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Equipment Maintenance

Maintenance Tip: Implement a Maintenance Schedule—and Stick to It! by Rich Hoffman
The first step in successful preventative maintenance is scheduling and tracking.
The Importance of Chilling Out by Rich Hoffman
How air chillers can save your equipment, your profits, and your sanity.

Exposure Systems

Exposure Systems: Finding the Right Cure by Ron Hopkins
One of the most overlooked tools in a screen print shop is also one of the most important. After all, the exposure unit is where the coated screen and the image come together. Any detail that is lost there will be lost from the final product.

General Textile Screen Printing

Sustainable Strides Toward a Smaller Business Footprint by Mark Coudray NEW!!
Becoming a sustainable business is not a single step or a decision to become “green.” Rather sustainability is a continuous process that requires a broad view of your business from multiple perspectives.
Determine Print Order by Lon Winters NEW!!
The Printing Industry Exchange defines color sequence, also called print order or rotation, as the order in which inks are printed. This multi-color print sequence seems simple enough, but how it is determined is a little more complicated.
Dissecting the Plant at Bamboo U NEW!!
Bamboo is a plant of all trades, it can be eaten, used for building sturdy structures and furniture, beaten to a pulp for paper and even woven into an incredibly soft wearable fiber. In recent years, we have seen...
Performance with a Purpose NEW!!
In a recent meeting with one of our larger and long-time clients that manufactures several branded clothing lines that we participate in creating, we discussed topics including future line development, pricing, production schedules and the project we will share with you here. Our customer interrupted the business-as-usual conversation by paging one of his salespeople who then joined us in the conference room. Our new friend, we learned, tragically lost his young daughter, Amanda and recently had set up a fundraiser/charity event and fun run in her name called Miles of Smiles. Our client had designed a cute image to be printed on the front and back of performance running shirts. If the cause wasn’t reason enough to get in on this project, thinking of our own daughters sealed the deal.
Fabric, Frames, and Stretchers by Geoff Baxter
The screen frame is one of the most critical links in screen printing. Unfortunately, it is also one of the most overlooked. Many problems attributed to...
Get Control of Your Screen Making Process: Implementing Standard Operating Procedures by Dave Dennings
Offset printers and inkjet printers alike are challenging screen printers for market share. In order to remain competitive in screen printing today, printers are taking their quality control program to the next level.
Investment Considerations for Automatic Textile Presses by Geoff Baxter
You've had a great year, and you've invested in a new manual press, dryer, and exposure system, but there's still money left in the bank. Your accountant says you've either got to invest it or give it to Uncle Sam. You've spent a lot of time at tradeshows coveting those...
Layout Logic - Layout Options for Multi-Disciplinary Shops
Layout options for multi-disciplinary shops
Screen Preparation for Pinhole Prevention by Dave Dennings
Screen printers the world over battle with the ubiquitous pinhole. For many years the pinhole has been responsible for increasing screen processing times and reducing the efficiency and profitability of the printing process. When screen printers estimate the price to...
Screen-Making Department Layout by Lon Winters
Screens are the foundation upon which every screen-printed garment is built. Nothing you haven't heard before, right?
The Rz Value: A New Concept in Screen-Quality Evaluation by Wolfgang Pfirrmann, KIWO Inc.
Evaluating the quality of a direct-emulsion stencil before it is on press is a difficult task. Pinholes and edge defects might be uncovered with illumination and magnification, but overall stencil quality and flatness are...
Understanding the Emulsion Curing Process & Determining Exposure Distance by Dave Dennings
Screen printers often overlook the importance of maintaining a controlled screen making process. This report will focus on the importance of understanding the emulsion curing process and the impact it has on workflow efficiency and company profits. In addition, it will...


Screen-Making Practicum NEW!!
The tension of screen mesh is initially tensioned to a level that depends on factors such as mesh count. A 110 mesh with an 80 ...
Self-Tensioning Frames by Geoff Baxter
In most screen printing operations, mesh is stretched to a specific tension and then glued or stapled to static frames. Self-tensioning frames, on the other hand, have built-in tensioning mechanisms. Not only can the mesh be stretched...


Maximizing Stencil Life by Mark Coudray
A key ingredient in print productivity is the life of the stencil. With automatic presses now configured to eighteen colors or more, the chances of the press going down because of screen failure are quite high.
Sawtoothing, Pin Holes & Breakdown - A Practical Guide to Prevention by Geoff Baxter
It never ceases to amaze me that the most neglected item in nearly all screen printing facilities is the screen itself. Many of us have come to accept poor screens as...
Using an Exposure Calculator: Determining the Degree of Resistance by Laura Unterbrink, KIWO Inc.
An exposure test conducted with an exposure calculator helps to find the optimal production exposure time for stencil making. An exposure calculator combines 2 films - a neutral density film and an artwork film. When exposed to a stencil...

Textile Printing Techniques

Four-Color Process Printing NEW!!
With the advent of digital in the early ‘90s, process-color printing began to fall out of favor. This was primarily because it was so difficult to ...
Performance Practicum: Printing on performance apparel by Lon Winters NEW!!
With the eminent arrival of the spring also comes the outdoor spring sports season. We found ourselves gearing up to print on those shrinking, dye migrating, stretching, bleeding nightmare poly fleece garments. Sounds like fun doesn’t it?
Correcting Process Color Images On Press by Mark Coudray
One of the most perplexing, challenging aspects of printing four-color process is balancing color on press. This difficulty is due to the general lack of color knowledge of press operators and supervisors, most of whom started as entry-level helpers or general production workers.
Developing Maximum Color Strength when Using Four Color Process By Mark Coudray
True process color printing on textiles has been around for about 30 years. Any screen printer who has tried it knows that printing halftone color on a fabric surface is much different than if it were printed on paper.
Improving Color to Color Register on Press by Mark Coudray
Color-to-color fit is one of my pet peeves. I hate out of register images, especially ones that have made it to the general public. It takes so little to make it right in the first place.
Lenticular Garment Graphics - Printing in another Dimension by Lon Winters
n the sign business the lenticular printing process has been around for over a decade and is generally referred to as an optical enhancement to conventional printing that transforms a hard copy poster or sign into three dimensional or animated version of itself. Lenticular imaging utilizes a...
Off Contact Influence on Print Quality by Mark Coudray
Whenever the topic of print quality on press arises, the conversation will usually drift to the topic of off contact. This is one of the most critical parts of the print equation.
Practical Tips For Color Mixing And Matching by Mark Coudray
Your ability to see and communicate color is critical to professionally reproducing designs. In our highly competitive market, understanding color makes the difference between a delighted client and one who is disappointed with the final result.
Reducing Misprints by Mark Coudray
Misprints, everybody has them. Some days are better than others. Some jobs are always a problem. How much is it costing you?
Top 10 Quick Start Secrets To Printing Better Halftones by Mark Coudray
Halftone printing is all about the dots. The whole concept of printing various tones by fooling the eye is the very definition of a halftone. The tones we get are determined by the accuracy of the dots we print.