Author - Sefan Mertes

SGIA EXPO 2018

SGIA EXPO 2018

As a screen printer, it is always worth going to a trade fair.
here it would be the SGIA show, which is unfortunately in Las Vegas and therefore unattainable for most interested people. But today you can learn a lot about what’s new and important for us through the internet. check it out…

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T-Mesh Screen Printing

S-Mesh Versus T-Mesh | Screen Printing Tutorial in 1 Minute

T-Mesh versus S-Mesh
In high-end screen printing, we now use more often the S-Mesh instead the T-Mesh.
As it have a better coverage and most printer use it for the under base.
But not only for the under base, as specially for water base ink, it shears more easy with less pressure.
The result is not only better opacity, but a softer hand too.

Why Screen Printer use a S-Mesh:
1) Better Opacity
2) Less Ink Usage
3) Less Emulsion Consumption
4) Soft hand
5) Less Squeegee Pressure

 

 

 

Be aware, as the S-Mesh is much finer then the T-Mesh, it is more delicate to work with.

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A Screen Printing Scale explaint in 1 minute

The Screen Printing Scale why it is important

Screen Printing Tools for our variables

And this is important for your color matching to get it right and to keep a record. Color matching is one of the screen printers problem, consistency with colors are only archived with quality tools.

And this is why you should invest in a ~100 USD Scale. Don’t lower yourself, a kitchen Scale is not the same.

When to use the Screen Printing Scale:
1) Preparing your Color Formulas
2) Weight your screen printing ink
3) To keep track on ink consumption
4) For Stock-taking your ink
5) Adding the right amount of additive if needed

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Donut Probe Screen Printing in 1 Minute

The Donut Probe is there to control our dryer temperature, from the beginning to the end.

In Screen Printing we need to control the proper temperature in our dryer. Only the Donut Probe will be able to show us at what time we reached the proper temperature for curing our screen printing ink.

When to use the Donut Probe;

1) To check the dryer Temperature from the inlet to the outlet

2) To spot faulty heat elements in the dryer, by mapping the dryer

3) to enssure that your ink get the proper temperature for the recommended time and please remember, water based ink and plastisol inks cure different.

Plastisol 160C (320F) is in time not the same to water based ink in time, water based screen printing ink takes longer,

 

 

Donut Probe
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Tool Moisture Meter

Moisture Meter – Screen Printing in one Minute

The Moisture Meter is a Tool to control our variables in Screen printing. Here i explain how to use The Moisture Meter in Screen Printing and when you are ready to go.
Emulsion should only be developed when it is dry inside.
As it have an impact to the quality and durability of your screen.

When to use the Moisture Meter in Screen Printing;
1) To ceck the huminity level of your emulsion, before you expose your screen.

Moisture Meter
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