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Grafica introducing nano-print™ 1015 with touch screen controls

January 31, 2019 2 comments

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Today I am glad to announce that Grafica Flextronica has completed 30 years in the manufacturing of screen printing machines.

And during these years Grafica has invented & produced many revolutionary products that have helped many screen printers worldwide.

On this 30th anniversary of Grafica, I am glad to announce one more breakthrough product that will not just bring revolution in screen printing but will change the rules of the screen printing industry.

After 30 years of research & development Grafica will mark history in the screen printing industry, by introducing one of the worlds most compact, easy to use and affordable screen printing machine, nano-print™ 1015 with touch screen controls.

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This machine has a print area of 10″ x 15″ Inch (25 x 38 cm).

The best part of nano-print™ 1015 is that it’s totally mechanical so it doesn’t require any noisy and expensive air compressors to operate.

nano-print™ 1015 is sturdy, heavy duty and can run 24 hours, 365 days non stop.

This machine is designed for quick and easy setup and comes with tool-free settings.

It has an amazing speed of over 1550 impressions per hour.

It comes with user-friendly touch screen controls for easy operation.

All moving parts in this machine are completely hardened for long life, thus maintains sturdiness, and delivers perfect registration while printing.

The vacuum bed is made of high-quality Stainless steel with very tiny holes to avoid vacuum hole marks on prints.

The zero backlash vacuum bed movement With micrometers has total movement of +/- 10mm with a minimum of 0.01mm i.e. 10 Microns. This allows the operator to set close tolerance registration jobs easily and smoothly without wasting time.

Due to the unique aluminium squeegee holder, flood bar with quick tool-free clamping system and mechanical pressure settings which maintains a consistent pressure and delivers accuracy throughout the job.

nano-print™ 1015 is quite compact and so can be transported easily, anywhere. The packaging of this machine is thoughtfully designed to make sure it can reach any destination safely, worldwide.

The optional utility stand is completely detachable to reduce setup time and freight cost. The utility stand not only offers comfortable working height but also helps to store materials while printing.

The utility stand comes with Smooth castor wheels that provide easy mobility. It’s strong foundation bolts help to level the machine after positioning it.

The Squeegee and flood bar movement is on precision guide rails to deliver smooth & vibration free impressions.

nano-print™ 1015 incorporates flat substrates up to a maximum thickness of 7mm. The independent off-contact setting allows it to maintain a precise gap between the screen and substrate.

This machine is capable to print any types of plastic moulded parts and novelty items of flat surfaces. For this Grafica will help their customer to make jigs and fixtures to print on such objects.

All electrical, electronic and mechanical parts used in this machine are of high quality. They are also extremely durable for long term use.

One of the biggest challenges in screen printing is to print on curly and uneven substrates. We have solved this problem in Nano-Print 1015 by incorporating vacuum by foot as a standard feature. This allows the operator to initially register the job and make sure that the substrate is set properly before starting the print. Once the foot switch is released the machine starts printing. This ensures precise registration on critical and difficult substrates.

nano-print™ 1015 is surrounded with safety bar from all three sides to avoid accidents and to ensure full safety of the operator.

The machine consumes very minimum power Which helps to reduce print cost and ensures quick ROI (Return on investment).

nano-print™ 1015 is a plug and play Single phase machine and consumes only 0.5 Units / Per Hour at 220 Volts / 2 amps. Considering an average power cost around Rs. 10 per unit, it will only cost approx. Rs. 5/per hour.

nano-print™ 1015 is intelligently designed and engineered to make sure its robust, fast, accurate and most affordable dream machine for every screen printer.

nano-print™ 1015 is priced so economically without compromising on safety and quality so that every screen printer can achieve a quick return on their investment.

We are excited to announce the ex-works price of NANO-PRINT 1015 for Rs. 127,000* + GST.

nano-print™ 1015 is available online on our website and the booking starts from today onwards. Our online payment gateway also allows you to choose various EMI options using credit cards. This machine is available on easy instalments.

Pay Rs. 239/-* Per Day Including GST & Book Your Own nano-print™ 1015

(Rs. 205/- Principal & Rs. 34/- Interest Per Day For 2 Years Including GST. This offer is applicable only by CREDIT CARDS & *Conditions Apply. For further details on EMI’s, easy instalments & other payment options).

For further details and clarification on the EMI Payment options & various other schemes contact us.

You can also book online using other payment options like E-Net Banking, E-wallets or you can directly deposit to our bank account as per the details mentioned on our website.

Book your own nano-print™ 1015, a revolutionary product Invented By Grafica and grow your business and profit.

So what are you waiting for Pick up your phone and call us NOW!

‭+91 88794 49765‬ / sales@graficaindia.com

For more information log on to:

http://www.graficaindia.com

It’s a now or never chance for every screen printers.

Happy Screen Printing

Bhargav Mistry


 

nano-print™ 1015 Presentation Video in English

nano-print™ 1015 Presentation Video in English

Helpline Number for Screen Printers

June 15, 2016 2 comments

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It gives me immense pleasure to announce that screen printers across the globe can now call on this special HELPLINE Number for any kind of technical support related to screen printing process.

 

+91 8 655 755 855

 

Timing : 12.00 pm ~ 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm ~ 5.00 pm (IST), Monday to Thursday

DMI’s technical team including me will try to solve your problems well within DMI’s scope.

As you know DMI is connected to many international experts in screen printing. So, if your problem is not solved within our scope, we will also try to get solutions from international experts associated with DMI.

I am sure this HELPLINE facility will enable screen printers to improve quality standards and resolve day to day problems.

Have a trouble free screen printing…

Bhargav Mistry

Invitation to all Garment Printers in Ludhiana for Technical Seminar & Workshop by Bhargav Mistry, DMI

February 10, 2016 Leave a comment

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Upcoming Events & ITMA 2015 Update

December 6, 2015 Leave a comment

Hi Friends,

There are many events at Grafica and DMI in a row this month.

After I returned from the ITMA’15, a mega exhibition related to textile/garment industry held on 12-19 November 2015 in Milan, Italy. As an Indian distributor of Aeoon Technologies, Austria, we also shared a common platform with Aeoon to promote Aeoon KYO series digital printers in India.

Aeoon Direct to Garment Digital Printing Machine

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Aeoon’s young and super sturdy machines have really rocked and proved their strength in the global market by securing several order bookings at ITMA.

This shows that despite the severe competition, their machine is one of the finest in the world. I came to know that some of their customers were using other DTG digital printing machines, but they were quite disappointed in terms of quality and productivity, hence they turned to Aeoon. That’s really amazing.

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Aeoon’s few World Wide Distributors

The success of Aeoon Technologies is purely on merits of – Quality of their machine, striking design, productive features, performance and higher customer satisfaction. I would say the credit for Aeoon’s success should also go to their network of loyal dealers/ distributors and of course Aeoon management’s trust and confidence in them … I feel for a manufacturing companies like us, gaining dealer’s and customers’ loyalty and trust is very important for the growth and success in business and Aeoon has proved to be the best company to satisfy their dealers and distributors.

CLICK HERE TO SEE THE PHOTO GALLERY

Anyway, back home, our team is just getting ready for the PAMEX’15 exhibition to be held in Mumbai on 9-12 December 2015. We will be showcasing our Cylinder Press, and other semi automatic screen printing machines. Our team will hold constant live demo to reveal the secret of value addition. I and our team expect to meet many of you at this mega event held once in two years.

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After this exhibition, my team will rush to exhibit our nano-prinTex and nano-prinTag at KnitVision in Ludhiana on 18-21 December 2015.

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Grafica’s New nano-prinTex 18 Pallet, Automatic Direct to Garment Screen Printing Machine. Available with max. print area 28″ x 40″

And on the export front, our Turkey distributor, Fatih Tekstil, is gearing up for the FESPA- EURASIA to be held in Istanbul, on 10-13 December 2015.

Available from 1 to 4 Colour print heads with Flash between each print heads for superior quality printing.

Grafica’s NEW nano-prinTag plus Available from 1 to 4 Colour print heads with Flash between each print heads for superior quality printing. Max. Print Area 12″ x 14″

Meanwhile, I know that many of you in garment industry couldn’t attend DMI’s recent workshop on Advanced Textile Screen Printing Process. So, we share the glimpses of 3-day workshop held on 27-29 October 2015 (Page 6) of our latest Grafica News India magazine November 2015 issue.

Finally, please join me in congratulating 4 companies – PRS Permacel, Tarun Print Tech, Classic Stripes, and Nageen Prakashan – who, in all, won as many as 25 awards in the recently concluded SGIA’15 competition in USA, making India proud. (Page 12). And, now that Fespa has also invited entries for their 2016 Award Competition (Page 12) of our latest Grafica News India magazine November 2015 issue.

Glimpses of my previous 3-day workshop on ‘Advanced Screen Printing Process’ (Textile / Garment / Heat Transfers) 27-29 October 2015 at DMI. The workshop was attended by around 35 professionals from garment industry.

DMI WORKSHOP PHOTO GALLERY 27-28-29 OCT 2015

And finally my upcoming workshop on direct to garment screen printing is scheduled on 1-2-3 Feb 2016. So if you wish to learn DMI’s latest innovation on garments to print Digital like quality through screen printing to reproduce nearly continuous tone images than kindly log on to www.graficaindia.com and reserve your seats today.

Here is the video showing our recently printing images using this new technique.

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YouTube Video Link

If you wish to get our 10 latest samples printed using this technique for FREE then call our sales team on +91 22 26838815 / 6

Thanks and have a great Sunday.

Bhargav Mistry

On this 69th Year of Independence are you Independent?

August 15, 2015 3 comments

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Dear Friends,

First let me wish all of you a Happy Independence Day.

Today India is celebrating its 69th Year of Independence and DMI (Dhirubhai Mistry Institute For Print Education Research & Training) is celebrating 9th successful years giving freedom to screen printers by updating their knowledge FREE OF COST.

The factors that kept our screen printers in dependence and away from independence was due to lack of knowledge and no access to practical training in advance screen printing technology.

In past 9 years DMI has given lots of freedom to many professional screen printers and students to explore their creativity in Advance Screen Printing, UV special effects, print finishing and now DMI has taken the challenge to explore many creative ideas into textile/garment screen printing.

Since 1989 Grafica has been a backbone of the screen printing industry and has developed many high quality screen printing machines for graphics and textile screen printers.

Our research and innovation in machinery has not only supported our country to save foreign currency to certain extend but have also given lots of freedom to existing and upcoming screen printers, especially in small towns and villages who were having limited access towards automation in screen printing technology.

At GRAFICA & DMI screen printers have total freedom to access our FREE workshops and training programs, freedom to share their problems, freedom to get hands-on-training from experts, freedom to see latest techniques practical, freedom to learn from various high quality samples and freedom to experiment on their products using our innovative machines.

Screen printers who are still struggling to achieve perfection in quality and want to learn latest techniques in screen printing then participate in DMI workshops and training programs regularly and don’t forget to also send your staff and employees for training because they are the ones who needs to upgrade their knowledge.

So my dear screen printers on this 69th year of independence I would strongly recommend you to participate in DMI (Dhirubhai Mistry Institute For Print Education Research & Training) Workshops and Training program to give yourself total freedom to explore your creativity and give yourself freedom to grow.

More than 1200 print professionals in 9 years at DMI have learn how to become independent so what are you waiting for…

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Our next workshop which is scheduled on 24-25-26 August focused mainly for Textile & Garment Screen Printers. This workshop is totally full by now but we will be soon announcing our next workshop dates. So keep in touch and visit http://www.graficaindia.com to see our next schedule. You can also follow us on twitter @graficaindia to get automatic notifications of our next workshop dates.

At DMI – Learn More | Earn More and with complete freedom…

Have a nice weekend…

Jai Hind… Screen Printing Zindabad.

Bhargav Mistry

CLICK HERE TO SEE PHOTO GALLERY OF OUR RECENT WORKSHOP CONCLUDED ON 3-4-5 AUG 2015

DMI’s modern & fully air-conditioned facility in India equipped with latest machines tools and equipments.
A unique opportunity to learn advance screen printing technology FREE OF COST with complete FREEDOM.

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Five Trends in Screen Printing Process

August 25, 2013 3 comments

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

So, now there are:

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ImageIt is believed that screen, offset and digital printing will co-exist for different types of jobs. These days, many offset printers are ‘falling in love’ with screen printing as witnessed by us during various printing exhibitions. In the last couple of years we received more visitors from offset, packaging and digital than screen printing.
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1. Digital-screen combination: This is yet another good sign. There are many digital printers who have also screen-printing units to meet the market demand for ‘total print solution’.
2. Offset-screen combination for VALUE ADDITION:
3. Digital, offset, screen combination.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Key to success is technology adoption and knowledge up gradation!

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

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

Enjoy this cool Sunday…

Bhargav Mistry

Nano-PrinTex is now being “marketed” by our competitors!!

December 23, 2012 2 comments

Hi friends,

Being in the manufacturing of flat-bed screen printing machines, cylinder press, fully automatic flat-bed machines and allied products for more than two decades my company Grafica had never experienced success the way we are experiencing since the day we launched the world’s first all electrical mechanical automatic direct-to-garment screen printing machine “nano-prinTex”. And the credit goes to one of our close competitors who are a distributor of a foreign company selling similar kind of machines, inks and consumables to textile screen printers in India.

I must “sincerely” thank them for their continued negative promotion/marketing which is directly helping us to sell our nano-prinTex easily and effort less, although their motive was otherwise!!

Here a recent case study of our victory in a trade exhibition:
A reputed garment manufacturer who placed an immediate order of nano-PrinTex without much introduction from our sales person happen to mention that when he was at one of our competitors booth he simply requested the owner of the company to clarify the technical difference between their product with Grafica’s nano-prinTex.

“But instead of explaining me the technical differences he kept on speaking only bad about your company and your products. Surprisingly what I noticed that he forgot my question and during the discussion I could clearly sense the kind of fear they have from Grafica. Their fear revealed the strength of your product as a result of which I made my decision clearly to buy Grafica’s nano-prinTex.”

These kind of cases are rare but from the day we have started manufacturing carousel screen printing machines for t-shirts printing, this competitor of ours have gone absolutely mad and crazy. In fact what I can see in them is fear, fear of losing the monopoly in the textile industry. In fact it is merely because of their monopoly customer had to buy their machines as there was no qualitative alternative!

So I would like to thank my competitors and their team for talking negative about us, sabotaging our image and making false stories about our products. By their constant and rigorous efforts in spreading negative news about Grafica’s nano-PrinTex we are gaining huge success in the textile industry. Also due to their wrong publicity our customers are gaining more confidence in our product and our company.

In fact our competitors are forgetting that Grafica is a manufacturer having a strong engineering team and prompt service backup. Today we have more than 2500+ customers with a solid network of dealers and distributors all over the world. Apart from prompt after sales and service support we also run a highly professional in-house training institute “DMI”. So far this institute has offered FREE training in screen printing to more than 1200+ students and printing professionals.

I think our competitor has wrong belief that customers are fools. But I strongly believe customers are smart, intelligent and clever.

For the success of Grafica’s nano-PrinTex, I wish their childish approach, unethical behaviour and unprofessionalism should continue forever because we are gaining more popularity.

Bhargav

Strengths Weakness Opportunities And Threats in Screen Printing

August 10, 2011 14 comments

“With advancement taking place at all levels, screen printing has evolved as indispensable and a ‘versatile’ printing process”

I would like to pen down some of my recent thoughts about screen printing in the form of a quick SWOT (Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities and Threats) analysis of Indian screen printing industry scenario.

STRENGTHS:

Automation and UV technology – One of our valued customers who had 15 manual tables has now as many as 7 semi automatic screen printing machines. There are many screen printers whose business has doubled or tripled over the years ever since they switched over to automation along with UV. So, semi automatic and fully automatic screen printing machines are now making inroads into Indian screen printing industry in a big way.

In the last decade, from a predominantly manual printing process there has been a big shift from manual operations to semi-automatic and now fully automatic printing machines. Going by my own company’s sales performance, there has been steep increase in the number of screen printing machines (and UV curing machines) sold in the last couple of years than it was five to ten years ago. Also, a noteworthy transformation is that there has been quantum leap in the number of visitors to our pavilions at various printing industry exhibitions than it was 5-10 years ago.

That’s because screen printing not only involves low investment which is a big advantage for those wanting to join the screen printing business, but also there has been widespread applications of this versatile process and greater awareness about the immense benefits of and need for automation.

“Quality” improvement: Quality in screen printing seems to have come a long way. Today, with automatic precision machines, it is possible to get a result that years ago would have been a dream. Let the world believe that the screen printing process today is faster, better and cleaner.

New trend – combination of processes: There has been a growing trend of offset printers/packaging companies setting up inhouse screen printing unit instead of outsourcing. There are many digital printers who have set up screen printing units to meet the market demand for ‘total print solution’. Screen Printing is the perfect complement to offset and it works in tandem to help generate more business.

WEAKNESSES

Education – lack of knowledge!

I would say knowledge is the key to success to any business. What’s the use if screen printers have fully automatic screen printing line without having a proper knowledge?

In screen printing industry there is not only lack of ‘knowledge’ but also lack of ‘knowers of knowledge’. Inspire of this drawback, over the years, bravo, our screen printers have made drastic improvements due to their sheer hard work and inclination to learn from self help, by reading technical articles, attending exhibitions, seminars etc.

I think the technical education think tanks in India should really make an immediate analysis of the printing education offered in various institutes which is MINUS “advanced screen printing”, they touch upon only some basics and outdated elements of screen printing… very sad especially when the Indian screen printing is adopting automation in a big way and the need for trained screen printing professionals is shooting up. In the recent past, there has been a growing trend of offset printers embracing screen printing, whereas the printing institutes emphasizes more on offset and other printing technology.

On my part, I am determined to take screen printing education to a greater height through my own institute DMI. I am receiving tremendous response from the industry. What was started as workshops with 8-10 participants today our workshops are always houseful with long queue of waitlisted knowledge seekers.

I had produced and screened a video film ‘Screen on Screen’ in 15 cities few years ago. Following this success, we followed it up with yet another round of all India campaigns (ten) whereby we took our entire Nano Premier League package to show the screen printing process live to printers.

I fully agree with Mr Narendra P of Pragati Press, Hyderabad who recently said that the old mindset ‘screen printing business can easily be started with an investment as low as Rs. 500-1000 to print visiting cards, letterheads, etc, has to change now. That’s because technological development in screen printing has moved much ahead of this thinking. I strongly also agree with his view point that in screen printing every step is a ‘science’. So without learning this ‘science’ nothing can be printed qualitatively. By learning new techniques we can assimilate it in our daily practice.

OPPORUTNITIES:

Applications, unlimited: Screen-printing is a fantastic technology that is used by many industries with so many old, new and not yet discovered applications – both flat (plastics, cloth, metal, thin to thick papers, sunpack/sunboard, rubber, leather, wood, glass, footwears, PCBs, ceramics, etc) and non-flat substrates, by using appropriate machinery and inks. Further, this process is also widely used in packaging, labels, Smart-cards – the list of screen printing application is endless.

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 possibilities.

Use of non-paper Substrates: Continuous advancements and developments in polymer technology, expertise and cost-effective manufacturing, plastic substrates are replacing traditional materials in many fields (environmental conditions apply!). These include : PVC, Polypropylene, HIPS, Lenticular Films, Polycarbonate etc. Polypropylene Sheets are extensively used for blister packaging, cardboard boxes etc. Polypropylene finds application in Disposable Containers, Embossing, Gift Box Making out of clear sheets, Freight Packaging, etc. PVC Sheets and Polypropylene Sheets are the best suited for screen printing. Polypropylene is also preferred by screen printers because of its low density and very economical cost. Similarly, PVC is also widely used by screen printers.

Great shift – Indian screen printers: I still recall what Michel Caza, an international screen printing expert said at the FESPA Munich 2010 Workshop titled “The Future of Screen Printing Goes Through Innovation — A comparison between Western and Asian Countries.” He was of the view that “Graphics and signage are only 20% of screen applications where as 35% lies in textile printing and about 45% in industrial applications.” This clearly sums up the potentials and future of screen printing process.

Screen printers should now take the call: During the presentation at FESPA Munich show, which was focused on the “how European countries are moving towards screen and how in Indian screen printing is moving with the latest trend,” Michel had also mentioned that because of industrial production getting shifted to Asian countries, screen printing is also getting more and more attention in this (Asian) region and that is the advantage for screen printers who are into industrial screen printing such as PCB, membrane switches, etc.

Moreover, even Mike Young’s presentation on “Emerging Technologies” proves that screen printing has a promising future. He sees a great future provided the screen printers in India remove all bottlenecks the major being “clean-room environment in the screen making and printing setup.” That’s because he saw hard working and sincere efforts by Indian screen printers to achieve quality through high level of automation. Mike was also quite optimistic about Indian screen printers. He says that Indian screen printers can face the challenges ahead with determination, enthusiasm, passion and courage.

Participation in Awards competitions – great opportunity to printers:

I have been witnessing a growing number of entries and award winners in two major international competitions – SGIA/ FESPA sponsored besides national competitions such as Screen Print India Award and SPAI-FESPA India and PrintWeek India competitions. That’s not only good but a healthy sign, because ultimately it increases appetite for quality improvement on various counts – Complexity, Image definition, precision and sharpness; Colour appearance, Application of use, Creativity, etc.

Still majority of the printers still hesitate to participate in these competitions due to many reasons.

THREATS:

a) Manual screen printing. If our screen printers are catering to industrial printing they should immediately dump manual screen printing tables as there are strict quality and delivery requirements in industrial segment. I have numerous screen printers who have switched over to automation due to all the side effects of manual screen printing – it is tedious, laborious, time consuming, wastage-ridden. I was told by many international experts that India lags behind several decades in screen printing but it is not too late.

b) Use of poor quality raw materials.

c) Use of Out-dated methods: Wooden frames, nylon white fabric instead of polyester yellow fabric, lack of standardisation in screen making although it is well known fact that screen is the heart of printing.

d) Using solvent although UV available for many applications.

Perhaps due to these reasons there is a growing trend in India that more and more OEMs are now setting up their own screen printing units. For example: Tiles and Ceramic industry, electronic industry, leather industry, garment industry, packaging and offset industry and many more. In these areas they used to earlier outsource their requirement.

Conclusion:

Screen printing process evolved over the years. Today, it offers ample innovation & creativity, thus playing a major role in printing industry because of the availability of advanced screen printing machines, UV technology coupled with availability of innovative special effects inks.

Screen printing is now quicker, cheaper, produces better quality images and offers a number of special applications. But advanced screen printing with high level of automation is not everybody’s cup of tea. Having advanced machines in place is not sufficient to run a profitable screen printing business. There is no profit from the press of a button like an ATM card. There is no short cut. Because not only does the set-up process take considerably longer than other techniques, but being able to truly master printing high quality images using the screen printing process also takes much longer, because there are a number of variables involved.

Today, there exist different systems designed to help the screen printers to achieve better result. But it revolves around the simple concept or standardisation of the entire screen printing process.

The comment made by Prof. Dr. Rajendra Kumar Anayath, Print Media Academy, Chennai – a Heidelberg Initiative during his visit to our stall at Print Pack 2011 New Delhi, is significant: “Bhargav, screen printing today is not what it was 6-7 years ago. With the kind of experiments that you are making at your DMI, it appears to me that it has emerged as a printing process to be reckoned with.”

Bye friends and have a great week…

Bhargav

Back in action after FESPA AMERICAS rich experience

March 16, 2011 5 comments

FIRST MY PRAYER & TRIBUTE TO PEOPLE OF JAPAN

Before I begin to pen down my all recent news, I submit my sincere prayer: may GOD bless the people of Japan with peace and lot of inner powers to face the toughest challenges arising out of the recent earthquake and tsunami, its after effects including the nuclear crisis.

I personally like Japan and the Japanese technology; I respect their hardwork and dedication which they have put not only into electronics but also automobiles, engineering and other areas. They have given the world many fantastic innovations that cannot be ignored. Their ability to bounce back from the aftermath of the World War II is a great lesson to be learnt by rest of the world. And I am sure they would equally bounce back from the current crisis too.

I had worked with many Japanese in the past when I joined my father’s business in 1989. At that time we used to manufacture Printed Circuit Boards and our company Grafica Display used to cater to many of the giant electronic companies in India having collaboration with renowned Japanese organizations. So my experience with them was really amazing. I have learnt a lot from them, their system of working, management, production and quality systems, how to achieve production efficiency etc. etc… (Photos of my training in Japan)

Once again I strongly pray to GOD to give them great support and courage to face such devastating tragedy.

OVER TO FESPA AMERICAS:

Now let me share my rich experience at FESPA AMERICAS event in Orlando, USA.

First of all, I sincerely thank FESPA and their team for giving me such a great honor by inviting to conduct a joint workshop with great masters.

It was a valiant effort by FESPA for experimenting and bringing such great idiosyncratic talents together under one roof. It was great fun and a rare experience working with such veterans of our industry.

Michel and I were suppose to teach process color and graphics screen printing but what I realized from this show that Print Finishing for value addition has a HUGE, HUGE scope in the US market. Screen printers in the US have great potential in this segment and need to explore the idea of print finishing which I am teaching in DMI since last three years. Thousands of screen printers have already benefitted by learning print finishing from DMI Workshops FREE OF COST…

Michel looked very energetic throughout the show as always, Charlie and Scott were great together and my new friend Ad Versteeg was also great human and knowledgable in art screen printing.

Overall the show was mix of all printing technologies, screen, digital, textile and few stands selling offset machines and stuffs.

Also, I had a great time with friend Mike Young who came with few of his industry friends and colleagues, Ron Hayden, David ECKL, Jon Andresen. We had great time and delicious dinners together.

After the FESPA AMERICAS at Orlando, Mike Young was kind enough to take me in an around New York city and we had some fun moments together.

With me Hanish Mehta and Shashank Khedekar were also there to support me throughout the show while I was busy at the workshop.

I was highly enthused when I saw our NPL system running perfectly during the live workshop. The best part, it was appreciated by all visitors who saw our super creation.

The overwhelming response towards NANO-PRINT, NANO-SCREEN MAKER 5-in-1, NANO-UV and NANO-SHARPENER give clear indication that Grafica will definitely mark success in the US market soon.

It made me feel proud and the day is not far when NANO-PRINT, NANO-PRINT plus and complete NPL package will be part of success story of many screen printers in US.

With this remarkable achievement by our company, I am highly glad to announce that from next month onwards Grafica will have full fledged operation to cater the American market with efficient sales team and highly qualified service engineers to offer prompt technical support.

DMI Workshop starting tomorrow:

It will be very busy week for me because less time and more task to complete in a short span of time. This time I am expecting 45 to 50 participants mainly from outside Mumbai. That’s because of huge gap within two workshop dates due to FESPA AMERICAS.

During the workshop, for the first time, I would be demonstrating semi automatic multi color screen printing by lining up 4 Nano-Print with inline Nano-UV. I am sure participants will gain new insights how to improve production capacity with minimum investment thus maintaining high quality standards.

On second day I would demonstrate creatives and new ideas in wedding cards and packaging through screen printing. Some of these jobs will be executed on Grafica’s new Nano-Print plus and Nano-Print.

On third day as usual I would be demonstrating practical on heat transfer screen printing both tagless neck labels and garment printing.

Dubai Exhibition:

I was also informed by my team that our Dubai exhibition is going great guns and they managed to book more than a dozen of NPL package and couple of Cylinder Presses. Grafica is creating a storm in the desert that’s because this is our  3rd exhibition in Dubai within one year. WOW that’s great news to keep me energetic.

Garknit-X Kolkata

My has company created a great interest among West Bengal’s offset printing community at the recently concluded Garknit-X Kolkata, an exhibition focussed on apparel, knitting, leather and jute technology fabric and accessories.

Garknit-X Kolkata was held from 25 – 27, February 2011 at Science City. Although it was a garment, textile and jute industry event, in order to take full advantage of the exhibition, we had invited several printers from offset and non-textile segment. We had also displayed a set of creative print finishing samples with a variety of special effects produced by DMI students which stirred the creative minds of many offset printers.

They were lucky to see live demo of Grafica’s NPL and NPL plus series of screen printing machine and equipment for the first time in Kolkata.

And finally, kudos to DMI students:

In a fitting tribute to the successive achievements at ASPT, Screenprinting & Graphics Association of India (SGAI) in association with Screen Print India felicitated DMI students at their Awards felicitation program in Mumbai on 2nd March 2010. The awards were present by Al Guercio, President, Ulano Corporation, USA.

Being in FESPA AMERICAS I really missed the opportunity to see my students being felicitated. They were also honoured for their achievements in the ASPT 2010 students’ competition.

My company’s new office in Mumbai:

Before my official announcement, I am delighted to inform you that GRAFICA FLEXTRONICA is beginning its new office in Mumbai very close to the domestic airport and international airport. Our office will be fully functional by 21st of March 2011.

So from 21st onwards all the marketing, sales and accounts related matters will be handled from our new Mumbai office.

Customers can now come down to our Mumbai office instead of going all the way to directly factory. For customers who want to visit our factory for demo, trials and inspection of our machines, special arrangements have been made to reach our factory.

We shall intimate you soon with full contact details of our new office once the telephones lines are hooked up.

To all my respected customers, friends and industry colleagues, this is my personal invitation to visit our new office anytime and shower your good wishes. To have a cup of tea or coffee together will also be a great fun.

So, from 21st March 2011 see you in at our new Vile Parle office in Mumbai.

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The purpose to involve with DMI’s FaceBook Network is to know various development in the industry, exchange ideas, share your thoughts with like minded printers, give advise and tips from the industry gurus and experts associated with DMI’s FaceBook Network. This is a platform specially created to exchange knowledge on advanced screen  printing process and technology.

Till then have a nice and a profitable week.

Bhargav

 

 

 

Why Dussera Event at Grafica is always a full house

October 26, 2010 4 comments

The Dussera Event at Grafica is alway a full house. This is the day I celebrate with my employees & staff of Grafica & DMI with full of energy like a family.

Its also very important day for all my people wanting to see my detailed presentation about Grafica’s last years performance. I also reveal all our future plans and developments of Grafica without any hesitation with facts and figures.

This presentation helps my people to understand the goals of my company and it also helps them to understand what is their future in my organization. The presentation clears all their doubts and gives them a clear picture. It also helps them to know what a company wants from them and what our customers demands.

Later I also speak about our requirements to enhance, production, quality, service, marketing, sales etc. as which area requires more attention and what changes are required on the basis of our last years performance.

My sales and service team also gather important point which requires attention and correction which I believe they need to understand so that we can improve ourself on those weaker areas.

Later, I also express my gratitude by calling my people department wise on the stage who have performed well last year even if they are from the housekeeping department because they too work really hard to keep our factory and office clean.

After my presentation and speech there is a short break for some delicious lunch and there after all my people get a chance to show their unique skills by performing live on stage. It’s a real talent hunt because its the day when I get to see real hidden talent lying within my people apart from seeing their routine work.

Every one in my organization is important and a part of the growth, which I make them feel and realize.

I believe everyone in their organization should celebrate any one day with all employees and staff together and should make a detail presentation about the past performance of your organization and should also reveal your future plans openly with them. This will help your employees to be clear about their future as well the company where they will be investing their whole life.

I am sure one day will come when you will realize that you have reached close to your goals.

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