Investigation report on the digitalization of silk

2022-08-04
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Investigation report on the digitalization of pre printing plate making in China

for the silk printing industry, digital printing is both a challenge and an opportunity. Silk printing plate making is the basis of silk printing. If the plate making quality is not good, it is difficult to print high-quality products. Aiming at the digital application of prepress plate making process in China's silk screen printing enterprises, this survey was designed and implemented in order to understand the understanding and use of prepress direct plate making system by silk screen printing workers

this activity randomly surveyed nearly 100 silk printing enterprises in China, covering Beijing, Hebei, Zhejiang, Shenzhen, Shanghai and other provinces. Among these enterprises, 12% were silk printing enterprises established in the 1980s, 32% in the 1990s and 56% after 2000. The business scope of the enterprise involves fabric printing, light box advertising, membrane switches, signs and so on. The statistical data information and the problems reflected are analyzed for the readers

1. There are significant differences in the cognition of enterprises around the world on the digital plate making technology

in the statistical data, 63.31% of the respondents know the "silk screen color graphic creative color separation and plate making system" and "silk screen CTP", 32.5% of the respondents know nothing about it, and a few technicians know it well. Among 63.31% of the respondents, enterprises in Shanghai, Zhejiang and Shenzhen have a better understanding of prepress digitalization than those in other provinces and cities. In addition to the advantages of the Yangtze River Delta region, it is also related to the relatively developed local printing industry and employees' attention to the printing market

2. The digital workflow is not mature, and the technology still lags behind.

the adoption of direct plate making technology must digitize the workflow, but the current digital workflow is not mature enough, and most silk screen printing enterprises are still in a wait-and-see state. In the survey results, 52.23% of enterprises adopt laser Phototypesetting, and 30.8% of enterprises adopt traditional photographic plate making (as shown in the figure below)

in addition, according to the survey results of processing technology, 75.83% of silk screen printing enterprises adopt am processing technology and 24.17% adopt FM processing technology. This shows that the digitalization process of China's silk printing enterprises is far from keeping up with the pace of the international silk printing market. Although most enterprises have the intention of digitalization, the traditional workflow still restricts the digitalization development of silk printing

3. In order to realize direct plate making by silk screen printing, enterprises need to break through the traditional shackles. The survey results of "influencing factors of introducing direct plate making equipment" show that 48.12% of enterprises believe that the technical problem of direct plate making is the key, and 63.23% and 50.16% of enterprises believe that the cost of direct plate making and whether it is compatible with other production processes are the main reasons. (as shown in the figure below)

the introduction of silk printing direct plate making technology and equipment is not a simple problem of replacing old machines with new machines, but a traditional process flow with new technologies. This is a great change in the production process for many traditional silk printing enterprises

4. The digitalization of prepress equipment will be the first step of digitalization of printing technology. According to the survey statistics of "the development direction of printing technology", nearly 90% of the respondents affirmed the development trend of digitalization. During the survey of "what do you think is the first step in the development of digital printing", 56.58% of the respondents thought it was the digitization of prepress equipment, process and technology, 11.07% thought it was the digitization of prepress equipment and technology, 21.63% thought it was the digitization of printing equipment and technology, and 10.72% thought it was the digitization of printing process. (as shown in the above figure)

it can be seen that most of the domestic silk screen printing enterprises hold a positive attitude towards the development of India's digitalization, and have widely recognized that the digitalization of prepress equipment, process and technology is the precursor of the development of India's digitalization, which will drive the process of China's prepress plate making digitalization

editor's note: through this survey, it is not difficult for us to find that the digitization of the basic performance of the printing plate 2. Jinan gold testing fixture is the future development direction, but it is not an overnight event. With the introduction of direct plate making technology, screen printing enterprises will face problems such as changing the whole workflow, installing new equipment, personnel training, etc. Moreover, due to the immature digital workflow of China's screen printing industry and the long investment recovery cycle, these factors have become a major obstacle to the digitalization of China's printing plates Important reasons for verification methods. However, I believe that with the continuous improvement of digital workflow, the digitalization of printed boards will be closer and closer to us

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