Screen printing is one of a wide range of available industrial printing machine options which include Pad Printing, hot stamp, offset, flexographic, and printing machines for specific products such as bottle screen printers and multiple color screen printers. Screen printing in industry is very popular due to the number of colors available for use, the programmability of digital screen printers and the quantity of product that can be processed and precision of design imprinted using this type of system.
Available screen print machines include:
Manual Screen Printing machines for small applications
Semi –Automatic Screen Printing Machines for many 3D objects such as cylindrical objects or lamps which are mass produced, jerry cans and so on.
Textile screen printing machines can in some cases be set up to run and perform repetitive tasks on the same end product.
Fully automatic, multiple color screen printing machines capable of printing up to 60 pieces a minute.
Traditional screen printing involves a fine mesh or screen tightly stretched around a frame, this screen contains the design to be printed on to the surface. Ink is forced evenly across the screen by means of a squeegee before leaving to set and cure. Multiple colors can be achieved by repeating the process with different colored inks. Traditional screen printing remains available for hobbyists and artisanal use, but in industry digital screen printing has replaced it.
Designs created using computer design programs can be output automatically through a digital screen printing process, thus significantly increasing both the output of screen printing machines and the complexity of their design output and color combinations. With fully automatic eight color screen print machines available, the color combinations are significant. This can't be compared with a Lathe Machine but still we can say it is same in honor in the field of Printing as Lathe Machine is in Grinding field.
Other types of printing machines include:
Pad Printing, in this case a 2D image can be transferred onto a 3D object of any dimension, Pad printing enabled printing on previously unprintable surfaces and thus rose quickly in popularity, particularly in industries such as toys, keyboards, golf balls, cosmetic packaging and lots more.