The Easiway Dip Tank system is the most efficient way of streamlining and systemising your screen reclaim department in your screen-room. It is trouble free, cost-effective and allows you to prevent the mess and avoid the tedious job that is normally associated with the scrubbing of traditional screen reclaiming products. It also contains the process and prevents the waste of your screen reclaim chemistry allowing you to get your screens ready for recoating in a few very simple steps.

Nick Walker, Screen Print Worlds resident Screen Printing expert suggests a few basic points to adhere to, in order to help you get the best out of your Dip Tank and Dip Tank Chemistry.


• Place your tank in the correct location as close to your wash booth as possible to allow easy access to the pressure washer and avoid having to carry wet screens across your screen room. Also, once it’s full it’s heavy, so you don’t want to have to move it once it’s full.
• Fill your tank to approximately halfway to two thirds with water BEFORE adding the Easiway Supra  (the reason for this is if you add the Supra first it foams quite a lot when you add the water)
• Add the required amount of Supra to the tank – there is a chart in the brochure outlining the ratios, but we recommend 1:7, which would be 5 gallons in a 37 gallon tank or 2 gallons in a 14 gallon tank. This should give you a mix that should soften your screens in about 2 minutes. You can mix at 1:5 which will extend that time, or at 1:10 which will speed it up.
• Once you’ve added the Supra top up your tank with water to about ½ an inch below the lip of the tank to allow for the level to rise slightly when you submerge the screen/screens.
• Leave the tank for a couple of hours to allow the distribution of the Supra in the tank.


• Once you have finished your print run, scrape off as much excess ink from the screen as possible and remove all the tape – it is not necessary to thoroughly clean the screen before it is submerged, but scrape as much off as you can.
• Submerge your screens for 1-3 mins depending on your mix of Supra (1:7 should be at about 2 mins) You will find two nylon rods and holes in the lip of the tank – these rods push through the holes to keep the screens submerged in the tank.
• What you are looking for is the emulsion and ink to be soft but not falling off in the tank – you can rub your finger on the emulsion and you should see the emulsion moving. NB: If the emulsion is falling off in the tank you’ve left it too long.
• Place the screens in the Wash Booth and pressure wash them to blast off the soft ink and emulsion.
• Once the Emulsion is off the screen, you will then scrub the screen on both sides with Easisolv 701 – This will remove the stain from the mesh as well as degrease the mesh in one process.
• Repeat pressure rinse to clear the stain.
• You can now leave your screens to dry and they will be ready to coat for the next job.


 

Should you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us on 01562 829009 or at nick@screenprintworld.co.uk.

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M&R is the largest manufacturer of screen printing equipment in the world, they have been manufacturing and developing screen print equipment since 1985. They have a wide range of print presses both graphic and textile, although they concentrate more on textile equipment. M&R manufacture equipment for all aspects of the screen print production, from pre-press to post press. As a company they are focused on streamlining the printing process and making your print shop more efficient.

The legendary reliability an continued support of M&R presses ensure that the presses run with almost indestructible continuity. We have an established network of M&R print shops in the UK and it is not uncommon to come across 20 year old presses which are still producing and are reliable day after day. These presses are still sort after at this age and hold some value, which says a lot about their dependability. We regularly part-ex older presses when our clients upgrade to newer or larger presses as their businesses develops.

Simply put, maximising efficiency in a print shop enables the business to concentrate on delivering quality finished printed garments and maximising the production capacity of your print shop, increasing your daily production and making your print runs more profitable -which is after all why we are in business-to generate profit and maintain sustainable growth.

With M&R your choices are not limited to there wide range of legendary manual or automatic screen print presses and dryers, but they also include automated screen coating equipment, imaging units and screen reclaiming as well to maximising your post print efficiency in their fast automated folding and bagging solutions.

Another element to consider while choosing screen printing equipment should be the availability of service engineers, spares and an experienced pool of knowledge to assist with servicing quickly and efficiently. As UK agents for M&R, Screen Print World have trained in house service engineers to ensure that your equipment is at its best and running smoothly at all times. Here at SPW we have people within the business  who have run their own production facilities with M&R equipment and understand the daily pressures that busy print shops are face with. To use a well known phrase, we really have;

“Been there and got the T-shirt”

As the evolution of print continues to shape and push the industry, M&R have not been confined to developing just the screen print processes, the development of Direct to Garment (DTG) has created a niche that M&R has stepped into. M&R have developed DTG systems that offer unparalleled speed and efficiency, both on stand alone DTG systems such as the Maverick, or with the Digital Squeegee. This market leading DTG now combines the speed of automated print production with full colour hi-res digital print onto light or dark garments without the need for costly pre-press treatment.

M&R clearly understand what is required to maximise efficiency and give the printer ultimate control in all aspects of any print job that you may be faced with. M&R equipment has been engineered and refined over many years, by people who understand print and with the print process in mind. Whether manual or automatic, the M&R press will enable the printer every opportunity to set up a print job and ensure that you are able to replicate the best possible result, consistently and throughout your print run. Working with M&R, you are assured that you will have the continuity of a production platform that compliments your desire to be profitable and productive, all day, every day.

Our door is always open if you want to discuss setting up a business, jumping into your first auto, buying your second, or if you just want to chat about your plans and see what might be suitable for you. We are happy to discuss any ideas, feel free to give us a call on 01562 829 009 or send us an email at nick@screenprintworld.co.uk


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We would like to announce that we have some brand new items available on our website, want to find out more? read on, we have the lowdown on all three of our exciting newbies!

Our Hand Sanitiser is designed to protect your hands and keep them free from bacteria. Made in the UK and proven to kill 99.9% of bacteria.
Our refillable bottles are great value, ensuring you can have a ready supply of sanitiser and reducing plastic waste.

Features

  • UK manufactured using UK sourced raw materials.
  • Meets the EN12791 standards for hand sanitisation.
  • Compliant with WHO specification.
  • Fast-drying < 30 seconds.
  • Non-Tacky.
  • Moisturiser formulation that will not dry out the hands after use.
  • 50ml & 100ml bottles can be refilled, reducing the waste of packing and cost based on economy bulk pack.
  • Pump spray application also allows for sanitising of steering wheels, work surfaces, packaging, door handles etc.

How to Use
Dispense a small amount of product onto the palms of your hands. Rub your hands together until dry.

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The Form Fitted pallet design is made for form-fitted masks with a chin seam. The Flat pallet design is made for flat fitted masks that have no chin seam. Different styles of face masks need different pallets to do a full face print. Or, you can simply use our Universal Face Mask pallet to do a small print on any face mask.

Why is this needed for Face Mask Printing?

Most Face masks are multiple layers of fabric. The traditional method of glue will not work. If you are printing on a single layer face mask, it is not advisable to use adhesive due to the nature of its use.

Pallet Design

The head frame consists of three layers laminated together. The middle layer is rubber. Because of the small size of the printing area, we found that the head frame is very strong and has no need for a flange. We have also eliminated the spring-turnbuckle assembly. We lean the head frame 10 degrees past 90 to keep it from falling down. For finishing, there is no powder coating. We tumble the parts that can be tumbled, and use various sanders on the head frame. Everything is smooth and pretty!
This design has minimized manufacturing and assembly times considerably. It is something that we can make custom versions of very fast and cost-effectively. These masks will cover almost every face mask being produced.

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A NEW Stack & Storage Friendly Pallet for Printing Sleeves and More!

The new EZ sleeve pallet allows you to effortlessly print on two sleeves at a time, without stretching the sleeve around the pallet bracket or arm of your machine. This pallet is lightweight and enables you to use it for many other custom prints like socks, pockets, koozies, pant legs, short sleeves and more!
Print Sleeves/Pant Legs/Short Sleeves: Sleeve Printing Area – 3.75″ x 19″
Print Pockets/Koozies: 3.75″ x 5″

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Have you seen our latest feature in Images magazine?

‘Behind every print is a top quality screen- After all you can only print as good as the screen.’

Our Dave gives his top advice on reclaiming Screens. If you would like to read the full feature visit Images magazine website by clicking this link.

 


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Did you know that we have Used Automatic screen Printing Presses in stock at the moment? This is a great option if you are looking to upgrade from a manual to an automatic press or if you are in the market for a second press for your work space.

8 Golden Reasons, why to buy used from us:

We can offer Automatic press Training plus ongoing help and advice from our team of experts.
We offer Delivery and Installation.
All of our Used equipment comes with a warranty.
We test all of the Used Equipment we receive, everything goes through our workshop.
If later you decide to upgrade to one of our new machines we will always offer buy back option on anything we sell to you.
It is a cost effective option for first time Auto users.
We can offer fantastic finance packages.
All of our used equipment is ready for delivery!

If you can’t find what you are looking for, give us a shout Dave has always got his eyes open for up and coming uses equipment! Click the button below to find out about all of our used equipment.

Visit our website for more information or call us to talk through your options on 01562 829009.

Alternatively you can enquire via email on sales@screenprintworld.co.uk.

 

Ever wondered if you are using the best ink for your needs and your Print Shop, but really wasn’t sure what the difference between Waterbased and Plastisol was? Dave Roper MD of Screen Print World has compiled a list of the pros and cons for both forms of ink, how mesh count will affect your print, Squeegee angles and other handy tips and tricks of the trade.

Waterbased ink is different from plastisol in exactly the way you might expect; Plastisol does not use water as a solvent, while waterbased ink does. Once printed, this kind of ink needs to evaporate in order for the ink to cure. Waterbased ink can either cure at room temperature over time, or by running the garment through a dryer at 160°c and usually needs at least 1 minute.

Plastisol ink is a PVC based system which doesn’t use a water solvent. It’s a thermoplastic ink, meaning it has to be heated to a high enough temperature to cause the molecules of PVC resin and plasticizer to cure. The temperature at which plastisol usually cures on textile is 160°c.




We have put together two simple charts to really help you make the decision on which type of ink would make the ideal match for your print job.

  • 24t- Beach Towels, Glitter inks, Thick Inks.
  • 43t- Textile inks, Opaque inks, T-shirts.
  • 55t- Textile inks, Finer textile designs, waterbased.
  • 62t- Enamel inks, Very fine textile ink
  • 77t- Paper and board inks.
  • 90t- Vinyl inks, Paper and board inks, Plastic ink.
  • 120t- Halftone printing, Paper and board inks.
  • 150t-UV Printing, Very fine halftone work, Usually graphic.

 

Confused about Mesh count? We have you covered! This is Dave Ropers list of the Mesh counts that generally should be used for each different job types.

 

 

Lets talk Squeegee angle, pressure and off contact!

When printing with plastisol inks you will need a higher off contact in order to lay the ink on top of the garment. When printing with waterbased inks a lower off contact is needed to double print and drive the ink into the garment. For more information on squeegees you can read our blog dedicated to them here 

Waterbased Ink.

  • Heavily flood the screen!
  • Keep a trigger spray bottle handy and fill this with water. You can use this to keep the ink wet for printing.

Plastisol Ink.

  • Leave the screen printed-not flooded.
  • Do not use white spirit or screen wash as thinners/reducers. Always use curable reducer.

For more information on all of our inks you can visit our website www.screenprintworld.co.uk, give us a call on 01562 829009 or send us an email on sales@screenprintworld.co.uk.

 

 


We love keeping our customers happy, and pride ourselves on our fast service. We use DPD as we know you guys love the service that you get from them!

For UK Mainland, standard delivery which can take up to 3 days costs £5.95. If you would like your goodies the next day order before 1:30pm Monday-Friday, the cost for this is £9.95. You can choose early delivery options and there is even an option for weekend deliveries too…. We got you covered! 

We also love to reward customers for bulk buys and offer Free Standard  UK Mainland delivery if you spend over £125!

We are able to deliver throughout Europe, but please do check with us first as orders outside of the UK Mainland may incur extra delivery costs or may not be possible.

How do we compare? We have done the hard work for you! See the chart below too see how we rate on delivery!

For more information on Screen Printing or if you wish to enquire about delivery options get in touch!

 

One of the questions we get asked most by printers and print shops is, when is the best time to Automate. Dave Roper MD of Screen Print World ltd shares his expert knowledge in this post and explains when to make the leap from manual to auto.

 

There is no “Magic Formula”. But the decision is not as difficult as you might think.
The time to automate usually comes when one manual is not enough to handle the workload. In fact, there are many one-manual, one-man shops that have an automatic.
If you find yourself needing to add another manual press in order to keep up with production, it’s time to consider the purchase of an automatic press.

  • Arms longer than your body! You can only do so many manual prints a day before fatigue hits. 
  • Letting customers down on delivery times. 
  • Customer base has grown. 
  • Need for a quicker turnaround. 
  • Want more output for less input; space, wages etc. 
  • Need a more consistent print throughout jobs and for repeat business. 
  • It’s just the right time.

  1. Become available to a bigger market.
  2. Provide a quicker turnaround time.
  3. Ability to print faster.
  4. Last print is same as the first – Consistency.
  5. Get the best out of your ink.
  6. Print larger areas.
  7. More money due to all the above.
  8. Frees up time for yourself. 
  9. Increased value of the business. 
  10. Registration is spot on .
  11. Quicker to set up a print run.

To compare manual press output to automatic press output, we’ll make these following assumptions about setup and production:
The following timings and prices have been arrived at using the years of experience and knowledge from myself (Dave Roper) and the team at Screen Print World.
They are estimates based on a print shop running at its maximum capacity, when running a job of 100 white T-shirts with a three-colour print is priced at £415 in this scenario.

Once you decide an automatic textile press is right for you, you’ll need to decide on the number of colours and the print-area of your new automatic. Plan for the future by using the 80/20 Rule, which recommends a press that will accommodate at least 80% of the work you are currently printing. For example, if only 5%-10% of your business is large format, the cost of a larger press might not be cost effective.

  • Size of screen – 23” x 31” minimum.
  • Exposure unit – does your current exposure unit have room for more than 1 screen?
  • Is you screen room up to scratch? 
  • 3 phase- Compressor is needed with dried chilled air, if not this may void the warranty.
  • Flash normally needs 3 phase due to the speed needed, heat given, and bigger area covered. 
  • Larger dryer needed to cope with max output of the machine. 
  • Have you got space for the garment storage and machinery.
  • Being organised is key.
  • Ground floor level is suggested.
  • You may need to consider a folder and bagger for large output.

The cost of an automatic press is generally no more than that of hiring an additional employee to print on the new manual. The return, however, is much greater. An automatic press will not call in sick and it will work weekends without overtime pay. The time saved, as well as the extra production capabilities, will allow you to build the business at a much faster pace.

 

For more information on our automatic presses, you can visit our website www.screenprintworld.co.uk or contact us on 01562 829009, alternatively you can send us an email at sales@screenprintworld.co.uk .

Images Magazine feature on our International coatings Inks, to read more on how to print using caviar beads click the link below.

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Hot off the press! Our Print Academy Training Course is back for 2020! Want to learn more about Screen printing? Or are you thinking about starting up and don’t know where to start? This is the perfect course for you!

These popular events held in the Roper Print Academy at SPW  headquarters based in the Midlands book up very quickly.

The day is perfect balance between practical and get your hands dirty printing, with the theory side from the Screen print experience training manual, which you get to keep at the end of the course.
The course runs from 10am -3 pm and is limited to 6-8 people in a class as we like to keep the class personal and friendly.

Over the day you will go over the basics of screen printing such as terminology, introduction to art, films and out, setting up a Printshop and screen room, Job prep and printing on a press, breaking down a job, curing and the general business of screen printing.

Dave Roper the MD of SPW says “I really enjoy meeting the people on the course they come from all walks of life and they get to learn a new skill!”

SPW also offer a one to one training day were we can train printers one to one on an area they may need help with , like screen making , multi-colour printing or just a update on the latest print methods and use of machinery and ink.

Find the dates for this years Academy and book on the course here.

 

For more information on our training course, contact us on 01562 829009 or alternatively you can send us an email on sales@screenprintworld.co.uk.