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For over 67 years Bovie Printing And Fabrication has been a leading manufacturer of Membrane Switches, a product widely used in appliance, medical, and the electronics industry. Membrane Switches offer an economical alternative to mechanical switches because they allow for graphic overlay design, and can facilitate brand marking. A typical Membrane Switch is constructed in the following layers:

  1. The graphic overlay layer is a polyester or polycarbonate film, printed on the second surface with a switch location, and copy required. The display of the buttons can be flat or embossed, with led windows, which add functionality.
  2. Top circuit layer contains shorting pads which close the electrical circuit when depressed through a spacer layer.
  3. Spacer layers act as a circular spring separating the two circuits. The function of the spacer is to allow room inside the switch for the tactile domes to rest without being subjected to partial compression by the layers around the domes.
  4. The bottom circuit layer has both poles, and the switch array, and the tail which connects to the printed circuit board.
  5. Adhesive layers allow the switch to be permanently mounted onto a smooth surface.



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Steel rule Dies are used to cut the final shape of a decal or overlay. They can be manufactured in any shape to match the features required by the customer in the finished part. When used, the Die cuts like a cookie cutter; it is forced, under pressure through the material to produce the desired shape.
The Dies are made by laser cutting a design into a piece of birch plywood, then sharp blades are inserted into those cuts. The die is then put in a die press and the parts are cut out to their final shape.
Steel Rule Die Press                                 Die Cut Part from Steel
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Domed labels are an attractive label which adds extra value to the overall appearance. The clear polyurethane cap which, after the curing (hardening), allows the printing to have a 3-D look. A domed label can be applied to a variety of items such as; the rear of an automobile, store hangers, appliances and electronics.
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The correct colors on an overlay are one of the most important parts of the job, and that is where we use color chip proofing to match a customer’s specific color needs. When the customer requires an exact color, it is important that it is matched thoroughly to their design, on the same material that will be used in production.
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Roll labels are carried on a continuous backing sheet with the liner wound around a core. The core is a tube made of paper,
cardboard or plastic. Different size labels can be made in a variety of shapes and colors. Barcode, numbered, reflective, permanent or removable adhesive,thermal imprint and date code features are easily created to add to a label design.
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Engineering activities inspection involves the measurements, tests, and gauges applied to certain characteristics in regard to an object or activity. The results are usually compared to specified requirements and standards for determining whether the product is to the customer’s satisfaction.  Inspections are usually non-destructive. Whenever work is done or a product or part is made—whether it is a piece of hardware manufactured on the assembly line, a memo typed by a secretary, or code developed by software programmers—it should be inspected to see that it fulfills the requirements and specifications. This is certainly a wise business practice. Some companies accept a certain failure rate, while others try to correct the problems they see from their inspection. Inspecting and then correcting will save company money.
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Pressure sensitive labels are the preferred product for adhering to nearly any surface without additional bonding agents or processing beyond application pressure. As the name "pressure-sensitive" indicates, the degree of bond is influenced by the amount of pressure which is used to apply the adhesive to the surface. A pressure sensitive label consists of a face stock material (paper or plastic film), a pressure sensitive adhesive, and a release liner. The backing can be peeled off and the labels are applied permanently to another surface. Pressure sensitive labels are one of the most popular and widely used labels today. They can work with single label applications or for front and back labels. The PS labels can be printed up to 10 colors and 20" wide.
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The innovative technologies of the screen printing industry involves product marking, fabrication of plastics, metals and customer supplied parts. Cutting, laminating, forming and fabrication of parts, displays and equipment’s are also part of the product mix. Technical graphic applications cover a wide variety of non-conventional graphic surfaces with endless possibilities. The varied users 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. 
Screen printing will help a company enter new markets and maximize the product's potential by adding information, branding and instruction.
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 different techniques we use are:
  • Digital printing technology
  • Roll to roll printing
  • Custom hand printing
  • Flexographic Printing
  • Rotational Printing
  • Screen printing
  • Pad printing
  • Thermal transfer
  • Hot stamping
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"One hand washes the other"
Here are some reasons why Bovie Screen Process Printing values doing business with their New England neighbors.
  • Help better customer Communications -
    Interchanges are better with a business that you can easily get to by walking, driving or via public transportation and are often independently owned by people in the area. National firms, whether brick-and-mortar or online, don't qualify. The customer and the business owner get to have a face to face relationship.
  • Supports the local economy -
    Compared to chain stores, locally owned businesses recycle a much larger share of their revenue back into the local economy, enriching the whole community.
  • Reduces the cost of freight -
    Products and jobs can be delivered by car or truck or mailed locally, which would reduce the cost of shipping.
  • Encourages mutual purchasing -
    One hand washes the other. If a company does do business with another local company, that company, in turn, will give the other local company business, if they can. Or they may refer another company to their neighboring business they can create a local "web".
  • Provides leads to other services and products and services -
    Companies that you already do business with can be a source of references for future services that your company may need and vice versa. 
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July, 25 2016


With a broad and enthusiastic smile Gary Shirk, our VP and Director of Operations declares, “You don't have to give a lot, it's the fact that you're giving at all that makes the difference.” For years Gary has been giving to United Way (a world wide non-profit) not only monetarily but by volunteering his time and talents as well. Seven of those years were served in various positions on the Merrimack County United Way, including a one-year stint as President. Then after a lapse of about ten years, just as Merrimack County was negotiating to join the Southern Region, Gary was asked to rejoin the Board and happily accepted. Gary then transitioned to the Granite United Way (GUW) Board when it was initially formed in mid-2010, and has been happily serving there since.

Once on the GUW board Gary began to make a push for fundraisers to focus on the individual donor in new ways. The workplace campaign allows individuals at companies to donate through payroll deduction to GUW. With his enthusiasm still very much present, Gary explains to me that “we live in a time where people move more frequently from companies. When this happens we (GUW) lose their donations that come from the workplace campaign.” Even though Gary appreciates the workplace campaign, he believes forming relationships with the individual will better coincide with the rapidly changing work culture.

Here at Bovie Screen Process Printing, we've been implementing the workplace campaign for three years and plan to continue offering this opportunity. Additionally, Gary and our President David Gintzler, graciously match every employee contribution to GUW and encourage employees who move to another company to continue with their donations.

Along with donating his time and abilities to the GUW Board of Directors, Gary serves on several GUW committees. Training loaned executives, serving on the finance committee, the impact committee, and the initial endowment plan, Gary has dipped his toes into many pools. By using his planning and strategic skills Gary has helped GUW to flourish. Growth, however, takes a community effort which Gary undoubtedly knows. “Besides wanting to give back, I'm mostly involved because I love their team.” Gary lights up, “They are all so well focused on what will bring a positive change, I'm encouraged by the direction they're going in right now. I really believe they're going to make a difference, and I'm proud to say that I'm part of that effort.” The pride and happiness Gary has for GUW is evident in his smile.

Just as Gary is proud to be part of the GUW team, we are proud to have him as our Vice President here at Bovie Screen Process Printing. A strong sense of community, generosity and philanthropy all help to improve our society and we're happy to have a Vice President who embodies those goals and sentiments.




If you'd like to learn more about Granite United Way and their efforts visit them at graniteuw.org


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Here at Bovie Screen we are committed to continuously improving our processes, maintaining product consistency, achieving customer satisfaction. Documentation, calibration, first article, and inspection are just some of the quality standards we use.
For 66 years we have built a great reputation between the customer and vendor by confirming that incoming materials meet inspection criteria. We determine if the product behaves according to experience with respect to inks, adhesives, dies, fabrication and equipment, this is achieved by in-process inspection. Together we can reduce costs, improve image, appearance and meet your specifications. Always expect quality when doing business with us! 


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Sending out thank you notes for services or products gives a company another chance to connect withb2ap3_thumbnail_Thank-you-for-blog-01.png the customer. Any company that has spent time and money attracting those customers certainly wants to retain them, and thank you notes are a spectacular way to build solid relationships.

Sending thank you letters is not only a good way to make people feel appreciated for their deeds; it also makes the sender look professional. When writing a thank you note, you always want to keep in mind the newspaper-writing fundamentals of who, what, when and why to make the note effective. Remember that gratitude goes a long way!



Helpful Tips on Writing Thank You Letter...



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Custom-cut vinyl lettering, numbers, logos and graphics are often used as vehicle markings and window signage. This pre-spaced, pre-masked marking has found increasing application in electronics, medical and commercial fields. They are especially useful in larger logo marking of customer's products. Since the material is cast vinyl, it can conform to curved surfaces. There are many types of opaque reflective striping, custom-cut vinyl graphics, with high or low tack adhesive. Standard or clear transfer tape is applied so the graphics you receive are ready to apply. Sizes of vinyl lettering can be as small as 3/16” or as large as 48' with no seams.
How We Do It
Taking long life pressure sensitive vinyl, we computer cut the design required down to the liner of the material. The waste vinyl is peeled away leaving the copy and logos on the liner in position. A pre-mask material is then laminated over the whole decal. Upon application the original liner is removed, exposing the adhesive side of the vinyl. The pre-mask holds everything in position. The decal is applied to the final surface and rubbed down. The pre-mask is then removed and the decal is in position.


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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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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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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.


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.


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



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

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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


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

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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