The PRINTING United Alliance Glossary serves as an excellent industry terminology resource. It is the language by which we all communicate. Without it, universal understanding would be impossible.
To keep our constituents well informed about changes to the increasingly complex industry terminology, PRINTING United Alliance has developed this glossary of terms. Definitions are for general reference only. Usage may vary between companies, individuals, or national and country customs. The information presented is as accurate as the authors and editors can ascertain and PRINTING United Alliance assumes no responsibility for the use of information presented herein.
A unit of weight equal to 16 ounces avoirdupois or 453.592 grams.
Pound per square foot (psf)
A unit of pressure equal to the pressure resulting from a force of one pound applied uniformly over an area of one square foot.
Pounds per square inch (psi)
A measurement of pressure exerted per unit area.
A thermoplastic bonding agent primarily used to aid a plastisol transfer to adhere more efficiently to nylon or polyester substrates.
Cosine of the angle between the voltage applied and the current resulting.
Refers to PostScript Page Description, a small file used to describe a particular printer’s characteristics and capabilities to a graphics or word-processing software.
Acceptable acronym for personal protective equipment.
The application of force to the sides of a static frame prior to gluing tensioned mesh to the frame.
The breaking of scores before shipping a display.
State of being precise as to meaning, exactness, accuracy.
A process of checking a job for possible problems before the job is sent for final output.
To heat before-hand using a time and temperature relationship.
That portion of a lehr where all organic compounds are burned off before entering the firing zone.
The application of protective paper or tape to the surface of a substrate prior to printing.
The process of preparing screen mesh to receive a photographic stencil; a make ready procedure prior to use.
A display designed to be packed with merchandise by the advertiser and shipped as a unit.
Preparing a Retensionable Frame
1.0 Task: Preparing a Retensionable Frame 2.0 Job Area: Screen Room 3.0 Tools and Equipment:
- Cleaning solvents
- Emery cloth
- Razor blade
A thermosetting plastic, such as polymide, reinforced with glass cloth for use as a circuit board laminate, especially for multilayer boards.
All preparatory operations performed before the actual printing operation.
Screen printing a distortion pattern or design onto a plastic sheet that will be heat or vacuum formed, where during forming, the distortion is transformed into a correct image; refer to distortion copy.
Washing of fabric to remove residual spinning oils and waxes that could interfere with dye acceptance.
A sensitized film for making halftone positives and halftone negatives, where the halftone effect or dot formation is incorporated in the sensitized emulsion of film and produces a dot pattern automatically when film is exposed to object or copy.
Screen printing stencil film made for making photographic stencils that has been sensitized before shipping.
The application of a series of die-cut or kiss-cut patterns in a predetermined relationship onto an application paper in order that all marking components or designs may be applied to the substrate at one time.
An event where test sheets are examined and approved before production run is authorized.