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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.

NEED HELP COMING UP WITH A REUNION T-SHIRT SLOGAN?

We are in the heart of reunion t-shirt printing season. And, that’s fortunate for all of us in the digital, screen and graphic printing businesses who will produce short or long-run t-shirt projects for family, high school or other gatherings in the next several months. Whether you operate from a part-time garage-based printing business, a store-front location, an embroidery + digital printing shop, a silk screen printing commercial enterprise or digital printing company – everyone reaps the benefits. And, the graphic designers are pretty excited to unleash extreme, comic reunion designs and slogans on the masses.

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In their blog, bluecotton.com offers some pretty F.U.N.N.Y. reunion slogans. Click HERE to read their suggestions for some good one-liners. And, then there are these from Zazzle.com.  Both companies offer a place to start when needing shirts with comic slogans. And, one tip. With children and tweens in the mix, remember to check on the slogan rating before authorizing the printing order.

Reunion Survivor (courtesy of gatheredagain.com)

The survivors and ‘thrivers’ of reunion-land are all the t-shirt printers and their behind the scenes support; companies like RhinoTech who manufacture and distribute digital, screen and graphics equipment including digital heat transfer papers and printers and screen cleaning products, washout booths, filtration systems and more. Because of eco-friendly cleaning products, for example, screen frames are cleaned quickly and fully for reuse to enable the printers to continue to produce millions of reunion t-shirts on a nation-wide basis.

Those that also thrive and are winners are all the customers who now have an idea of how to get their shirts printed with some unconventional reunion slogans and/or how and where to have their own creative one-liners come to life on a t-shirt. To everyone involved in reunion season, keep on laughing! kid laughingkid laughing 2

Much appreciation is extended for taking the time to read this news.

Make your Screen Printed Apparel ICONIC with 47 Colors.

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These images are of two Hermès of Paris scarves that were gifts to me. Their original owner was a life-long friend who felt that an outfit just wasn’t complete without a beautiful scarf. I remember her being especially elegant and sophisticated when wearing one of her gorgeous, purchased-in-Paris silk scarves. Four years ago, my darling friend died at too early of an age. I was deeply touched when her sister wanted me to have two of her Hermès of Paris scarves. When I wore one for the first time, I finally understood the special effect of an Hermès. Isn’t that the same effect we want our apparel to have on customers?

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How does a screen printer’s work become iconic like the house of Hermès? Is it by using many screens similar to the 47 screens that go into printing each Hermès scarf? Or is it like the 11 stages of silk screen printing that Hermès screen printers go through to create the perfect art? Or is it just the original design? Or…. is it similar to the “Tipping Point” (by Malcolm Gladwell) when he shares the story of Hush Puppies shoes that were suddenly “discovered” by a younger generation that helped the company return from a downward slide (I hope I’m remembering that correctly; BTW – great book for anyone in business).

So, how do screen printer’s creations get discovered? One way is to think impulse buy. Pierre-Alexis Dumas, the artistic director of Hermès International and the great-great-great grandson of Hermès creator Thierry Hermes shared the story about the time he saw a long-haired young man with roller blades buy a twilly, a small silk band scarf in the Paris Hermes store because he needed to hold his hair back. What a opportune moment for Hermès and the next group of potentially young consumers seeking out silk bands by Hermes! Talk about on a whim purchase helping to tip the scales in a new direction!

I think there’s much that those of us in the screen printing industry can learn from Hermès of Paris; about creating something that’s timeless with perfect technique that offers perfect art (think: vintage Rolling Stones T-shirt). And, a pathway to a very different status with apparel that appeals to the “impulse”.

Think Star-Power

Just like the screen printers who send their original printed designs to their favorite musicians or to American Idol contestants and then spot them wearing their shirts in local and national venues and in the media, be proactive.  When Grace Kelly was spotted in a Hermès of Paris scarf, you already know what that did to help make Hermès accessible and symbolic of beauty and class.

Here are a few thoughts: Retire a bestselling piece and then give it new life after sufficient hiatus. Add a touch of an unexpected color in the design. Give it a vintage edge. Print it on a more form fitting, athletic-type shirt that does away with the baggy effect. Print on DARK. And, make it into a t-shirt dress that is always timely. Use an Icat or exotic motif. Make your creations accessible to impulse buyers. And, get your art out on social media. And, remember, there is not just one type of customer. They are all ages and sizes.

Learn from Hermès.

I learned the history of the Hermès of Paris printing technique after stumbling upon a few articles written by Allison Carey, The Plain Dealer. She detailed an event in 2013 hosted by The Cleveland Museum of Art and Cuffs Custom Clothing of Chagrin Falls that featured Hermes of Paris and two printers from the Hermès Ateliers in Lyon, France, who were invited to demonstrate the secrets of printing the company’s iconic scarves. I’m grateful to Ms. Carey for the information. Please read her articles Here and Here.

The tradition of Hermès began in 1937 when Robert Dumas created the first scarf or carres. It continues with Dumas who says that Hermès are image-makers; that “my family is obsessed. We are dreamers. Human relations are very important, and the desire to achieve a form of excellence is very strong. Whatever you do, you have to do it with your heart and as best as possible. I think the small company started to attract people who share the same values and Hermès became a very special place.”

Is this what you wish to achieve in your small business, as well? Do you share these values with your customers? Do you put your heart and soul into everything you produce? What about your printing technique? Dumas relates that although the process has changed since 1937, art is unable to be separated from tools. “All artists love their tools. They love their brushes, their little tricks, their recipes and techniques. Artists are inventors and innovators…” . Do you love your tools; your printing press, the squeegees that should be in top form to lay the ink onto your substrate? Do you have a perfect set-up? Are your screen cleaning products eco-sensitive (think RhinoTech environmentally-sensitive screen cleaning products) and perfect for the job at hand? Do the final results of everything you do in your work reflect your best creative efforts?  Do you embrace new tools and technology like Dumas who offered that though his company has employed the same master screen printers for decades, they explore all new digital and other technologies to ensure that the art that results is true?

We want you to be iconic and hope we can help. Thanks for reading.

Shelley Markus, Marketing Director/RhinoTech

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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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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.

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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

Be sure to use the FREE SHIPPING opps (in the contiguous U.S.) if your order is over $50. RhinoTech also ships world-wide!

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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                        For more information, please contact RhinoTech directly at 888.717.4466 or info@rhinotechinc.com

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

       Thanks for reading; your interest and input. Always appreciated!

The CMO’s Guide to the 2014 Social Landscape

The CMO’s Guide to the 2014 Social Landscape. This is a great article shared by Brandlove. Weren’t aware that “Pinterest activity associated with a web page is among the top 10 factors that generally result in a higher Google search ranking, according to a recent survey?” Aren’t excited about Google+? Read on and understand why you should be.

RhinoTech is one company that has learned along the way that utilizing social media is a great tool, customer and friend builder. Don’t delay! RT Screen Graphics Digital 3 2014

Thanks, again, for reading and subscribing and sharing this info. And, kudos to Brandlove for continuing to offer great info time after time….

 

Screen Printing. Bold. Multi-dimensional. More Artistic than Ever!

“Old School Screen Printing in the Digital Age” (SGIA Journal, Winter, 2014) reflects what we have never disregarded – that traditional, manual screen printing remains a mainstay in the art and reproduction world despite the onset of the digital age. For those rediscovering or just discerning its potential, the simplicity and relative affordability of setting up a home-based or storefront studio and the dynamics of creating/selling beautiful, handcrafted pieces has kicked up a firestorm of brilliance.

DIY ART IS SCREEN PRINTING

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Serigraph of Ringo that is a screen printed limited edition print

As mentioned in the SGIA Journal feature, Etsy (on-line), art festivals and even Thunder on the Bay (a Sarasota, FL, biker festival of music, crafts, art and food) represent the face-to-face business that is building as manual screen printing churns out vivid creations in wearable and print arts. Various venues in 2014 will continue to host specialty, handmade items in small batches. Check out Art Expo in NYC. Watch for music festivals in Seattle, Barcelona, Chicago, Austin and Hamburg, Germany via Flatstock poster shows. The Renegade Craft Fairs in London, Chicago, Brooklyn, Austin, LA and San Francisco will also be favorite exhibits sites to be awed as will be other arts/crafts fairs throughout U.S. cities and around the nation. 

COMMERCIAL ART IS SCREEN PRINTING

And, for the artists who are venturing into printed art/fabric design that appeals to commercial enterprise, the resurgence of manually screen printed items remain big ticket items. Gregory Markus, president of RhinoTech was interviewed after his attendance at a fine art show in the Park Avenue Armory in NYC that is a grand, towering exhibit space in itself. He noted the multi-dimensional screen printed art on display, the bold graphics and sharp, expressive designs. His zealous enthusiasm was infectious regarding the artists whose multi-layered original art prints represented a new wave of “traditionalists” creating limited-edition posters, lithographs and more.

The reemergence of this manually screen printed work, whether displayed in private or commercial arenas, signals an energized marketplace and excitement for a vastly creative, hands-on method in which to design and create. And, importantly, it helps to dispel the myth of manual screen printing’s downturn in favor of a solely digitally printed world. With a 30+ year background in fine art, screen, graphics and digital printing, Mr. Markus has been witness to bold changes and a new facination in producing art with manual screen printing!

NEW DIGITAL PRINTING TECHNIQUES VIA RhinoTech

RhinoTech is an example of a company that has remained true to its roots, firmly immersed in all things screen printing; yet, has recognized the value of digital printing and its highly creative genius. The company’s ability to blend these two types of printing practices helps all printers learn how to merge these processes under one roof to meet their own creative outlets and the needs of their customers. For example, though highly simple and refined software like Smart Designer Creative Assistant X6(that blends with CorelDRAW X6), this art production software tool offers value to both digital and manual screen printers. By tracking the pulse of these art-in-all-forms producing industries, RhinoTech offers value to its customers through providing software, screen cleaning equipment, earth-friendly screen frame cleaning chemicals, adhesives, manual screen printing accessories AND digital heat transfer equipment, the latest specialty transfer papers for use with both laser and inkjet printers.

Thanks for reading and checking out our site!

Green is the New Black!

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.

             What are your thoughts? Thanks for absorbing and sharing.                     earth

 

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