Printwear

Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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58 || P RI N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 01 8 A re you having trouble i m- proving fro m good printer to great printer? Have you seen other shops achieve high-quality results with see mingly little effort? The difference may be that they have learned ho w to control the details that have a great i mpact on the nal prod- uct. Have you ever been on-press setting up a repeat order, which should be an easy task, but things don't go as expected? Whether it is color, ink coverage, or registration, it see ms that so mething is taking much lon- ger than necessary. There are many variables in the screen print process, so identifying the proble ms can be daunting. Many ti mes, a "one ti me" devia- tion proble m can be identi- ed and recti ed. Unfortu- nately, many sy mpto ms are a result fro m a multitude of chronic proble ms, and most of these prob- le ms are fro m your o wn making. Many shops fall into the habit of xing proble ms on-press. Printers learn ho w to adjust and " make do" with the tools they are given. These adjust ments will quite of- ten result in "adequate" results. In essence, the prepress proble ms lessens the ability of the operator to make an excellent print, not to mention that these adjust ments take a way precious production ti me. To bring up the level of quality a mongst all printers, the tools (screens, machine, squeegees, and ink) must be in line. Find and Fight The Ene mies of Good Prints B Y RA Y SM I T H Ray S mith has been in the screen-printing industry since 1978. He has been involved as an art director, production manager, plant manager and business owner. He currently specializes in application processes and business develop ment. Opacity needs and ink coverage will be major factors when matching color on-press. For mulas will change when para meters change. ( All i m- ages courtesy the author) HOW TO

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