The Technical Association of Graphic Arts is pleased to announce the publication of a hardbound version of the second volume of the TAGA Journal. The peer-reviewed papers contained in this volume represent both the breadth and depth of the graphic arts community. This volume contains scholarly papers representing a broad and highly interdisciplinary the range of subjects from offset , flexo, gravure even screen and pad printing Authors from the United States, Canada, Sweden, Finland, and Wales demonstrate the international reach of our industries research activities. Finally, the outstanding quality of the research illustrates the reason for this journal, and, indeed, the very reason for TAGA. The TAGA Journal will continue to serve as the focal outlet for new trends in the science and engineering as well as applied and theoretical issues in the Graphic Arts worldwide. The Technical Association of the Graphic Arts started the TAGA Journal of Graphic Technology in 2003.
Welcome to the second volume of the TAGA Journal, the premier peer reviewed Journal for all professionals who use printing and related processes to create products. It addresses the science, engineering and impact of all topics related to the print process. We have been worked to establish a firm, stable foundation for the TAGA Journal. The conferences held in 2005/06, such as the TAGA Annual technical Conference in Vancouver, highlight that there is still plenty of quality research and development in the industry. Thus, there is a valuable role for the TAGA Journal to perform as a peer reviewed journal for the graphic arts and printing community, both suppliers, printers and end users. Volume 2 of the TAGA Journal would not have been possible without the support of Richard Goodman, the TAGA President and the work of my colleagues, Eifion Jewell and David Bould, but most of all the hard work of my long suffering secretary Christine Hammett who administers the peer review process and formats the papers. I would like to thank all of those who have submitted and reviewed papers for their contribution to the success of TAGA Journal. The editorial office is based in the Welsh Centre for Printing and Coating, Swansea University, which handles the peer review process. The Journal is published on behalf of TAGA by Swansea Printing Technology Ltd.