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vertere record deck silk screen printed vertere record deck metallic screen print ink

Above: London based Vertere's highly acclaimed record decks with looks to match its superb performance. Screen printed black with metallic silver content, for clarity of edge and depth of colour, reveals a unique bespoke finish.

 Silk screen printing is where the company started in Northampton during the early 1980's and remains a highly skilled area serving Northamptonshire and parts of London. Within the last 10 years there has been a surge in the digital revolution, one of which Boyall Graphics is a part of with the like's of the Virtu RS35 digital flatbed printer. Many people say that digital printing will take over every other printing process like screen print as its an age old craft that is dated? Actually our silk screen division is far from obsolete and remains a key manufacturing method for many clients. What are the factors that drive this process? The answer is largely due to the composition and nature of the product itself
   Vertere's record decks are a beautiful example of a hand crafted U.K. product that has every leaning towards screen print. The depth of the material and its intricate apertures require a clarity and depth of ink to match the crisp lines of each suspended layer. No element of the design is really hidden which demands a bespoke high quality edge that digital print is yet to achieve.
pearlescent screen print
Custom made pearlescent ink creates different colours as the light hits the surface on vertere's latest creation.
   A another example of a product that would not have been possible without screen print is Heineken's lager font manufactured by us in 2015. The font demanded a high quality finish with a large production run, with 360 degree illumination and a 7 year minium working life. The problem for a digital solution was that it needed to be subjected to an In Mold-Decoration process. No digital lithographic process would support this at present and hence the need to initialise a more specialist screen print process for the In Mould Decoration. A process that is used to bond the screen print to the polycarbonate molding that becomes one component forming the beer font as a single product. Screen print is the only method that withstands the temperatures needed to unite this process into one product and that retains a crisp line and quality finish. Because a brewery font environment has variable temperatures and humidity changes screen print was the best option over digital print.
  In contrast silk screen also has its strengths on large 2440 x1220 sheets of foamex
. An example of this is a national Wholesale Cash and Carry company wanting to brand all stores with its specific pantone orange printed onto large 3m x 1.2m foamex sheet as a single flood of colour. The adhesion of the ink to surface is particularly strong which plays a vital role in longevity and purity of colour, all are key and best achieved with specialist screen print inks.
   Its not just the variety of materials that screen print is good for but the nature of the substrate as well. Pre formed metal control panels or drape formed units often have apertures within them and require just one or two colours. This sways heavily in the favour of screen print. This type of component is often found in industrial settings which require a print that is stoved to provide the toughest print possible,again a method that digital printing isn't yet capable of.
   From our long history of silk screen printing it becomes evident that the silk screen method is a valuable asset that is largely driven by the nature of the product and its application and that its real value in a modern world is only realised when it is skillfully combined with digital print technology to create something that cannot be created with one technology.
   
Is it possible then to combine screen print and digital print so that they coexist within one product? Yes!! Boyall Graphics has been actively seeking ways to take the best of both the digital method and screen print method's to create unique products. An example of this is found in a recent case study with a Wellington Boot manufacturer who needed high quality hybrid digital print and screen print solution to incorporate special effects such as glow in the dark glitter and metallic ink areas. These vanishes are key for transfer decals that have many colours within the design and therefore digitally printed. Its the varnishes that are manipulated to provide coatings that act as bonding agents for the final process. They also act as a dense protective layer between the digital print layer and the product it is going on to. These advances were applied recently when a major Wellington boat manufacture approached us for creating vector transfers of childrens tv characters onto the sides of their boots. They also wanted a metallic glitter which has a metal content, this was screen printed post digital print along with the varnish.
   Its projects like these driven by a client's unique requirements that helps retain the screen print process and one that we continue to enjoy by combining the strengths of both screen print and digital print.
screen printed heineken beer font screen print onto large foamex sheet pantone
Heineken's In-Mold-Decoration beer font required very fine detail and great illumination for a long product life in a variable temperature environment. From very fine detail to 2440x1220 sheets of foamex, a flood coated pantone colour provides 100% coverage on a long run.
boot transfer screen print onto metal drape formed
Combining digital and screen print processes, wellington boots with a screen printed metallic element and a finishing varnish to bond the decal to the boot using In-Mold-Decoration.

Drape formed metal work for control panels needs just one colour with a crisp edge and long life thanks to a stoving process.


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