Digital Printing vs Screen Printing - which method to choose?

Our customers often ask us what method is best to use when printing their nameplates, badges or labels – screen printing, or digital printing? At LNI, we are experts in both of these methods, and it really does all depend on the job. As there are so many different factors to consider, we have created an eBook ‘Digital Printing vs Screen Printing’ to explain the differences, benefits and considerations of both.

Below is a brief overview to start you thinking about the method that might be best for your project.

Screen printing

Screen printing is a centuries-old printing method involving ink applied through a custom stencil.

Screen Printing example from LNI

Screen printing is a good choice for:

  • Colour vibrancy
  • Durability
  • Long lifespan
  • Special effects
  • Printing where barcodes are constant
  • Jobs that are exposed to sunlight
  • Use in areas that are regularly cleaned down
  • High volume jobs

One of the limitations of screen printing is that it cannot be used for jobs that are larger than one metre in size.

Screen printing is the method of choice for these industries that require the highest possible quality and long lifespan:

Digital printing

Digital printing is a relatively new printing method, using a digital printer to print directly from an image file onto your product.

Digital Printing example from LNI

Digital printing is a good choice for:

  • Lower costs
  • Faster turnaround time
  • More flexible for changes
  • Large jobs (in size, not volume)
  • Good photographic print effects

There are some limitations to digital printing – it is not suitable for outdoor use or surfaces that are cleaned down, unless a UV resistant topcoat such as lenscal is applied, at extra cost.

Digital printing is the preferred method for:

  • Variable barcodes or QR codes
  • Service/serial labels
  • Asset tabs on computer hardware

Contact the experts at LNI

Each method of printing has its place.

When you are planning to design and produce a nameplate, badge or label for your business, talk to us first. We have a number of services divisions and will ask lots of questions to help you to decide which printing method is best for your project, and together we can find the best branding solution to make your label, badge or nameplate perform for you for years to come.

Contact us now, or call us on 03 9721 4200 or 02 9609 3699 to discuss the best printing method for your next project. You'll be glad you did.

Digital Printing vs Screen Printing eBook from LNI


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