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The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

The Top 5 Art Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Many times, mistakes that show up on press can be traced back to the very first stage of the process: the artwork.
Thursday, April 21, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1049)/Comments (0)/
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M&R CEO Discusses New Headquarters in Video

M&R CEO Discusses New Headquarters in Video

The M&R Companies released a video featuring CEO Rich Hoffman discussing the company’s move to Roselle, Ill. Shot on location at the new headquarters just outside of Chicago, Hoffman talks about the planning behind the move to the larger facility, and why The M&R Companies elected to relocate.
Tuesday, April 19, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (977)/Comments (0)/
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I Made a Mistake

I Made a Mistake

Yesterday one of our workers sheepishly came into my office to let me know that he made a mistake.  You could tell it really bothered him, and that he would rather be anywhere else on the planet than admitting failure.  It was a preventable error, and something he should have caught.  It was going to cost the company some money too. The great thing was that he had already set up the correction, and it was resolved.
Monday, April 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (947)/Comments (0)/
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Six Effects to Help Your Screen Printing Stand Out

Six Effects to Help Your Screen Printing Stand Out

There are so many ways to add value and make your garments stick out from the competition. I’d suggest experimenting as much as you can and networking with professionals throughout the industry.

If you’re tired of standard, basic prints, your customers are probably bored too. Try some of the different methods suggested here and then pair them with another that will make a huge impression on your customers.

Explore these six popular, but unique special effect techniques for screen printing:

Wednesday, April 13, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (971)/Comments (0)/
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Everyone Is Not Your Customer

Everyone Is Not Your Customer

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. One of the greatest things about the decorated apparel industry is the diverse spectrum of customers that we can appeal to for our services.  We literally can do anything for anybody.  This is such a true fact that I think a lot of shops get lost when trying to figure out who they should be marketing to in their area.
I’ve asked plenty of shop owners this question: “What is your perfect order?”  A good chunk of them will come back with the “Oh, we’ll take anything!  We sell to everyone!”
Does that sound like you?

Monday, April 11, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1001)/Comments (0)/
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To Push or Pull? That is the Question.

To Push or Pull? That is the Question.

How your squeegee method can affect your print results

I visit hundreds of print shops a year - teaching, training and sharing. I also visit a few trade shows and distributors' open houses. One thing I see in the trade shows and open houses that I rarely see in professional print shops is printers who are pushing the squeegee instead of pulling.

Friday, April 8, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (968)/Comments (0)/
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Three Important Factors for Flash-Cure Units

Three Important Factors for Flash-Cure Units

Most screen printers are familiar with the flash-cure unit, and many shops use this piece of equipment as part of their production sequence.  A flash-cure unit is used during production to cure the surface of the ink only, at least, that’s what it’s intended for.

It is important to understand the relationship between several factors that play a role in how well the flash cure gels the ink, and how to manipulate each to get the best results. Here’s what to watch out for when trying to set up the flash for optimal use:

Wednesday, April 6, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (919)/Comments (0)/
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Nine Circles of Print Registration Hell

Nine Circles of Print Registration Hell

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. The Inferno is the first part of Dante Alighieri’s famous story, the Divine Comedy, that you were forced to read in high school literature class and have since long forgotten. In the tale, Dante is journeying through hell, and is guided by the poet Virgil.  To get to hell, he passes through nine circles of suffering
To liberally borrow a metaphor for this article, that’s not unlike what it feels to have registration problems on press with a deadline looming.  As t-shirt printers, we’ve all been there.  That image just won’t register.  It has to ship in three hours.  You’ve got a crew standing around while you work your magic.  Your scalp has small bloody circles appearing as you pull your hair out.
Before you just crank down on the squeegee pressure to solve your problem like a rookie, or worse, storm up to the art room like a maniac; settle down and check these nine common problems and see if they show up in your shop.
A good bit of the time these challenges are preventable…
Monday, April 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (964)/Comments (0)/
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Screen Making 101: The Step by Step Process of Making a Screen

Screen Making 101: The Step by Step Process of Making a Screen

It’s true what they say: a good screen print starts with a good screen. This seems simple, but high-quality screen creation is actually one of the more difficult processes to master. With variables like humidity, temperature, aging emulsion, and variations in exposure units, it’s important to really dial in the specifics of your screen making process before jumping into the deep end of screen burning. You can put block out and tape on a screen, trying to salvage it for an hour, but nothing beats a good screen done right the first time. Your customers will notice the difference, too. For the best results, make sure you take proper care with each step, and maybe even implement a few tricks along the way.
Friday, April 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (941)/Comments (0)/
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M&R Showcases Streamlined Parts Department

M&R Showcases Streamlined Parts Department

The M&R Companies release a video that showcases its newly streamlined parts department. Upgrades in the parts fulfillment department come as the latest development in major growth for the company,which includes anew headquarters in Roselle, Ill. in late 2015. 
Wednesday, March 30, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1022)/Comments (0)/
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