Line Table Screen Printing & The BenefitsStefan Mertes
Line Table Screen Printing is not really a new kind of screen printing. No, it is a rather old-fashioned method.
Because in the 90s the then modern plasticsol inks were changed, almost standard in screen printing. Because plastisol inks,
much easier could be printed on automatic screen printing machines. But before that, water-based inks were used for printing.
This is now the case again, the trend is clearly towards water-based inks. Plastisol inks have a very short flash point.
Means that they dry much faster under a flash cure. Water based inks need longer, because you need to get the water out before it can be overprinted again. And that’s where the Line Table has clear advantages.
You start with a screen and print as many t-shirts as possible with a round one. Normally someone follows with a hair dryer (or other heat generating tools, but best with air)
to dry the ink. Once you are done with one color, you take the next one and print everything again;
the next color, the screen does not dry up as fast, because the table had time to cool down.
Remember, water-based inks dry at ambient temperature and plastisol inks not.
This makes it easier to dry water-based colors on the line table.
Automatic and hand carousels get hot pallets, because of the flash cures used., so you either work very fast or add certain retarder in the ink so that the screen remains open longer and the ink does not dry as quickly.
You absolutely don’t need that with line table.
Just to get a certain production cut, you should have many, if not hundreds of tables, to increase production.
But this also takes up a lot of space, where the automatic or manual printing machine will be much more space-saving.
But if you think about an oval automatic screen printing machine, mostly used for water base printing, you will see, there is space needed too.
Line Table Benefits:
- A Single Person can print very fast with many tables.
- The best technique for Water Based Ink
- Low Tech, nothing what can brake down
- Low cost, compare to Rotary Printing Machine or Oval Printing Machine
- For a high production line, you would need many tables and this needs space and then it get’s costly.
But what ever it is, never laugh about it, this can be serious production and for Water Base Ink perfect!