Start Here October '18

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44 S T A R T H E R E 2 0 1 8 lists together. This is what we do. We help entrepreneurs get up and running with a setup tailored exactly to their needs, from equipment lists to layout to instal- lations and training. Starting a screen- printing business can seem overwhelming, but planning for the essentials makes it easier. If you've been thinking about start- ing your own screen printing business, you've likely been wondering just what you need to get your screen-printing busi- ness operational. While it's true that screen-printing pro- duction floors are full with equipment, there are actually only a few pieces of major purchases you'll need to start. In screen printing, there's quite a bit to do before your products get to the press. We call this pre-press, and by definition, it is described as everything that happens before production and is critically impor- tant. The pre-press process involves prepar- ing the artwork, screens, ink, and product you will use before the printing. Pre-press necessities include but are not limited to starting in the art department, a computer with design software, and an output device to create film. Moving on to screen making, you will of course need screens, a coating trough, exposure unit with vacuum frame, developing sink, pressure washer, drying racks, and a reclaim sink. Finally, the last pre-press department is ink. You'll need a scale and a color matching system. These are all minimal requirements. Today's pre- press departments look much different from years past. Recommended today are automatic coating, automatic computer- to-screen output with on-board exposure, automatic developing with pre-registration fixturing for ease of set up, and even auto- matic reclaim. Automation of this area will minimize labor. Now for the sexy equipment: the press. The press is the heart and soul of every screen-print operation. Many start with a manual machine and upgrade to automat- ics as they grow. More people are starting The Lawson Super Flash is used to cure single garments. Photo courtesy of Lawson Screen & Digital Products. The Lawson HD manual screen printing textile press has been a workhorse in the trade for over 30 years. Photo courtesy of Lawson Screen & Digital Products. The Hirsch Synchroprint X-Type Plus is an automated screen press. Photo cour- tesy of Hirsch.

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