Recognized Supplier Guide ‘18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 01 8 O C T O B E R P RI N T W E A R || 61 lift off fro m the platen, thus creating either bad registration or outright ma- chine stoppage during the print run. Many ti mes a slightly tacky surface on a ashed ink is mistaken for being under- ashed. In reality, a tacky sur- face is usually an indication of over- ashing. 2) Ink gelling in the screen, which too can stop production as gelled ink can travel into the i mage area and block the o w of the ink. 3) Scorched platen marks, which is a co m mon occurrence when the co m- bination of a hot ash and a high- pressured squeegee will create an iron effect on the shirt where the platen ends. 4) Hinders wet-on- wet mixing of colors when the platens get too hot in print techniques like si mulated process, which depends on color to " mix" dur - ing the print process. If colors start the gelling process during the wet-on- wet sequence, the later colors will do mi- nate the design, causing color shift. Controlling the ash units, particularly the later ashes in the sequence, will eli mi- nate most of the heat-related proble ms. Flash units late in the sequence can be set on lo w po wer since the shirt and the ink are both holding heat fro m the earlier hits. Controlling the details in the pre-press are essential to allo w the on-press operator to achieve the best print possible. Experi- enced printers can help make up for poor tools, but having the discipline to put in quality process will allo w all printers the ability to achieve quality prints. Afterall, a trades man is only as good as his tools. If the ash unit is too hot, the ink will beco me tacky, causing the shirt to lift fro m the platen, thus creating either bad registration or outright machine stoppage during the print run. The Marketplace T O A D V E R TI S E, CONTACT DIANE GILBERT AT 800-669-0424, EXT. 297 DGILBERT @NB M.CO M

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