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The PRINTING United Alliance Glossary of Terms serves as an excellent industry terminology resource. It is the language by which we all communicate, without it universal understanding would be impossible. Language and our ideas about how it is interpreted change rapidly. PRINTING United Alliance is aware of this and continues its effort to keep our constituents well informed about changes to the increasingly complex industry terminology. The 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.
Tablet (Graphics Tablet)
An input device that uses a stylus or specialized mouse to write or draw on the tablet surface to communicate with the computer.
(1) Condition of being sticky; (2) The relatively low splitting force of ink; (3) A large loose stitch used as a temporary fastener of fabric.
A treated cloth used to remove dust or other foreign material from a surface.
A surface having a sticky feel.
Any coating or ink that is not sticky to touch after curing or drying.
An additive used to improve stickiness of an adhesive film; also refer to detackifier.
Instrument used to measure the stickiness of material by pressing two surfaces together under a known weight for a given time period, and then using a steadily increasing force to separate them.
The sudden snap-back of a membrane switch.
High contrast, raised or incised sign intended for the visually impaired.
An assembly that provides a positive snap-action response.
A particular type of weave for screen mesh where single strands in the width direction (weft) cross over then under single strands in the length direction; a plain weave.
A strip made of cardstock, paper, or plastic attached to an item to identify, classify, or label it.
Thin flexible cardboard available in white and a range of colors.
A mechanical device for removing freshly printed substrates from the press.
A hydrated magnesium silicate used to reduce gloss and give velvet finish in ink formulations.
Tamper proof adhesive
A label adhesive that is extremely aggressive and will not permit removal in one piece.
Tamper proof label
Pressure sensitive label material where removal after application is not possible without destroying the label.
A production furnace for melting glass.
A spot of ink applied to a substrate with the finger, using a tapping action to distribute the ink evenly to approximate printing film thickness.
An additional piece of flat knit generally sewn over the original seam, attaching the neck to the body of the garment.
To become gradually thinner or narrow towards one end; diminish, make smaller.
Acceptable acronym for Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (US).
TAPPI (GE) brightness
The reflectance of blue light measured under carefully controlled geometric, photometric, and spectral conditions.
The portion of the original to be scanned.
Tarnish proof label
Pressure sensitive labels that are free of substances that might discolor or blemish copper or silver.