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3 4 G R A P H I C S P R O • J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M intermediate printer to being an expert and highly efficient printer. A lot of the adjustments, which must be made to achieve this goal, push a boundary of working methodically compared to hec- tically. We need to skirt that fine line, keeping ourselves (just) on the method- ical side of the coin. We need to address the areas where speed in production mat- ters more than attention to detail and vice versa. is is not to say we don't strive for both elements in everything we do but understanding our potential mistakes that are more catastrophic will help determine which procedures land in which category. Addressing the procedures in which pre- cision is paramount is how I recommend starting. I would categorize QC, registra- tion, and anything that involves ink being opened, moved, or carried near garments as precision elements. Every shop will be different so use these suggestions accord- ing to your specific situation. If we move with our focus on speed, in precision areas, we risk our product quality con- sequently taking the fall. Naturally, the more we work on our craft and with our equipment, the more we pick up on the nuances and subtleties that are called for to work efficiently. e less precise procedures are easier to implement increased production oppor- tunities. Let's start with those. Finding ways to involve more people in our setup procedure can increase our efficiency. Two sets of hands setting screens, drop- ping ink, stacking garments, and prep- ping squeegees is a great way to utilize personnel to improve the transition time between print orders. It is beneficial to Precision work takes concentration and can also be performed quickly. Just remember that precision work, such as registration, should never be done hectically. S C R E E N P R I N T I N G

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