Innovative QTS Apshen Stencil Foil Adapter Awarded U.S. Patent

Medway, Massachusetts, USA – The Apshen Stencil Foil Adapter System developed by Quick Tensioning Systems (QTS), for the DEK® VectorGuard® High Tension stencil frame, has been awarded U.S. Patent #9,351,406, it is announced today.

The QTS Apshen was developed to give DEK® VectorGuard™ High Tension stencil frame system users the ability to choose their own or preferred stencil foil provider, according to Thomas G. Erdmann, CEO and developer of the Apshen. “Until Apshen, VectorGuard users could only buy the specially-formed stencil foils that fit VectorGuard through DEK. Now, they can purchase them from whoever they choose.” He added that the patented Apshen won’t compromise the VectorGuard system and does not infringe on any existing patents.

The Apshen won a coveted New Product Introduction (NPI) Award last year at IPC/APEX 2015 in San Diego, California. Apshen won in the “Screen/Stencil Printing Peripherals/Consumables” award category.

Apshen is made of durable aluminum extrusion and injection molded nylon parts; it’s a 2-part assembly that simply snaps together around the edges of a stencil foil. This simple, single-molded system requires no maintenance, is simple to clean and store, and is designed to last for the life of the stencil. It never needs to be replaced or repaired. Space-saving Apshen enables storage of 4-6 foils in the space used by a standard frame.

For more information about the QTS Apshen or other QTS products and technology, visit or contact the company at 4 Marc Road, Medway, Massachusetts, USA, Tel. 508-533-7819. DEK® and VectorGuard® are registered trademarks of DEK.

Press Contact: Tom Erdmann

Cell: 508-922-7814


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