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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.

RhinoTech + HIX = a Powerhouse of a Manual Screen Printer for the Start-up – Professional Printer.

HIX Premier Rotary Printer 4Color 6Station-250x250

Dead-on accuracy, micro-registration, engineering excellence – a bold statement backed-up by the incredible performance of a HIX 4/Color – 4/Station NP Premier Printer.

And, RhinoTech is excited to be able to distribute this system to the world that showcases these features:

  1. Totally, tool-less, on/off contact and inclination adjustments.
  2. True, “all-heads-down” that allows printing at the speed of loading/unloading.
  3. Optional side clamps for improved grip.
  4. Optional “Bigfoot” side clamps for extra-large screen frames.
  5. Full range of optional, interchangeable platens from jacket hold-downs to sleeve boards, as well as, custom aluminum platens.
  6. Easy clean-up due to aluminum castings, anodized and epoxy coated finishes.

Thanks for your interest in this manual printer and all other U.S.A – built bench and stand-alone textile printing systems from RhinoTech.

Free Shipping opportunities from RhinoTech are available on all purchases of $50+ when delivered in the contiguous U.S.A.  And, we ship world-wide.

Questions? RhinoTech has answers: 651-686-5027 x 4; info@rhinotechinc.com; youtube.com/rhinotechcompany for instructional videos.

 

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.

Free Shipping opportunities from RhinoTech are available on all purchases of $50+ when delivered in the contiguous U.S. of A.

And, we ship world-wide.

www.rhinotechinc.com    info@rhinotechinc.com

RhinoTech | 2955 Lone Oak Circle | # 2 | Eagan | MN | 55121

651.686.5027    ​ 888.717.4466

 

 

Textile Screen Printer & Conveyor Dryer Combo is a Big Hit in Small Spaces.

It’s a vision; an all-inclusive 4/Color – 2/Station, manual textile Screen Printer together with a 5’ Conveyor Dryer. The SureCure 5-4/2 Combo with all-steel, powder coated construction offers all the flexibility needed to set up a compact screen printing business in a home, studio or commercial screen printing shop.

Features of the Conveyor Dryer by RhinoTech:

110 V, 17 amps.
2,000 Watts.
Adjustable belt speed control with a 20” long belt.
On/off switch for heating element.

Screen Printer Features:

Adjustable and rotates, so that two people have the ability to print in sync w/each other.
Off – contact adjustment.
Will hold 20 x 24” aluminum screen frames with 16″ x 16″ platen.
Guide rollers ensure consistent registration, screen after screen, and it’s held in place with a magnet system.
Easily converts to a Cap Printer with additional purchase of a Cap platen and subframe from RhinoTech
Cap frames are made of flex steel. Easily slide, snap and lock cap frame in place.

Once again, thanks so much for watching this educational video. Please call RhinoTech directly if you need more information at 651-686-5027 x 4.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Screen Cleaning Solutions from RhinoTech that Increase Your Eco-Sensitivity Score!

As part of its line-up, RhinoTech announces its latest, most powerful Filtration System – the M-10F! M10F Rhino Logo

Filtration is Good!

Focused on environmental sensitivity, the company has created a triple-action filtration system to help printers/business owners/educational institutions become and remain stewards of the earth, septic and plumbing systems. The cost of the system is competitive while remaining a dramatically efficient way in which to dispose of emulsion and ink by-products.

Like all RhinoTech Filtration systems, the M-10F offers space saving features to enable it to easily fit underneath a RhinoTech (or most other) Washout Booth and connect to plumbing systems. With the use of compatible RhinoClean Green ² Screen Cleaning chemicals that are eco-friendly and biodegradable, the filtered liquid becomes even more drain safe.

The M-10F screen cleaning filtration system works like this:

  • during the screen cleaning process, ink and emulsion flow from the washout booth into the M-10F that has been positioned securely underneath the washout booth.
  • The first of two filtration chambers fill with liquid from the booth.
  • When the liquid reaches the top inside divider of the M-10F, it transfers to the second chamber that houses an auto discharge pump.
  • As the second chamber fills, the pump activates automatically pushing the liquid out of the chamber and through two additional canister filters. At that point, maximum filtration has been achieved.
  • And, only then is the filtered water allowed down the drain.

Utilizing an M-10F Filtration System offers an affordable way for any screen printing company to meet their responsibilities to comply with city, county, state, Parrish, township and federal regulations regarding liquid disposal. Home-based studios especially benefit when septic and plumbing systems are kept in tact with a purposeful screen cleaning filtration system!

Contact information: info@rhinotechinc.com;www.rhinotechinc.com; 88.717.4466; 651.686.5027; youtube.com/rhinotechcompany; rhinotech.blogspot.com; facebook.com/rhinotech; twitter.com/rhinomitemn

Again, thanks for your interest and your subscription!

These should be screen printed!

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What a face!  by Dottie Gleason

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Love Duet by Lessy Sebastain

(http://500px.com/photo/7079806).

Inspiring finds for screen printers!  Thanks for checking this out!

Screen printing Filtration Systems – Why the Need?

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!

CAPS International is having a Whopper of Sale through 6/12/2013!

CAPS International is have a Whopper of Sale through 6/12/2013!

Get this 4/C – 1/Station t-shirt printer for 15% off w/code: CAPS1213. And, you can also receive the BIG DISCOUNT on a 2/C-1/S t-shirt bench printer; Film, “Green” screen cleaning chemicals. 800-330-5515 and caps@naxs.net to order. Save yourself some money!
http://www.caps-screenprinting.com. Sale good from 6/6-12/2013!

AMP UP YOUR HAPPY!

dog happy image22 Things Happy People Do Differently

I found this article that was reposted on successify.net (article originally by Chiara Fucarino). It’s an amazing refresher course on choosing to be happy and utilizing positive habits that enact the change – forever. Such a stress reliever when you live your life each day like this!

There are two types of people in the world: those who choose to be happy and those who choose to be unhappy. Contrary to popular belief, happiness doesn’t come from fame, fortune, other people, or material possessions. Rather, it comes from within. The richest person in the world could be miserable while a homeless person could be right outside, smiling and content with their life. Happy people are happy because they make themselves happy. They maintain a positive outlook on life and remain at peace with themselves.The question is: how do they do that?

It’s quite simple. Happy people have good habits that enhance their lives. They do things differently. Ask any happy person, and they will tell you that they …

1. Don’t hold grudges. Happy people understand that it’s better to forgive and forget than to let their negative feelings crowd out their positive feelings. Holding a grudge has a lot of detrimental effects on your wellbeing, including increased depression, anxiety, and stress. Why let anyone who has wronged you have power over you? If you let go of all your grudges, you’ll gain a clear conscience and enough energy to enjoy the good things in life.

2. Treat everyone with kindness. Did you know that it has been scientifically proven that being kind makes you happier? Every time you perform a selfless act, your brain produces serotonin, a hormone that eases tension and lifts your spirits. Not only that, but treating people with love, dignity, and respect also allows you to build stronger relationships.

3. See problems as challenges. The word “problem” is never part of a happy person’s vocabulary. A problem is viewed as a drawback, a struggle, or an unstable situation while a challenge is viewed as something positive like an opportunity, a task, or a dare. Whenever you face an obstacle, try looking at it as a challenge.

4. Express gratitude for what they already have. There’s a popular saying that goes something like this: “The happiest people don’t have the best of everything; they just make the best of everything they have.” You will have a deeper sense of contentment if you count your blessings instead of yearning for what you don’t have.

5. Dream big. People who get into the habit of dreaming big are more likely to accomplish their goals than those who don’t. If you dare to dream big, your mind will put itself in a focused and positive state.

6. Don’t sweat the small stuff. Happy people ask themselves, “Will this problem matter a year from now?” They understand that life’s too short to get worked up over trivial situations. Letting things roll off your back will definitely put you at ease to enjoy the more important things in life.

7. Speak well of others. Being nice feels better than being mean. As fun as gossiping is, it usually leaves you feeling guilty and resentful. Saying nice things about other people encourages you to think positive, non-judgmental thoughts.

8. Never make excuses. Benjamin Franklin once said, “He that is good for making excuses is seldom good for anything else.” Happy people don’t make excuses or blame others for their own failures in life. Instead, they own up to their mistakes and, by doing so, they proactively try to change for the better.

9. Get absorbed into the present. Happy people don’t dwell on the past or worry about the future. They savor the present. They let themselves get immersed in whatever they’re doing at the moment. Stop and smell the roses.

10. Wake up at the same time every morning. Have you noticed that a lot of successful people tend to be early risers? Waking up at the same time every morning stabilizes your circadian rhythm, increases productivity, and puts you in a calm and centered state.

11. Avoid social comparison. Everyone works at his own pace, so why compare yourself to others? If you think you’re better than someone else, you gain an unhealthy sense of superiority. If you think someone else is better than you, you end up feeling bad about yourself. You’ll be happier if you focus on your own progress and praise others on theirs.

12. Choose friends wisely. Misery loves company. That’s why it’s important to surround yourself with optimistic people who will encourage you to achieve your goals. The more positive energy you have around you, the better you will feel about yourself.

13. Never seek approval from others. Happy people don’t care what others think of them. They follow their own hearts without letting naysayers discourage them. They understand that it’s impossible to please everyone. Listen to what people have to say, but never seek anyone’s approval but your own.

14. Take the time to listen. Talk less; listen more. Listening keeps your mind open to others’ wisdoms and outlooks on the world. The more intensely you listen, the quieter your mind gets, and the more content you feel.

15. Nurture social relationships. A lonely person is a miserable person. Happy people understand how important it is to have strong, healthy relationships. Always take the time to see and talk to your family, friends, or significant other.

16. Meditate. Meditating silences your mind and helps you find inner peace. You don’t have to be a zen master to pull it off. Happy people know how to silence their minds anywhere and anytime they need to calm their nerves.

17. Eat well. Junk food makes you sluggish, and it’s difficult to be happy when you’re in that kind of state. Everything you eat directly affects your body’s ability to produce hormones, which will dictate your moods, energy, and mental focus. Be sure to eat foods that will keep your mind and body in good shape.

18. Exercise. Studies have shown that exercise raises happiness levels just as much as Zoloft does. Exercising also boosts your self-esteem and gives you a higher sense of self-accomplishment.

19. Live minimally. Happy people rarely keep clutter around the house because they know that extra belongings weigh them down and make them feel overwhelmed and stressed out. Some studies have concluded that Europeans are a lot happier than Americans are, which is interesting because they live in smaller homes, drive simpler cars, and own fewer items.

20. Tell the truth. Lying stresses you out, corrodes your self-esteem, and makes you unlikeable. The truth will set you free. Being honest improves your mental health and builds others’ trust in you. Always be truthful, and never apologize for it.

21. Establish personal control. Happy people have the ability to choose their own destinies. They don’t let others tell them how they should live their lives. Being in complete control of one’s own life brings positive feelings and a great sense of self-worth.

22. Accept what cannot be changed. Once you accept the fact that life is not fair, you’ll be more at peace with yourself. Instead of obsessing over how unfair life is, just focus on what you can control and change it for the better.

WISHING YOU MUCH HAPPINESS! and thanks for reading and sharing!

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