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SPECIAL ISSUE: INNOVATION

Er. Why don't you just print one color
off the screen and line everything up to
that print?
Oh, no. That takes too much time.
Plus, the line structure is so pixelated.
OK, here's the deal: Print the same
image on the ScreenJet, and print it on
your film; make the screens; print shirts

with them; and try to tell the difference
between the two.
Well, for that price, I could buy an
automatic press. A press makes me
money.
Well, wait a minute. You have to
make screens to put on that press.
Yes, but that only takes a few minutes.

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McCue laughs again and cites these
conversations as the reason he has no
hair today. "No one ever realized how
long it took them to make screens," he
says. "Follow a film positive through
your shop: The film came out on a
roll, and you'd run over and cut it up.
And then you never trusted the image
header, so you had to find a light
table and check that they all registered. Then you'd have to get a really
big, custom envelope; write the job
number on there; and take them to the
screenroom. Then the screen operator
takes them out - and he doesn't trust
the films, either, so he gets his light
table..." You get the picture. McCue
would spell it out, time and time again,
on sales calls and in seminars; he even
built an ROI calculator that would
show, more often than not, that printers
could recoup their costs in a year or
less. A few in the audience would nod
their heads. The rest "looked at me like
I was crazy."
There were early adopters: Stahls'
Transfer Express, Adidas, others.
"There were pockets of people," says
McCue, "that went that way and never
looked back. But it didn't sell as quickly
as I thought it would."
Eventually, Gerber sold the patent to
L├╝scher Technologies, a Swiss company
that was making large-format computerto-screen systems, and stopped making
the ScreenJet altogether.

THE NEXT GENERATION

Cheer up; there's more to the story. The
ScreenJet itself may have fizzled, but if
you look at CTS systems today, they're
not fundamentally very different than
they were in 1993. Inkjet models still jet
droplets of ink (or wax, an innovation
that came later) onto an emulsioncoated screen. Laser-based systems,
which developed in parallel with inkjet
models, still expose screens directly,
eliminating the intermediate positive
image altogether. The idea itself was
always a bright one; it just needed,
perhaps more than anything, some time.
It's no secret that the technology has
exploded in the past five years or so.


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