Screen printing is a popular printing technique in the UAE and rest of the world. In this technique, a woven mesh is used which supports an ink-blocking stencil. By forming opened areas of mesh, the stencil transfers ink as sharp edged images on the substrate. When roller or squeezer moves across the stencil, it forces ink in open areas of the mesh. Screen printing technique is also the method of making prints where the screen is silk or any fine mesh on which design is imposed while an impermeable substance is used to coat the blank areas. Then, the ink is pushed onto the printing screen through the mesh.
The technique of screen printing can be used across a wide range of industries to print on different surfaces, materials or items and hence, there are different kinds of screen printing available such as PVC labels, coverings printing, plastic printing, poly bags printing, printing on objects, cloth printing, gift items printing, special items printing and others. Some of the examples of substrates on which screen printing is done include t-shirt, mug, pen, mirror, USB flash drive, watch, cap, gift items and others. Among various screen printings, t-shirt screen printing is very popular in the retail industry. T-shirt is basically the screen on which design is imposed while impermeable substance is used to coat the blank areas and lastly, ink is pushed onto the shirt through the mesh. Similarly, silk screen printing is used as a cheap mode of printing and is used in printing logos, fine arts and other industries.
High quality screen printing machines and equipments are used for screen printing such as UV manual exposure, screen printing machine, screen printing frame, screen printing table, screen printing rack, table top screen printing machine, rotary press with 4 or 6 printing heads, flash dryer, curved screen printing machine and 1 color 1 station adjust printing machine. Materials used for screen printing purposes include metal sheet, photo crystal, slate, mug, ceramic tile, magnet sheet and roll, mouse and mouse pad, ceramic plate, ornament, phone, mobile accessories and others. High quality screen printing is done for advertising business and other purposes. The advantage with screen printing is that any material of any thickness and shape can be used to do screen printing.
In the UAE, companies that offer screen printing services use press for printing on any substrate of any kind of size, shape and thickness. Paper, metal, fabric, paperboard, glass, badges, plastic, promotional items and other materials are used for screen printing purposes. Products that are commonly reformed using screen printing include poster, label, signage, decal, textile and all kinds of electronic circuit board. There are several manufacturers in the UAE that specialise in screen printing and use it for developing a lot of creative artworks that can last long without getting faded. With the availability of automatic press, screen printing is widely used for producing large quantities of prints. As compared to traditional printing, screen printing is much versatile.
Different types of inks are used for producing art work using screen printing and a wide range of materials are used as substrates in this technique including textile, glass, ceramic, paper, plastic, wood, metal and others. Almost all the industries use screen printing products such as clothing, balloons, electronics, decals, medical devices and others. Screen printing is also commercially used for creating product labels, signs and displays. Commercial screen printing companies have the requisite facilities including materials, inks, printing machines, infrastructure and others. The inks used by these companies are scratch resistant, durable and long lasting. Above all, the distinctive quality of screen printing as compared to other printing techniques is that printing can be personalised and customized according to the client’s needs.