User login

A Partial List of Industrial Applications for Screen Printing

(February 2016) posted on Wed Feb 10, 2016

Screen's foothold is anything but weak in the realm of functional printing; the possibilities, truly, are endless.


click an image below to view slideshow

By Wim Zoomer

Our special "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" issue brings industry experts together to consider strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats to screen printing. Zoomer's analysis of one of screen printing's strongest areas, functional printing, includes a partial list of potential applications. Click each link to learn more about some of the most lucrative possibilities.

Photovoltaic (solar) cells;


Telephone cards;
Smart cards;
Scratch cards;
Public transportation tickets;
Paper-thin batteries for toys and gift cards;
(Backlit) signage;
Stealth applications, such as a collision protection for wind farms at sea;
And security features for money and banknotes.

Medical applications include:
Blood glucose test strips;
Adhesives;
And instrument monitors.

Printed electronics include:
Touch panels and displays (including electric wiring);
Automotive applications (such as rear window defrosters, black windshield borders that protect the glass adhesive, and integrated GPS with antennae);
RFID tags;
Printed architectural glass;


Glass panes with integrated photovoltaic cells;
Sensors;
And smart packaging.

For more from our "SWOT: Changes & Challenges" special issue:

Editorial Insights
Screen Printing: A Technology at a Crossroads, Steve Duccilli

Strengths
Why Industrial Applications Hold Tremendous Promise for Screen Printing, Mike Young
Screen Printing: King of Textiles, Charlie Taublieb
The Future of Functional Printing, Wim Zoomer

Weaknesses
The Limitations of Screen Printing in the Graphic Arts, Tamas S. Frecska
Why Web-to-Print Software Matters for All Printing Businesses, Eileen Fritsch
A Sampling of Web-to-Print Software, Eileen Fritsch

Opportunities
What if Screen Didn't Exist? Andy MacDougall
Are Screen Printers Part of the Maker Movement? Kiersten Wones

Threats
Threats to Screen Printing, Inside and Out, Mark Coudray
Digital Ceramic Printing: A Logical Success, Sophie Matthews-Paul
 


Terms:

Did you enjoy this article? Click here to subscribe to the magazine.