Greek philosopher Heraclitus once said, “The only thing that is constant is change.” When it comes to printing onto glass, no truer words have been spoken. That may seem like an odd statement for a material that has been decorated for hundreds of years, but the reality is that the changing legislative landscape and the introduction of alternatives to ceramic inks have resulted in a shift in commercial glass decoration methods.
In addition to advancements in screen inks, we can no longer ignore the impact of digital printing methods for glass decoration. As printhead technologies have advanced and inkjet chemistry improved, systems are being designed, built, and now installed that rival traditional screen printing speeds and durability. While the largest print runs are still dominated by screen printing, digital is now a viable option for nearly any market segment.