Screen Printing

Screen-printing is one of AQL's signature services, in fact AQL has been screen-printing since the start 40 years ago. Today, we have 36 semi-automatic lines and 5 fully automatic lines. Very few companies have as much experience as AQL when is comes to screen-printing containers, which is why we can offer the lowest scrap rates in the industry. We make our own screens and mix our own inks, keeping development time to a minimum.

Although screen-printing is a common method for decorating containers, the variables are both numerous and complex. More containers are scraped for poor adhesion than any other quality issue. Working with an experienced and trusted screen printer is the best way to minimize waste and loss, and get the results you want, on time and within budget.

The Process at AQL

Screen printing is a method of printing where ink is forced through a photographically treated screen onto the container to be decorated. There are many types of inks that can be used including epoxy-based and UV curable. Properly matching the ink to the materials is an area in which AQL excels. The artwork can also effect ink selection as does the product to be filled. Most inks require a curing process after printing; however, time and/or exposure requirements can vary significantly from one job to the next. A thorough understanding of all of these variables is critical to achieving proper adhesion and durability.

Outstanding Capabilities

Colors are applied one at a time, with a new screen for each color. AQL’s automatics can run multiple colors in-line for optimal output. Our OMSO Axial can print up to 6 colors 360 degrees on symmetrical and asymmetrical container.

Depending on the project, we can provide fully-automatic, in-line wrap and rotary machines, or semi-automatic labeling on paper, vinyl, Mylar or foil.

AQL is a fully integrated silk-screen facility manufacturing our own inks and screens while offering the lowest scrap rates in the industry.

An ideal choice for:

  • Plastic Bottles, Jars & Tubes
  • Glass Bottles, Jars & Vials
  • Metal Cans, Tubes & Tins

Benefits & advantages

  • Direct surface printing
  • Wide color range
  • In-line multicolor printing
  • 360-degree coverage
  • High-speed production