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March '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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62 || P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 7 O ver the last few years, computer-to-screen (CTS) technologies have continued to advance. There are a number of benefits to using CTS systems, almost all aimed at increasing productiv- ity and quality in your shop while minimizing costs. Let's ex- plore a few of the advantages you'll get when changing over to a CTS unit. THE PROCESS To many screen printers, the process and expense of a CTS might seem daunting. To determine the validity of this concern, let's take a look at a pretty typical CTS shop workflow and compare it to those who still use film. The core of the art department's responsibilities is to ensure proper separations as well as sending the separated files to the screen room. The screen room technician will place the coated screen onto the CTS, set either with a pin registration system or a three-point registration system. The artwork is then loaded into the CTS software and printed based on a predetermined template. Once printed, the screen technician will expose the image on an exposure unit without glass and wash it out. The screen is then ready. Eric Norby is the Product Development Leader at SPSI, a full- service equipment and supply distributor based in Maple Grove, Minn., with offices in Kan., Texas, and Ky. the coated screen onto the CTS, set either with a pin registration system or a three-point registration system. The artwork is then loaded into the CTS software and printed based on a predetermined template. Once printed, the screen technician will expose the image on an exposure unit without glass and wash it out. The screen is then ready. Kan., Texas, and Ky. Storing positives and regularly reprinting films is both a headache and a costly venture. Valuable square foot- age is used in storage, and all too often one or many films will have to be reprinted when a customer reor- ders a job. With CTS, all that is required is hard drive storage space. (L: Image courtesy M&R Companies; R: Image courtesy Lawson Screen & Digital Products) Storing positives and regularly reprinting films is both a headache and a costly venture. Valuable square foot- Computer-to-Screen: The Digital Alternative B Y E R I C N O R B Y

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