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What is a pre-registration system, and should I run one?

What is a pre-registration system, and should I run one?

The question should not be whether to use a registration system, but which one to implement. A registration system is just that: a system. It combines the components in a printer's workflow including the art department, the screen room, and the production floor. 

Wednesday, August 12, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1321)/Comments (0)/
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Pushing for Excellence

Pushing for Excellence

New post from atkinsontshirt: We all want better.  It’s easy to have a cynical eye and throw out hand grenades disguised as comments or “helpful suggestions”…but do we ever stoop down and assist in the heavy lifting?  In our own companies, we have different levels of employees.  Some are fantastic, but most are probably average.  Not everyone is a rockstar, although we wish they would be.  That’s why our opinions of companies change over time based on our interactions with them.
That’s why you have to push for excellence every day.
In the decorated apparel industry, our orders can go through many hands as they start from order entry, art or digitizing, actual production, shipping, and finally invoicing.  There are all sorts of ways things can go miserably wrong if we take the eye off of the ball.  Fumble!
I’m happy to report that this is constantly true, because lately I’ve been talking to more new customers than ever.  I’m not even in sales.  People are dissatisfied with their current decorator for mostly two reasons.

Monday, August 10, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1731)/Comments (0)/
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Design Tips for Creating an Underbase

Design Tips for Creating an Underbase

Printing on dark garments can become a complicated process -- ease the headache with this advice.
Thursday, August 6, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1126)/Comments (0)/
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Tuesday, August 4, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1302)/Comments (0)/
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Screen-Making Techniques, Part 2

Screen-Making Techniques, Part 2

A review of the components and procedures required to produce the best quality screens. 

Friday, July 31, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1301)/Comments (0)/
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Creating All-Over Sublimation Transfers

Creating All-Over Sublimation Transfers

One of the many finishes suitable for apparel sublimation transfers is the all-over sublimation transfer print. This is either printed on piece goods or fully finished, ready-to-wear garments.
Tuesday, July 28, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1370)/Comments (0)/
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What The Future Holds For Plastisol

What The Future Holds For Plastisol

For years, plastisol inks containing PVC have been the screen-printing standard. But now, environmental worries may be changing everything.

For years, plastisol inks containing PVC have been the screen-printing standard. But now, environmental worries may be changing everything.
Friday, July 24, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1464)/Comments (0)/
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Tips to Help Keep A Clean Shop

Tips to Help Keep A Clean Shop

Maintaining a clean shop is a never ending task. Here are a few tips to help keep the task manageable. 

Thursday, July 23, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1425)/Comments (0)/
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Establishing Rules for Underbase Printing

Establishing Rules for Underbase Printing

A poorly printed underbase will produce washed-out prints or garments too heavy to wear. Find out how to establish procedures that will lead to a quality product, every time.
Tuesday, July 21, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1506)/Comments (0)/
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Why is it so difficult to print metallic gold ink on a navy blue substrate?

Why is it so difficult to print metallic gold ink on a navy blue substrate?

Gold is a warmer color, meaning the hue is more red than blue. So if the gold allows one speck of the navy to show through it goes from gold to oxidized brass which results in a tarnished.
Friday, July 17, 2015/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1559)/Comments (0)/
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