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50+ Years in the US
75+ Years as Dainippon SCREEN
150+ Years since birth of the company



1868 Ishida Kyokuzan Printing Works opens in Kyoto, Japan

1918 Ishida Kyokuzan Printing Works obtains a patent for "Transparent Film Letterpress for Lithographic Transfer", known as Ishida Films.

1934 Glass screens for photographic reproduction Glass SCREENs for photographic reproduction of halftone plates produced commercially for the first time in Japan.

1943 Dainippon SCREEN Mfg. Co., Ltd. is established; Keizo Ishida is named first president.

1946 Targets becoming a comprehensive manufacturer of photographic reproduction equipment. Wood frame process camera developed.

1955 Advances into supplying electronics components when its screen-making technology of engraving fine lines is applied successfully to producing metal meshes for television cameras. This work was undertaken at the request of the Japan Broadcasting Corporation (NHK).

1957 Dainippon SCREEN succeeds in mass-producing contact screens, the first domestic company to do so.

1958 President Tokujiro Ishida travels to the United States and Europe to study overseas prepress technology and markets.

The Sixties

Leveraging success in the graphic arts, SCREEN moves into technologies key to the mass production of affordable color televisions, and by 1966, just 2 years after the first color broadcast, American TV watchers enjoy the first ever all-color prime-time season.

The 1960s saw Dainippon SCREEN leverage technological expertise gained in the graphic arts with market leading cameras, step-and-repeat machines and vacuum contact printers by advancing into the fields of mesh SCREENs used in Television Cameras and Shadow Masks required for the manufacture of color televisions. Dainippon SCREEN’s technical contributions enabled the mass production of shadow masks for color television manufacturing and not only greatly contributed to the expansion of Dainippon SCREEN in the 1970s but also played a key role in the rapid availability of Color Television in consumer markets world wide. With mass production, Color Televisions dropped in price and became increasingly available to the average consumer. American broadcasting companies announced in 1965 that over half of all programming would be in Color and by 1966 Americans enjoyed the first ever all-color prime-time television season.


1962 Dainippon SCREEN is listed on the Osaka Securities Exchange and the Kyoto Stock Exchange. Dainippon SCREEN made its first appearance at the 1962 DRUPA Exhibition.

1963 The Auto Graver, an electronic machine used for engraving halftone blocks directly onto the plate from a reflection or transparency original, is launched. The Auto Graver also produces color-compensated separations directly from originals.

Shadow masks for color TV CRTs are developed; full-scale production begins at a newly constructed facility at Hikone Plant two years later.

1967 Dainippon SCREEN America Inc. established with offices on Los Angeles.

The Seventies

SCREEN launches solutions for SCREENing, platemaking and image capture and moves into mass production of Integrated Circuits, or Silicon Chips. Industry production capacity triples leading to an explosion in consumer electronics including watches, calculators and arcade gaming consoles.

The 1970s was a time of rapid global growth for Dainippon SCREEN as the company continued to build out its world-wide sales network for the graphic arts on the strength of ground breaking technologies in direct SCREENing cameras, direct platemaking systems and color scanners. The Direct Scanagraph SG-701 was a hugely successful direct scanner that could for the first time simultaneously perform color separations and SCREENing. The SG-701’s popularity was such that many customers were willing to wait more than a year for delivery. Meanwhile, Dainippon SCREEN continued its quiet leadership in the development of advanced technologies for the automation and mass production of Integrated Circuits (ICs) – what we now call Silicon Chips or simply Chips. Dainippon SCREEN’s fully automated printed circuit board production system, launched in 1977, tripled the output capacity of conventional systems and played a key role in the mass production of ICs responsible for the explosion in consumer electronics ranging from watches to calculators to arcade gaming consoles.


1973 Direct Scanagraph SG-701 – commercially available high quality separations from a color original.

1978 Direct Scanagraph SG-601

The Eighties

Single integrated chip production evolves into multiple chips combined in a single board. SCREEN advancements in silicon wafer annealing, cleaning and precision measurement help fuel the Microcomputer Revolution and launch the Personal Computer era.

The 1980s saw the acceleration of development in Integrated Circuit technology as mass production grew from single ICs to multiple ICs combined in a single board. Small Scale Integration gave way to Medium Scale Integration and then Large Scale Integration. Dainippon SCREEN advancements in Silicon Wafer annealing, cleaning and precision measuring proved to be critical components in the mass market development and manufacturing of the next stage of IC evolution -- Very Large Scale Integration (VLSI) of Integrated Circuits (ICs). And as Japanese industry solidified its leadership position in the global IC market, Dainippon SCREEN solutions played a critical role, ultimately leading to the economic availability of the technologies that would fuel what would become known as the Microcomputer Revolution – a revolution that would launch the Personal Computer.


1980 Dainippon SCREEN America Inc. opens new office in New Jersey

1984 Direct Scanagraph SG-608 – world’s first scanner with built-in helium-neon laster.

1984 Dainippon SCREEN Engineering of America Inc established – service and support for color scanners in the North American market.

1985 Sigmagraph 6000 provides first centralized, high cost-performance page makeup system – processed text as graphics and was created using advanced computer image processing technology.

1987 Assembling and Stripping Machine AS-500 launched for the automatic accurate stripping of half-tone negative film output from a color scanner to a preset composition.

The Nineties

SCREEN launches solutions in prepress, page composition, scanning, thermal CTP and digital offset printing. SCREEN Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) processors double throughput. LCDs soon dominate the display market, finding homes on walls, desktops, cameras, tablets and smartphones.

SCREEN continued its Graphic Arts innovations in the 1990s, bringing to market new solutions in prepress, page composition and color scanning platforms, as well as launching new affordable solutions for the Thermal Computer to Plate Market. SCREEN also entered the Digital Print market with the debut of the first Truepress Digital Offset Press in 1998. And Dainippon SCREEN continued impacting the consumer electronics markets with a move into the manufacturing markets for device displays, including a Liquid Crystal Display (LDC) processor that doubled current throughput. While the basic technologies behind LCDs had been around since the late 1880s, the 1990s saw significant advances in thin film manufacturing that would push LCDs on the way to becoming the most common cost effective and durable display technology by the mid 2000s. The same expertise in silicon wafer annealing, coating and cleaning that propelled SCREEN’s success in IC development enabled the company to make significant contributions in the development and manufacturing of Large Size LCDs and Flat Panel Displays. SCREEN manufacturing solutions not only increased throughput in the mid-1990s but also significantly reduced the physical footprint required for manufacturing and reduced power, water and chemical consumption. With these efficiencies in manufacturing, LCDs would outgrow wrist watch and calculator displays and come to dominate the display market and impact our lives by putting brilliant images on our walls, our desktops and in our hands with cameras, tablets and smartphones.


1993 Launches Taiga SPACE next-generation object-oriented prepress system

1995 Launches first Plate Recorder, entering the CTP market

1997 Introduces Cezanne Desktop Flatbed Scanner

1998 Reveals all new CTP line, the PlateRite 8000, with direct thermal printing to plate technology

The Aughts

SCREEN develops the first coating technology for Organic Electroluminescent Material displays (OEMD) for larger, thinner displays. White Canvas Rakusai combines cross-functional R&D efforts under one roof. SCREEN, leveraging proprietary technology, enters Photovoltaic, or Solar Cell, manufacturing markets.

During the 2000s SCREEN continued bringing to market solutions in the Semiconductor and Flat Panel Display manufacturing industries that pushed speeds higher, drove costs lower, improved product performance and increased final product size and scale. SCREEN developed the world’s first coating technology for Organic Electroluminescent Material displays (OEMD) enabling ever larger and thinner next generation displays. SCREEN coating solutions set the world record in 2004 for Wafers per Hour throughput in Semiconductor and IC manufacturing and then doubled it in another 4 years. In 2006 SCREEN established its largest ever R&D base, White Canvas Rakusai, bringing together technology development functions from many business units, all under one roof, to increase synergy and creativity across the growing company. Two years later in 2008 SCREEN leveraged existing proprietary technology in liquid crystal dispersion to enter full scale into the Photovoltaic, or Solar Cell, industry.


2000 Introduces TrueFlow intelligent PDF Workflow management system

2002 Introduces PlateRite Ultimate 32000 32-up CPT

2005 Acquired Inca Digital

2007 SCREEN USA celebrates 40th anniversary

2009 Cumulative worldwide sales and installations of SCREEN manufactured production inkjet printing systems passes the 200 unit mark.

The Teens


2012 Inca launches TPJ 1632

2013 SCREEN launches TPJ L350UV Label Press

2013 Inca launches TPJ W3200UV Wide Format Press

2014 Launches TPJ 520HD

2017 Introduces SC Ink for TPJ 520HD, new TPJ 520NX, new TPJ L350UV Plus Label Press with 5th Color Orange Ink and Low Migration Ink option for food and beverage packaging.

2018 Introduces field-upgradeable TPJ 520S Series

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