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A NEW SPIN ON WATER BASED INKS

A NEW SPIN ON WATER BASED INKS

As the demand from brand manufacturers for non-PVC prints grows and intensifies, screen printers using traditional plastisols have found themselves at a crossroads. No one wants to turn away business, but what sort of adjustments will be necessary in the print shop to meet the customer’s requirements?
The biggest challenge for ink manufacturers has been the race to provide a non-PVC solution for their customers that acts like a plastisol ink in production. One solution is the development of a better, more user-friendly, high solids water-based ink. This ink has a look and feel similar to plastisol on press with improved open screen time, but the print processes are very different for the shop. The details outlined here reflect how ink formulation, pre-press processes and print parameters all play into a solution for this ink formulation.

Tuesday, February 23, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1048)/Comments (0)/
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Screen-printing is a Lion. Digital Printing is a Cheetah.

Screen-printing is a Lion. Digital Printing is a Cheetah.

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. Recently in a few decorated apparel social media groups that I’m in there has been some debate about the merits of digitally printing t-shirts.  Some say that you can’t make any money doing it.  Others point out that there are problems with the printed results and the printheads constantly fail.  All in all, digital printing is a big loser and not worth our time.
Really?
The grumbling sound of disharmony among the decorated apparel community on this topic is perfect fodder for a blog article!
The first thing that we should get out of the way is a common misconception about digital printing.  Screen-printers will always compare it to their brand of production.  Will it ever be the same?
No way.  Digital printing is something completely different.

Monday, February 22, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1009)/Comments (0)/
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From Software To Substrate

From Software To Substrate

During the Golden Age of penmanship from 1860 to 1930, masters and teachers of this art recognized that before one can effectively put pen to paper, they must first learn to properly put hand to pen. 

Thursday, February 18, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (910)/Comments (0)/
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Defense Wins Championships

Defense Wins Championships

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. Did you see Cam and Peyton blister the field in Super Bowl 50 with their brand of high octane offense?  Of course not.  Because that’s not what happened, despite what the sports journalists predicted in the crushing hype leading up to the game. 
I wonder why nobody takes into consideration that other people are on the field giving their all too?  It’s their job to stop them.  From a former defensive tackle (I was the slow guy that tried hard in high school), I thought it was a great performance.  It certainly wasn’t what the talking heads predicted. 
After the Broncos won the game Von Miller, their star linebacker, was named the Most Valuable Player.  Rightfully so…but that trophy really should have gone to the rest of his defensive teammates too.  (Except for maybe Aqib Talib for that asinineintentional facemask on Corey Brown)
So around the world Denver Broncos fans are celebrating, Carolina Panther fans are saying “wait until next year” in the surrender cobra pose, and everyone else is just either talking about how dumb the halftime show was or the disappointment in the commercials this year.  My eleven year old son is trying to weasel out of doing the dishes three times in one week, as he lost his bet by backing Cam.  This old guy took the old guy.
Monday, February 15, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (949)/Comments (0)/
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The 12 Essential Terms for Automatic Press Calibration

The 12 Essential Terms for Automatic Press Calibration

Ink transfer is most often described as interface, variable, center pressure, pressure differential, and fluid pressure drop, but even so, these precise quantities are inconspicuous. Here are 12 terms to keep in mind when dialing in automatic press calibration.
Thursday, February 11, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (953)/Comments (0)/
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11 Things We Saw at ISS Long Beach

11 Things We Saw at ISS Long Beach

The editorial team loves an ISS event! It is our opportunity to, like you, scour the show floor for new products and trends, as well as booth happenings. We decided that in case you missed some of it, we'd let you in on a few cool things we encountered during our travels around the show floor. 

Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1008)/Comments (0)/
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Nazdar SourceOne Announces Partners In Performance Sweepstakes Winner

Nazdar SourceOne Announces Partners In Performance Sweepstakes Winner

Nazdar SourceOne is pleased to announce the winner of the Partners In Performance Sweepstakes, Traeger Mechling of Graph-itti, Inc. – Columbia, South Carolina.
Tuesday, February 9, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1425)/Comments (0)/
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Optimizing Art: How to Create the Best Art for Direct-to-Garment Printing

Optimizing Art: How to Create the Best Art for Direct-to-Garment Printing

When printing T-shirts with direct-to-garment printing, taking a couple of minutes to optimize art before printing can turn a typical print into something amazing. No matter which direct-to-garment printer you use, here are some basic rules that will help you achieve the best results possible.
Thursday, February 4, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (929)/Comments (0)/
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The Death of Customer Service in the Decorated Apparel Industry

The Death of Customer Service in the Decorated Apparel Industry

New article from Marshall Atkinson at atkinsontshirt.com. I’ve been thinking a lot about customer service lately.   Mostly with our supply chain. Maybe my article title is a bit dramatic, but I want to make a point.  There are superstars in this business, there are folks that are ok most of the time, and then there are those that just leave you shaking your head and mumbling to yourself.
I wrote another article about this topic, but I’m not going to publish it.  That article was about a few suppliers who have in the past two weeks udderly amazed me with their lack of customer service.  So luckily for you, I’m not using that one.  It is the written equivalent of a Yosemite Sam tirade.  “%#@*&@!%” at it’s cartoon best.
Nope, instead let’s explore the beating heart of customer service and what makes up the basic core expectations of that idea in the modern world.  Think about these below and use them for some basis to grade your suppliers.  How would they rate?  If you are a decorated apparel supplier, use this as a self-assessment.  Not trying to bitch and moan, but improvement on the supplier horizon would be a good thing.

Monday, February 1, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1024)/Comments (0)/
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What should the mesh count be on my screens when working with water-based inks?

What should the mesh count be on my screens when working with water-based inks?

With water-based inks, the goal with mesh is to achieve the most open area possible while maintaining a clean image edge. 
Wednesday, January 27, 2016/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (965)/Comments (0)/
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