Screen Printing: Production

Screen Making in a New Era

October 5, 2017 |

Digital computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and LED-exposure technologies have brought much advancement to the screen-printing industry and, with it, confusion about screen- imaging and exposing choices.

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Optimizing White Ink

October 12, 2016 |

I visit many screen-printing shops around the country — both small and large facilities — and one of the biggest, and costliest, issues that challenges screen printers is working with white ink.

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Ink Market Trends: Part 2

May 17, 2016 |

Along with the specialty-ink evolution, it’s interesting to see how the advances or applications of other technologies have helped screen-printing industry veterans get where they are today. 

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Ink Market Trends: Part 1

April 18, 2016 |

When it comes to screen printing — specifically inks — I am often asked, “What’s new?” or “What’s trending?” My initial thoughts are, “What has been forgotten?” or “What hasn’t the customer seen?”

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The Perfect Coating

March 15, 2016 |

The consumer and retailers of today’s market have driven the textile embellishment industry to research and develop new technologies to meet demands. Those demands include more environmentally friendly inks and prints with a softer hand than that which traditional plastisol inks can provide.

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Training and Talking

February 12, 2016 |

In your screen-printing shop, if you’ve addressed issues dealing with time, workplace rules, staff and space, the good news is you’ve almost completed the path to smooth, efficient workflow. 

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The Evolution of White Inks

January 19, 2016 |

Throughout the decades, we have witnessed a tremendous transition in the white inks that we use every day. Basic inks have evolved, from plastisol and water-based, to the current non-PVC products on the market. Some market trends also have changed white textile screen-printing inks to bring us to where things currently stand.

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Improving Workflow

October 20, 2015 |

Pretend for a moment that all the tasks needed to complete an order are nestled adjacent to a train track that circulates throughout your shop.

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On The Front Lines

October 19, 2015 |

Customers want that decorated shirt, cap or bag and they want it now. Shop-to-market speed expectations are at an all-time high — especially with e-commerce players upping the ante — and today’s decorators are navigating the best ways to meet demand without sacrificing quality.

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The “Zen” of Manual Printing

August 11, 2015 |

Pulling a squeegee on a manual screen-printing press and transforming a blank T-shirt into a colorful piece of commercial art is one of the most ubiquitous starting points for jobs in the decorated apparel industry...

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Specialty Printing for Success

July 2, 2015 |

It’s an eye-opening experience to think about how much specialty inks have evolved over the years and how the advances or applications of fringe technologies have helped screen-printing industry veterans...

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The Advantages of Plastisol Textile Inks

March 13, 2015 |

During the past two decades, there has been a push from different organizations — including environmental agencies and large sporting goods companies — to have traditional plastisol inks either modified or replaced.

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Press Coverage: From Manual to Automatic

March 11, 2015 |

From the day we started our textile screen-printing business in 2006, my father, Bob, and I knew an automatic press was in the cards. But as with everything else, we recognized that timing and planning were critical with respect to making the leap. 

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Handling Hoodies With Unique Printed Locations

December 22, 2014 |

One way to stand out from your competitors is to offer a process that they don’t, particularly with regard to printing placements. This will not only create a specific demand that can land you clients who appreciate higher levels of creativity and artwork, but it also can develop strong customer relationships that are built on a “can-do” mentality. 

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Take a Number

September 5, 2014 |

There are multiple ways to apply numbering to team uniforms, including sewn-on appliqué, heat transfer and CAD-CUT numbers, die cuts, direct screen printing and more. 

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Controlling Variables, Part 5

July 22, 2014 |

In the last article of this series on controlling the variables of the textile screen printing process, I will review the factors surrounding flashing and curing procedures.
 

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Match Colors Using a Color Wheel

June 2, 2014 |

Finding someone with a good eye for color was a must for any busy print shop. One of the tools we found really handy was the color wheel. Using this tool can help you see the relationship of color and give you examples of how other colors can be used during mixing.
 

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Demystifying White Ink

April 15, 2014 |

Screen printers have searched high and low for the perfect white ink. The truth is, good traditional screen printers can choose among a variety of white inks from each of the manufacturers, and each will work great if used for the appropriate purpose and under the right conditions.

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A Womenswear Decoration Primer

April 7, 2014 |

New fabrics, weaves, treatments and different constructions all have become the norm in ladies apparel. There are art, screen and printing considerations with these fabrics that are important if you want to create a quality finished product that will maintain durability and have good visual appeal.

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Screen Exposure In a New Light, Part 1 of 2

March 4, 2014 |

If you haven’t heard anything yet about light-emitting diode (LED) exposure technology, don’t feel too badly. While it has been a topic of discussion among tech-savvy screen printers for more than a year, it’s just now beginning to attract interest among apparel decorators in general.
 

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Manual Press Maintenance

February 25, 2014 |

For many new screen printers, a manual press is an entry-level purchase that they make when building their businesses. These workhorses are pretty simple machines, but there are some basic preventative maintenance chores that should regularly be performed to keep them working smoothly.
 

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Controlling Variables, Part 4

February 25, 2014 |

Now, we come to the remaining variables of the squeegee’s printing parameters, flood bars, flashing and curing. Here, we will continue with the actual squeegee applications. 

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Today’s Textile Ink Options

October 1, 2013 |

Textile screen printing inks have come full circle when you consider that water-based inks were among the first ink systems used to print garments. Now, some printers are switching from plastisol inks, the longstanding standard for screen printing, back to water-based systems.
 

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Quick Tips for Choosing Mesh

August 12, 2013 |

When it comes to choosing mesh for a project, it is important to consider what you are printing and the type of ink you are using.  Here is a simple guide that will help in choosing the right mesh counts for the right job.

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20 Tips for Hot-Market Printing Success

July 8, 2013 |

The sports may be different, but the stress levels and challenges have been the same. If you are thinking about getting into this service, or maybe you already have one or two of these under your belt, this article offers tips for you to pull off a successful print run. 

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Make Color Matching Easier

June 27, 2013 |

The main obstacles to fast and efficient color matching involve educating customers, previewing and preparing the artwork properly, and using the right tools to modify or mix inks properly.
 

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The Package Approach

January 10, 2013 |

Twenty years ago, Richard Sawyer saw a major need in the action sports industry for a full-service screen printing company that offered package programs. 

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