Just like the LBD, GREEN is the new black in the screen printing industry when it comes to choosing eco-friendly, environmentally-sensitive, screen cleaning chemicals. We know that using soy-based and other biodegradable, non-toxic chemicals is good for people, animals, business and Mother Earth. When these products are locally sourced, they are more of a bonus.
The FACTS. Our industry must reduce its footprint. More and more professional and novice printers or hobbyists are searching out ways to be proactive and lessen their impact on our planet. Students of the arts are graduating with attuned, eco-conscious levels and want to begin their careers in settings that are respectful of the earth, it’s inhabitants and the air we breathe. The numbers of eco-conscious apparel companies are growing. Consumers’ who are seeking out organically grown cotton products printed with water-based inks by employees who are paid a fair wage and work in companies that assure their health and safety grows significantly each year. Examples of these types of companies are Contempl8 T-Shirts, Prana and ALO (and a whole lot of others who exhibited during NYC’s Fashion Week).
PROFIT MARGIN. As with any business, the final result is the bottom-line. By incorporating the following, you will save time, money and effort:
1. Generally, you will use less of the eco-product per use as compared to those that are not.
2. Investigate, compare and invest in a screen wash Recirculation System. A recirculation system generally holds 15-20 gallons of screen wash that works to filter out ink pigments, cleaning the screen wash for reuse many times over. Another advantage is that it is a system to move you toward environmental compliance.
3. Take the leap to purchase a dip/soak tank that will hold stencil remover that allows reuse of the stencil remover many times over instead of just letting it run down a drain each time it is sprayed onto a screen in the washout booth.
4. Invest in Filtration System like the M-10F powered by RhinoTech. You will be infinitely grateful that you chose to purchase this system and it’s much less expensive that a plumber! Emulsion is a thick substance and you do not want to take the chance of clogging drain pipes and septic fields. Additionally, this system will help insure compliance with local, Parrish, township, state and federal rules governing what goes down the drain.
5. INVEST in a heavy duty, 1500 A or Pressure Washer or a lighter duty, commercial model like the RS390AR – both from RhinoTech! With these systems, you save by not having to replace homeowner – type units every 6 months – 1 year; you will speed up screen cleaning/reclaiming efforts and, again, save lots of money to spend on other screen printing equipment, supplies and accessories.
6. 20” x 24” aluminum screen frames with 110 mesh range in price from $22-26. A printer’s goal is to distribute these costs over many projects; for example, if the printer can use the screen for 25 different jobs, the cost per screen per job equals $1. This is the ultimate reason why properly taking care of screen frames for long-term reuse is a vital business practice.
Jonathan Monaco of Catspit Productions provides an overview of the most widely used, environmentally-sensitive screen cleaning chemicals on the market today. He’s the guy to listen to, watch and learn from regarding all things screen printing.
Your viewership is appreciated! Hope this has helped you today.
A Filtration system in a screen and/or graphics printing business, whether in a corporate, studio or home-based environment, is a highly rated necessity – not a luxury. Choosing one that fits securely underneath a washout booth enables every screen printer the opportunity to easily and responsibly meet city/county/state/Parrish/township regulations for proper disposal of waste particles as part of the screen cleaning process.
Tip # 1 for choosing a system: look for a triple action unit like the M-10F that uses filtration media. This will help to ensure that the final, remaining liquid left behind will test out as the most drain safe, as possible. A 2013 video by Catspit Productions offers a close-up installation of a Filtration System system and its tremendous advantages for both the company and the environment.
Thanks for taking the time to read this and rethink the reasons as to why a Filtration System is a must in 2013!
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RhinoTech relates that its weedless, SingleStep™ heat transfer laser paper prints on white and light color t-shirts, hats and other fabrics. It’s a one step digital process that transfers the toner, not the background film. And to print on dark ts, hats and other textiles, use Textile Metallic Foil to make a design pop w/ vivid color, drama and added value!
Committed to helping customers achieve their dreams, ApeShirt Apparel Printing, LLC, has mastered the art of digitally printing on dog tags by using SinglePrint, a laser, heat transfer paper. The final image appears as if it had been engraved!
The owner states that …ApeShirt Apparel Printing set out to offer quality screen printed tee shirts at a very affordable price. I discovered that local bands and schools have a great need for quality shirts at an affordable price. My passion for rock music and youth sports lead me to find a way to meet those needs…”
The company offers screen printing, heat transfers, vinyl numbers and letters, logo’s, stickers, banners, printed dog tags, beverage koozies, and more with quick turnaround times (and if you read the company’s facebook postings, you will see what they mean by a fast turnaround).
Contact Greg @ apeshirtapparelprinting.com
Need a little get-a-way? This is it!
We found this easy, straight forward, step-by-step video that is the latest in a series of training videos by RhinoTech (email@example.com; rhinotechinc.com). IMAGE CLIP LASER DARK heat transfer paper allows the printer to digitally print color onto black/dark garments, hats and other dark fabric adding value and drama. We hope you enjoy this video!
This step-by-step, straight forward educational video on “Screen Coating 101″ offers students, beginner printers and those researching how to screen print the simple techniques needed to perfect this job. Products and equipment are also highlighted, so that the process is wholly demystified.
Thanks to RhinoTech for sharing this latest information as part of the company’s newest series of training videos. Check them out @ youtube.com/rhinotechcompany, facebook.com/rhinotech, twitter.com/rhinomitemn, rhinoblast.blogspot.com and other social media sites. 888.717.4466; http://www.rhinotechinc.com. Thanks for watching and subscribing.