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A Clean Slate: Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

A Clean Slate: Making 2018 Your Best Year Yet

The beginning of a new year is always fun to me. It represents a clean slate, a fresh start, and another opportunity to define goals and develop a plan on how I intend to make them happen. These are all good things because I can be a procrastinator and a pile-maker extraordinaire at times. Here are the top five things that I do to set the stage for creating my best year yet:


    Tuesday, December 19, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (910)/Comments (0)/
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    Shop Talk: D2 with Joe Abreu

    Shop Talk: D2 with Joe Abreu

    Direct-to-substrate technology raises a lot of questions. Joe Abreu of The M&R Companies takes questions from Printwear's publisher Stacy Marshall to clear some of the air.


    Tuesday, December 12, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (914)/Comments (0)/
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    How to Guide: Stencil Developing and Finishing

    How to Guide: Stencil Developing and Finishing

    The final stages in screen making are washout, drying and finishing. Even though these are relatively straightforward processes, there are still a number of key factors that you need to get right in order to produce a good screen.
    Thursday, December 7, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (826)/Comments (0)/
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    Four Major Business Benefits of DTG Printing

    Four Major Business Benefits of DTG Printing

    For those with an entrepreneurial spirit and drive, direct-to-garment (DTG) printing can open up a world of business opportunities. A DTG printer uses digital inkjet technology to print directly onto textile substrates, making it a cutting-edge T-shirt printing machine. Even though this technology is fairly new to the industry, it’s already been welcomed by printers due to the incredible benefits it offers small businesses.
    Below are four of the most impressive advantages of this technology.

    Tuesday, December 5, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (826)/Comments (0)/
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    Improve a Low-Quality Image

    Improve a Low-Quality Image

    Photoshop has a few tools you can use to increase the quality of lower-end JPG files.

    Bad artwork is an everyday issue for screen printers. There are two kinds of color separation customers: the easy ones who send 300 DPI artwork at the final print size with all the images high-resolution or vector, and the new customers who don’t understand computer graphics and often provide low-resolution, low-quality JPG images obtained online.


    Monday, December 4, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (895)/Comments (0)/
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    The Wide World of Sublimation

    The Wide World of Sublimation

    As an industry professional, are you tired of dealing with dye migration, trying to find the correct additives or other headaches related to decorating polyester? You may think the solution is as simple as buying a sublimation printer and the required accessories to start production.
    While that is a decent starting point, it’s likely you would invest in a small-format printer, which has a width less than 42 inches. Most sublimators use such systems, but that’s just the tip of the figurative iceberg when it comes to this technology.
    Literally thinking bigger can lead decorators down the road to wide-format, roll-to-roll sublimation. It’s a process that has its advantages, but also misconceptions that need clarifying. Doing so also will enable exploration of potential markets that this type of sublimation allows decorators to access.
    Thursday, November 30, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (762)/Comments (0)/
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    Screen-Printing Basics: Burning Images

    Screen-Printing Basics: Burning Images

    One of the most common issues we have witnessed as a screen-printing supplier in the industry is the process of burning images into screens. Creating a proper image is not a process that you should take lightly for it will greatly define the success and quality of your printing. Poor decisions in this process can lead to various problems including a weak stencil that doesn't hold up during prints, loss of detail in images, the emulsion getting locked up in the screen, spending a lot of on-press time covering pinholes, and many other headaches. Here are some tips that can help!


    Tuesday, November 28, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (682)/Comments (0)/
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    Preparing Your Shop for a Potentially Catastrophic Event

    Preparing Your Shop for a Potentially Catastrophic Event

    When faced with a looming catastrophic event, we know your first priority is—as it should be—the safety and well-being of your family.
    However, if you are facing such an event—and have time—please take a few minutes to document, prepare, and secure your M&R equipment. Below are instructions for screen printing equipment in general, as well as specific instructions for M-Link printers and i-Image CTS machines.And even if you don't appear to be in harm's way, many of the suggestions below (like taking photos of your facility and equipment and storing them—along with serial numbers and documentation—in a safe, remote location) are steps that should be taken by every prudent person. A few minutes invested now could save you years of heartache later. After all, fires, floods, tornados, and earthquakes often come without warning, so please be prepared for the worst.
    Wednesday, November 22, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (729)/Comments (0)/
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    DTG Help Desk

    DTG Help Desk

    Each month, leading manufacturers and DTG print shop owners share their know-how in our new DTG column. This month, Geoff Baxter from M&R's digital division gives the lowdown on pretreatment and the benefits of automated pretreatment application

    Monday, November 20, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (650)/Comments (0)/
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    What factors need to be considered when building out a pricing list for decorated apparel?

    What factors need to be considered when building out a pricing list for decorated apparel?

    When considering pricing you must take into account your operational costs and your goals. These include materials, labor, overhead, and profit. All of these factors play a role in pricing because they all carry financial significance.


    Wednesday, November 15, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (766)/Comments (0)/
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