After the success of last year’s winter open house we have decided to extend it from one to two days, Thursday 30th November – Friday 1st December.

We will be on hand from 9am to 7pm on Thursday and 9am to 5pm on the Friday to answer any questions and solve any problems.

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You may think this is a boring blog about fluff, but you’re wrong. If you continue to read, it may save your life one day.

We regularly clean up, service and re-sell pre-loved machinery. Recently, a certain piece of equipment came in which was covered in ‘fluff’ and we couldn’t believe our eyes.

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product of the year
The M&R Companies win two SGIA product of the year awards for the garment press and the pre-press categories. The M&R Challenger III holds the garment press distinction, while the company’s i-Image S Computer-to-Screen (CTS) system takes away the pre-press award.“It’s extremely gratifying to have SGIA recognize Challenger III and i-Image S for their innovation and quality, and, by extension, to recognize the efforts of our research and development team and the highly-skilled technicians who build M&R equipment,” states Rich Hoffman, CEO of M&R. Read more
degreasing

Don’t skip degreasing, regardless if your screen is fresh out of the box, or you’ve reclaimed it more times than you can remember. The first step to a high-quality screen, is a clean screen. Degreasing removes any oils, dust, and dirt from the mesh, all of which can cause issues in the adhesion of your emulsion.

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You may have seen that we recently introduced a new emulsion called Screen Sol QV.

Many of you have asked what the difference is between the new QV emulsion and the QT emulsion we already sell. Well, there is one main difference, the Screen Sol QV is only suitable for printing waterbased, plastisol and solvent inks whereas the Screen Sol QT emulsion has high resistance to waterbased, plastisol, solvent AND discharge inks. However, the QV Emulsion is best for high definition printing for screens up to 180 T/cm mesh.

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Do you ever get confused between US and UK mesh counts?

Take a look at this chart, you can always save it or maybe print it out for reference in the future. 

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flash curing

What is the primary purpose of a flash curing unit?

Unlike graphic printing, you can print wet on wet on a lot of garment types. But that doesn’t mean you can lay down wet ink on top of wet ink. To get colours to pop on dark garments, you need to lay down an underbase first, and that needs to be flashed, gelling the ink enough so that wet ink can be printed on top. Flashing is also commonly used right before laying down a highlight white to set up the rest of the print before laying down the last colour. Read more

As seen in the Printwear and Promotion magazine please see below a list of tips for becoming a more eco-friendly screen printer.

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Dye migration is real nightmare for printer’s when screen printing on the dreaded polyester.

Dye migration is a result of the dyes in the fabric becoming wet and active again when exposed to too much heat from flash cures and screen print dryers.

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layout

What you need to consider when arranging the layout of your print shop.

Firstly, you must understand the logical movement of people, materials and product traveling from the front door to the shipping area.

If the production process was simply a matter of one person handing work to the next person in line, the job of designing an effective layout would be simple, but life isn’t that easy.

If handled incorrectly, shop layout can actually limit productivity.

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