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Tips on Organizing Garments for Production

Tips on Organizing Garments for Production

Organizing garments for your production team is crucial since it streamlines efficiency and ultimately will keep your customers' orders filled in a timely, accurate manner. Try these techniques out to improve the overall workflow of production: 
Friday, July 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (924)/Comments (0)/
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4 Ways to Promote Your Shop Using Social Media

4 Ways to Promote Your Shop Using Social Media

Sales dragging and you need some customers?  Guess what?  The good news is that they are out there…you just need to lasso them into your world and get them to notice you.  How to do that you may ask?
Using the power of of social media.  Not just any-old social media though.  Content rich, powerful, and accurate to what you do in your shop every day.  The goal is to directly connect your post with the needs of your audience.
But first, let’s talk about what social media is and isn’t.  For a lot of busy shops, they’ve tried to post things on Facebook or maybe even Twitter with little success.  It just sits there like yesterday’s pizza.  Nobody wants to touch it.

Monday, June 27, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (995)/Comments (0)/
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7600 Direct Print Ink & Mat-down Screen Use

7600 Direct Print Ink & Mat-down Screen Use

Check out this instructional video from our ICCINK YouTube Channel. It demonstrates a print demo of International Coatings’ 7600 Direct Print Inks and also briefly shows a Mat-down screen in use to reduce fibrillation and create a softer hand.
Thursday, June 23, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1078)/Comments (0)/
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Screen Printing Inks Technical Tips and Insights

Screen Printing Inks Technical Tips and Insights

Wilflex™ is making it easy to find answers and solutions! Our technical staff is ready to help you with any questions you may have. Wilflex color engineers can do more than help you find the right screen printing inks and dyes you need to make your printings successful, they can also help educate you on the latest industry trends, techniques and best practices.
Wednesday, June 22, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1187)/Comments (0)/
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Expansion Joints

Expansion Joints

In construction, shrewd builders deploy a technique called expansion joints to allow for unpredictable change.  They are commonly found in sidewalks, buildings, roads, railroad tracks, ships, bridges, and other structures.
The reason expansion joints are needed is that sometimes there are vibrations, heat differences, or even movement in things.  Before expansion joint gaps were introduced into these structures, solid unmovable objects would often crack under stress or pressure.
Really strong things became fragile.
People and companies need their own set of expansion joints too.  In a production setting, allowing for the vibration of unpredictability can help keep things on schedule. You plan for the chaos.
Who doesn’t want to reduce their stress?

Monday, June 20, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1024)/Comments (0)/
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By the Numbers: A Visit to Mind's Eye Graphics

By the Numbers: A Visit to Mind's Eye Graphics

Situated on the southwest side of the city of Decatur, Ind., Mind’s Eye Graphics is a bustling screen printing shop that handles a number of both national and local clients. The company has offered screen printing and related services since 1981, and the management team, including shop president Greg Kitson and IT director Rob Keuneke, have worked there for more than 25 years. For Kitson, the finished product, a screen printed T-shirt, is just as important as the first step. As he refers to it, “connecting the dots,” is an important component to understanding and appreciating the entire screen-printing process.
Thursday, June 16, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1157)/Comments (0)/
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The War Over Water

The War Over Water

It is probably fitting that the term for the sign of a weakness is called an “Achilles Heel” as it matches up wonderfully with an upcoming, unspoken battle facing the decorated apparel industry.  
The war over water.
If you remember your Greek mythology, Achilles was dipped into the river Styx as an infant by his mother Thetis to give him divine protection in battle.  Because she held him by his heel, that was the only part of his body was that wasn’t protected.  Achilles, despite his Brad Pitt good looks,  later died when struck by an arrow in his heel during battle.
For apparel decorators, we’re in the same predicament.  Except, nobody is really talking about our weakness, which like Achilles, is associated with water.  We don’t look like Brad Pitt either.
For most shops, nobody stops to think about how much water plays into your business as we’re already overburdened with orders that have to ship, customer service challenges, employee training and motivation, continuous improvement programs, and a myriad of other things that call for more immediate attention than one sustainability issue.  There just isn’t any top of mind for this.
Monday, June 13, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1024)/Comments (0)/
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When buying a flash-cure unit, does it matter if I’m using a manual or an automatic press?

When buying a flash-cure unit, does it matter if I’m using a manual or an automatic press?

Obviously, you will need to choose a flash-cure unit that is compatible with your press. Some manufacturers make flash cures that are compatible with only their press brand, but there are universal flash cures that will work on any model. For the most part, flash-cure units also are designed to work with either manual or automatic presses. A manual flash unit physically won’t fit into an automatic press, even if it’s the same size as the corresponding automatic unit, and there are mechanical issues as well. 
Friday, June 10, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1851)/Comments (0)/
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Store Ink Safely in Any Weather

Store Ink Safely in Any Weather

Proper ink storage varies, depending on the climate where you live. In an article recently published in Wearables magazine, Kieth Stevens offers some important tips on how to keep your ink in working condition for a long time.
Thursday, June 9, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1067)/Comments (0)/
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The New Age of Water-Based Ink

The New Age of Water-Based Ink

The ever-changing retail market has driven the apparel decorating industry to continuously change and evolve. Over the last decade, consumers have demanded retailers be socially and environmentally conscious of how products are manufactured. Retailers have become keenly aware of outside pressures and, as a result, mandated their manufacturing partners to meet compliance requirements in order to maintain the business relationship. 
Initially, phthalates and heavy metals had to be removed from plastisols inks. The result was a phthalate-free, non-toxic plasticizer that ended up as a substitution to the traditional plasticizers. The next wave of change was the PVC-free initiative. Major textile brands put the pressure on ink manufacturers to produce inks that were free of phthalates, heavy metals, and now polyvinyl chlorides. At the same time inks were evolving, so were the garments themselves. The days of 100 percent cotton garments controlling the marketplace were quickly disappearing. Performance wear was now becoming a standard part of the garment decorating landscape. As a result, the inks being used had to change as well. With the changing landscape, water-based inks were becoming the preferred method to meet these new requirements. Textile decorators were beginning to offer several options to produce decorated apparel on a variety of substrates and fabric compositions.
Monday, June 6, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1268)/Comments (0)/
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