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 Truth Exposed: M&R Vs Cheap from afar

 

Choose your destiny

A wide choice of equipment is a major advantage for us UK screen printers – we’re close to the EU mainland and have strong shipping connections around the globe, the world is our oyster.

The modern screen printer has a lot of choice when it comes to equipment; an M&R Sportsman, an Adelco dryer and a Natgraph exposure unit can all work harmoniously together in a printshop.

Buyer beware, it’s not difficult to be marketed to unethically, eBay cowboys can flog dodgy units from unknown brands and get away with it without much repercussion. It’s not a story we’re unfamiliar with unfortunately, the lack of accountability (and traceability) of these units and their vendors make specification almost as accurate as throwing a dart at a board.

What to look for

An informed choice is going to feed your passion more; it’s a chance to flex your expertise and avoid being ripped off in the process – here are some of the things we look for in a quality Exposure Unit.

A good light-source is number one. Moving on leaps and bounds from halogen technology of yesteryear and the fad of metal halide lamps, high-output UV LEDs are without a doubt where the industry is headed; they’re cheaper, last longer and expose screens faster than ever.


The Starlight will be able to expose photopolymer emulsions in as little as 3-5 seconds, how can it do this?

This M&R Starlight 2331, and its eBay counterpart, boasts UV LED bulbs – a big box ticked, but are all LEDs created equal?

These bulbs will determine more than you might think; exposure time, electricity used, quality of exposure. The secret is in the dense matrix of LED bulbs inside the Starlight, eBay counterparts will typically have around 100-200 bulbs, the Starlight has 1200

Here you can see just how many high-output UV LEDs are packed into the Starlight, this intense grid ensures a thorough, even exposure through your design. Cheaper matrixes will have large variations in intensity of light which produce a ‘wavy’ pattern of unexposed emulsion, or may not expose at all!

There are countless benefits to using a premium, branded machine over a chancing shipment from Shenzhen are innumerable – this unit in particular is capable of exposing around 100 screens an hour, each exposure as perfect as the last.

It’s here the value of an even intensity is tested – and where eBay tatt crumbles!



 

 

 

 

 

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