Tamas Sandor Frecska
Tamas Sandor Frecska was born in 1939, Budapest, Hungary. In 1956 he participated in the Hungarian uprising against Soviet occupation and subsequently escaped to the West. He’s lived in the US since 1957 and is a graduate of Beloit College (1961/ BA in industrial design) and LaSalle University (business management). Frecska is the author of many important technical articles for the screenprinting industry. His book, Troubleshooting the Printed Image, has been a mainstay of screenmakers and printers for many years.
Tamas spent all of his adult life working directly or indirectly for companies producing screenprinted goods. He was a production- or department-manager for American Decal, Chicago, IL, Stewart Warner, Chicago IL, Fosco Fabricators, Dixon IL, and Pro Arts Co., Medina, OH. His fascination with screenprinting drove him to become a self-educated engineer and soon started designing both equipment and production programs for his employers.
In 1974, he launched Technical Services and Fabrication, Inc. (Medina OH) to design and fabricate custom printing/drying equipment as well as production consulting for many of his clients. In 1981, Tamas joined ST Publications (now ST Media Group) as editor of Screen Printing magazine. He continued his quest to improve the technology and image of the screenprinting printing process and used the magazine as an educational tool for printers. Over his years at ST Publications, he won 5 Swormstedt Awards for technical excellence and his work became the part of the foundation for the changing image of screenprinting. In 1985 he launched a new magazine for ST, Screen Imaging Technology in Electronics. SITE was the only magazine ever dedicated to the use of screenprinting in electronic products, however, weakness in that market lead to its demise in 1988.
In 1989 Tamas started a consulting company (TSF Associates) engaged primarily in the in-house training of screenprinting employees. During this time he continued writing for Screen Printing Magazine and published a monthly educational newsletter (Screen-Structor). In addition to the more than 150 technical articles he has written, he also wrote and published “Troubleshooting the Printed Image” a guide for improving printed image quality. By 1992, Tamas started his third business, Encore Engineering Inc., a manufacturing company producing state of the art squeegee-maintenance equipment. With two partners (including his wife, Susan Venell Frecska) he developed a line of squeegee sharpeners, a patented squeegee washer, and a range of cutting polishing and cleaning tools. In 2001 Encore Engineering was sold to Fimor, SA a French squeegee blade producing company.
Academy of Screen Printing Technology (ASDPT)
Tamas always worked closely with the Screen Printing Association International (now SGIA) to promote the technology of screenprinting and pushed the Association to recognize the compelling need for a technical foundation that would promote research and standardization in the industry. After the Screen Printing Technical Foundation (SPTF) was formed, Tamas served as Chairman of the Board to provide direction to the newly formed organization (1988). He also worked on the various committees of both the SGIA and SPTF.
Frecska is a 1985 inductee into the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technologies. Established in 1973 by the Board of Directors of the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association, the Academy of Screen Printing Technology recognizes individuals who have contributed to the technical growth and/or advancement of the screenprinting industry. The ASDPT is an international body of experts that honors qualified individuals through election to the membership for their distinguished, long-term contributions to, and application and promotion of, screen and digital printing and associated imaging technologies for graphic, textile, industrial, and electronic printing applications. Academy members regularly submit, review, recognize and recommend technical papers for publications under the auspices of the Academy. ASDPT members are also active in providing technical education, consultation, adjudication of printing image quality, and promotion of the technical and commercial development of the industry.
Frecska is a 5-time recipient of The Dave Swormstedt, Sr. Memorial Award, which is presented, annually by the Specialty Graphic Imaging Association during their Expo in October each year. The award is presented to the author(s) of an article written on any aspect of screenprinting or graphic imaging and published in the fiscal year — August 1 through July 31 — immediately preceding the meeting. Chosen by members of the Academy of Screen and Digital Printing Technology, winners of the prestigious Swormstedt Award are recognized for their outstanding writing ability and exceptional industry insight.
1985 Tamas Frecska, “Screen Fabrics: A Question of the Right Parameters”
1990 Tamas Frecska, “Taming Microregistration”
1993 Tamas Frecska, “Screen Printing in the Year 2000”
1995 Tamas Frescka, “Becoming a Super Color Matcher”
1996 Tamas Frescka, “Floodbar Fundamentals”
Frecska retired in 2002 and spends most of his time learning about number theory, game theory, computer programming, sculpture, and watching his grandchildren grow. It was especially rewarding to see his son, Tom O. Frecska, at the helm of Screen Printing magazine for many years until Tom passed away May 21, 2009, after suffering a sudden heart attack.