December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 63 Imagine trying to remove ink from a draped cloth, such as a curtain. When the force of the pressure washer is applied, the curtain simply moves away from the force of the water and has little effect to the ink on the fabric. Now, imagine smearing ink onto a steel post and applying the pressure washer. The ink is blown away as the post is a solid object, making the ink easy to remove. The same theory applies to a low-tension screen versus a high-tension screen. High-tension screens also minimize chemical consump- tion in the reclaiming and degreasing process when used in conjunction with a 2,000-plus PSI pressure washer. PROCEDURE ESTABLISHMENT As with many aspects of the textile screen- printing process, many jobs involved in most any shop are repetitive by nature. When dealing with repetitive processes, it is important to ensure that the established procedures for the proper cleaning, reclaim- ing, and degreasing are maintained and do not fall short due to shortcuts. This holds especially true for when your facility is at its peak season and you are processing re- cord numbers of screens. It is the peak season for any facility where established procedures are bypassed in the name of pro- ductivity. The result is issues in the stencil quality and downtime at the press due to sub-quality screens. Once your procedures are established, they need to be continu- ally maintained to achieve the consistent, desired screen quality. This consistency will not only help keep screens in rotation, but deliver fantastic results to clients again and again to keep them coming back. This image depicts the ink particles trapped in the mesh resulting in the ghost image. (Image courtesy the author)

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