December '14

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74 | PRINTWEAR D EC E M B E R 20 1 4 S tarting a screen printing busi- ness is an exciting venture, but like most startups, determining what you need can be an intim- idating process, especially if you're new to the industry. With more than 30 years of experience, here is my take on what equipment is needed to start a profitable screen printing business. GETTING STARTED You don't have to be an artist to get started in screen printing. In fact, there's a variety of companies that can provide stock art programs to help you create basic designs, which are printed onto a clear film. Start by researching these companies online and speaking with your equipment distributor to find the right program for you. Many laser and inkjet printers are available, so it's helpful to review options with your dis- tributor. Choose a printer that gives you the dens- est black possible in your price range. This dense black on the clear film is used to create your screen. Remember, the blacker the print and the clearer the film, the bet- ter. To create the screen, you need a screen frame along with an exposure unit or light John Levocz is the eastern regional sales director of International Coatings, a man- ufacturer of plastisol inks. Levocz has more than 30 years of experience in all phases of screen printing. He can be contacted at To get started in the screen printing industry, you need to invest in a printer, flash-cure unit, and dryer. (Image cour- tesy the author) Screen Printing Startup Equipment What you need to build a screen printing business B Y J O H N L E V O C Z

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