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14th September 2017 will be a historic day of this year

Hi Friends,

On behalf of Screen Printers’ Association of India (SPAI) and as a Chairman of the SPAI-FESPA Awards Committee. I am once again delighted to announce that on 14th September, a team of 18 qualified artist (degree/diploma holders) from NODA (National Organisation of Disabled Artist) who are invited all the way from Mumbai to perform live at Holiday Inn Resort GOA after the awards ceremony.

14th September 2017 will be a historic day of this year for all those who will be present during SPAI-FESPA Awards 2017 at Holiday Inn Resort, Goa. The day will be fully packed with lots of surprises, fun & entertainment.

Apart from this you will be able to meet, interact and network with 100’s of talented printers, experts, professionals and our highly experienced judges coming from various parts of the world specially to judge these entries.

All entries will be displayed throughout the day which will be coming from various printer in different categories such as Graphics, Industrial, Glass & Ceramics, Metal, Wood, Textile, Automotive, Printed Electronics, Calendars, Wedding & Invitation Cards, Stickers & Labels.

So you will be able to get lots of new ideas & learn new techniques by seeing these amazing samples in the display gallery during your visit on 14th Sept 2017.

It’s very simple to participate just call us on +91 8655755855 or +91 9987878299 and our team will guide you properly.

Don’t forget you still have time and a chance to be a WINNER.

Participate in SPAI-FESPA Awards 2017, GOA


Good Day!

Bhargav Mistry


Know your Judges, SPAI – FESPA Awards 2017, Goa

August 2, 2017 3 comments

Hello friends & dear screen printers,

Being the Chairman of the Awards Committee of SPAI (Screen Printers’ Association of India). I am glad to announce that this year all entries received for SPAI-FESPA Awards 2017 competition will be judged by renowned gurus and highly professional screen printers and international experts.

There will be seven judges mentioned below. They are the Who’s Who of our printing industry and well known personalities.

Each one of them has many uniqueness as they all come from various fields having expertise and experience in various applications such as Graphics, Industrial, Commercial, Textile and Print Finishing for several decades.

On 14th September 2017 at the Gala Nite in Goa you will also get a chance to interact with all of them and share your views about the industry and technology.

So, you will appreciate that to give your entries the right justice, SPAI has taken a bold step by inviting such renowned and illustrious personalities as juries for the Awards (Profile of each judge is given below).

Finally, I wish you all the best and do not forget that 20th August is the deadline to submit your entries.

Bhargav Mistry

SPAI_Judges_MichelCazaMichel Caza, Past President of FESPA, & Chairman of ASDPT. He was also one of the founders of FESPA (1962). With over 60 years of experience in screen printing and winner of over 350 International Awards.

Recipient of the highest distinction of the US SGIA, the Howard Parmele Award 2010.

A Master of Serigraphy (Art) Screen Printing with over 55 years of experience and he has worked for many renowned International artist.

As the specialist and pioneer of UV technologies since 1976 for screen printing and 1996 for digital printing, he was also the very first to screen print 300 lines/inch (120/cm) halftones.

He was involved in several other improvements of the screen printing technology such as stochastic screening, superimposition of flat tones, thixotropy of inks, very high tension of the screens, yellow coloration and calendaring of fabrics, creation of several special effects, control of files, Certified PDF for screen printing, creation of ICC profiles, and others…

He spent the two last years to write a huge book about his 55 years of work in Fine art screen printing with more than 700 artists from the whole world. “Michel Caza, the chameleon of contemporary art”. To be published soon.

Co-author of the “FESPA Planet Friendly” Guide and many other technical books and publications.

Regular speaker at seminars, conferences and shows and other activities in the industry and academic organisations.

He is one of the top judges for international awards such as FESPA and SGIA.


Narendra Paruchuri, CMD, Pragati Offset Pvt. Ltd., Hyderabad, Chemical Engineer from Manipal Institute of Technology (1975). Winner of over 200 National & International awards and one of the best printers of the world.

Winner of the SAPPI International Printer of the Year award – 2006, 2008 & 2010.

With over 40 years of experience in high quality offset printing, packaging with special focus on value addition by various print finishing techniques including screen printing.

He was was instrumental in upgrading the press with the latest technologies and building a team that was professional in every way. Tech-follower to tech-leader – Pragati traversed the path rapidly making it a pioneer in many facets of the Printing industry. He has made Pragati an extension of the customers’ team, rather than just another supplier.


Artem Nadirashvili, Midi Print, Russia with over 30 years of experience in Screen, Digital, Offset Printing and specialised in high quality screen-printing for advertising, POP, posters, industrial and decorative applications and textile printing.

Winner of over 250 International Awards.

Founder-President of Russian Screen-Printing Association. Member of the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT), USA & also Jury Board Member of SGIA, USA.

Owns a contemporary jazz band. The band played in many music festivals in the USSR and Eastern Europe. Still plays concerts and gigs with his old friends around the world.



Jacek Stencel, PASJA, Poland with over 30 years of experience in the field of special effects screen, offset & digital printing plus printed electronics. Winner of over 22 International Awards.

President of Polish Screen and Digital Printing Association. Member of the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT), USA & also Jury Member of FESPA Awards.

Regular speaker at seminars, conferences and shows and other activities in the industry and academic organisations.

He is a keen golfer, a sailor, a skier and a guitar player.




Kamlakar Wadekar, Founder of Ace Printer, Mumbai. Winner of No. 11 Awards.

Expert in specialty screen printing, UV special effects & offset printing with over 20 years of experience.

Member of SPAI & FESPA and also a jury member of SPAI-FESPA Awards since 2016.

As a passionate specialty UV screen printer, he keeps on experimenting new techniques & ideas.

He revolutionized the use of UV special effect & print finishing in India.




Lorenz Boegli, Atelier fuer Siebdruck, Switzerland. Winner of over 40 International Awards.

Over 26 years of experience in Screen, digital, offset printing, industrial printing. Conducted research on the relationship between the technologies of screen printing and offset lithography.

Member of the Academy of Screen & Digital Printing Technology (ASDPT), USA

He taught screen printing at the Superior School of Art, Bern.




SPAI_Judges_Bernard_BankBernie Banks, Technical Expert in Industrial Screen Printing, UK With over 40 years of rich experience in industrial & various other screen printing applications such as Electronics, Automotive, IMD, PCB, Graphics, Ceramic Decals & Tiles.

Closely worked with Motorola’s design team in Singapore to deliver the world’s first phone with front and back cover manufactured using the IMD process.

He has set up a world class leading Technical Centre in Suzhou, China comprising of a class 10,000 clean room screen making and printing facility.

Spent three years in China managing the Technical Centre and supporting the development of the IMD business with Nokia and their manufacturing partners Foxconn, Hi P and Jabil Greenpoint.


Click the below image to download the awards entry form

A4  SPAI FESPA Awards Brochure jUNE 2017.cdr

10 Reasons why you will improve your print quality, creativity and skills…

Hi Friends,

10 Reasons…

I will tell you why you will improve your print quality, enhance your creativity and improve your skills by simply participating in SPAI-FESPA Awards 2017 COMPETITION.

For a moment just imagine you have decided to participate in this competition.

So what you will do first ?

1. You will start thinking out of the box
2. You will think of new design, innovative concept & better ideas
3. You will bring creative thoughts in mind
4. You will involve your team to think and get new ideas
5. You will research more and find new products and designs
6. You will improve your printing skills
7. You will improve in your team work by involving your staff & employees
8. You will experiment with new techniques and products
9. You will enhance your designing skills
10. You will simply grow your business

You see, winning or losing does not matter. What matters is the above 10 points.

So what are you waiting for… Start sending your best jobs as entries for competition.

And don’t forget by participating in this competition you are also eligible for a free stay on 14 September 2017 at HOLIDAY INN RESORT, GOA, including all meals, to & fro pickup drop, plus free passes for GALA NITE followed by cocktail dinner and entertainment program.

Plus during your stay you will also get to see some of the best printed samples and products live at the display gallery, sent by other printers for this competition.

You will see many printed products and combination of screen & digital, plus screen & offset printing.

And new creative ideas on print finishing, packaging, decals, labels, stickers, electronics, textile, special effects, value addition and much more…

All entries sent for the competition will be displayed during this event.

So learn new techniques and get new ideas from all those samples which will be displayed at HOLIDAY INN RESORT, GOA.

Meet many innovative and creative minds during the awards ceremony.

Network with printers, suppliers and manufacturers.

Gain new business ideas and enhance your thought level.

Increase your standards and sharpen your mind.

Get new business ideas.

All these just in one day.

Even if you simply participate in SPAI-FESPA 2017 Awards Competition you are already a WINNER.


Simply read the above 10 points again.

So let’s begin, start your thinking process from today if you have not started thinking about participating in this competition.

You still have time because the deadline is 20th August 2017.

Download SPAI-FESPA 2017 AWARDS brochure and entry forms.

For any assistance or help. Simply call me on +91 8 655 755 855

Congratulations in advance.

Bhargav Mistry

A4  SPAI FESPA Awards Brochure jUNE 2017.cdr

Technical Tips on Screen Printing by Bhargav Mistry, DMI – #6

April 15, 2017 1 comment

Tips on squeegee blade (squeegee rubber)

  • Maintain a reasonable gap between the squeegee edge and inside of frame
  • Short gap will negatively affect print quality, performance, uniformity of ink deposit; and it also shortens the life of stencil, fabric & squeegee
  • Squeegee should be only 2” bigger than the print area i.e. for printing 30” wide squeegee should be 32” only



  • Keep ends of the squeegee rounded to get good registration and uniform ink deposit

Squeegee with rounded corners

Squeegee with sharp corners

  • Always maintain sharp squeegee while printing and use squeegee sharpener regularly.



  • Storage of squeegees is also very important. Its advisable to store the squeegees vertically (squeegee rubber side up) and ensure no objects are in contact during storage.
  • Good air circulation is also recommended to keep the squeegee dry after cleaning with solvents.



  • Do not use aggressive solvents to clean the squeegees
  • Do not wipe the ink from the squeegee after printing with any sharp metal or hard materials. This can damage the squeegee edge.
  • Do not print squeegees with one edge for longer period always use both edges after few hours or impressions to maintain the edge sharpness and parallelism

Finally I would to remind you to register for my next Graphics workshop schedule in June 12 to 14, 2017.

This time you will learn all about linearisation right from pre-press to screen making to screen printing including colour management system, digital workflow, ICC profiling and digital proofing on Inkjet Printer before final screen printing. Everything will be displayed live.

Plus for the first time you will also learn all about Monitor Calibration, Digital Proofing & Certification.

Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

Bhargav Mistry

Technical Tips on Screen Printing by Bhargav Mistry, DMI – #2

March 9, 2017 4 comments

Q – Important points about screen making room?

  • First of all you need proper screen making room with yellow safe lights
  • Do not allow outside footwear in the room
  • Do not keep any windows in the screen making room
  • Avoid outside light to enter in screen making room
  • Screens should not be made in dusty open area with bright daylight
  • Maintain room temperature around 20℃ to 23℃
  • Maintain consistent humidity around 55 to max 60 RH
  • Clean flooring with vacuum cleaner twice a day
  • Use anti-static clothes in the screen making room
  • Use anti-static gloves where ever possible plus to avoid contact of hand/fingers on screen mesh
  • Use anti-static brush or anti-static soft cloth to clean your positives and screens before coating emulsions
  • Use high quality emulsion coating trough
  • Use double door system to enter in screen making department to avoid outside lights
  • Do not wash screens inside the screen making room
  • Screen washing should be outside the screen making room but just adjoining to avoid hardening on unexposed areas
  • Screen washing should also be under yellow lights
  • Only keep Exposing Machine, Emulsion Coating Machine or Manual Coaters & Screen Dryers in the room.
  • Positive storage, artwork, designing etc. should not be in the screen making room
  • Do not have overhead fans in the screen making room to avoid dust particle circulation
  • Keep machines, tables etc 2 feet aways from the walls so that cleaning of dust within the room becomes easy

Pictures shown below are of our screen making department at DMI… Each room has proper safe yellow lights, no windows and fully air-conditioned with clean flooring.

I will soon post different layouts of a typical screen making department and how should be the optimum area required for easy movement of screen frames.

Always remember screen is the heart of printing, good quality screen delivers good quality prints. But to achieve good quality screens you also need modern & high class screen making department. That’s the most essential.

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International Women’s Day – 8th March Employ and Empower Women in Printing​

I am proud to say that nobody in our screen printing industry have ever tried to highlight the achievements of women in printing, as much as we do through our Grafica News India magazine.

This issue features Women who are into teaching print technology, women entrepreneurs, women who have joined their family business after marriage, and women who work in printing presses while back home they take care of their families.

So, on the occasion of International Women’s Day celebrations on 8th March, I admire and salute all Women Entrepreneurs; women working in printing, for their courage.

I would appreciate your comments on this issue.

Bhargav Mistry

Click on the image below to download
“Women’s Day Special Issue – A must read for all Women in Printing Industry”


Learn FM Screening to get Moire Free Prints & Achieve Digital Like Quality by Screen Printing


In all my future workshops at DMI on textile screen printing you can now learn in depth about high definition screen printing process using 2nd Generation FM Screening technique to print DIGITAL like quality by SCREEN PRINTING process.

DMI is the first and only institute in the WORLD teaching latest and advance screen printing process in graphics and textile field and demonstrating the state of art high definition screen printing on textile using 2nd generation FM screening live and practical for free.

DMI is the only institute in the world teaching, graphics, industrial, print finishing, value addition and textile screen printing for free under one roof.

In all my workshops I teach right from designing to pre-press to colour management to screen making, screen printing, post-press live and practical all three days.


Left Side Image (AM Screening) – Right Side Image (2nd Generation FM Screening)


On 5th June 2015 during our grand re-opening of DMI institute in our new premises. I had made a statement in front of 100’s of printers who were present there, that “Once upon a time there was a moire problem in screen printing… what I meant was that moire will be a history in screen printing industry from now onwards. Yes at DMI we successfully implemented it and have also started conducting workshops and training programs on this subject.

So, MOIRE is no more a problem in screen printing with 2nd Generation FM Screening Technique.

After years of research and development in screen printing at DMI I have completely discarded AM screening in all my courses. Now I am only focusing on 2nd Generation FM Screening techniques which produces digital like quality through traditional screen printing process in graphics and textiles.


Moreover the advantage of using 2nd generation FM screening is to avoid moire in screen printing. Especially when printing halftones on garment it becomes very difficult to control moire even after using coarser halftone dots like 45 LPI.

2nd generation FM screening totally eliminates moire in screen printing thus delivers sharp, crispy and brighter images. Even finer and smaller details are clearly visible.


Left Side Image (AM Screening) – Right Side Image (2nd Generation FM Screening)


To take one step further in the implementation of the 2nd generation FM screening in your company. I have made some test files which you can download and print at your end to check and compare the results of 2nd Generation FM screening vs conventional AM screening.

Email to: or call us on our helpline number +91 8 655 755 855 so that we can send you the link to download DMI’s complete “Step-By-Step Instruction Guide”. This guide also explains how to print 2nd generation FM Screening to produce digital like quality through screen printing process.

Along with the instruction guide I have included many TEST FILES in PDF Format ready for positive output on any imagesetter. So once you download the test files, you can again call us on our helpline number for further guidance.

At DMI, Learn More – Earn More and be innovative.

Bhargav Mistry

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