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Optimizing Screen-Room Workflow

Optimizing Screen-Room Workflow

Ensuring efficiency in this department begins with quality staff, not cutting-edge equipment.

An often misunderstood and underutilized area of your shop could be the screen room. It sounds obvious, but well-crafted screens are a critical part of the screen-printing process. Yet, shops continue to skimp on best practices, quality employees and equipment for this important department.


Thursday, September 20, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (470)/Comments (0)/
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Tips for Choosing the Right Conveyor Dryer

Tips for Choosing the Right Conveyor Dryer

Depending on your screen-printing production and business goals, there are a lot of different conveyor dryer options out there. Since a dryer is often one of the largest investments a shop makes, it is important to analyze all of your choices.


Tuesday, September 18, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (485)/Comments (0)/
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Show Your Colors: How to Legally Produce Patented Team Colors

Show Your Colors: How to Legally Produce Patented Team Colors

Carolina Blue. Clemson Orange. U of M Maize and Blue. Selling sports-themed apparel is big business, and it's a business that can be a huge profit center for a decorator. The problem is that such business also has its pitfalls and problems. What regulations and protections exist regarding who can produce items with the team colors and how do you find that information? When duplicating the colors how close is close enough to be a violation? What level of tolerance exists for variations and at what levels? Do you need to be licensed to produce such apparel and how do you secure the proper licensing? There's a lot to navigate if you want to sell apparel on the collegiate or professional level.  

Monday, September 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (454)/Comments (0)/
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Athletic Apparel Decoration Options

Athletic Apparel Decoration Options

Decorating athletic uniforms goes back to the early 1900s. A glance at sports history reveals the Cleveland Indians were inspired by the numbering on football and hockey jerseys, and became the first Major League Basement team to number its uniforms. Team names and mascots were sewn onto uniforms in those early years, and team numbering soon was adopted for easier player recognition by fans and sports announcers. 

Tuesday, September 4, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (522)/Comments (0)/
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The Ticking Clock

The Ticking Clock

Discover how time influences your screen-printing production department's efficiency.

Thursday, August 30, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (496)/Comments (0)/
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The ‘Profit First’ Wave: Part 1

The ‘Profit First’ Wave: Part 1

Learn how to change the way your business handles money.

Learn how to change the way your business handles money.

Monday, August 27, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1604)/Comments (0)/
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Top 10 Best Practices When Printing Polyester

Top 10 Best Practices When Printing Polyester

Athletic season is gearing up in North America, which may mean the return of polyester substrates. Get the most from your ink and equipment with our polyester printing tips.


Friday, August 17, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (447)/Comments (0)/
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An Introduction to Sublimation

An Introduction to Sublimation

If you have spent any time in the apparel or decorating industry at all, then you have no doubt heard the term ‘sublimation’.  Indeed, many business owners have long since taken advantage of this process to add to their own service offerings, and with good reason – it offers profitability for the owner and creative promotional opportunities for customers.  In this article, we break down what sublimation is and what you need to get started yourself.


Friday, August 10, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1121)/Comments (0)/
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What is the Difference Between Various Whites?

What is the Difference Between Various Whites?

Confused about the different white inks on the market? Most printers understand the difference between a cotton white and a low-bleed white, but what about a mixing white vs. a highlight white?
Here’s a brief breakdown on which white to use for what:

Tuesday, August 7, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (508)/Comments (0)/
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A Double-Edged Sword: Choosing and Maintaining Squeegees

A Double-Edged Sword: Choosing and Maintaining Squeegees

Today’s top-line autos reduce setup time with screen locks, blade locks, and tri-locks for instant registration of a multicolor image. Often, the images are created digitally. In addition, today’s mesh is dimensionally stable and, yet, some days some jobs seem to take forever. It might seem as though registration is the problem, but, in fact, the inconsistency is due to “doodling.” Lost time is not often about image alignment, but rather the misunderstood, misappropriated, and oft-misaligned squeegee blade.


Wednesday, August 1, 2018/Author: Lindsay Merwald/Number of views (1026)/Comments (0)/
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