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Take DTG to the Max

Take DTG to the Max

Garment decorators are unique because it’s not uncommon that they perform a variety of tasks — sales, production, marketing and accounting — on a daily basis. Because they wear so many hats and are often competing to win business, decorators may miss opportunities or make emotional decisions to secure accounts. 
Monday, May 15, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1407)/Comments (0)/
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The DTG Revolution

The DTG Revolution

Prior to 2004, printing images and designs on garments was done mainly with manual methods like screen printing for longer runs and heat applied vinyl transfers for shorter runs. Fast forward to present day, the age of direct-to-garment (DTG) printers.  Equipped with the latest digital technology, DTG has revolutionized the industry by providing endless color, design and customization possibilities.
Tuesday, May 9, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1320)/Comments (0)/
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How to Respond to Downtime

How to Respond to Downtime

Tips to minimize downtime—and keep your crew productive until you're up and running again. 
No matter how diligent you are with preventative maintenance, there is no way to avoid every equipment failure. But there are ways to be prepared when it does happen. 
Tuesday, May 2, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1080)/Comments (0)/
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How to Guide - Haze Removal

How to Guide - Haze Removal

Using dirty, stained screens can lead to low quality prints and expensive stencil breakdown. This How to Guide provides essential advice on how to choose the best haze removal system to remove screen stains and ghost images.


Thursday, April 27, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (3798)/Comments (0)/
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What kind of basic tools should I own for cleaning my screens off?

What kind of basic tools should I own for cleaning my screens off?

Although popular, it’s best to stay away from cardboard scrapers as they tend to soak or absorb the liquid portion of the inks. Some screen supply stores offer specially designed plastic ink scrapers. These plastic scrapers feature rounded corners so they avoid harming the screens.

As far as the cleaning liquids go, there are many available that do a great job. You can usually use an ink degradant on the screen to help break down the ink chemistry. However, they seem to be greasy in nature, so once you have cleaned the screen with a degradant, it may be difficult to get tapes to stick to the screen. It is often necessary to add a final cleaning using a more aggressive solvent to achieve a clean, dry screen.


Wednesday, April 12, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2177)/Comments (0)/
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Dispelling Myths on Dip Tanks for Screen Reclaim - Screen Printing Guide

Dispelling Myths on Dip Tanks for Screen Reclaim - Screen Printing Guide

Dip tanks, the screen reclaiming method of choice in the US, are attracting more interest in Europe. But why?
You just soak your screens in the tank of chemicals and rinse; right?  With the increasing interest in this screen reclaim technique, we are being asked more and more about this process.
Dip tanks allow an all-in-one cleaner (a mixture of Aquawash and stencil remover, or a specialised stencil remover) to soften the stencil and ink at the same time, freeing you up to rinse and clean another screen whilst it is in the tank. Alternatively, you can use dip tanks separately with an Aquawash based product for the ink removal in one tank and a stencil remover for the stencil reclaim in another tank.
Before you re-fill your existing dip tank or consider purchasing your first dip tank, here are some of the common misunderstandings of this stencil reclaim process:

Wednesday, April 5, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (2147)/Comments (0)/
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The Best Place to put Your Washout Booth

The Best Place to put Your Washout Booth

Where is the best spot for a washout booth in my production layout? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1604)/Comments (0)/
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Maximizing Productivity During Downtime—Part II

Maximizing Productivity During Downtime—Part II

Glen Carliss of M&R Companies continues his list of to-do's when equipment is down in a screen print shop. He encourages shop owners to press on with other tasks: 


    Friday, March 31, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1978)/Comments (0)/
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    Repairing Torn Screens

    Repairing Torn Screens

    Is it possible to reclaim a screen that has a small hole or two in it, or is it not worth the work? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:

    Tuesday, March 28, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1274)/Comments (0)/
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    Superman Graphics and Scented Shirts

    Superman Graphics and Scented Shirts

    PXP Solutions creates unique special effects sure to leave a lasting impression

    Friday, March 24, 2017/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1292)/Comments (0)/
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