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.
Property of an ink, coating, or substrate to remain unimpaired by slight abrasion, impact, or pressure; also called abrasion resistance.
The white space extending from the printed edge to the edge of a sheet.
A device for gumming or applying adhesive to single wing easels, or edges of display parts that are to be adhered.
Another term for emblem or decal, also used as a generic term that including striping, accent, and trim pieces and die-cut lettering.
A slab of machine cast iron, lubricated by wax and oil on which the gob (gather) at the end of a blow pipe is rolled to form a cylindrical shape before blowing into desired shape.
A covering or coating used to protect, cover, or conceal.
(1) Technique of placing a mask in the path of light to stop passage, reduce the quantity of light, or modify a photographic result; (2) Technique that allows manipulation of one area of an image while other areas remain unaffected.
(1) Manual knife-cut film that does not permit passage of actinic light; (2) Photographic-light sensitive film for making masks for color correction.
Mass flow rate
Volumetric flow rate times density such as pounds per hour or kilograms per minute.
(1) A color, viewed by reflective light, of a pigment-vehicle mixture, that is of sufficient thickness to obscure completely the background; (2) An area of solid color compared to a halftone print.
The original from which subsequent copies and comparisons are made.
A screen printing frame so designed that smaller screen printing frames may be affixed inside it for printing.
Any design or logo type used as identification.
The random arrangement of glass fibers used in reinforcing a molded shape such as an outdoor fiberglass sign.
Match Print proof
(1) A four color print that estimates how the final print will appear; (2) A direct digital color proofing process that allows the printer to see the colors desired in the final print; (3) A 3M registered trademark.
Yard goods or cloth; substrate.
Fabric choice for an awning or canopy depends on the application:
- Interior or exterior
- Illuminated (backlit) or standard commercial/residential project
Material safety data sheet (MSDS)
A product specification sheet that identifies chemical substances and other health and physical hazards encountered by employees handling the material.
A dull, low-gloss, or no-gloss finish.
A low-gloss or non-reflective stock material.
Time/temperature range required when firing ceramics.
The temperature where glass decoration must be held for a selected time to achieve the desired cure properties.
The thickness of an applied ink film where additional amounts of ink will not affect reflectance measurements.
Maximum operating temperature
The maximum temperature at which a device can be safely operated.
A metal rod wound with a fine wire around its axis, used to draw an ink down evenly and at a given thickness.