Inside view of dlpic Screen Imaging Technology Center

In partnership with Schilling Graphics, Galion, OH this separate and clean room department is designated to produce small screens for the technical and industrial screen printing trade and to conduct extensive image testing with our customer’s own screens and stencil materials. Interested customers can ship their coated screens to Galion or we can make test screens based on customer’s exact screen making parameters.

This is the only such elaborate testing site in the USA where wide-ranging screen imaging tests can be arranged. In addition, this unique location allows for compelling comparison of our fineLine directLaser! (dual resolution of 2540 and 5080 dpi) with the DMD based, LED equipped imaging technology under the same roof!

Case Study: Pathway to purchasing fineLine equipment

This Case Study describes the compelling reasons why a premier screen printing company in the Midwest purchased the best screen imaging system available. A few hours at our Screen Imaging Technology Center in Ohio convinced our new customer that direct laser technology is the state-of-the-art Computer-to-Screen technology for the 21st century. Print tests easily revealed the superior image quality of the fineLine directLaser! system compared to any other direct screen imaging technologies or even high definition film.

fineLine range of automated pre- and post-press equipment

dlpic launched their own fineLine range of automated stand-alone and in-line machines for screen developing, screen washing, screen reclaiming and screen degreasing.  

Following the business philosophy of providing Intelligently Applied Automation, these high-performance processing systems made of high-quality stainless-steel are available with the new and exclusive ePowerWash technology.

The important application of water pressure in developing, washing, reclaiming and degreasing processes can now be programmed, archived and recalled in separate menus on the touch panel. This production flexibility is true for the front and back nozzle bars and for each processing pass with infinitely adjustable water pressures ranging from 15 – 500 PSI.

Digital Innovation improving screen printing for Industrial applications

Originally posted  at INPRINT Industrial Print Blog.

 Peter Max Weber

Peter Max Weber

Frazer Chesterman interviews Peter Max Weber, President of Award winning Screen and Digital Equipment provider - dlp imaging inc, (dlpic)

Digital Innovation improving screen printing for Industrial applications

So Peter tell us a little about the history of your company?

From the ‘get go’ in the early 1980s, our company has been bringing state-of-the-art European screen printing technologies to North American screen printing markets. It was always about introducing new automated European screen technologies to the USA. Our technological competence was based on introductions of distinct global brand names such as Svecia, Klemm, SPS, Lüscher, A&M Kinzel, CST and Zentner Systems who we successfully established in the USA’.

We used to sell automated screen printing technologies to big US manufacturing companies such as AT&T, General Motors, RCA and IBM as they developed mass production of technical products. This led to build up strong relationships with the supply chains around membrane switches and printed electronics.’

How has the business evolved from those heady early days ?

‘Without a doubt, with the development of digital print technology , screen printing in traditional large format graphics shrunk. It still remaines a strong alternative for endusers in specialty applications such as fashion displays, outdoor and recreational markets, converting digitally or offset printed products with logo and specialty colors as well as spot varnishing. However, screen printing continued to be used in more technical and increasingly industrial applications for manufacturing production. Throughout the last 20 years there is a strong supply chain for the Automotive, Avionics, White goods, Medical appliances, Identification, Security, Electronics and High-end transfer sectors.  The continuation of providing first class screen printing technology solutions together with intelligent automation to a wide range of industrial and technical screen printing market segments remains the undivided focus of our company’

There is optimism about the current economic environment as a return of advanced manufacturing andhigh tech business to the US mainland will require the understanding and will to invest in intelligent automation of screen printing. With the strength and the many advantages of screen printing for precise deposition of a large range of ink systems on manufactured products opens untapped “manufacturing applications” for screen printing.

So, what are these real advantages that Screen Print has over Digital for industrial applications?

The real advantage of screen print technology, is and remains, in industrial applications where we no longer are limited to “screen printing” but rather to a more encompassing term such as “screen print manufacturing”. This means that ink, functional paste or other liquid systems, can be delivered in precisely measured thicknesses on an unmatched variety of substrates with precision-printed elements such as 20-30 microns fine lines for printed electronics application either in small or mass produced orders. Stand-alone or in-line automated process modules offer the design of customer-specific production configurations where “screen printing manufacturing” is an important integral component offering the widest and most profitable production efficiency.

Interestingly, we are increasingly seeing ‘hybrid’ use of screen printing combined with other analogue technologies or with digital to provide a value added solution. One of the advantages of our company and our collaboration with European specialists like ESC is our ability to design customised solutions for our customers’

Why is the time right for the next industrial revolution and in particular for InPrint in the USA?

I am definitely seeing an increased demand for knowledge and understanding of Industrial Print possibilities particularly functional products. I am really excited about InPrint coming to the USA, I think the time is right !

I was first exposed to InPrint in Munich, Germany 2015 and I think we in the US are at a similar point in development.

I saw and spoke to lots of companies who were thinking about and investigating the possibilities for a variety of projects. All I would say is that US creativity does not have to depend on logistical challenges for project realization outside of the USA. Our nation’s ingenuity that must be backed up with the commitment to utilize intelligent automation to its fullest extent will provide the fastest “Design Concept to Market Introduction Cycle”.

When it comes to a problem to solve, the US can do it quickly and that suits our mantra – ‘Give us a problem, we will find a solution’.

We have a variety of pre- and post-press screen printing and finishing modules that we can put together to build the perfect intelligently automated production solution.’

Product of the Year Award

Prompt SGIA 2016 Award

The introduction of the optic fiber connected, direct laser Computer-to-Screen system which dlp imaging corp. (dlpic), Ronkonkoma, NY demonstrated during this year’s SGIA Expo in Las Vegas, NV could not have been more successful.

SGIA selected the fineLine directLaser! digital image setter powered by Lüscher Technologies for their 2016 Product of The Year award in the pre-press category. The recognition of dlpic’s screen imaging system was based on unmatched features that have not been available for screen printing and provides new business opportunities for screen printers.  Some of the outstanding and noteworthy details:

  • range of available resolution of 2540 and 5080 dpi in the same machine
  • selection and usage of the exact UV exposing energy in millijoules
  • fastest exposing of Diazo based dual-cure emulsion types with white or yellow polyester or stainless steel mesh types
  • fastest exposing of any type or thickness of capillary film with white or yellow polyester or stainless steel mesh types
  • exposing of finest lines, angles and circles without sawtooth and line counts of >130 lpi
  • exclusive warranties for equipment and laser diodes
  • available demo center in Ohio for testing any mesh/emulsion combinations

The flatbed version of the fineLine directLaster! machine can process screens up to 59” x 57” and can be precisely custom-designed for any demanding screen printing application. Pixel sizes from 40 – 1.25 microns can be selected for line widths and type sizes not available in Computer-to-Screen technologies before. The machines can be configured with laser diodes in groups of 16 up to a maximum of 128 lasers. This machine images and exposes screens as well as UV litho plates.

Each optic fiber connected laser diode is covered by an industry-leading, 10,000 exposing hour warranty that offers 5 – 6 years of trouble-free machine operation. This unique reliability guarantee can be prolonged with an inexpensive annual insurance coverage for the life of the equipment offering the least expensive operating and ownership cost.

A fully operational demo center in Ohio is available for screen printing companies interested in imaging tests with their own screen/emulsion combinations. “TEST before you INVEST”.

dlpic also released their brand new website “”.

Click here to read the full News Release

Certificate of Proficiency

dlpic technicians completed a one week training at Lüscher Technologies, Switzerland and received their authorized technician certificate of proficiency. A pre-requisite for professional equipment installations and imaging testing at dlpic’s demo center in Ohio.

Giga Size

The Zentner giga size automatic screen coater for max. screen O.D. size of 10 ft x 20 ft (3 x 6 m) goes through customer equipment approval in Switzerland prior to disassembly and shipping to SGIA 2016 exhibition in Las Vegas where it will be demonstrated in dlpic’s booth 2015.