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Color Printing

 

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The Difference between RGB (red, green, blue) and CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) color printing is:

RGB is a display color mode used to create every other tone that is visible on your computer monitors and television screens. Even though each screen is capable of displaying a wide range of colors, there are still inconsistencies between screens.

CMYK is a printing color mode, used for traditional offset and digital printing. The four colors (cmyk) combined to create the color spectrum used in printing. CMYK printing does not reproduce color the same way that you view color on your RGB computer monitor.

The technique used to print full-color images, such as color photographs, is referred to as four-color-process or merely process printing. By printing four distinct dots of color, one black, one cyan, one yellow and one magenta you are able to see these as four separate colors. When one partially overlaps these four colors, in various amounts of overlap, you create an enormous color gamut.

Color printing typically uses ink of four colors: cyan, magenta, yellow and key (black). When CMYK “primaries” are combined at full strength, the resulting “secondary” mixtures are red, green and blue. Mixing all three theoretically results in black, but imperfect ink formulations do not give true black, which is why the additional K component is needed.

Inks used in color printing presses are semi-transparent and can be printed on top of each other to produce different hue. For example, green results from printing yellow and cyan inks on top of each other. However, a printing press cannot vary the amount of ink applied to particular picture areas except through “screening,” a process that represents lighter shades as tiny dots, rather than larger dots, which create darker areas of ink.

 

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The Art of Technical Graphic Printing

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Some of the innovative technologies of the screen printing industry involves marking and fabricating plastics, metals and exotic materials. Cutting, laminating, forming and fabrication of parts, displays and equipments are also part of the product mix.
Technical graphic applications cover a wide variety of non-conventional graphic surfaces with various possibilities. The varied disciplines of screen printing are mechanical, medical, electronic, retail and advertising venues.
Color is an integral part of the screen printing business. The use of color and the different applications allow ink to stick to practically any surface. The processes apply ink in thickness up to 100x greater than conventional printing. Any color can be matched to any job.
Screen printing will help your company enter new markets and maximize your product's potential by adding information, branding and instruction.
 
What We Do:
 
  • Manufacturing/printing graphic overlays and membrane switches.
  • Roll labels
  • Precision laser cutting and die cutting
  • Digital printing and cutting
  • Promotional and POP merchandising
  • Nameplates
  • Product marking
     How We Do It:
Technical screen printing involves using varied equipment and techniques depending on the specifications of the job. Colored inks are a significant part of screen printing. Some of the printing techniques we use are:
 
  • Digital printing technology
  • Roll to roll printing
  • Custom hand printing
  • Flexo-graphic printing
  • Rotational printing
  • Screen printing
  • Pad printing
  • Thermal transfer
  • Hot stamping
 
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Interview with Bovie's Color Specialist

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Bovie's color specialist Nick Paradis, 2009 New England College graduate, majored in creative writing and general studio with a minor in philosophy. After college, Nick went to LA for a year, then returned home to teach at Kimball Jenkins School of Art in Concord, NH. Upon taking a break from teaching Nick found himself here with us at Bovie Process Printing in Bow, NH. Soon after Nick started painting an acrylic mural that took him sixty days to complete at a pub called Area 23, located in Concord, N.H. During those sixty days Nick formed many lasting connections and became part of a new community.

In May of 2015 the owners of Area 23, Kevin Bloom and Kirk McNeil, were referred to Nick through a mutual friend. They knew right away that they wanted a mural and after seeing Nick's work, they knew that they wanted him to be the one to paint it. In this piece Nick's work was inspired by the artist, Ralph Steadman. Steadman's influence is quite clear when viewing the piece.

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As we look at the post apocalyptic scene we see that that mural features mainly warm colors with touches of cool. An alien spacecraft is the first part of the mural to catch the viewer's eye. The spacecraft has beaming/blasting rays protruding from the bottom. The piece also features a mixture of geometric and organic shapes, giving the composition diversity and a sense of balance. Along with a UFO the mural depicts a floating head with an oversized strawberry and bats emerging from the top. In the bottom left corner there's a lonely road strip stretching through an empty desert. Nick's mural is a piece that you can look at and soak up something new each time.

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Along with knowing from the get go that they wanted a mural Kevin and Kirk also knew that they wanted to create a pub that they would want to go to; a pub where people could actually interact. Area 23 is certainly a place where people can go to do that. 'This is a community' Nick said, 'I made genuine connections that were incredibly rewarding.' The pub is focused on their customers and giving back to the community. 'This is a pub that is also a community center.' Kevin proudly told me. The music that's played is patron driven and they also host open mic nights. As far as giving back to the community is concerned they've certainly put their best foot forward. In March they will be hosting a concert to benefit the local food bank. In the past they have held nights that were focused on giving the community helpful tools and tips concerning student loans. Area 23 is a pub that fosters a sense of community and togetherness.

Here at Bovie we're proud to have employees like Nick, who work on creative and intriguing projects outside of the workplace. Creativity is intertwined in everything that we do, so it's incredibly important to us as a company. Thank you for reading, and be on the lookout for future blogs featuring other Bovie employees!

 

 

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The Goal

The Goal

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Have you read The Goal, by Elaihu Goldratt? A few years ago, everyone in our company read the book. After much preparation and discussion, we put the principles explained in the book into practice. Even though those principles are counterintuitive to the way almost all businesses operate, the results have been amazing. If you've had the same experience let us know, we'd love to hear from you!

 

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Supporting our Digital Printing with Seal 62" Pro S Laminator

Supporting our Digital Printing with Seal 62" Pro S Laminator

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In an era of all different kinds of materials and applications, this laminator has the ability to respond to any specific need. This versatile machine gives our company the ability to laminate both thermally activated adhesives and PSA.

A printing company that owns this type of laminator can expect to use it for finishing POP, vehicle marking, and display applications. The laminations will act as protection for both weathering and UV protection. The 62” width covers 95% of the need of customers.

This laminator can run both hot and cold applications and is capable of running thermal film at two to three times the speed of other laminators on the market.

 

 

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Safety Bingo

Safety Bingo

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As companies strive to become more successful and sustainable they are becoming increasingly aware of the importance of promoting employee safety. Our safety committee has been working on different ways to prevent injuries in the work place (we have been able to reduce the injury rate of our employees by 100% over six months). One creative way we have implemented injury prevention is by playing safety bingo; which allows employees to work as a team to make sure the work place is a safe place. Each day a number gets pulled however, if there is an injury in the building the game will stop and start over. The first employee to get bingo wins a prize; our prizes include paid time off, gas cards, grocery gift cards and cash. Creating a safer work environment results in happier, safer employees.

 

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Tech Tips: Types of Art Files

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Tech Tips: Types of Art Files

There are two basic types of art files: raster files, which use bitmaps (bitmaps define a display space and the color for each pixel or “bit” in the display space) to make images, and vector files that make objects from points and lines (outlines). Vector files are created from drawing programs such as Adobe Illustrator (.ai) and Corel Draw (.cdr) Raster files are created by bitmap or pixel based programs like Photoshop (.ps) or Painter. Raster files can also be saved as tiff, jpeg, and gif. File formats such as .eps or .pdf, can be created from either type of graphics file and may contain both vector and raster images within the same file.

 

The Differences

Vector based files can be infinitely enlarged without regard to resolution as they are created with line segments and curves. Bitmap based images, however, can be enlarged only as far as the original resolution of the original image will allow. The more resolution (or pixels) in the original document, the more it can be enlarged without the loss of clarity.

 

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Membrane Switches

Membrane Switches

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Custom designed membrane switches are pressure sensitive input devices for activating and deactivating circuits. Printed on flexible, heat stabilized materials using conductive inks, they offer superior reliability, low-cost performance and increased graphic appeal.

We offer many different switches, whatever the industry application, from control panels to medical devices, electronics and machinery operation.

   Design Choices:

  • Embedded LEDs
  • Selective texturing and hard coating
  • Embossing
  • Backlighting
  • Transparent windows
  • Dead front graphics
  • Waterproof
  • Complete panel assemblies
    Polarized read out windows
  • ESD/RFI shielding
  • Tail length and exit points
  • Interconnect options
  • Rear mounting adhesive
  • Domes, Tactile and non-tactile
  • Silver Circuits

 

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