Screen Printers nightmare – think it over before its too late
The heat is on.
Yes, slowly and steadily, I am getting a feel of it and insecurity that in future the traditional line film which we so call Positives used to expose the image on screen will not be so popular and may also be difficult to procure.
Even if its available maybe it would be as precious and expensive as diamonds, ha ha…
Do anyone today are buying a roll camera or shoots a transparency or also do you find any camera consumable retailers stocks reel/roll???
So what’s the matter with conventional line films…
Let me explain, that from last several years many offset printers are moving towards CTP because of few reasons:
1. Cost of film not involved hence reduces printing cost.
2. Avoids storage of films.
3. Does not require vacuum exposing machine to expose plates.
4. Its economical for short runs.
As offset printers and service providers moves towards CTP technology, its but obvious that the overall consumption will definitely go down keeping in mind that offset printers consumes more conventional line films than screen printers.
Even today screen printing industry’s major share is within industrial segment, which does not consume conventional line films as compared to offset printers because in screen printing many jobs are repeated due to that reason screen printers stores their films.
If one compares offset v/s screen’s film consumption, definitely offset rules over in qty and numbers.
As CTP taking over the market in offset, companies producing films are either forced to stop or reduce their conventional line films production.
In case the manufacturers reduce the production than I am sure the prices of conventional films will shoot up. But if they stop than CTS (Computer to Screen) or Ink Jet Films using Ink Jet printers is the only option left for screen printer. Even if cost of SILVER goes up conventional film becomes costly.
Already many service providers have stop their production and are selling their image setters because of this reason. Many have said that the cost of running the image setter is becoming expensive due to spares they get from manufacturers or market are expensive mainly due to non availability of spares because the quantity of image setters production have gone down and are not a priority product for those producers.
Taking all this into consideration I have installed EPSON 9900 Ink Jet printer from TECHNOVA to make my positives at DMI and I would use TECHNOVA’s POSIJET films and their advance proprietary “POLIRIP” software to output my halftone films.
Actually I have been using it and experimenting their product since couple of months and I can definitely say at DMI we have successfully screen printed up to 100 LPI using complete ink jet system to make positive.
By installing the RIP in house, not only I got full control on my output which was difficult earlier, but I am now able to choose suitable LPI, ANGLES and DOT SHAPE to avoid moire pattern in screen printing.
Installing RIP’s in-house I am able to linearize complete process right from film output to color management.
POLIRIP’s advance features allows me not only to compensate my films dot gain curves with the use of transmission densitometer but it also allows me to compensate my press dot gain curves easily to maintain my color as per proof. Using POLIRIP and EPSON 9900 I am able to achieve good solid density over 3.1 and it is adjustable to suite as per my requirement.
Linearization helps me to get full control on my printed jobs and POLIRIP does not bother me to open my files first in Photoshop etc. to compensate dot gain using curves or convert color profiles. In fact the software is very easy to operate. It allows me to dump any CDR, AI, PDF, EPS, PS, JPEG, TIFF, PSD files directly into POLIRIP.
To linearize my process I just have to make a setup file properly there after POLIRIP’s advance feature automatically compensates film dot gain curve, press dot gain and converts the original files color profile to our DMI’s set color profile suitable for particular ink and substrate and then it output the films considering all these parameters.
I think if the RIP does the color management than we can save lot of time and avoid errors. Thanks to the TECHNOVA’s advance technology POLIRIP.
As an institute we have geared up, as a screen printer have you?
Think it over before its too late…
Take care & good night