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 .

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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.

Thinking of investing in an automatic screen cleaner, but don’t no where to start? Screen Print World CEO and Screen printing expert, Dave Roper answers a few regularly asked questions on our Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Units.

Why should I invest in one of these Auto cleaning units?

It will turn up every day and works for less than the minimum wage, safer and better conditions for the employers no nasty chemicals, it will save you time, money and its kinder to the environment!

What size is the unit?

Very small foot print with only 5m in length and 125cm in height it’s the smallest auto cleaner on the market. they are that compact & self contained, most people put them in there actual Printshop with the added bonus that they run very quiet.

How does the Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit work?

It is a very simple 3 chamber system as shown below.

How many screens will it clean?

The Lotus Holland Evo Automatic Screen Cleaning Unit will clean 200-225 screens in an 8 hour shift.

How many people is needed to run it?

Very little labour is needed! It will switch itself off when not in use and some print shops get the printers/end of drying staff to load and unload the machine.

How easy is it to use?

Very easy, no plc’s, no computers and as long as you follow some simple guidelines it’s push and go.

How long does the solution last?

Between 3 and 9 months depending on your housekeeping and how well you look after it and of course how often you use it! Pumps already on the machine help you replace chemistry quickly and easily.

How much does it cost to clean a screen 23 x 31?

The cleaning cost per screen is typically around 50p depending on a few variables.

What’s the compact Evo made from?

Quality stainless steel made in the Netherlands with hard wearing European parts and pumps.

What connections do I need?

Mains drain and needs 3 phase electric and compressed air to operate.

Will I have to degrease?

Nope, the solution has a built in degreaser so you are good to go.

Will I have to dehaze separately?

Yes, ghosting is caused by the pigments in the ink you use, so after some time you will have to use a de haze paste to remove previous designs.

What maintenance do I need to do on the machine?

Change the filter when needed, keep an eye on the level of cleaning chemistry and check the PH balance in the stripper with daily top ups of cleaning chemistry.

Can I use any emulsions?

Pretty much yes, always good to check first though.

Where can I buy the filters and the chemistry from?

For UK and eire, we stock the chemistry and filters here at Screen Print world, in our Midlands based warehouse.

Can I add sections at a later date if I need more though put?

Yes, it is a modular system.

What’s the warranty?

If you use the recommended cleaning chemistry and have it serviced once a year from a qualified Lotus Holland service tech then its a massive 10 years! Otherwise standard is 1 year.

What is the cost?

£45,000 for the Lotus Holland Evo compact, ex VAT ex delivery and install.

Over a 5 year period subject to finance, this would cost approx. £220 per week, £44 a day or £5.50 an hour.

Want to learn more about our screen cleaning units, or have any other screen printing questions, you can contact one of our experts on:

01562 829009





Are you thinking about introducing folding and bagging  garments into your printshop? Dave Roper our CEO and screen printing expert, explains why now is the right time to introduce this into your screen printing process.

Why  do I need to fold & bag?

Its an extra service you can offer your customer, maybe some of your competitors don’t offer this as a service and this might give you the edge against them in a competitive world. You can also earn extra revenue from offering this service, lets break this down into number of garments being folded a day and what is the best route to go.

50-250 Garments a day.

Will usually be done by hand or maybe using a T-shirt folder, which will give you a nice even fold each time. Then it as simple as popping the garment in a plastic bag, job done.

250-1000 Garments a day.

1000 garments by hand will take a while but depending on how much you charge, it could be worth looking at a semi automatic folder. Semi auto folders like the FX23 you pop the garment on & it folds a shirt in 6/8 seconds, you can then drop a bag on it.

You will need a small compressor for this type of machine but its very easy to use. A machine like this will cost in the region of 10k for a new one.

1000 plus garments a day.

With this many garment I would 100% look at a full auto line as it could take up to 10 staff to fold 1800 garments in a hour which is what a Amscomatic K950 with an auto bagger could fold in one hour.

The investment with a bagger could be 50k, it will fold, bag and label the bag all with one person on the machine….. Just think 10 staff could cost a lot more, plus the K950 never calls in sick on a Monday!

Want to find out more about folding and bagging? Contact us for a chat on 01562 829009 or you can send us an email on sales@screenprintworld.co.uk.

Following on from our last blog regarding the best kind of glue to use for screen printing, our CEO Dave answers your  questions about our water based pallet adhesives.


Q. How economical are the Tekmar water based pallet adhesives?

A. One gallon of our TB adhesive can replace up to 72 16oz spray cans.


Q. Is it messy?

A. No, our water based adhesives are either sprayed on using an applicator such as our TB500, or they can be applied using the applicator bottle and spreader.


Q. Do I have to wait for the adhesive to dry?

A. If sprayed through our applicators, it applies a dry mist to the pallet.Direct applied dries while spreading out on the pallet.


Q. If I use your spray system, will my equipment get messy and covered in dust and stuff?

No, there are no propellant gasses in the glue, so it goes where you spray and doesn’t float around the shop.


Q. Does the equipment need lost of cleaning?

A. No. The glue only dries when it contacts the air, so in the system it stays wet.


Q. What kind of maintenance does the equipment need?

A. Once a day, wipe any excess adhesive off the tip of the gun. Anytime you change out the glue container, run some warm water through the system.


Q. Is the adhesive flammable or toxic?

A. No, it Is water based and has no hazardous ingredients.


Q. Can I flash with these adhesives?

A. All TB adhesives are heat stable up to 700°f.


Q. Can I spray/apply on to pallet tape?

A. We recommend pallet tape as it is the quickest way to clean up.


Q. How do I clean the adhesive off the pallet?

A. We have a citrus based cleaner TB Orange that will remove it.


for more information about water based pallet adhesives, or on any of your screen printing needs contact us on; 01562 829009

or send us an email on; sales@screenprintworld.co.uk 


The most popular glue on the market is in aerosol cans, lets look at the positives and negatives of running this type of system in your shop.


  • They are quick and easy to use.


  • They are expensive to buy.
  • They release chemicals into the atmosphere.
  • They make your working environment uncomfortable to work in.
  • They will knock years of your press, by plastering it in glue and fluff.
  • They are dangerous to work with due to them being flammable.
  • You have to dispose of them correctly so will cost you more.
  • The nozzles clog easily.

So what are the alternative to this flawed method of gluing a pallet?

You can buy a waterbased glue like Tekmar TB HV Waterbased Pallet Adhesive which has the following advantage over the aerosol cans:

  • Its cheaper.
  • Easier to apply and use.
  • Its better for your lungs.
  • Kinder to the environment.
  • Will not age your press by 10 years.

If you want to make it easier to apply the waterbased glue then invest in the Tekmar TB500 or TB1000 adhesive system. This will  make the product even easier to use with all of the benefits of waterbased glue.

An alternative to this is a pre glued pallet mask/paper such as the PMI Dual tack pallet mask. This is a 2 in 1 method of protecting your pallets and gluing them at the same time a win, win! The bottom line Kick the cans!!

For more information on what we can offer you give us a call on: 01562 829009

or you can send us an email on: sales@screenprintworld.co.uk