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EMULSION REMOVAL 101A

Part 5 in the  RhinoTech video series targets the tips and method on how to remove the stencil from the screen frame after printing is completed, so that you gain a new-looking screen frame in its place.

TOOLS for SUCCESSFUL EMULSION REMOVAL PROCESS

ERG8550L that is a ready-to-use Emulsion Remover. It rapidly removes emulsion and capillary film from screens, offers excellent freeze/thaw characteristics and is ideal for use in all climates.

RhinoCleanWashout Booth that is available in a variety of standard sizes. Its compact, space saving design and durable construction in Polypro continues to be the foremost choice for screen printers.

The RS1500APressure Washer that features a 26” hose, adjustable PSI from 250 – 1500 PSI, an adjustable nozzle, 110V and ground fault plug. It weighs just 60 lbs. in a very compact form and is a powerhouse of a system that just keeps on working year after year after year.

TECHNIQUE:

Apply ERG8550L to scrubber and scrub on both sides of screen.

As you notice in the video, once applied, the stencil begins to break down almost immediately.

After scrubbing, let the product sit for 1 – 2 minutes. Now, power wash (we use the RS1500A).

In a smooth motion, sweep pressure washer back and forth across the screen and experience the excitement of a new-looking screen frame coming into view!

Let screen dry. And, then you’re ready to reuse. It’s that simple.

Thanks for watching another RhinoTech video.

We hope we have helped you lighten the load and advance your screen cleaning technique. Questions? We’re here for you at 651-686-5027 x 4 or info@rhinotechinc.com.

BE Courageous. BE Happy. BE Human.

good excellent 2Core ideals for everyone. Core traits for a screen, digital or graphics printing business whether formed or in the start-up phase that will contribute to the worth and success of a business.

This reminder and inspiring by-line comes from the team of women who are Bliss Entourage.  BE was founded by these down-to-earth women (pictured at left) who, early on in their young lives, figured out that there was a vast world of opportunity, adventure, education and global citizenship awaiting them if they chose to take the leap. And, they did. Solo travel led to education of the mind, heart and physical being. They learned and healed from some of their own personal struggles. And, they became even more courageous. And, mindful. And, confident. Finding their paths toward one another through healthy living (with some decadent desserts), nutritional counseling, nursing education, yoga practice, health and fitness, life coaching, meditation, relaxation and more, they now help” guide individuals to live fulfilled, happy, and awakened lives”. Be sure to check out their website.

And, Check Out Their T-Shirts.

RhinoTech printed the BE t-shirts using SingleStep™ heat transfer paper. Used with an OKI Data laser printer on White and Light color apparel and fabrics, this paper is totally self-weeding. And, only the toner transfers resulting in a t-shirt that feels as if it had been screen printed. The results are seen in vibrant, colorful designs and in sharply defined Black and White images. And, we used an RT Swingman – 20 heat press to ensure accurate time, temp and pressure to ensure a beautifully produced item. This heat press is a gem.

BE Courageous. BE Human. Happiness will be Revealed.

Though we advocate for some sort of business plan, we’ve found that it’s generally courage and a leap of faith that is the foundation of a new business. These elements along with exuding happiness, confidence and exhibiting compassion for all human beings helps frame the kind company you want. For others, these characteristics help them decide which kind of company they want to be part of.

Being human is revealed in the way management treats customers and employees. Having the courage to “do the right thing” on behalf of both essential groups is testament to the company make-up. The face of courage shows up when we step out of our comfort zones or out of the business box and take the leap into a new market or expand service streams. For example, adding a digital heat transfer printing system to an established screen, graphics or embroidery business offers an affordable way to grow and meet customer needs. It could be a game changer and a lucrative one, but the unknowns pose uneasiness. Garner courage to take the steps to remain at the top of the game. And, the next leap will be that much easier.

Today you are you, that is truer than true. There is no one alive that is youer than you.” Dr. Suess (and, Bliss Entourage)

We offer gratitude to you for reading this article and hope you will review some eye-opening, mindful videos on the RhinoTech channel @ youtube.com/rhinotechcompany.

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Digital and Screen Printing Products that DEFY SHOP HUMIDITY.

humidity 5 Humidity.We longed for it during the interminable winter; with every*! %!**%!# shovel of snow. But, our memories of desire for the heat have a way of fading when faced with summer-time humidity that invades our shop environments. So, we offer the following on two stellar products that will stand up during the heat and humidity of summer.

THE FIRST from RhinoTech.

It’s RhinoDARK heat transfer paper. This weedless laser paper involves a two-step process comprised of using an A Sheet (printed with a laser printer) and a B sheet. Because the A Sheet has a polyester coating, it will not expand and contract in humid environments. As a result, you’ll get consistent quality and produce transfers that will pop with brilliant color and intense white on all DARK apparel and fabrics. This paper can be applied to 50/50 blends, 100% Cotton and Polyester fabric such as Dri-Fit.

Use RhinoDARK with OKI Data laser printers from RhinoTech that include: the 920 WT, 711 WT and c831-TS http://rhinotechinc.com/digital-transfer/laser-printers 

THE NEXT HUMIDITY-DEFYING PRODUCT from RhinoTech.

In textile screen printing, a Film Positive is required for each color in a design that is going to be screen printed. For example, if you have a 6 color project, you will need 6 Film Positives; one screen frame for each color in the design.

To ensure that your Film Positive material doesn’t expand or contract, we recommend RhinoJet (for inkjet printers) instead of paper transparencies. This product is waterproof clear film with a polyester-coating to make it stable under humid conditions. Its formulation makes sure that it will dry on contact with both Pigment and Dye based inks.

We also encourage you to take a moment to read The Effects of Humidity on Screen Printing by John Levocz. This article recently appeared in the June 24, 2015, issue of Printwear. In it, the author offers screen printers a few reminders on how to prepare for and handle the stickiness of the season.

It’s that time of year again when everything in your shop seems to be wet due to high humidity, and this humidity can cause several problems in your shop that you should be aware of.

First, screens will take a lot longer to dry after degreasing and also after coating with emulsion. Do not rush the coated screens. Make sure they are dry all the way through the emulsion coating. If they are tacky to the touch, they need more drying time. Rushing the screens can cause pinhole and emulsion washout issues.

Second, when using plastisol inks, the moisture in the garments need to be driven out before the curing process can start to take place. Shops with smaller dryers and very little airflow can expect to see their cure time increase, so it is important to re-check your cure before blaming the ink.

If you have questions about RhinoDARK heat transfer paper and RhinoJet Film Positive Material, please feel free to contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027 x2 and info@rhinotechinc.com.

                              
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A SCREEN FRAME CLEANING PRODUCT TO REMOVE WATER-BASED INK IS HERE.

Amazing Screen Wash for Water-based Ink

Are You Motivated to change to an eco-sensitive, biodegradable Screen Wash? If you’re on the fence about changing screen cleaning chemicals, consider that SWG 220™ Screen Wash Degradent has been perfected to offer the toughest screen cleaning action leaving no water-based ink unscathed. And, we’re not kidding!

This Screen Wash removes all types of water-based inks quickly after the press run AND it’s strong enough to remove dried on, water-based ink on screens, as well. This product is water-soluble and evaporates slowly for maximum yield. It is virtually odorless; a characteristic that all employees seek. It leaves zero residue behind, so no ghost images remain on the screen.  And, it has a very high flash point. Finally, this screen was can be used with both manual and automatic screen cleaning equipment.

Additional high points of SWG 220™ Screen Wash Degradent:

DRAIN SAFE, NON-TOXIC, 100% BIODEGRADABLE. Cleaned screens look like new. And, the price point leaves competing screen washes wishing on a star! Use of this screen wash and the entire line of RhinoClean Green Screen Cleaning Chemicals will help businesses to “green-up” their screen cleaning practices. Mother Earth will thank you.

SO, the UPSHOT is that this Water-based Screen Wash is a bombshell of a solution.

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A Worthy Share from RhinoTech.

This short video is a review of the latest, high performing DIGITAL heat transfer papers from RhinoTech. In fact, they also represent the most current laser and inkjet transfer papers in the industry that can be used successfully to transfer images to DARK garments and fabrics. And, to offer the most vibrant of whites (no gray factor).

Though RhinoTech originally produced this big review during Halloween 2014, the information remains timely. Enjoy and thanks for reading/viewing.

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1. The first set of t-shirts have been printed with SingleJet heat transfer paper used with an inkjet printer.

As you can see, the colors on the white Tuxedo and Yoga T-shirts are chillingly vivid! Use this paper to transfer designs to pastel, light gray and all white/light color apparel and fabrics.

The Black Tuxedo shirt was digitally printed with SingleJet Opaque. It works alarmingly well to transfer     images to the DARKEST OF DARK garments and fabrics. The white that snaps off the shirt is daunting compared to most whites that appear grayed out.

2. The next set of shirts was printed with SingleStep that is designed to transfer to light/white color garments. Notice how the flower design on the pink t-shirt just oozes color. The secret is in the toner; the RT SunAngel DayBold Fluorescent toners used with the RT SunAngel printer.SingleStep CMYK

The white t- shirt with the flower design was printed w/SingleStep and traditional CMYK colors. Notice how regular CMYK colors are scarily dazzlingly!

The black T-shirt, printed with RT SunAngel DARK heat transfer paper for DARK apparel, offers the brightest of white (no graying) that snaps off the shirt.

3. The final series of t-shirts was printed with RT SunAngel DARK heat transfer paper. It’s spooky how excited Greg is about this paper!

The BLACK Anarchy T-shirt features pulsating brilliant blue, white and blood red colors and screams washability.

The CMYK colors printed on the next DARK T-Shirt also bursts with color. It’s simple to apply rhinestones and textile metallic foil right on top of the design for added value.

The RhinoTech logo on the final DARK t-shirt was printed using RT SunAngel DayBold Fluorescent toner. Textile Metallic Foil was added; the look is stunning! SunAngel DayBold w Foil

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GLUE. AEROSOL ADHESIVE WEB. DO YOU HAVE CROSS-OVER PRODUCTS?

Cross-over products are those that, accidentally or on purpose, have been found to have multiple uses instead of just the one they were originally intended. You can find them all over the place. Anyone remember Pepsi AM for the “breakfast cola drinker” (circa 1989)? It was supposed to be the cross-over into breakfast product, but, fortunately for all of us humans, it died out quickly.  You can read more about well-intentioned cross-over products including Ponds toothpaste, Cosmopolitan (Magazine) Yogurt and Coors Rocky Mountain Spring Water at this site: http://www.businessinsider.com/qwik-fails-15-disastrous-product-launches-that-were-quickly-killed-2011-10?op=1#ixzz36EZGjIwX. And, beyond that, do you have undiscovered cross-over products?

Two examples of viable, cross-over products from RhinoTech

RhinoBond™ Toughened Frame Adhesive Systems  requires no premixing of solvents and offers tension holding capabilities of over 90 newtons. The wide range of viscosities available ensure a secure bond of mesh to wood or aluminum screen frames. The RBT Series is flexible, impact toughened and has great removal characteristics.  They dry in seconds and are non-hazardous. RBT 100

Because of these amazing characteristics, especially the non-hazardous part, RBT 100 (super, super, super glue) is often used by beaders as an adhesive to use to secure a knot on a bracelets and necklaces and to hold beads in place. Compared to other jewelry-making glue in that growing market, this glue surpasses. It will dry quite quickly, as well. As always, follow directions for handling and don’t glue your fingers together! It’s $37.00 for the Kit.RBT 100  2

Discovered by a quilter searching for a better bonding product, we’re showcasing RBA3 Spray Web, an aerosol adhesive that is much like the product used during Halloween to create spider webs.  RBA3 Adhesive Web is the quilter’s adhesive of choice for several reasons. One, it is part of the RhinoClean Green line of environmentally-sensitive products. yoga bag 22

Two, the “web” is quite self-contained so over spraying, unlike what is often found with other spray adhesives specific to the crafting/hobby  market, is a non-issue. It works particularly well during the sandwiching phase of quilting as it is able to be respositioned. This adhesive web is strong enough to hold sweatshirt material in place and it bonds easily to a variety of materials without transferring adhesive to the fabric that is a highly important element. And, it washes out.

This quilted, reversible yoga bag in the featured image was constructed with RBA3. It’s soft and durable with two pockets large enough for a water bottle, wallet, keys, suntan lotion and more. A yoga mat easily fits. If you’d like to order a finished bag or 1 or more cans of RBA 3 Spray Web, contact RhinoTech at 651-686-5027. At $6.99 for a 13 oz. can, it’s a steal! And, with a $50+ purchase, FREE SHIPPING is available within the contiguous U. S.

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Digital Printing Innovation from RhinoTech

While rolling through the Walker Art Center website looking for some cool, innovative gift items, we happened upon this little original gem – a Minnesota Bottle Opener.

ADD A LITTLE SOMETHING, SOMETHING!

At 14 gauge metal, not only is it heavy duty, but the opener also looks as if it would offer an interesting surface in which to transfer an image. A map, the state bird of MN (mosquito), a flower…the imagination can run wild. The finalized design can easily be printed and transferred using SinglePrint heat transfer paper by RhinoTech. It’s a laser paper that can be used to print on multiple types of surfaces such as light color metal, glass, acrylic, plastic, leather, wood and some card stock. Jesse bottle opener 6 19 2014

A Step-by-Step Video on How To Print with SinglePrint.

SinglePrint™ heat transfer paper transfers the solid image without the background toner! The image appears as if it were screen printed onto the surface. RhinoTech also recommends all OKI Data color laser printers including the RT SunAngel series of printers for use with this remarkable heat transfer paper.

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Sharing a “Last Laugh”

SMILEThis guy cracks us up! Dan Danbom is a contributor to Printwear; you can find his article on the last page of the magazine each month. Dan is the laugh master. Self-deprecating and insightful, he takes our everyday world and spins it so that the things that bug us like TOO MANY PASSWORDS are put into non, ledge jumping perspective. He’s definitely the guy to offer a well-deserved righteous chuckle, giggle and snort, fall-down-laughing, LOL guffaw.

As easy as MyZK8o0veeMan62hike.

In Last Laugh (Printwear, March 2014), Dan succinctly nails the password debacle; having to remember 20 passwords (that seems a low estimate for most of us), the fact that he’s  probably been hacked anyway, because most passwords are way too easy to crack, and that “because the help desk is a pleasure on a par with kidney stones, many workers simply write down their passwords on a piece of paper and tape it to their computer. While this ensures that no one will forget their password (because they don’t have to remember it in the first place, it can also lead to mischief if unauthorized person access your computer and download, say, a large retailer’s seventy-million credit card records).” Bazinga!

No Password Needed.

Fortunately, you won’t have to remember this code, RCG07, past this Saturday, June 7, 2014. It’s the code needed to receive a 12% discount on eco-sensitive, screen frame cleaning products from RhinoTech when you order ON-LINE. Help lessen the impact of screen printing on Mother Earth with use of biodegradable, RhinoClean Green screen cleaning products that have features such as low odor, a pleasant citrus scent, are soy-based, water-based and more. RhinoClean Green

RCG Screen Wash SWG220
 Screen Prep SPG 2255
Degreaser DGG2200
 Soy-based, Screen Wash SWG 305 Plastisol / UV Screen Wash Degradent
 SWG² 197C™ Multi-Purpose Screen Wash Degradent
Screen Wash SWG² 145C™ Plastisol Ink
PWG 125 Multi-Purpose Press Wash
PWG 122 Textile Press Wash
 APG 1000 Plastisol Screen Wash Degradent & Emulsion Remover (1:15 mixing ratio)
 Emulsion Remover ERG² 8500L™ Liquid Concentrate up to 1:15 ratio
Emulsion Remover ERG² 8550L™  Ready To Use or mix up to 1:4 ratio
 Remarkable, emollient-rich Hand Cleaner

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Please contact RhinoTech directly at 651-686-5027 x 4 or info@rhinotechinc.com for any assistance you might need. Also, checkout their youtube.com site to see reviews and action packed, step-by-step videos on their screen cleaning products. Thanks for watching and subscribing!

Slam Dunk Screen Frame Cleaning Solutions!

They asked and Gregory Markus, president of RhinoTech, answered in the Screenprinting magazine article, “Slam Dunk Solutions for Screen Cleaning”. The article features a step-by-step approach to screen cleaning and reclaiming using the RhinoTech brand of eco-sensitive screen frame cleaning products. The straight-forward tutorial found on ScreenWeb also offers images of each stage in the process along with a simple explanation of each step. We hope you’ll find the following, brief overview helpful.

START from here by carding all excess ink of the screen (refer to steps in article)…IMG_1798

APPLY water-soluble SCREEN WASH SWG 145C that has a pleasant citrus scent. RINSE w/water to remove excess ink and screen wash (easy steps outlined in article).  1 Screen Wash Ink Removal

2 Stencil Removal Scrub

NEXT, APPLY ERG8550L, a biodegradable, eco-friendly emulsion/stencil remover to fully reclaim the screen (article says it all).

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RINSE SCREEN with a commercial-type PRESSURE WASHER like the RhinoSpray 1500A, heavy duty pressure washer for shops cleaning 20-50 screens per day or the RhinoSpray 3901R that is a light-duty pressure washer for small, home based/studio type businesses. In the long-term, you’ll save money by investing in a substantial pressure washer that will last and last and last (this is a must, as mentioned in the article).

De-haze with HRG2400 (or HR2800) to remove any left over ‘ghost’ or haze images on the screen (instructions found in article).

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And there you have it – a fully reclaimed, reusable, new-looking screen frame – all engineered by RhinoTech! RT Reuse a Clean Screen blog 5 12 2014

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Step-by-step video instruction found @ youtube.com/rhinotechcompany

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More Bling News for Printing on DARK Apparel & Fabrics from RhinoTech.

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RhinoTech has rolled out a new digital printing system that has been demo-d via DAX shows in Chicago, Minneapolis and Kansas City. Next up for the RT SunAngel DARK debut will be the ASI show in Chicago in July. Other show demonstrations are still being discussed such as NBM Indy, ISS and more. RhinoTech has promised information as soon as it becomes available.

PRINT ON BLACK, NAVY, RED, ORANGE – ALL DARK APPAREL.

In the meantime, here is an extension of  their printing instructions found at RT SunAngel DARK video on how to add rhinestone bling to a DARK t-shirt printed with the RT SunAngel DARK series.

The shirt on the right was originally printed with RT SunAngel DARK heat transfer paper, printer & fluorescent color + white toners. Rhinestones were added to it by placing a sheet of random patterned rhinestones on top of the design, placing a piece of parchment paper on top of that…heat pressing it using LIGHT pressure at 300 degrees F for 30 seconds. When done, the parchment was removed and, using a soft cloth, the rhinestone sheet was rubbed thoroughly.  When cooled, the carrier sheet was peeled off ( RhinoTech would like to acknowledge USA Rhinestones for use of the rhinestone sheet).

IMPROVE YOUR COMPANY’S BOTTOM LINE PROFIT GOALS.

By adding rhinestones, you have added more dimension and interest in your product. The product value has just increased, as well, enabling higher pricing and profit margins for you.

We hope you’ve enjoyed this brief, informative article in the digital printing realm. Again, thanks for subscribing and learning.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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