March '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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5 0 P R I N T W E A R M A R C H 2 0 1 9 S creens are a core element to any screen-printing operation. Wheth- er it's a garage-based business with a few dozen orders a year, or an industrial contract shop with high-profile clients across the globe, the thing that brings all screen printers together is their need for reliable, well-built screens to exe- cute high-quality jobs. Part of that process means having all the right tools and sup- plies so that a decorator can build, clean, and maintain screens. STAYING IN FRAME One of the primary things screen printers will want to consider before stocking up on supplies is the type of frames they want to use for their screens. Like most items, a shop's budget and volume will help deter- mine what's a good fit for their operation. For a smaller shop, it's generally under- stood that aluminum frames, also known as panel frames, will be a suitable choice. One of the main reasons for this, explains Taylor Landesman from Lawson Screen & Digital Products, is the versatility they pro- Screen Shot Investing in the proper screen- making tools will ensure a shop is working with high-qual- ity screens. (Im- age courtesy T&J Printing Supply) THOUGHTS ON SCREEN-MAKING TOOLS AND EQUIPMENT M I K E C L A R K

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