Screen Printing &
Direct to Surface
Printing on metal

Shadow Boards & Information Boards

Direct to surface Screen Printing Services

Screen printing is valued for its ability to produce high-quality prints with vibrant colors, especially on a variety of surfaces, including metal. It is a popular choice for industrial applications due to its versatility and the durability of the printed output.

Screen printing, also known as silk screening, is a versatile and widely used printing method that involves transferring ink through a mesh screen onto a substrate.

Substrates include tyvek, plastics, polycarbonate, metal, painted or powdercoated surfaces including hard to adhere such as stainless steel markings

Here’s a step-by-step explanation of the screen printing process:

  1. Design Creation:

    • The process begins with the creation of a design, typically in a digital format. This design serves as the template for the image or text that will be printed on the metal surface.
  2. Screen Preparation:

    • A mesh screen is selected based on the complexity and resolution of the design. The screen is coated with a light-sensitive emulsion, creating a stencil of the design when exposed to light. This emulsion-coated screen is then dried in a darkroom.
  3. Exposure of the Screen:

    • The prepared screen is placed over the design template, and the entire assembly is exposed to light. The light hardens the emulsion on the screen, except in areas where the design blocks the light. After exposure, the screen is washed, revealing the stencil pattern.
  4. Setup on Printing Press:

    • The metal substrate is secured on a printing press, and the screen is positioned over it. The screen is carefully aligned to ensure precise registration of the design on the metal surface.
  5. Ink Application:

    • Ink is applied to the top of the screen, and a squeegee is used to spread the ink evenly across the mesh. The design areas in the stencil allow the ink to pass through onto the metal, creating the desired pattern.
  6. Printing Process:

    • The screen is lowered onto the metal surface, and the squeegee is pulled across the screen, forcing the ink through the open mesh and onto the substrate. The pressure applied by the squeegee ensures that the ink adheres to the metal in the pattern defined by the stencil.
  7. Drying:

    • After printing, the metal substrate is typically moved to a drying area. The ink needs to dry or cure, depending on the type of ink used. Some inks require heat curing, while others air dry.
  8. Repeat for Multiple Colors:

    • For multicolor designs, each color is applied using a separate screen. The process is repeated for each color, with careful alignment to ensure that the colors match up accurately.
  9. Curing or Fixing the Ink:

    • Once all colors have been applied, the printed metal is subjected to a curing process. This may involve heat curing (using ovens or specialized drying equipment) or allowing the ink to air dry and set, depending on the type of ink used.
  10. Quality Control:

    • The final printed metal is inspected for quality , sharpness of print and adherence to the design.
Printing directly to stainless steel

Lean Farming

Farm Map Boards

Farm Map Boards printed on aluminium for wall mounting can be dry wipe for marking paddocks. They also comes with a notes area and a daily chart for organisation.

Each board is custom designed as requested.

Paddock Numbering Signage

A useful tool for layout and planning of farm paddocks, or for use when contractors are carrying out services on the farm.

Engraved in 3mm outdoor grade material.

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Bex Design Team

At Bex Design & Print, we strive to seek out best practice and excellence across all areas of our business. Ongoing investment in plant, people, training and Health and Safety has set us up nicely for the future.

The management teams here at Bex Design have worked right across the business from the shop floor to managing the business on a day-to-day basis, whilst our dedicated sales team use their vast knowledge of the industry to fully understand what makes your business tick. Our design team have over 30 years’ experience between them and our production teams are a highly trained, highly reliable resource of which we are justifiably proud.

If you are new to dealing with us or have been a customer for many years, wouldn’t you like to put a face to a name? Well now you can!! Its always good to know who you are working with, so take a look at our team pictures below and learn a little bit about us at the same time.

Company Founded

The original company, Serobex, was founded in February 1987 and was established in a small business unit with 2 employees in Calne, Wiltshire.





Beginning to Grow

With a growing reputation for providing high quality screen print and membrane switch production, the company moved into larger, purpose built premises in Stanier Road, the site we currently occupy to this day.

Bex Design Formed

Bex Design was evolved to complement the existing print facility, providing an on-site consultancy and design facility and with its dedicated sales team, introduced a new client base and product range to the business, significantly increasing its turn over. 





Further Expansion

With a rapidly growing order book and more employees taken on the first major update to the factory was undertaken, with a 7500 sq ft purpose built extension completed in the spring. 

Management Buy Out

Understanding the rapidly evolving demands from the marketplace, Bex Design buy out Serobex and a new era for the company begins under the leadership of Ian Board. 





Further Acquisitions

Bex Design make a further acquisition with the buy out of Peter Iles Publicity, bringing additional customers to our ever expanding roster 

Large Format Digital Print Introduced

Continuing the company’s commitment to providing market leading solutions for its customers, Bex Design invest in their first large format flat-bed digital printer. This new technology offers customers numerous design opportunities using a varied choice of materials along with vastly reduced lead times.





Further Expansion Planned

With a growing reputation as the printer of choice for an ever increasing client base, the decision is taken to expand the floor space of the factory even further. The land parallel to the side of the factory is purchased from the local council and plans drawn up for a second factory extension. 

Second Factory Extension Completed

December 2015 and the second factory extension is opened increasing the site by a further 5000 sq ft. Bex Design and Print celebrate with the launch of its new website and logo design. 





Jetrix LX5 LED UV Printer Installed

Bex Design purchase the very first JETRIX LX5 LED UV flatbed digital printer in the UK. This latest addition to our plant list not only extends our digital print capability even further but also provides the much needed capacity required to fulfil on-going customer and market demands. 

Sakurai MAESTRO & Natgraph Dryer Installed

Bex announces two additions to its screen printing plant: the Sakurai MAESTRO MF-80 VII fully automatic screen printer and the Natgraph Air Force UV Combination Dryer. The staggering capacity and speed achieved by two these machines working together significantly reduces lead times and costs.



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