Before I update you about my last workshop and DMI inauguration ceremony. Please note the dates of my upcoming WORKSHOP at DMI which is scheduled in August 3-4-5, 2015 and the registration has already started filling up quickly. As we have limited seats so kindly REGISTER YOUR SEAT TODAY.
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Today, I proudly announce that your favourite institute for screen printing, DMI – “Dhirubhai Mistry Institute For Print Education Research & Training” has started training programs in full swing. Recently, I had conducted my first workshop on 8-9-10 June 2015 with 38 participants who were really lucky to be a part of this historic moment.
Click here to view 8-9-10 June 2015 workshop photo gallery.
After a long break, GRAFICA has built one of the world’s finest and most advanced institute – DMI, dedicated to screen printing technology.
The new institute is located on Mumbai-Ahmedabad National highway No. 8, around 45 kms from Mumbai Domestic and International Airports, towards the north of Mumbai.
DMI is now fully air-conditioned with complete humidity controlled plant. This demonstrates how a printing company should build a world-class facility and maintain higher standards. At the same time it also showcases how to run a cost-effective production process.
Before conducting my first workshop, we had organised an informal ceremony cum get together on 5th June 2015 to mark the inauguration of the DMI institute and as also our new factory. The event was graced by around 175 guests, including our valued customers, manufacturers, distributors, dealers, industry friends, well wishers, DMI’s sponsors, media persons, etc.
In my informal speech I thanked all the guests for gracing the inauguration of DMI. I was touched by their presence because they had come all the way from various places across India and abroad.
As a manufacturing company, by conducting workshops and training programmes, my company, Grafica is giving back to the society. Initially we had the challenge of getting materials free of cost. So, the first company who came forward to support us by supplying inks and chemicals free of cost, was Fujifilm Sericol, I thank Mr. M.N. Subramanyam, CEO of Sericol and his team, viz, Mr. Ganesh Krishnan and Raghav Rao.
We then started getting support from Skyscreen, Indian Dyes Sales Corporation (IDSC), Colors, Print Dynamic, and Technova Imaging Systems, Nikhil Ahuja of NBA Studio, Pune for his constant design and creative support to DMI. These companies are also part and parcel of DMI’s success.
So, I take the opportunity of thanking and acknowledging DMI’s sponsors. These companies stood by us by supplying enormous quantity of materials and consumables free of cost, of course worth million of rupees every year for research, education and training purpose.
I feel without their generous support it would not have been possible for us to impart free training and achieve success in our endeavour to educate printers.
I presented a Certificate of Appreciation and a screen printed Wine Box, to all our sponsors who have been generous all past 9 years to support us for our noble work.
As always, media has been supportive to DMI’s activities. I acknowledge and thank the presence of Devang Sheth, Publisher of Screen Print India; Ramu Ramanathan, Group Editor of PrintWeek India; Narendra Parmar, Managing Editor of Printing Samachar, and Jignesh Lapasia, Publisher of ScreenTex for their personal presence at the inaugural function and subsequent news coverage in their respective magazines.
Click here to view photo gallery of our new institute DMI inauguration ceremony.
This year DMI will complete 9 dedicated years, teaching high quality screen printing process and technology. So far more than 1500 print professionals and students and over 700 companies had registered and taken part in our extensive 3 days workshops and hands on training programs.
Today I am proud to say that DMI is the only Professional institute in the world of its kind which teaches very high end screen printing, screen making, print finishing, textile screen printing and colour management all under one roof.
With our intense research we have developed high quality screen printing process so simple that anyone can easily adopt it in their existing company without doing too many changes or investments.
Many companies use high quality products or let’s say expensive products like inks, emulsion, fabrics and even machines but do they have any right knowledge to produce quality output? Even many companies use very expensive imported machines but simply fail to deliver quality just because the method of screen making or printing is wrong.
Moreover, many imported and local machine manufacturers do not invest their profits in training and to provide right guidance to printers. Year after year printers spend their huge profits in consultation or sometimes they have to hire expensive labours who tend to show off themselves as knowledgeable, just based on the ‘reference’ of working in a good company.
We at Grafica are very focused to give correct guidance and provide right knowledge completely FREE through our institute DMI to all our customers and industry professionals who want to “Learn More and Earn More”.
For professionals, we hold 3 days workshop every month on various topics/subjects, and for graphic students we have short-term training course for 3 months to 1 year.
Our workshops are mainly divided into three categories.
- Graphics and Serigraphy
- Print Finishing
The information of all our workshops is announced through our website – http://www.graficaindia.com, and magazine – Grafica News India. To register your seats log on to our website regularly.
It’s important for you to know that we have limited seats and we allot seats on first cum first basis.
Meanwhile, based on my perception and experience, I would like to correct two myths in screen printing:
- Make screens outside and print in-house – WRONG. In fact I would say, make screens, colour separation, positive output etc. in-house and get your jobs printed outside. Because screen is the heart of screen printing. “Good Screen = Good Prints”. If you wish to print in-house then it’s very important to make screens and do all separation also in-house to have full control on quality and output.
- Most screen printers especially in textile and garment printing believe that total quality is only achieved by using very expensive automatic imported machines. But as per my evaluation, to achieve 100% quality in screen printing, first you need to have proper knowledge and experience in the following areas to achieve high quality output and the ratio is:
- 40% in screen making
- 40% in pre-press like CMYK, Spot Process Separation, RIP and Graphics Software, Correct positive output, grey balance, dot gain compensation, linearisation process of the whole process, CMYK and Monitor colour profiling, etc.
- 10% on ink chemistry because if you buy inks and chemical from a reputed company most of the technology and chemistry taken care by the manufacturers itself.
- 10% knowledge of machine setting, squeegee, screen setting on press and environment control in the printing and screen making department.
In general, even any expensive imported automatic machine can only deliver 100% results if one has proper knowledge and experience in Pre-Press and Screen Making which is very important.
Otherwise don’t get fooled aways by paying double or triple the cost for any imported screen printing machine assuming everything is done by machine because you will only achieve 10% to 20% result if you do not have proper knowledge in Pre-Press and Screen Making.
At Grafica, we do not just sell our screen printing machines like others. We are more focused on education and to empower screen printers with right knowledge, especially in screen making and pre-press. To this effect, we are adopting new technologies and systems to improve quality and simplify printing. Ultimately, we are working hard to raise the level of Indian screen printing to international standards.
One of the major problems in process colour screen printing (halftone) is moire. As a result printers engaged in halftone printing are gradually moving away from screen printing. DMI is now focusing more on how to eliminate moiré problem in screen printing.
To know how join our next DMI workshop on 3-4-5 August 2015.
Come to Learn More and Earn More at DMI.
See you soon in one of my workshops and training programs.
Screen Printing Zindabad…
I have listed down few important topics and points which are covered in all my workshops. These topics are covered in detailed during my theory sessions and I also explain these points practically which is the main reason why people like DMI because showing it practically helps any ordinary printers to understand the process well.
- Colour management, ICC Profiles & Grey Balance
- How to make ICC Profiles of your own device, press and inks
- GCR, UCR, Ink Densities & Max Ink Coverage
- RGB to CMYK to SPOT Colour separations
- CMYK and Spot Colour Separation using various high-end graphics softwares
- RIP (Raster Imaging Processor) software for positive output directly on Inkjet Films and Thermal Image Setter
- How to keep trapping in CMYK to compensate registration in printing
- Halftone Dots and how to avoid moire using Moire Guard
- Types of halftone dots and shapes
- What is LPI, DPI and PPI
- Image size and resolution
- Calculate LPI vs Screen Mesh combination
- Calculations of minimum printable dot size and line thickness on a particular screen mesh
- Understanding about commonly used Digital Files like TIFF, JPEG, EPS, PSD
- How to increase low resolution image to high-resolution without much compromising quality and sharpness to certain extend (SHOWING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DMI)
- New generation halftone screening techniques (SHOWING FOR THE FIRST TIME IN DMI) which completely avoids moire in screen printing and to achieve digital quality image on a traditional screen printing machine.
- Process Linearisation right from software to positives output using reflection densitometer
- Monitor, press, inkjet printer calibration
- Monitor, press, inkjet printer profiling
- Complete workflow of various software to positive output to match colour (WYSIWYG = What you see is what you get)
And much more…
- Screen Mesh Geometry
- Woven Mesh, Finished Mesh & Weaving Direction
- Types of fabric weaving
- Fabric composition and types of threads
- Advantages and usage of various type of screen mesh and its applications
- Mesh selection for a particular job
- Calculations of minimum dot and font size printable on a particular mesh
- Functions and types of screen frame profiles and selection
- Frame size to print area ratio and calculations to achieve close tolerance printing
- Understanding about off-contact distance, peel-off setting
- How to achieve minimum off-contact give minimum squeegee pressure and still achieve high quality prints
- Screen tension meter and how to achieve max screen tension
- Types of screen stretching devices and its advantages
- How to achieve proper registration between each colours
- Screen frame preparation and types of screen adhesives and application
- Cause of screen tension loss
- Mesh degreasing and chemicals to prepare screen mesh before emulsion coating
- Stencil selection based on various types of inks and applications
- Diazo Photopolymer vs SBQ Photopolymer emulsions
- Linearisation of exposing system to achieve optimum exposing time
- How to achieve good edge definition using various emulsion
- Various emulsion coating methods and techniques
- Emulsion coating variables
- Proper emulsion drying process
- Learn how to setup a proper screen making department
- Tools and instruments required to make good quality screens
- Complete stencil reclaiming techniques and various type of chemicals and solutions
- How to make and expose thick film for high density printing
- Chemicals to remove ghost image
- How to increase life of screen mesh and get optimum print runs
And much more..
- Print Finishing, learn various types of Solvent and UV special effect inks and varnish like Gloss, Matt, Reflective, Coral, Bubble, Wrinkle, Fragrance, Thermo-Chromatic, Temperature sensitive, Glow in dark, Metallics, pearl, thick ink printing for special effects and braille, crackle, florescent and much more…
- Special effects screen printing
- Process Colour Screen Printing
- Machine setting
- Setting optimum squeegee pressure and speed
- Off-contact and Peel-off setting
- Importance of squeegee sharpening
- Types of squeegee sharpener and grinding wheels
- How to avoid squeegee lines during printing
- How to maintain squeegees very sharp in long runs
- Selection of squeegee shore hardness for particular job and substrates
- Types of squeegee shore hardness meters
- Types of squeegee and importance of squeegee angles
- How to measure the life of squeegees
- Proper storage techniques of squeegees and flood bars
- Correct selection of flood bar and profiles
- Use of reflection densitometer in CMYK process colour screen printing
- Press linearisation techniques
- How to compensate dot gain/loss on press
- Proper use of UV and maintenance of UV Curing Lamps
- Setting optimum UV speed to achieve correct intensity using various UV Meters
- Various types of dryers and ink drying techniques
- How to achieve smooth halftones and gradients on press
- Proper registration techniques
- Learn how to change over quickly between each colours in less than 5/10 mins
- How to use guides and registrations system for all colour
- Learn various productive methods and techniques to minimise downtime
- Basic maintenance of various machines to get consistency in quality
- Proper storage techniques of positives
- Complete workflow right from setting the machine to final print
And much more…