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December '19

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spots you might have missed. On a related note, when developing a screen after expo- sure, the back lights help with developing and washing out fine lines and halftones. No matter whether you reclaim manual- ly or automatically, every shop should filter its water prior to putting it down the drain for two main reasons. First, this is the envi- ronmentally responsible thing to do. Sec- ond, you want to remove any tape or larger particles or ink and emulsion from going down the drain. Filtering these solids out of your water helps prevent any expensive plumbing repairs. A filtration unit is prob- ably the least expensive insurance policy you can get for your shop. With the proper equipment and the right procedure, cleaning screens is a sim- ple and manageable task. Staying on top of the situation and not letting dirty screens pile up is key to an easy and relativity clean reclaim process. PW Taylor Landesman is the vice president at Lawson Screen & Digital Products Inc. Previously, he worked as an attorney for the State of Illinois, Department of Insurance, handling regulatory and litigation matters. During law school, he was a Senior Editor on the Journal of Law & Policy at Washington University in the St. Louis School of Law. reclaiming reduces chemical use to save you consumables. While the different automatic screen reclaimers on the market all do the same thing (clean your screens), one key com- parison is where you are forced to buy your consumables. Some manufacturers only provide a warranty if you use their chemicals. Also examine footprint size and ease of use. If you are reclaiming manually, there are a few recommended pieces of screen- printing equipment. The first one is a dip tank. It is ideal for reclaiming both the ink and emulsion at the same time. Using a dip tank is easy. You simply put your dirty screen into the dip tank with solution, let it soak for a couple of min- utes, remove the screen, and power wash it clean. It is best to remove as much plastisol ink and tape as possible prior to placing the frame into the dip tank. Whether you use a dip tank or not, you will want a washout booth. A free-standing unit can be put anywhere and helps con- tain any water and mess. Having a back-lit washout booth is a nice feature as it helps to illuminate your screen and show small Whether you reclaim manually or automatically, every shop should filter its water prior to putting it down the drain. (Image courtesy Easiway Systems) 2 0 1 9 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R 4 5 Whether you use a dip tank or not, you will want a washout booth. A free-standing unit can be put anywhere and helps contain any water and mess. (Image courtesy Ryonet)

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