerness to establish long
Future plan: USP. efficiently install the machine and
term association with them,
We plan to open demo centre for although they offer limited margin. explain how to operate it but also
Nano-Print. In fact with technical We are thankful to Grafica because capable of carrying out trials and
support from DMI, we wish to with their support we could commence commercial production.
That's because Nano series is a most
open printing institute at our participate in four exhibitions in
promising concept. These are not
farmhouse, about 7 km from Kolkata. While their machine is of superior
only excellent quality saleable
Kolkata airport. products but also have reasonable quality, their service is par excellence
Your views on DMI: which gives us peaceful sleep. If
price tag. Nano-Print is an
I had visited their DMI on several service is bad, we will have a
innovative creation of Grafica, it
occasions and I have never seen such sleepless night!
functions smoothly; it has simple yet
institute in India. I personally
attractive look, easy to operate. It is
motivate prospective customers to Full story on

August 2011 page 14


Bruce Ridge,
The 21st Century
Director of
Technical Services, Color Matcher
Nazdar Consulting A subtle shift in our industry has
occurred without most of us realizing
it. The shift is the change in how a
Bruce Ridge is Director of
printing company manages color in
Technical Services at Nazdar
their facility. This job was
Consulting Services. He has
traditionally centered in the ink
worked in product management,
room, then slowly moved into
product training and sales. Ridge
the prepress department, and
began and facilitated the
now it is making its way to the
Masterprint Color Training
IT department — and is creating
Program, which has been
a new industry position I like to
presented to more than 2,500
refer to as the “21st century
printers in North America. He If you’re in the business of selling color images, you want to take
color matcher.”
now manages the Nazdar Ink advantage of everything you can to make those images the best
Division’s Technical Service
This change is very evident at most they can be with the tools you have available. This is why today’s
Department where the focus is to
graphic screen printing and all inkjet graphic imaging company needs a digital color manager.
provide worldwide technical
printing facilities. It all started when
support for the Nazdar inks made
the trend in graphic images moved
for screen, inkjet and narrow web The Color Matchers previously matched inks that were
toward more process color printing.
flexography printing. He is a For many generations, the color in a left on the shelf from prior jobs.
There is a diminishing need out
frequent speaker at industry printing facility was controlled by the Many of these color formulation
there for black and white or simple
events and is a member of the color matcher. This person was the systems, along with training, were
two-color graphic images.
Academy of Screen Printing heart beat of a printing company. provided to printers by their ink
Technology. They were craftsmen and their craft suppliers.
This is a trend that has prevailed in
was usually learned by osmosis.
all the commercial printing
There was no formal education During this same time, digital image
processes. This trend alone has
program for this position; it was a creation became the primary method
moved the art and technology of
“learn by doing” program that of generating art work for printing.
color control into the prepress
usually took up to 10 years to get This facilitates the growth of full-
department, where software allows
really good at doing. These color color printing, which eventually
prepress experts to manipulate and
matchers usually served as the color leads to the reduction of spot color
control the color images we print
judge and printing and color matching. This
electronically. In this printing
scenario, we want the ink on press to change affected all of the printing
From color to LAB jury. They could stop the press and processes and the prepress
be a constant. The goal for the ideal
production to adjust or change the functions, so the different printing
press is a press that is loaded with an
color of the inks. They were the one- processes start to look very similar.
ink that prints the same way every
man QC Department, an Color is now being controlled in the
time. It is not desirable for someone
ink and chemical expert — and in art and prepress department.
to be tinkering with the ink once it
many cases — the ink estimator and
goes to press to manipulate the color
purchasing agent for a company. Process color becomes the dominant
of the image. Most screen printers
now see the value of this method, color reproduction method for
What these traditional color graphic screen printing and is the
whereas all inkjet printers think this
LAB color diagram matchers would rely on was their dominate-method of color
way since changing the ink in the
ability to match any color by eye. reproduction for wide-format inkjet
machine is a time-consuming
They would sometimes use a scale to printing.
document a formula or to measure
out additives to a special ink mix. Ink There also are trends in the
This is where the progress is ending
inventory was managed by memory commercial printing world that are
and there is no evidence that printers
or written on three-inch by five-inch driving change in all of the print
are prepared to move to what I
index cards and stored in a card file processes. These trends have been
believe will be the next level of color
replicating a wacky Pantone version documented by SGIA and PIA/GATF
control. That is the level where color
of the Dewey for more than 10 years and are part
Color Picker Screen Capture is controlled by the IT department,
or more ideally, to persons with of the reason that digital printing is
prepress, color theory and IT skills. Decimal System. the only growing printing process
It is the new and changing software Some of these color matchers moved because they all favor some of the
products that are the driving force into the world of instrumentation inherent characteristics of digital
behind color control in the printing and a higher-level color control using printing. These printing trends
processes. formulation software. These few include:
innovative color matchers learned to ! An increased use of process color
Questions for your company to incorporate spectrophotometers to ! Requirement for faster
Color Theory consider: measure colors and feed that data turnaround
! Are you ready to adapt to this into software that would generate ! An increased requirement for
The new and changing fulfillment services
next step? color formulas. These formulation
software products are the ! Multiplatform printing
! Do you have the talent on staff to software programs were expensive
driving force behind color companies
do this work? and took time to learn; however,
control in the printing ! Digital printing intrusion in most
! Are you really willing to dedicate once set up they would generate
processes. markets
the time to get your people accurate ink formulas and
trained? determine exact quantities of ink to
! Do you know where to go to find mix for a specific job. Even more These same forecasts list
someone to fill these positions in impressive is that they could help the “digitalography” as the up and
your company? color matcher work off inventories of coming printing process. This is a

August 2011 page 15

broad term that encompasses many company needs a digital color ! Knows the curve process for non
different digital printing processes. manager (DCM). If you are a smaller digital printing
They also predict that inkjet will company and cannot afford a full- ! Can establish workflow
Traditional eventually become the dominant time DCM, then you need to rent procedures
color digital printing processes. This is one. Just in the same way you would
good news for wideformat inkjet rent payroll services, tax and In general, many of these skills are
printers as well as suppliers to this accounting services, and IT services. not learned through the osmoses
segment of digitalography. process.

Digital color is color that is created, Why is digital color management

These skills are learned through
manipulated, and sent through a such a critical position? Color can be
structured training and educational
digital workflow of software and then controlled and predicted better than
programs. Structured training has
finally printed by any of the ever before; however, controlling it
Ink not been the primary method of
formulation commercial printing processes. This has become more complicated than
learning for the experts in the screen
system can be screen, offset lithography or we are willing to acknowledge.
printing and wide-format inkjet
inkjet. This is specific color that has Software is updated every year,
industry. Our industry has relied on
been translated into numbers computers become more powerful,
getting skilled employees by either
(L*a*b*) manipulated with software, and new products enter the market
hiring someone from another
then translated back to color. This every month that can improve
company or by providing on-the-job
‘new’ type of color matching requires workflow and efficiency. Who in your
training so they can learn during
a completely different understanding company is taking the time and has
production. This may have worked
Ink of color — its color by the numbers. the expertise to evaluate which of
with the traditional color matching
formulation Understanding the math is as these products are best for your
person over a five-year period, but it
system company? If your resident color
important as being able to see subtle is not effective when trying to
differences in two red patches. expert is constantly focused on
develop a DCM with up-to-date
production, they are not managing
Today’s color matcher needs to your color — they are trying to get
understand how these numbers are work out the door.
This position now requires our
captured with an instrument, how industry to do something they have
software compares these numbers, This position of the DCM is critical to not done in the past — hire people
Digital and how the software manipulates your company and there are several who have attended colleges and
color the numbers in order to translate technical schools with graphic arts
manager sets of skills this person should have.
those numbers back into a color. First are personal characteristics. programs. Very few of these
This is the work of the 21st century The ideal candidate would possess programs will teach students the
color matcher many of the following qualities: specifics they need to know about
! Ability to communicate effectively wide-format and screen prepress and
! Ability to provide training to all color control. They will deliver a
Color can be controlled and The 21st century color matcher
levels of knowledge person that has a foundation in
predicted better than ever (CCM) does not mix ink, are not a
! Ability to focus on specific prepress art, design, and workflow
before; however, controlling chemical expert and most
problems software as well as knowledge of
it has become more importantly, they do all they can to
! Ability to network to find color theory. This will usually be
complicated than we are keep the press running. Instead of
solutions focused around offset lithography
willing to acknowledge. stopping the press to correct today’s
! Ability to recognize new ideas printing; however, the prepress
color, the 21st CCM would collect
! Ability to multitask and aspects apply to our processes. From
data from today’s press run to make
completetasks in an organized that point, you would be responsible
improvements for tomorrow’s press
and systematic fashion for providing information about
Benefits from Developing or runs. Their responsibilities are
! Ability to know how to document wide-format imaging and and
Hiring a Digital Color greater because the overall influence
procedures ensuring they stay upto-date on the
Manager on the company is greater. In order
process through Webcasts, seminars,
There are many benefits a to meet today’s shorter deadlines on
The technical requirements for the trade shows and networking
company can gain from more complex color jobs, the stakes digital color manger are: opportunities. This is an investment
developing or renting a DCM, are much higher to deliver the right ! Understands the principles of and it would be smart to protect your
including: color in as few prints as possible. The additive RGB and subtractive investment with a contract.
! A person assigned and given 21st CCM could also be called the color CMYK
necessary time to improve digital color manager. This is a full- ! Knows L*a*b* color space, In summary, there has been a major
color, will improve color. time job for larger companies, spectrophotometry and change in the way color is controlled
! There are proven products although few companies realize it. densitometery in a printing facility. This change has
available on the market that The prepress manager on a part-time ! Knows how to use rendering been driven by the printing trends
save ink, time and to reduce basis currently attempts the work; intent, color targets and ISO that are a result of what is now
waste if managed by someone. and therefore, the work either never specifications possible because of developments in
! New products and processes gets done or is done only half way. ! Is trained in G7® color control digital printing and in digital
will keep a company The most common scenario is for a methodology prepress color control. This has
competitive. company to own profiling software ! Can work with the limitations of moved color control out of the
! Providing new solutions and and hardware while running their the inks and substrates they have printing shop and into the prepress
processes attracts new day-to-day printing using one profile ! Has a fundamental and IT areas, and all of this requires
customers. or configuration. This happens understanding of all of the print a new type of person to fill the
! Smart innovative people like to because no one is given the time to processes position of the digital color manager.
work with smart innovative create individual media
This requires a new mentality on the
people. configurations.
part of production-focused
The IT requirements of the digital
management in order to stay
If you’re in the business of selling color manger are:
competitive in the delivery of cost-
color images, you want to take ! Has a broad knowledge of
effective color images and digital
advantage of everything you can to prepress, business and workflow
color management. This will be
make those images the best they can software programs
critical to the success of a printing
be with the tools you have available. ! Is a master of the media
business that is focused on delivering
This is why today’s graphic imaging configuration process and editing
full-color images to their clients.

August 2011 page 16

DMI Update
DMI is increasingly becoming indispensable
After attending DMI's 3 days
workshop I want to affirm:
'Never think screen printing is 28-29-30 July 2011 Workshop
small and labour intensive job;
my vision has now broadened and
now I am more interested in
screen printing especially with
UV special effects. I will stop
using the white / nylon fabric, fix
yellow light in screen making
unit, use aluminium frames
instead of wooden, also plan to
have A.C in my printing unit. This
is the impact DMI workshop.
Rajoo Vaghela, Director
V. ART, Rajkot

I have been to many

workshops/seminars but this one
has been an eye opener. In just 3
days we were able to grasp the
core knowledge of advanced
screen printing. Speaker Bhargav
Mistry is a very good orator, gem
of a person, technically very
sound in screen printing, very
enthusiastic, determined, focused
and master in screen printing. I
urge my fellow printing
professionals to attend DMI's 3-
day workshop to fully understand
and comprehend the true
meaning of the 'workshop' and
experience the difference.
Sayed Abdul Rahiman,
Asst. Plant Manager
Silverpoint Press Pvt.Ltd, Navi

“DMI taught me how to convert creativity

into a profitable screen printing business”

21-22-23 April 2011 Workshop


August 2011 page 17

DMI Update
3D certificate on 3D certificate Screen printed on acrylic
The Certificate with spot 3D was presented to participants at DMI Workshop
presented to participants at DMI
After attending 3-day free workshop the 3rd day of DMI's Workshop
Workshop on July 28-30, 2011. It
at DMI with excellent hospitality, the which was held on July 28-30, 2011.
was completely screen printed
participants could not have expected Perhaps this is for the first time that
with UV inks on clear acrylic.
to receive a '3D Certificate of certificates were presented to
Training' printed on paper substrate. participants in a training
The think tanks at Image Care
Over 60 participants were simply programme, completely screen
choose to print on acrylic as they
awe-stuck when they were presented printed on acrylic with 3D effect.
wanted to make it unique in all
a 3D certificate printed on acrylic on
respects since many other
printing processes cannot print
directly on acrylic as effectively as
screen printing process. The DMI
workshop Certificate was not only
designed to give 3D effect but also
to give basic variable detail,
which did not need 3D effect. So
we have decided to make border
in 3D. With spot colors border
and other details were printed
and finally lens effect is given
with UV varnish only to the
border area to get 3D effect.
White background was given to
get clear readability.

You can have different 3D effects

using different designs as per
your requirements. Even you can
have more than one effect in
single job. Since job was
'certificate' it was produced with
spot color but we can produce 3D
effect with process color screen
printing as well.

Usually 3D or lenticular prints

are produced using other
technology. This usually has its
effects on complete print area.
What if someone wants that effect
on selected area only?

In a nutshell it is about creating

fusion of your designing elements
with screen printing skills, using
quality technology and materials.
With innovation and right
technology in place, the screen
printing world is can be your
creative playground. Why not
explore it!

I happened to see DMI's striking
screen printed samples at
Grafica's stall in Dubai exhibition. “The knowledge gained during DMI’s 3-day
Since then I was curious to know workshop is beyond my imagination”
more about value addition, and
my wish is now fulfilled.
Shalini Pinto,
Graphic Care LLC, UAE

The color management lesson

was quite refreshing.
Surya Lamba,
Cosmic Advertisers, Jharkhand

23-24-25 June 2011 Workshop


August 2011 page 18

Strengths Weakness Opportunities
And Threats (SWOT) in Screen Printing
With advancement taking place
at all levels, screen printing has
evolved as indispensable and a
'versatile' printing process.

By Bharghav Mistry, I would like to pen down some of my

Managing Director, recent thoughts about screen
Grafica & DMI printing in the form of a quick SWOT
(Strengths, Weaknesses,
You are a god sent man to take Opportunities and Threats) analysis
screen printing process and of Indian screen printing industry
industry ahead. Keep it up, god scenario.
bless you.
Kamlakar Wadekar STRENGTHS:
Ace printer, Mumbai
Automation and UV technology
After spending very small time in – One of our valued customers who
screen printing industry; I found had 15 manual tables has now as
this process to be very interesting many as 7 semi automatic screen
and felt then a great need for printing machines. There are many
printing unit instead of outsourcing. institute DMI. I am receiving
quality training. I think you have screen printers whose business has
There are many digital printers who tremendous response from the
taken a major stance in the area. doubled or tripled over the years ever
have set up screen printing units to industry. What was started as
Please keep up with more articles since they switched over to
meet the market demand for 'total workshops with 8-10 participants
and information. I wish you all automation along with UV. So, semi
print solution'. Screen Printing is the today our workshops are always
the success. automatic and fully automatic screen
perfect complement to offset and it houseful with long queue of wait
Abhiram Sathe printing machines are now making
works in tandem to help generate listed knowledge seekers.
inroads into Indian screen printing
more business.
Amazing SWOT analysis and this industry in a big way.
I had produced and screened a video
will really help our screen
WEAKNESSES: film 'Screen on Screen' in 15 cities
printing community. We should In the last decade, from a
few years ago. Following this
always share our thoughts so that predominantly manual printing
Education – lack of knowledge! success, we followed it up with yet
our community grow day by day process there has been a big shift
I would say knowledge is the key to another round of all India
Rohit Bansal from manual operations to semi-
success to any business. What's the campaigns (ten) whereby we took
Asian Print Media, Delhi automatic and now fully automatic
use if screen printers have fully our entire Nano Premier League
printing machines. Going by my own
automatic screen printing line package to show the screen printing
company's sales performance, there
without having a proper knowledge? process live to printers.
has been steep increase in the
number of screen printing machines
In screen printing industry there is I fully agree with Mr Narendra P of
(and UV curing machines) sold in the
not only lack of 'knowledge' but also Pragati Press, Hyderabad who
last couple of years than it was five to
lack of 'knowers of knowledge'. recently said that the old mindset
ten years ago. Also, a noteworthy
Inspite of this drawback, over the 'screen printing business can easily
transformation is that there has been
years, bravo, our screen printers be started with an investment as low
quantum leap in the number of
have made drastic improvements as Rs. 500-1000 to print visiting
visitors to our pavilions at various
due to their sheer hard work and cards, letterheads, etc, has to change
printing industry exhibitions than it
inclination to learn from self help, by now. That's because technological
was 5-10 years ago.
reading technical articles, attending development in screen printing has
exhibitions, seminars etc. moved much ahead of this thinking.
That's because screen printing not
I think the technical education think I strongly also agree with his view
only involves low investment which
tanks in India should really make an point that in screen printing every
is a big advantage for those wanting
immediate analysis of the printing step is a 'science'. So without
to join the screen printing business,
education offered in various learning this 'science' nothing can be
but also there has been widespread
institutes which is MINUS printed qualitatively. By learning
applications of this versatile process
“advanced screen printing”, they new techniques we can assimilate it
and greater awareness about the
touch upon only some basics and in our daily practice.
immense benefits of and need for
outdated elements of screen
printing… very sad especially when OPPORTUNITIES:
the Indian screen printing is
“Quality” improvement: Quality
adopting automation in a big way Applications, unlimited: Screen-
in screen printing seems to have
and the need for trained screen printing is a fantastic technology
come a long way. Today, with
printing professionals is shooting that is used by many industries with
automatic precision machines, it is
up. In the recent past, there has been so many old, new and not yet
possible to get a result that years ago
a growing trend of offset printers discovered applications – both flat
would have been a dream. Let the
embracing screen printing, whereas (plastics, cloth, metal, thin to thick
world believe that the screen printing
the printing institutes emphasizes papers, sunpack/sunboard, rubber,
process today is faster, better and
more on offset and other printing leather, wood, glass, footwears,
technology. PCBs, ceramics, etc) and non-flat
substrates, by using appropriate
New trend – combination of
On my part, I am determined to take machinery and inks. Further, this
processes: There has been a growing
screen printing education to a process is also widely used in
trend of offset printers/packaging
greater height through my own packaging, labels, Smart-cards – the
companies setting up inhouse screen

August 2011 page 19

list of screen printing application is

Growing trend – Value addition

through various UV Special effect
inks/varnishes: What was started as
Spot UV – matt and gloss – today
with the availability of various UV
special effects, screen printers have
now great chance to excite
consumers. The range and variety of
effect is extensive and it provides the
marketer, print buyer and designer
with a number of exciting

printing has a promising future. He c) Use of Out-dated methods:

Use of non-paper Substrates:
sees a great future provided the Wooden frames, nylon white
Continuous advancements and
screen printers in India remove all fabric instead of polyester yellow
developments in polymer technology,
bottlenecks the major being “clean- fabric, lack of standardisation in
expertise and cost-effective
room environment in the screen screen making although it is well
manufacturing, plastic substrates are
making and printing setup.” That's known fact that screen is the
replacing traditional materials in
because he saw hard working and heart of printing.
many fields (environmental
sincere efforts by Indian screen d) Using solvent although UV
conditions apply!). These include :
printers to achieve quality through available for many applications.
PVC, Polypropylene, HIPS,
high level of automation. Mike was
Lenticular Films, Polycarbonate etc.
also quite optimistic about Indian Perhaps due to these reasons there is
Polypropylene Sheets are extensively
screen printers. He says that Indian a growing trend in India that more
used for blister packaging, cardboard
screen printers can face the and more OEMs are now setting up
boxes etc. Polypropylene finds
challenges ahead with their own screen printing units. For
application in Disposable Containers,
determination, enthusiasm, passion example: Tiles and Ceramic industry,
Embossing, Gift Box Making out of
and courage. electronic industry, leather industry,
clear sheets, Freight Packaging, etc.
garment industry, packaging and
PVC Sheets and Polypropylene
Participation in Awards offset industry and many more. In
Sheets are the best suited for screen
competitions – great these areas they used to earlier
printing. Polypropylene is also
opportunity to printers: outsource their requirement.
preferred by screen printers because
I have been witnessing a growing
of its low density and very
number of entries and award Conclusion:
economical cost. Similarly, PVC is
winners in two major international Screen printing is now quicker,
also widely used by screen printers.
competitions – SGIA/ FESPA cheaper, produces better quality
sponsored besides national images and offers a number of
Great shift – Indian screen
competitions such as Screen Print special applications. But advanced
printers: I still recall what Michel
India Award and SPAI-FESPA India screen printing with high level of
Caza, an international screen
and PrintWeek India competitions. automation is not everybody's cup of
printing expert said at the FESPA
That's not only good but a healthy tea. Having advanced machines in
Munich 2010 Workshop titled “The
sign, because ultimately it increases place is not sufficient to run a
Future of Screen Printing Goes
appetite for quality improvement on profitable screen printing business.
Through Innovation — A comparison
various counts – Complexity, Image There is no profit from the press of a
between Western and Asian
definition, precision and sharpness; button like an ATM card. There is no
Countries.” He was of the view that
Colour appearance, Application of short cut. Because not only does the
“Graphics and signage are only 20%
use, Creativity, etc. Still majority of set-up process take considerably
of screen applications where as 35%
the printers still hesitate to longer than other techniques, but
lies in textile printing and about 45%
participate in these competitions due being able to truly master printing
in industrial applications.” This
to many reasons. high quality images using the screen
clearly sums up the potentials and
printing process also takes much
future of screen printing process.
THREATS: longer, because there are a number
a) Manual screen printing. If our of variables involved.
Screen printers should now
screen printers are catering to
take the call: During the
industrial printing they should Today, there exist different systems
presentation at FESPA Munich show,
immediately dump manual designed to help the screen printers
which was focused on the “how
screen printing tables as there to achieve better result. But it
European countries are moving
are strict quality and delivery revolves around the simple concept
towards screen and how in Indian
requirements in industrial or standardisation of the entire
screen printing is moving with the
segment. I have numerous screen printing process. The
latest trend,” Michel had also
screen printers who have comment made by Prof. Dr. Rajendra
mentioned that because of industrial
switched over to automation due Kumar Anayath, Print Media
production getting shifted to Asian
to all the side effects of manual Academy, Chennai – a Heidelberg
countries, screen printing is also
screen printing – it is tedious, Initiative during his visit to our stall
getting more and more attention in
laborious, time consuming, at Print Pack 2011 New Delhi, is
this (Asian) region and that is the
wastage-ridden. I was told by significant: “Bhargav, screen printing
advantage for screen printers who
many international experts that today is not what it was 6-7 years
are into industrial screen printing
India lags behind several ago. With the kind of experiments
such as PCB, membrane switches.
decades in screen printing but it that you are making at your DMI, it
is not too late. appears to me that it has emerged as
Moreover, even Mike Young's
b) Use of poor quality raw a printing process to be reckoned
presentation on “Emerging
materials. with.”
Technologies” proves that screen
Full story on

August 2011 page 20

Strengths Weakness Opportunities
And Threats (SWOT) in Screen Printing
What Michel Caza says:

I am not surprised of Paul Smith’s

Michel Caza, pessimistic analysis, absolutely
Howard Parmele Award Winner current and classic in Europe and
Ex-Chairmain ASPT, USA from the so-called specialists
Past President, FESPA Board
who totally ignore what exactly is
now screen printing! He simply sees
SWOT Feedback noon at his door only which means
I am happy that the screenprint that he must be more involved in the
industry has now reaching the graphic field and that he doesn’t
heights that we in the UK enjoyed know on one hand that graphic
some years ago . Unfortunately screen printing is only 20% of the
the screenprint industry is in applications of this technology – 35%
decline now due to digital and is in the huge business of textile
litho , with many screenprint printing and 45% lies in the purely except for some small quantities according to what was really
companies no longer in business industrial applications – and on the dedicated to very restricted niche needed… We chose, not the
and the only companies with a other hand that it exists, this is also markets…. This is not the frame to customer!
small amount of growth are true in the UK, a « two speeds » enter in technical details, but I could
specialist industrial markets. screen (and digital) printing ! write a lot about how to manage with Sorry for this maybe too long answer,
both these problems and the digital but I cannot accept the negative
We have seen most screenprint What does this exactly mean? technology ! opinion of people who only have a
companies go from single colour One, let us be clear, in the huge and very restricted and narrow sight of a
machines to large format multi perpetually growing field of screen Even if we take the graphic and sign technology… What seems to happen
colour machines and all do very printing technology applications applications, AD and so on, there are to graphic screen printing is
well but unfortunately the bubble (screen printing has never been an « a lot of special effects – Grafica and beginning to happen to digital
has burst and almost all medium industry », but a technology used by DMI promote those applications – printing in Europe and USA, simply
to large companies have replaced many industries), if we consider which are absolutely impossible to because on one hand the market is
all machines with expensive textile printing for example, when obtain in offset and digital printing : saturated and not extendable, and
digital machines and litho you speak of DOG (direct on garment the improvement of printed images then because many users begin to
machines, leaving most suppliers in digital), the very big companies' in the POP goes through screen consider that digital is far from being
who have grown up in screenprint managers in the world simply laugh printing. In the packaging field as the dreamed panacea both in terms
struggling to servive. when you ask them if they intend to well the customer absolutely doesn't of costs, productivity and quality!
replace screen by digital ! Too slow, care of what is the technology used :
So I say take the good times while too expensive, only for a special he simply wants something to On the other hand, of course in
you can ,because unfortunately customized market in small improve or promote his sales… So India, China, Thailand, Vietnam,
the digital and litho age will catch quantities where you have to build a far and for a long time screen- Philippines, Brazil, Mexico, and also
you up. new way of selling and marketing printing is the only possible answer in Europe there are hundreds
Paul Smith, UK through the web for example… But to obtain exciting special effects! thousand of screen printers, small or
nothing valuable to print the huge very small, the “village printers” or
orders in the world of T Shirt and We live – Indians included as well as “family business” that Grafica helps
sportswears. the people from the other “BRIC” to leave the old (and dirty technology
It is really heart warming to see countries – in a world where we in term of environmental protection
the replies. I definitely feel that Industry ? This means that screen have, on one hand the “very big and sustainability, etc.).
screen printing has gone from 0 printing is used in glass (bottles and players” – here you are right my dear
to 10 in India. This can be flat) and ceramic printing, in metal Paul – the companies able to offer at “The screen printing manual process
attributed to availability of work, in automotive, in packaging, in the national and international scale a with solvent inks” is changing to
machines and UV inks and electronic applications giant markets “full service” to their customers. become an automated printing using
varnishes. Still lot of work needs for PCB rigid or supple, membrane the UV technology, even for the very
to be done in future and i am very There a few in each small company with a feeble power
excited about it European countries of investment ! Thanks Bhargav !
Mustafa Kapadia, and in the US… Full
COLORS, Mumbai service : they use The Nano technology of Grafica is, as
offset, digital, screen I use to say, representing the 3 C :
It is a really best explanation printing, even flexo “Cleaver, Clean and Cheap” ! And a
from Mr. Caza. It's very true that and pad printing blessing for the small image makers
Digital can never overtake the technologies, as well from Asia as from any other
Screen printing industry. according to the country in the world!
Grafica's NANO is the starter of quantities, substrates,
the Automation in Indian Screen needed by the And I intend to promote and develop
Printing against Manual screen customer. This it in Europe… Because I believe there
printing. So buy it, feel it and includes all types of are a lot of possibilities in our “two
enjoy it…and progress. finishing, mounting, speeds technology”, despite the
Bipin Shinde switches, the so promising RFIDs,
packaging, dispatching and local laudators or praisers of “digital only”
Saarth Graphics, Sangli the solar cells – thick or thin coats,
delivery in many countries…. I know instead of screen printing!
the IMD, the medical applications,
what I am speaking about as my own
the food and drugs market, and so
company did that job – POP We are not near to forget about
on! So far and still for a long time the
manufacturers – until I sold it 7 screen printing!
digital printing technology cannot
years ago… And we were using
take care of those applications,
screen as well as offset or digital Michel Caza

August 2011 page 21

This is also yet another case of
several repeat orders being “Grafica broadened my vision in
received by Grafica in the last
several years. This clearly
indicates the success of Grafica's
advanced screen printing” Cont’d from page 1

customers and their level Who says commercial screen

satisfaction both in terms of printing has no future. Here is a
quality and performance of the success story of a commercial screen
machines and Team Grafica's printer who first shifted from
commitment to after sales manual screen printing to entry level
service/technical support. automation. The initial success in
automation stimulated him to invest
in a high end screen printing

We are talking about Mandar Dixit,

proprietor of Nashik based Mayur
Graphics. Recently he took his
company to the next level by
investing in Grafica's 20” x 30”
Camshell, UV curing machine and
complete screen making set up which sweet boxes, etc,” asserts Mandar. automation (screen printing
are now housed in his new 1500 sq.ft “Make ready' is easy and faster in machine) was not a successful
printing unit. He is also now assisted this machine, the pneumatic system concept.
by his other half Mrs. Rajashree gives equal squeegee pressure, it is
Dixit who was a school teacher until easy to operate function-wise and we “I have used/have been using
2010. are able to explore it fully as per our Grafica's mini camshell extensively
requirement.” for over 5 years. I am a fully satisfied
Why did he invest in a customer of Grafica and I have been
Camshell? Why did he choose brand receiving full technical support from
“I invested in Grafica's Camshell Grafica again? DMI in all respects. Hence I did not
particularly to offer innovative Interestingly, at one point of time even indulge in soliciting quotations
packaging products such as paper when he was planning to buy a from other suppliers to do cost
carry bags, designer garment boxes, machine, he was discouraged by his comparison.”
jewellery and wine shops; luxury friends in the industry saying that Full story on

Screen Printing finds new application

in fuel cell battery
A year ago, when Dr. G. Velayutham,
a PhD in Chemistry, joined Chennai
based Anabond Sainergy Fuel Cell
India Pvt Ltd, as Chief Scientific
Officer, he was still carrying fresh
memories of Grafica's prompt service
support and excellent performance
of their Camshell which was running
Established in 2010, Anabond in his previous organisation.
Sainergy Fuel Cell India is a joint
venture between Anabond and When he was fine tuning various
Sainergy Tech, Inc, a USA. capital investment decisions for his
Anabond, an Indian company present company, which also
headed by Dr. Vijay Kumar, included a screen printing machine,
manufactures and markets surely Dr Velayutham had only
engineering adhesives and Grafica in his mind and decided to go
sealants. for only Grafica's 20” x 30” and green energy solution fast uniform loading of carbon deposit,
Camshell. picking up. “Out of our total over a given unit area, is very
On the other hand, Sainergy production, 90% is exported to USA critical in our process,” explains
Tech, a technology company Sainergy Tech has commercialized and other countries and balance10% Dr. G. Velayutham. “Grafica's
engaged in the development Polymer Electrolyte Membrane Fuel is supplied to Indian market.” Camshell is well suited for our
catalyst for PEMFC, DMFC and Cell (PEMFC) components, electro production; we are able to achieve
water electrolyzer, is headed by catalysts, gas diffusion layers, gas Anabond Sainergy Fuel Cell has consistent print quality because of its
Srinivas Bollepalli, (a PhD batch- diffusion electrodes, catalyst coated deployed Grafica's heavy duty semi squeegee pressure equalizing system
mate of Dr. G.Velayutham) as membranes, membrane electrode automatic screen printing machine and flood bar mechanism.
President & CTO. assemblies, bipolar plates and fuel merely to coat black conductive
cell stacks (battery). With carbon carbon inks on special carbon paper “For over six months we have been
technology in place, they are now and carbon cloth to make electrodes running the machine extensively
able to deliver cost effective PEMFC which is the 'heart' of fuel cells. “We without any trouble and that proves
components. “Screen printing finds usually follow 'print-dry-print-dry' its ruggedness and performance. Of
application in some of these areas as method, dried in a 200 degree oven course, it requires minimum
a production process,” says Dr. G. to achieve the desired thickness of maintenance and supervision,” he
Velayutham. “Fuel cell technology about 100 to 150 micron, using concludes with satisfaction.
with hydrogen as fuel is a renewable different mesh. Ensuring the
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August 2011 page 22

Spot Color Tolerancing
One of the more productive skills a screen printer can because of colors that surround the orange. This can cost
learn is spot color tolerancing using an instrument. What you time and money as you reprint jobs that are perfectly
I see most of the time is “visual” tolerancing. Many acceptable.
printers actually believe they can do better visually than
they can with a color spectrophotometer. They are wrong. When a printer learns to communicate color in numeric
terms, an art and craft business becomes a manufacturing
Two years ago, we did a study of spot color tolerancing at a process. This is where hyper productivity and profitability
Mike Ruff, print company that required very tight color control begins. As our industry struggles to survive, we must
Chief Technology Officer, because they manufactured and printed vinyl fabrics used move away from an art form and become graphic
Nazdar Consulting Services for upholstery. The company employed a production manufacturers. What I hope to communicate in this
artist that had extremely good color vision. But the article is the basis of color tolerancing by instrumentation,
Mike Ruff is currently the Chief management of the company called us in to evaluate the how color decisions can be made through the use of
Technology Officer of Nazdar approval and rejection procedures. This procedure is instruments, how to get comfortable with the numbers
Consulting Services, Mike has called color “tolerancing”. You first establish and how to effectively apply numeric color tolerancing in
over 40 years experience in the predetermined degrees of deviation and variation from an your screen printing department.
graphic production industry and intended color target. Deviation is “difference from the
is a member of the Academy of reference color target”. Variation is “color differences Tolerancing Terminology
Screen Print Technology, a during the print run”. The company needed to make a There are multiple names for almost all color management
certified G7 Color Calibration decision on their color tolerancing guidelines. The elements. This can become confusing. ISO committees
Expert as well as a certified G7 challenge for the management of the company was that are actually addressing this issue now to eliminate some of
Process Control and they had a reject rate of over 65%. They were not making this confusion. In order to understand tolerancing there
Conformance Expert. Mike has any money. Therefore the critical success factor for the are four terms you need to be sure you understand.
studied color control theory consulting project was to determine if the visual rejections 1. Delta E: (Normally stated as dE) An easy way to
through GretagMacBeth, X-Rite were correct and test color tolerancing by instrumentation remember this is think of the “d” as deviation, most
and RIT Color Management to assess if color instrumentation was more accurate and color manuals call this distance from an intended
Flexographic Training and is an consistent on the same samples. We were then asked to color but I think deviation is easier to understand.
accomplished technical writer report our findings to management. The experiment we The E is the amount of deviation from your intended
with numerous articles in trade developed featured 5 different color patterns. Two were target.
publications including the SGIA saturated darker colors, one was a midtone and two were 2. Reference: This is your target numbers. The target
Journal, Screen & Display highlight or lighter colors. We had the production artist numbers can be entered into a spectrophotometer by
Graphics, Specialty Printing approve the acceptable samples we used for a reference measuring the reference target or manually entered
Magazine and Screen Printing color. We measured and established our target values. into a spectrophotometer.
magazine. Mike won the We printed the same patterns every day for 4 days. We 3. L*a*b*: The third term that is important to
IDEAlliance Leadership award for then measured the new patterns each day and the understand is L*a*b*. This is the numeric
2010 and was voted the “2007 production art manager visually accepted or rejected the coordinates CIELAB color space. CIELAB color space
and 2008 Swormstedt Award print results. Our testing revealed that the production is device independent. It is the same in North
Winner” for the best technical artist was very inconsistent. He would reject samples in America, Europe, Asia, South America, Africa and
article in the specialty imaging the morning and then approve the same samples in the every other place in the world. If a color is specified
industry. His works continues to afternoon. His rejection rate was very close to the 65% in L*a*b* any person in the world that matches the
enhance screen, flexography and number reported by the management. The color values and measures them with a high quality
digital printing. measurement instrument was consistent. We established calibrated instrument will be visually acceptable to a
a dE of 2 for lighter colors and 3 for the midtone and reference they have never seen. The only color
Send comments or questions to: darker colors and we could measure the same targets difference could be the limitations of the measuring morning or afternoon and the results were the same. We device.
also measured the same targets one day and then 4. Tolerance: This is the “acceptable” difference stated
measured them the next day and the results were the numerically from the reference color to the color you
same. The reject rate we estimated based on the are measuring. What is acceptable to one customer
established allowable deviation and variation was only may not be acceptable to another. This is a number
around 20%. This proved that the production art manager that needs to be negotiated based on the reality of
was rejecting acceptable prints and costing the company actual production limitations.
thousands of dollars each week. Now all tolerancing is 5. Chroma or Saturation: This is a little different than
done by instruments. just darkness and lightness. A color can maintain the
same L* value (darkness and lightness) yet be
The reason color tolerancing different in Chroma or Saturation. Chroma or
Example of the Limitations of Human Vision with instruments is so Saturation is how deep or saturated the color is. For
important to screen printers example: Deep red compared to a medium red. It's
that print spot colors is it the same color… just more saturated.
changes subjective opinion 6. Hue: The hue of a color is the family of color it
into objective facts. Human
belongs to. For example: Red is a hue, Green is a
vision can change morning to
hue. Yellow is a Hue and Blue is a hue. All the colors
night, in different lighting
in between can shift toward a different hue. A color
conditions and even with
that moves in hue is actually changing to a different
caffeine or with no caffeine.
An instrument is very
consistent. A human's visual
Understanding tolerancing formulas
perception is also affected by
The most common and simplest color tolerancing formula
Figure 1: Chromatic Infusion surrounding colors.
is a formula developed when the L*a*b* colorspace was
created in 1976. This made it possible to create delta-E
(Figure 1: Chromatic Infusion)
1976 (dE76). dE76 is a spherical distance in all directions
The two images shown in this example appear to have two
that a color might locate in an attempt to match a
very different orange stripes. They are actually exactly the
reference color the distance calculation put the color in
same color. An instrument would report that the color is
our mind as a number. The higher the number, the less
the same. A human would reject one of both of them just

August 2011 page 23

accurate the color match. Some
people refer to dE76 as plain
delta-E. It is also known as
DEa*b*, CIE L*a*b* tolerancing,
dE-Lab and dEab in ISO
Standards. You also see the Greek
Letter for delta used rather than
“d”. ÄE76 or ÄE76. The formula is
pretty simple.

(See Figure 2, ÄE76 formula)

For comparing one value to

another, it still may be the
best formula to use just
because of its simplicity. So
for an ink manufacturer or a
substrate manufacturer it
Figure 2: Delta E 1976 Formula works well. But there is one
major problem with dE76.
Human vision is not linear. In other words we accept a
deviation or variation in chroma or saturation of a color to
a greater degree than we accept Hue shift.
Visual Assessment vs. Instrument Human vision is very good at seeing hue
shift. For example if a green shifts toward
yellow, we see it very quickly. We might not
even notice a Chroma shift of the same
amount. (Figure 3: dE and visual
Figure 5: CMC Formula
Tolerancing Formulas that address
Figure 3: dE and Visual Agreement Human vision.
Improvements have been made to this formula. A
All though ÄE76 provided a huge benefit to
technical committee of CIE published an equation in 1995
the industry, we still have problems with setting tolerance
called CIE94. The equation is an elliptical tolerancing
numbers because of the human visual acceptance factor of
formula like CMC but CIE94 was developed for the paint
chroma verses hue shift differences. We can have a ÄEof 3
and coatings industry. CIE94 is a common formula
and like one result and not like another. In other words,
included as an optional selection on color instruments like
we don't agree with ÄE76 about 25% of the time. That's
the Xrite 500 series of hand held spectrophotometers.
one in every four measurements.
(Figure 6: CIE94 Formula)

By changing to an elliptical tolerance we improved CMC Tolerancing

In 1984 the Colour
agreement human to instrument because we Formula
accept chroma dierence more than hue dierence. The DE94 created ellipse tolerances similar to CMC and
Committee of the
the Ellipses are wider in colors that are hard to see hue
Society of Dyes and
shifts in. For example Greens. (Figure 5: Farnsworth
Colourists of Great
Munsell 100 Hue Color test) Figure 5 is a Farnsworth
Britain developed
Munsell 100 Hue test Color test that I completed. You can
CMC for the textiles
see that I have very good color vision no matter what my
industry. This was a
wife says. (She says I can match my socks. I really can… I
huge success
just don't care.) Notice I have trouble with greens. This is
because the
not uncommon. The newer formula addressed this.
tolerancing shape of
an ellipse simulated
human vision much Results of Mike Ruff Color Vision Test
closer. (See Figure
4: Elliptical
Figure 4: Elliptical Tolerancing Tolerancing)

This helped
because now a
tolerance of ÄE*3
would pass if the
deviation was in
Chroma but fail if
the color is shifting
hue. This is
simulating how a
human would
Figure 5: CMC Formula visually reject or
accept a color.

Even better formulas

Even though CMC was very good and is still the preferred
tolerancing formula for many graphic producers today.
Figure 7: Farnsworth Color Vision Test

August 2011 page 24

dE2000 Understanding that a dE number is not the same
The most accurate to human agreement formula today is in lighter and darker colors
dE2000. dE2000 is the first major revision of the dE94 Human vision will accept a greater color difference in a
equation. Unlike dE94, which assumes that L* correctly darker color. Grays, pastels and basically all lighter colors
reflects the perceived differences in lightness, dE2000 are much easier to see a color shift. The mistake I see
varies the weighting of L* depending on where in the many people make is they have a spot color matching
lightness range the color falls. dE2000 is still under tolerance of “one number”. For example it might be a dE
consideration and does not seem to be widely supported in of 5. The problem with this is that a dE of 5 will only be a
graphics arts applications. This will soon change because slight color difference in a saturated color but it will be a
ISO will soon be replacing dE1976 with dE2000 for all major visual problem in a light gray or pastel. dE2000
new graphic arts print color standards and all revised automatically tightens the tolerance in lighter colors but a
graphic arts color standards in the next few years. This is a visual sample should be produced to make a decision on
very complicated formula that addresses some of the other what your tolerance should be.
differences that DE1976, CMC and CIE94 did not. It has
been verified to agree and line up with our vision in Understanding what a dE numeric difference
correct lighting much better. There are five corrections in actually looks like
dE2000 from dE94. Figure 9 is a visual sample created with Nazdar's CATZper
1. A hue rotation Term (RT), to deal with the software. (See Figure 9: The Tolerancing Snowflake)
problematic blue region. (hue angles in the
neighborhood of 275 degrees)
2. Compensation for neutral colors. (the primed values
in the L*C*h* regions.
3. Compensation for lightness. (SL)
4. Compensation for chroma. (SC)
5. Compensation for hue. (Sh)
dE2000 is 95% Agreeable with Human Vision
(See Figure 8:

Three Important
Ingredients of an
Instrument Based
Color Tolerancing
1. Knowing what
your equipment
can maintain in dE.
2. Understanding
that a dE number
is not the same in
lighter and darker Figure 9: The Tolerancing Snowake
colors. This tolerancing tool, called a snowflake, had an exact
3. Understanding match in the center of the snowflake. Then each of the
what a dE numeric adjacent colors move gradually away in color accuracy 1 or
difference actually 2 dE on each square. The a* axis is green on the left and
looks like. red on the right. The b* axis is yellow on the top and blue
on the bottom. The darker and lighter colors are not
Knowing what your changing hue. The a*and b* are exactly the same on all
equipment can the colors of the L*. The color is just getting darker and
maintain in dE lighter by the addition of black. The a* axis only changes
I got a call from a on the a* numbers. The b* is the same on all the colors.
panicked client early The b* axis does the same. While it may look simple,
Figure Figure 8: dE2000 this year. She said CATZper is a very sophisticated color tolerancing tool. If
their largest account a screen printer produces one of these snowflakes for an
was going to require them to screen print a spot color on intended reference target he will then have a good visual
an eight foot long sheet of PVC material and maintain a dE reference that will lead to understanding what the number
of 2. They needed help on how to do it. My first response should be based on the saturation of a color. The screen
was it probably can be done but not maintained in printer can also produce these snowflakes and educate a
production. Therefore the first thing we need to do is customer that is asking for unrealistic tolerancing. For
determine what the equipment can consistently hold day example a customer may be asking for a dE of 1 in a
to day as well as sheet to sheet during a production run. saturated color when there isn't a visible difference at 3.
You cannot agree to produce for a client a dE lower than Chasing a 1 is just a waste of time if you can not see the
your press can hold. If you do, you will force your printers difference. You solve this by determining what is visible at
into two really bad choices, to fail or lie. Both choices are the beginning.
bad for your company. Therefore, before you agree to
hold a tolerance number someone has asked you to hold, Conclusion:
test the press with the color they requested. Many clients I hope this article has given you some critical knowledge
push us into proofing tolerances and not production and has inspired you to do some testing with your
tolerances. There is a huge difference. Check out ISO equipment and color measurement instruments using
12647-2 the Standards for Offset Litho. You will see that dE76, CMC, dE94 or dE2000. You will find that when you
proof tolerances are much lower than print tolerances. really understand what a number means, you will be able
Clients hear a number and they think we can just “dial it to make good decisions regarding color tolerancing. Good
in”. In the movie Dirty Harry, Client Eastwood told the decisions will produce accurate color quicker and with
guy, “A man has to know his limitations.” (Then he shot higher profitability.
the guy.) Oh well, it was quick.

August 2011 page 25

Cam-Shell delivers high quality industrial
Vikas Narang, MD, Saraswati
Printers is one of a leading print
solution providers in Delhi with all
in-house facilities for Designing,
Vikas Narang, MD Processing & Printing strongly felt
Saraswati Printers, New Delhi the absence of modern screen
printing setup to offer complete
solution to print buyers. With
Grafica's Camshell now Saraswati
Printers delivers high quality jobs to
white goods industry.

Earlier the company used to screen

print manually to produce high
quality polycarbonate labels and
stickers but due to stringent quality Giving reasons for choosing brand machine in two shifts trouble free,
requirements they realized that Grafica, Dharmendra Verma, concludes Dharmendra.
Saraswati Printers produces automation was the only solution. Manager (Development) at Saraswati
polycarbonate, PVC, polyester So to produce high quality prints the Printers says: “I know Grafica for Saraswati Printers was founded in
labels, aluminum plates for company quickly revamped its many years and I had seen their 1984 by Vikas Narang, a Printing
MNCs and leading white goods screen printing unit by installing machines working in good condition Technologist. It is a sister enterprise
industry. They also produce value Semi-Automatic 20” x 30” Cam- in my previous company. Grafica has of Ajanta Prakashan, 40+ years old
added stuffs such as calendars, Shell with pneumatic fabric a good market reputation hence publishing house set up by Vikas's
brochures, toppers, bubblers, stretching equipment, fully there was no second thought.” father Somnath Narang. They have
POP/POS, stickers and labels. automatic emulsion coating overseas offices in Spain and China.
machine, screen exposer & screen “Grafica's Cam-Shell is truly a
dryer. production horse and we run this Full story on

New Model Impex screen prints braille

on pharma packaging materials, book printing and
“As the requirement of value New Model Impex uses Grafica's packaging. “15% of our turnover is
addition increased tremendously we screen printing machine for Braille generated from packaging” he adds.
thought it prudent to set up an in- printing on pharma packaging, value
house screen printing unit to addition on calendars, book covers, “Grafica's screen printing machines
maintain control over delivery strip gumming or full gumming to are high quality & rugged for
Arvind Agarwal, MD schedules and quality. In-house make stickers and posters, etc. continuous use. Grafica not only
New Model Impex PL, New Delhi screen printing process is now The company undertake all types of makes good machines but are also
New Delhi based New Model becoming a necessity for offset commercial jobs for big corporate committed to educate the printers
Impex Pvt Ltd, spread over printers to offer better solution” says houses and MNCs such as Annual which is really wonderful” he
18,000 sq.ft, houses 2 color to 5 Arvind Agarwal, MD. Reports, brochures, leaflets, concludes.
color Heidelberg printing calendars, diaries, various publicity
machines used to earlier Full story on

Nandha UV offers value addition in Sivakasi

Why did you choose brand
Greatly inspired by DMI's 3-day “We had received excellent feedback
workshop, Sivakasi based Nandha from the market including from raw
UV-Printing has recently material supplier, about brand
revamped its screen printing unit Grafica and their service. That
by adding Grafica's semi reference was a stepping stone to
automatic screen printing reach out to the world of Grafica.
machine Two-Post Pillar and
Nano-Screen Maker 5-in-1. “It was easy for us to make smooth
With automation in place, transition from manual to
Nandha-UV, spearheaded by R.G. automation because of its easy
Guru, now undertakes spot UV operational features. Our screen
and various print-finishing on job making knowledge was limited but
work basis. They also produce after attending DMI's Workshop we
value added garment boxes and understood the importance of screen understood that screen printing is a is managing with us very well
sweet boxes, paper bags, custom making. We are now able to achieve powerful process and even plays whenever any service support is
made wedding cards, invitations finer print quality with perfect complementary role to offset for needed. They are encouraging us to
registration after investing in value addition. DMI has really do quality jobs. We walked into their
automation,” explains George. showed us the way to a creative Grafica as 'customer' and came out
world of screen printing. Even if we as friends,” concludes George
“During the workshop, we have language problem Grafica team Full story on

August 2011 page 26

Nano Print plus
“The size of Nano Print plus (55 x
71 cm – 22”x 28”) semi-automatic Grafica's Nano-Print 'plus' Your Plus Point! Why?
seems to me more suitable for the
NANO-PRINT plus is an Grafica's Nano-Print plus:
European market. Even some
ergonomically designed low cost high ! Max print area: 22” x 28” (559
medium size companies can be
quality semi automatic screen mm x 711 mm)
interested for “niche” applications.
printing machine with an unusual ! No Compressor required
The fact the Nano-Plus has a “lift
look. It is user-comfy. It was ! Single Phase
of the screen while printing” is a
unveiled on 8th December 2010 at
big “Plus” for this market.” -
the Screen Print India 2010 Features:
Michel Caza
Exhibition in Mumbai. 1.Adjustable screen frame holder
“The style of machine has three 2. Variable printing stroke length
Based on my success of launching 3. Single/Double stroke selection
very important elements:
NANO-PRINT a year ago and 4. Digital Stroke Counter
screen staying horizontal,
customers' feedback, Grafica's design 5. Parallel screen frame movement
squeegee/floodbar printing
team had closely evaluated the (Convenient for spot UV varnish
sideways and a wider view of the
market needs and NANO-PRINT Grafica's Nanoo-Print plus gives and low viscosity inks to avoid ink
print table/substrate between
plus was the offshoot of their printers a little more options to spillage all over the screen)
each stroke (as the parallel lift
innovative thinking and R&D. This consider due to fewer restrictions on 6. Peel off mechanism (To achieve
moves the print head backwards a
easy to operate machine will drive the design platform. It has all the fine reproduction of halftone dots
little). It has additional features,
away most of the work hazards functions required otherwise one and avoid smudging, bleeding and
such as a peel-off mechanism to
involved in manual screen printing should be looking beyond an entry- smearing). Watch video at
improve monotone and process
operations. level designed printing machine.
printing.” - Mike Young

Card Tec prefers Nano-Print plus for Smart Card

Bengaluru based Card Tec (India)
Pvt. Ltd. has recently bought Nano-
Print plus as a part of their
expansion plan, of course after
extensively using Grafica's semi
automatic screen printing machine
for over 10 years.
An ISO 9001:2000 company,
Card Tec (India) was One to one with Manoj K. Agarwal,
incorporated in May 1997. Their Director of Card Tec.
product basket includes: Pre paid
cards, Smart cards (contactless & Your views on Grafica: over ten years without trouble, we
contact based), RTO Driving We are now completely a satisfied firmly believed that their new
License Card, Hotel Room Key customer of Grafica, after rigorously invention (Nano-Print plus) must
Cards, Access Control Cards, using their semi automatic screen also be superior than old system if
High security cards (Hologram printing machine, jet air dryers, not equal. Over and above, I
etc.), Bank ATM cards, ID Cards, screen making equipments for over a happened to read Mike Young's
Membership & Promotional decade. We believe in building article on Nano-Print plus
cards. It also supplies Smart Card relationship through quality as much highlighting its advantageous
terminals, Lanyards, Card as Grafica too believes in the same features. When an international
holders. Besides, they also principle. expert inspects and terms 'Nano-
undertake major smart card Print plus' as a revolutionary
projects on turnkey basis. And your views on Nano Print invention of Grafica, I was fully
plus: convinced.
Since the earlier machine worked for
Full story on

Nilesh Joshi, proprietor of Nashik

based Rangvishwa Enterprises
From commercial to industrial printing on
and his wife Rupali have every Nano-Print plus
reason to smile with joy. That's
because he feels lucky and proud “In industrial screen printing there
owner of Grafica's brand new are various types of jobs, sizes and
Nano-Print plus. technical requirements for which
multiple print option, squeegee
Rangvishwa Enterprises stroke adjustment, screen-frame size
manufactures various types of self adjustment and zero backlash
adhesive labels, stickers, overlays vacuum bed movement for micro
and decals. registration are very much essential
and NANO-PRINT plus has all these
features,” says Nilesh Joshi who
started his business in commercial
screen printing. “What I like the
most about NANO-PRINT plus is its This is very helpful feature when plus is perfect in all aspects of my
PARALLEL LIFT of screen frame printing with high quality expensive requirements,” he concludes.
which prevents ink spillage all over. inks. So I find Grafica's Nano-Print
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August 2011 page 27

NPL Customers
The company has scaled a new
height in the manufacture of wide
“After deploying NPL our business has increased
range of signage, rulers and labels
for industrial application, printed
many-fold” says Kaushik Mistry
on different substrates. “Since the deployment of Grafica's
Nano Premier League (NPL), more
These include: Security and than comfort level, our business has
Safety signage decals produced as increased,” reveals Kaushik Mistry
per ISO, CE, ANSI formats; proprietor of Ahmedabad based
Rulers/scales with 0.5 mm Aster Graphic Systems (AGS).
graduation with accuracy for
industrial application, under the The company's signage products are
brand AGS flexiScale; Industrial supplied to machine tools industry,
labels and stickers: Tamper machinery and electrical panel
evident seals, Tamper proof seals, manufacturer, oil and gas, chemical
and Membrane switches. industry, steel and power, ports.

His take on NPL:

“I wanted inhouse facility for
operational freedom. That's what
NPL offers. The vacuum system in
Nano-Print gives better control in
terms of accuracy in printing of
multicolour jobs. This reduces love with Nano,” says Kaushik. “The professionals that whatever I have
rejection.” interesting aspect of Grafica is that learnt at DMI was new additional
they are customer oriented; their knowledge and had I learnt such
His views Grafica: R&D team is adaptable to customers' advanced Screen Printing techniques
“Grafica has made rapid special needs. This is something 5 years ago, I might be at much
improvement in the quality of their unique.” higher level.”
machine besides constantly adding
new features. They have been DMI workshop experience: Future plans:
introducing new models, latest being “Before DMI I was under the “Soon I will be going for a Nano-
most user friendly Nano-Print and impression that I know lot about Print plus and probably a high end
NPL package which was quite screen printing. But on 3rd day of machine at later stage. This reflects
affordable and quite fitting my DMI workshop, I confessed on the how much I am satisfied with NPL.
production requirements. So, I fell in stage, in front of 40+ printing
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ISO & UL approved Rekha Graphiics trusts NPL

The ISO 9001-2008 certified
company, Ahmednagar based Rekha
Graphics, has advantageously
deployed Grafica's Nano-Premier
League (NPL) to raise the quality
level of their printed products to
international standards.

The UL Approved Label Supplier

(PGAA), Rekha Graphiics prints all
types of roll form and sheet form
stickers and labels. proprietor of the company had a have achieved substantial
burning desire to revamp his improvement in productivity and
Like many other progressive thinking printing unit which had 3 manual quality even in multi color jobs.”
screen printers Vinnayakk Myanaa, tables earlier. “Now with NPL, we Full story on

NPL brings freedom to Vijaya Printers, Hyderabad

K. Raghavendra Raju, proprietor of
Hyderabad based Vijaya Printers was
caught in the illusion that screen-
printing is losing its shine until he
attended DMI's workshop and
bought Grafica's Nano-Premier
League (NPL).

“After attending this workshop I

realized that screen printing was not
dying but it is making a new
beginning especially with the advent
of automation and UV special method of screen making, etc. which bags, corporate brochures and print
effects,” he recalls. I wanted to make I learnt thoroughly at DMI. I bought finishing on offset printed jobs,” says
a new beginning in screen printing, NPL to do innovative jobs and value Raju.
using new print finishing ideas, right addition on wedding cards, paper
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Why Manual Screen Printing Is Tougher
Than You Think? Part II
By Mike Young, Imagetek Consulting International, North Haven, Conn., USA

In the second and final part of his floodbars are used alternatively to job is not to push ink back to the
article series, I will review the metal floodcoaters with some beginning to commence the next
significant influence and sheer equipment and setups while print stroke! There are some
beauty of the floodcoater (also called stainless steel holds up better industrial screenprinting machines,
Mike young than aluminium
floodbar and scrapper blade) when especially those for high-tech
Imagetek Consulting 2 x edge profiles: rounded or
comparing semi/fully-automatic ! applications such as small format
International sharp, fully in contact with the
printing machines to manual printed circuits and photovoltaics
printing for taking full control of mesh (Fig. 1) (for solar panels), that print without
British-born Mike Young has Face profile shape: various shapes
print quality and overall production ! the function of flooding. Its
been a specialist in high- to increase 'ink roll' although
performance. principal purpose for high-level
definition graphic and industrial rarely used printing performance is to prime the
screen printing for more than 35 Straightness: linearly straight
In Part 1 of this article (Grafica News ! screen with ink. In this instance, the
years. He is a SGIA Fellows, a along its entire length without
- April 2011), I had examined the squeegee becomes subservient to the
member of the Academy of Screen deviations in height
quantifying needs to make screen floodcoater. When the squeegee has
Printing Technology, recipient of Camber: creating a slight convex
printing a mechanical repeatable ! finished its print stroke the screen is
the prestigious Swormstedt curve to some degree along the
process, in order to replicate each 'dry', that is to say no ink is left
Award for technical writing. He is entire edge (not to be confused
print commercially acceptable or a laying on top although a certain
also a frequent contributing with the above)
fabricated part if industrial, amount will still be inside the screen
writer to trade publications, SGIA 2 x angles of attack: 0º and 15-
electronic or medical application ! itself (fabric openings), but not
Golden Imaging Award print 45º from the vertical (Fig. 1)
meets or exceeds specifications. enough to print the next piece
judge, legal expert witness and a Mechanically on-press set angle:
Missing entirely from the manual ! properly. Once flooded, the whole
popular speaker at industry conflicts with those above
printing-equation is the all- screen is primed or recharged with
events. Mike is the creator of the 2 x lengths: as a pair with the
important floodcoating function ! an even layer of ink and how much is
internationally known squeegee or longer (the latter
under strict and proper uniform left behind depends on other factors
Troubleshooting Chart and results in a different deposit layer
control¯the underpinning reason as stated below.
published several technical books amongst other issues)
why repeatable print results are all
on advance screen printing 2 x pressures: overall floodcoater
but impossible to achieve when ! The ensuing squeegee will always try
techniques, including The bridge assembly itself and
manually printed. to push through what remains on top
Register Guide about achieving individual cylinder pressure of the screen, seemingly without any
print excellence. He is a frequent variation (not to be confused with
Part 1 also mentioned the dangerous form of control. The squeegee is,
traveler to India conducting many the following)
vulnerability of the squeegee since it after all, a piece of rubber-based
seminars and has consulted a Balanced: floodcoater
can have some 50 distinct very ! blade with some 50 distinct variables
number of high-profile screen mechanically levelled to screen
influential prominent all-interacting between themselves.
printing companies. Mike is a surface once it is down in the
variables¯mostly a tool that Consequently, the squeegee simply
consultant with Imagetek flood position, regardless of
operators have very little control tries its best to transfer whatever is
Consulting International, which pressure force
over. However, if the squeegee was left on top of the screen. So, if for
trains, troubleshoots and 3 x speeds (depending on setup
left just do its basic job, that is ! instance there are some small nicks
enhances screen printing and equipment type): accelerating
transferring the ink through the in the floodcoater's edge, it will
operations worldwide. / starting, maintained speed and
screen, one can then rely on the correspondingly leave behind streaks decelerating / stopping within the
floodcoater to meter, or gauge, how of thin lines on the screen which is
He can be reached at range of the image area
much ink the squeegee eventually not difficult to see with overhead 2 x skewed angles: floodcoater
transfers¯thereby improving final ! reflecting light. When the squeegee
print quality and repeatable results skewed (known as 'snowplough') prints, these lines will
because the floodcoater's variables a few degrees in the direction of correspondingly transferred to the
can be controlled in a much better flooding in either axis substrate, thereby possibly resulting
manner than the squeegee's. ! Print / flood or flood / print mode in a reject. Some operators even
as well as variable dwell time complain that their squeegee
The beauty of the floodcoater elapsed between each print stroke sharpener is no good because it still
is not included here since they leaves streaks behind in the print,
The floodcoater has one have been credited to the nonetheless, it is quite common to
extraordinary advantage over its squeegee stroke. remove the floodcoater only to find
squeegee cousin. Any adjustments nicks along its edge lines up perfectly
made to it to improve print finish If adjusting these physical and to those in the finished print.
will never affect registration because working components instead of
flooding takes place only between adjusting the squeegee's to modify The flood stroke
print strokes. Regardless of whether the end print result, then the
print image or registration is an operator is in a greater position to It is important to realise that the
Contrary to belief, the
issue, it is interesting to note that a control print appearance much flood stroke actually takes place
floodcoater's job is not to push
floodcoater's length ought to be that better than at any time previously. while the screen is suspended in
ink back to the beginning to Even if these adjustments are
of the squeegee to produce a 'pair'. mid-air as opposed to when it is up
commence the next print deployed as an addition to the against the hard print table during
Together with a smooth unblemished
stroke! squeegee, controlling deposit the print stroke. The flooding
edge, it has at least 19 additional
varying components during the thickness, uniformity and image sequence therefore takes place in a
flooding cycle? equipment type definition becomes much easier to less than advantageous setting and
permitting. In no particular order of consistently achieve and manage. one that is very difficult to manage
importance they are: without some creative forethought.
! Quality grade/hardness: as The role of the floodcoater If characteristics of finished print
squeegee material or plastic-like can be customised and tweaked
edge strips covering metal Contrary to belief, the floodcoater's without adjustments made to the

August 2011 page 29

squeegee? then it is more beneficial deposit thickness is affected and not greatest pressure points against the
to do so. If by adjusting one or two registration as the case might be if fabric are at the ends of the squeegee
floodcoater's variables or changing the squeegee were adjusted instead. blade. This implies that the weakest
edge profile, to control the precise part must be in the middle where
amount of ink layer left on the screen Custom use of the floodcoater will there is no real integrity. To make
all the way down to leaving none, also improve image definition and matters worse, fabric can actually
must be a good thing to go that uniformity throughout the print 'sag' a little according to screen
route. area, without affecting registration tension, although the effect is
or transferability of the squeegee exaggerated in the illustration.
This means it is possible to generate once set. Therefore, the floodcoater
a heavier could be viewed as being a more Whilst this phenomenon is not easily
deposit for powerful tool than the squeegee seen with an eye, the consequence is
weak colours blade itself to provide quality coating enough to demonstrate that there is
or thicker deposit consistently and greater a lack of pressure in the middle.
coatings (Fig. image performance with less hassle. However, this may not be of any
1a), normal concern because during the print
deposit for Manual printing vs. semi- stroke, the screen is linearly in
standard jobs, automatics contact equally throughout the
colours and squeegee's length when down in the
images (Fig. When jobs are manually printed on a print position (Fig. 2b). If follows
1b) and hand printing table, most which are that when using the proper length
perhaps thin to clamshell in design (that is the squeegee blade, printers have better
none for fine screen hinged at the rear) while a few control in obtaining a more uniform
lines, detail models adopts the parallel lift deposit layer, as shown in Fig. 2c,
and principle with or without a one-arm because the sagging effect no longer
monotones/4 squeegee attachment. After the print exists (except with extremely weak
colour process stroke, the screen is raised a little tensioned screens). Conversely
(Fig. 1c). This from the substrate and the operator when using a floodcoater that is also
gives press manipulates the squeegee over the too long for the job (Fig. 2d), the
operators a pile of ink and then drags it back to sagging effect is very real this time
powerful tool the other side of the print area in and extremely detrimental to print
without some haphazard fashion. As the quality because ink is pushed back
ensuing floodcoater's principal role should be only after the screen has separated
registration to prime the screen uniformly over from the substrate while in midair.
concerns or the whole screen the squeegee would
other simply transfer the same uneven Due to this, a greater amount of ink
drawbacks, haphazardly deposit layer of ink for is left behind in the centre of the
which playing sure. Likewise, a mechanical screen than at the outer edges, while
around with floodcoater would ensure the flooded the correct length squeegee can only
the squeegee layer would be smooth and duplicate the exact same
could consistently uniform throughout. outcome? by consequently
otherwise transferring more in the middle (Fig.
yield. It could As stated, the flooding action 2e). This is not an ideal way to
be said that the determines how much ink the achieve uniformity, particularly with
squeegee ought squeegee can potentially print, any ultra-thin / low solid inks.
to be used only therefore, unsystematically dragging
for printing the the ink back with a squeegee in an Many printers are quite familiar with
'image' uncontrollable and irregular manner, heavier deposits in the centre (or less
(transferring all while the screen is airborne, at the outer edges) because as it is
the ink) whilst cannot be good for uniform ink easily seen with overhead lights
the floodcoater deposition despite any form of reflecting on a flooded screen.
determines control with squeegee pressure. However, regardless of how careful
'functionality' an operator manually prints with the
(precisely how Dynamics involved with squeegee, the end print results will
much will be uniformity always be irregular with more ink
transferred). coating transferred in the middle if
This In today's marketplace, to obtain a the floodcoater is too long. With the
distinction uniform deposit evenly over the proper length floodcoater, the
ought to be whole area with a blemish-free ink sagging effect can be eliminated or
appreciated deposit is a huge significantly reduced (screen tension
particularly when elevating the undertaking? somewhat more permitting) to provide a more
.... the floodcoater could be
process to a higher level in print difficult than most people realise. acceptable print result.
viewed as being a more
performance. When printing onto clear substrates
powerful tool than the squeegee In principle, it is realistic to
for example, their surfaces are
blade itself to provide quality When using this form of control assume with manual printing
typically so unattractive for the ink it
coating deposit consistently and during the flood cycle, it becomes does not want to freely release itself that every time the print size is
greater image performance with possible to lay down a heavier from the screen, so many printing increased, the dynamics of
less hassle. deposit, or the reverse, when the faults have nowhere to hide from the printing, or the degree of
mechanics of the screen fabric, viewer. In order to achieve some difficulty, more than doubles just
image or ink are not favourable for kind of ink coating uniformity and to maintain the existing level of
the job. However, if the fabric is too consistency, consider the dynamics print integrity¯never mind other
coarse for the job, printing a finer of deposition. enhancements sought. While
layer of colour (shown in Fig. 1c) is this is also true with semi-
easier to achieve, particularly when Despite the squeegee being too long automatic printing equipment,
seeking fine image detail. Only ink for the job as shown in Figure 2a, the many of the technical hitches

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and complications would have must be perfectly machined flat advantage in favour of the operator.
already been absorbed, especially along its entire length (Fig. 3) Print personnel should never be
with a mechanically-controlled otherwise tightly controlled afraid to learn its influence, develop
floodcoater, as well as deposition, when needed, will be all its attributes as a powerful tool and
consistencies related to but impossible to achieve. use it to its full potential.
repeatable quality and
performance. Conclusion Unfortunately, there are so many
Bottom-line; it is impossible to uncontrollable irregularities and
eliminate the 'sagging-effect' in the In a practical sense with equipment idiosyncrasies involved with manual
.... it is realistic to assume with middle of the screen by manually automation, a little tweaking with printing, as oppose to printing with
flooding with a soft squeegee while the floodcoater is often all that is ease with a semi-automatic¯largely
manual printing that every time
the screen is suspended. At least required rather than continuously due to a fully controllable flood
the print size is increased, the
with a mechanical metal floodcoater, adjusting the squeegee and action. Regardless of how much one
dynamics of printing, or the
one has a much better chance of potentially risking having other tries to mechanise manual printing,
degree of difficulty, more than achieving the objective of getting a problems. Depending on how it is it is still very much an artistic
doubles just to maintain the nice smooth uniform print used, the floodcoater can be just as discipline despite the fact that
existing level of print throughout the image area. consistency is necessary for
important as the squeegee.
integrity? never mind other profitable jobs regardless of print
Controlling how much ink remains
enhancements sought.” One last word regarding deposit specialisation or marketplace.
flooded on the screen, prior to every
uniformity, the floodcoater's edge print stroke, has a tremendous

Why quality in stencil making is so important?

By Dirk Oelschläger

There are plenty of important undercutting of those areas which

criteria's to consider in order to do a shouldn't be exposed. Yellow mesh
successful screen print, but the most prevents from reflection and
important point is the fact, that a promotes sharper lines without a
Dirk Oelschlager,
print can never be better than the “saw-tooth” effect.
Technical Sales Manager
Ulano International original artwork. This explains easily
why one should pay much attention Before the emulsion can be coated
on stencil making to keep potential on a screen, the mesh should be
for mistakes as low as possible. Even always degreased to avoid coating
the smallest mistake in this first link defects. Multipurpose fabric
of the process chain will lead to a treatments like Ulano Magic Mesh
loss in quality, resolution or edge Prep combining the properties of dried, it's ready to be exposed. In my
definition which the customer of the screen degreaser, wetting agent and career as a technician who travels
final print would most likely not antistatic treatment and improving worldwide I have often observed that
accept. the adhesion of emulsion or capillary screen makers tend to underexpose
films. As a result, the screen will last stencils. The answer is simple,
And beside the quality aspect, a significant longer. because it makes their life easier as
perfect made stencil last much developing goes faster and
longer and saves money. Imagine if If the screen is ready to be coated, resolution of the finest details is
the stencil would break down before one should consider all factors which always good, but they shift the
the job has been completed. To make influences the coating thickness problems of underexposed stencils
a new stencil is time consuming and (EOM = emulsion over mesh). Keep to the printers. Why it's important to
the press would have to stop in the in mind, the thickness of the stencil pay so much attention on the
meantime. To avoid such a worst- is responsible for the ink deposit and exposure process? An underexposed
case-scenario, I would like to share therefore very important to be stencil will not have sufficient
some of my suggestions how to controlled. What would happen if mechanical and chemical (solvents)
create a long lasting stencil in perfect the four stencils which are required resistance and might break down
quality. for a CMYK print job would variety during the print run. A step wedge
in thickness? The colour of the print exposure calculator is a very simple
The first step is always the correct would not match with the original but helpful tool to check the
mesh selection. As finer the mesh artwork. Manual emulsion coating optimum exposure time. Ask your
threads, as higher the maximum can be very tricky as there are Ulano representative to provide you
resolution which can be achieved. various coating parameters as speed, with such a basic utensil. And
Screen printers often talk about the pressure, angle, shape of the coating coming back to yellow mesh, it also
mesh count for a specific print job trough etc. which must be provides wider exposure latitude vs.
but forget the differences of the controlled. By using an automatic white mesh and minimizes the risk
thread thickness. E.g. a 120-34 mesh coating machine, all parameters are of underexposure.
could be not suitable for finest fixed but the operator often forget to
halftones as the thread might block look after a constant filling level of Stencil making looks very easy and
the open areas while a 120-31 fabric emulsion in the coating trough simple but if one goes closer to each
would solve the problem. which have the greatest influence at processing step it turns out to be
all to the EOM. A nice and elegant more complex. In my point of few,
A good stencil maker should also be way to make our life easier is stencil making is the heart of screen
aware, that yellow mesh provides certainly the use of capillary films printing and plays a very important
significant better edge definition vs. where the coating thickness is roll to achieve a good print quality.
white mesh. The reason for this controlled by the manufacturer of So next time if you make some
phenomenon is the fact, that white the film. screens, pay even more attention to
mesh reflex light during the deliver perfect stencil quality to
exposure process and leads to If the stencil has been properly satisfy your customer – the printer.

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Nano Customers
Kaushalya Art relies Rakesh Press utilizes Nano-Print for special application
on Nano-Print for
“Having in-house screen printing set stall at an exhibition in New Delhi
bicycle stickers up is not a luxury but rather a arrested my attention and I was quite
necessity to become self-reliant, it impressed to see the live demo of
adds up to our capabilities and Nano-Print,” he adds.
infrastructure,” asserts Mr. Rakesh
Bagai, Chairman of Rakesh Press, Established in 1950, Rakesh Press
the Golden Jubilee celebrating has grown into a leading Print-
Printing House in New Delhi. He Solutions Company, which offers all
was astonished to see the capabilities Printing solutions under one roof.
of screen printing process, especially Besides winning many national and
the application of various UV special international awards over the years,
effects and varnishes. “I have known Rakesh Press claims to be the first
Kaushalya Art Press Grafica for many years as a reputed printing house in NCR region/North
manufacturer of bicycle has manufacturer of quality screen India to win the most coveted Sappi
invested in Grafica's Nano-Print printing machines. Their attractive Award in 2006.
few months ago, after
experiencing a bumpy ride on the
path of manual screen printing – Padmini Process prints metal labels on Nano-Print
unacceptable quality, lower Realizing the great advantages of
production and labour shortage. automation and disadvantages
They had 4 manual tables but manual screen printing, Coimbatore
production and quality limitation based Padmini Process wasted no
compelled them to switch over to time and bought Grafica's Nano-
automation surely with Grafica's Print which now enables them to
Nano-Print. meet the strict quality and delivery He gives thumbs up to Nano-Print by
requirements of their customers. saying, “On the very next day of
“In manual operation, we were installation we could start our
not able to achieve fine quality Padmini Process is engaged in the production. The mechanism is so
and sharpness as specified by our manufacture of various type metal simple to understand that even our
customers. Now with Nano Print labels such as aluminum, SS and helper could easily operate this
not only quality has improved brass nameplates caters to valves machine without difficulty. After
drastically but also our and motor industry. They also export start using Nano-Print we hardly face
production capability has these labels to Gulf countries. any rejections.”
increased,” says Dinesh Mahajan,
proprietor of Kaushalya Art Press
Nano-Print is a perfect match for wedding cards
Shivay Screen
Shekhar Mahale of Nashik based DMI workshop was a turning point
prefers Nano-Print Saraswati Printing Press has every for him. “As manual screen printers,
for bicycle stickers reason to smile. That's because he we never used to pay attention to
has an 'easy' production quality. But in three days at DMI,
'companion' called Grafica's Nano- Bhargav Mistry taught us the quality
Print and Nano-UV which he parameters and standardization in
engages to produce wedding cards screen printing. I realized that
and paper bags without any Grafica is genuinely concerned about
hardships which was the case when improving quality standards of
he had manual tables. screen printing industry,” he says.

Saraswati Printing Press was “Grafica surely invented Nano-Print

established in 1969 by his father especially to inspire manual screen
Quality conscious entrepreneur,
Madhukar Mahale. Their sister printers like us to go for automation.
Rakesh Mahajan of Shivay Screen
concern Mahale Agencies, set up by When they have such a vision for the
Printers, Ludhiana, whose
Shekhar Mahale in 1997 (BE in industry, it was but a wise decision
printing unit housed 3 manual
Civil), has a show room in Nashik on my part to buy a machine from
screen printing tables, switched
city. Grafica.”
over to automation with Grafica's
Nano-Print to produce precision
quality bicycle stickers and
decals. Anand Agencies uses Nano-Print to print 30 lakh rulers
Chennai based Anand Agencies & was submitted to the customer and
“Nano-Print is a perfect machine Mfg Co. (P) Ltd, has scored big order at first instance we got their
for bicycle sticker printing, the to manufacture and supply 30 lakh approval. This propelled us to buy
machine with elegant design has plastic rulers to a diversified another Nano-Print,” reveals Anand.
high quality parts in it. My staffs conglomerate. This mega order is
are really enjoying the comfort of being executed exclusively using two Anand Agencies, headed by Ashwin
automation,” says Rakesh. Grafica's Nano-Prints and Nano-UV. Kumar Jain, Managing Director,
After evaluating their capability in deals in office and school stationery
Full story on manufacturing of stationery articles, products with their own brand -
Anand Agencies was selected as 'Graphix' for over 15 years. He is
vendor by the conglomerate for assisted by his dynamic sons
contract manufacturing of rulers in Yuvaraj, Pankaj, Anand. Their other
two lengths, viz, 15 cm and 30 cm - product range include: Paper cutters,
both slim and broad sizes. “The fine Board dusters, Pen stands, Pin
quality rulers printed on Nano-Print cushions.

August 2011 page 32

Nano Interview
House wife - printing professional prefers Nano-Print
Your views on Nano-Print?
While taking a trial at Grafica, I
found this machine easy to use. It is
user friendly machine never seen

Let me tell you, being a woman I

have understood the harsh reality of
Printers who hesitate to go for
pulling the squeegee everyday so
automation and 'fond' of tedious
much so that it caused lot of health
manual screen printing should
problems for me. I used to get severe
now take a leaf out of the
pain in my shoulders. Also
experiences of this housewife
technically speaking rejection and
turned, social worker cum
wastage was very common in manual
printing professional.
screen printing so automation was
the only solution. If this could
Meet Sunita Jamdade of Ankita
happen to me than as a human I by introducing Nano-Print in India ambition is to build a successful
Screen, located at Wai, a small
should take care of my people. That's at an affordable price. Because of screen printing unit and dream to go
town some 60 km from Satara
why I thought to go for automation. Nano-Print I dared to go for for complete NPL package.
city in Maharashtra who is a
For the past 8 years I struggled hard automation, but my confidence
proud owner of Grafica's Nano-
but sorry to say, I could not grow in doubled after I attended DMI's My message to all manual
Print. With Grafica's Nano-Print,
my business because of manual Workshop. screen printers: If I could think of
she undertakes all types of types
screen printing. Thanks to DMI's investing in a Nano-Print why can't
of screen printing jobs easily; that
Workshop which gave me new Your DMI workshop you... Also, I urge women to take up
include wedding card, stationery,
direction and special thanks to experience: screen printing as a self employment
stickers and labels, paper bags.
Bhargav sir for giving me correct I could easily grasp fantastic and take full advantage from DMI
Apart from printing business she
guidance to improve my quality. knowledge from DMI Workshop Workshop.
helps her husband in his farming
I sincerely thank Grafica for taking much needed to grow in my
activities. Full story on
care for small screen printers like me business. With Nano-Print, my

Ramesh Patel renames his firm after Nano-Print

Ramesh Patel, a Ludhiana based
printer specialized in bicycle sticker
manufacturer, has renamed his 7
year old firm R.S. Stickers to 'Nano
Halftone Company' to proudly
express his love for Grafica's Nano-

“I never visited Grafica's factory.

However after watching Grafica's
Nano-Print video on their website, I
was excited and immediately booked
without indulging in any kind of
market research. Once the machine ownership of this unique machine,” Grafica's Nano-Print and dumped 5
reached my factory, I could not says the jubilant entrepreneur. manual screen printing tables in a
control my joy and decided to bid to deliver high quality bicycle
rename my company to 'Nano “I realized the great benefits of stickers. Let me admit that with
Halftone Company' as gesture of my automation. That's why I bought Nano-Print I am progressing.”

Bonika Graphics produces import substitute tags

“I could not believe when I heard
that my entry 'garment tags,' printed
on Grafica's Nano-Print, received
first prize in the Screen Print India
Awards 2010 competition.” This is
what Pukhraj Jain of Kolkata based
Grafica Flextronica Bonika Graphics has to say when
asked about the performance of
3 "SAURABH - A" Grafica's Nano-Print.
Ground Floor, Sahaji Raje Marg,
Vile Parle (E), Mumbai 400057, As a trader earlier Bonika used to
Maharashtra, India. import tags and supply to garment
Tel: +91 22 26838815/6 companies in India. “Ever since we producing about 40,000-50,000 tags brand value. “We have successfully
Email: deployed Nano-Print, a UV curing per day on Nano-Print with fine tried almost all effects available in
machine and exposing unit, tide has prints.” India such as crystal UV, abrasive,
changed for the better. We have now coral, bubble, structure, etc on
Published by Mr. Bhargav Mistry
for Grafica Flextronica reduced import of tags by 50%. Bonika produces tags with multiple substrates such as paper, velvet,
Editor Shripad Bhat
That's because we are now capable of UV special effects which help cloth, paper board upto 500 gsm.”
Designed by Idea Concept & Communication garment companies to enhance their
Printed at King of Kings Printers Pvt. Ltd.

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