GRAPHICS PRO

October '21

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3 2 G R A P H I C S P R O O C T O B E R 2 0 2 1 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M While most people think of dip tanks only for reclaiming, you can fill a clean dip tank with water to develop your screen. Using a dip tank in this way softens your unex- posed emulsion so it can be easily washed away without worrying about accidentally blasting out any halftones or details. If you do not use a dip tank, the best practice is to have a different washout booth separate from reclaiming just for developing your screens. This helps to minimize cross-contamination and extend the life of your newly prepared screen. Using this guide will help you select the right tools and establish the best op- erating procedures for running a proper screen room/darkroom. Having a proper screen room establishes best practices and provides a solid foundation for the screen- printing process by increasing production, reducing consumable costs, and minimiz- ing labor expenses. GP TAYLOR LANDESMAN is a third-generation family owner and vice president at Lawson Screen & Digital Prod- ucts. Having started building exposure units at Lawson during his summer breaks from middle school, Taylor worked in various positions throughout the manufacturing process. After getting his law degree, he practiced law in Chicago. Missing the draw of screen printing, he rejoined Lawson in 2016. Taylor currently focuses on market- ing, sales, and helping screen printers achieve more. Top: For shops looking to improve efficiency and reduce consumable costs, a computer- to-screen (CTS) system eliminates the need for film positives. (Image courtesy The M&R Companies) Above: While most people think of dip tanks only for reclaiming, you can fill a clean dip tank with water to develop your screen. (Image courtesy Easiway Systems Inc.)

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