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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.

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Demystifying Film Positives in the Textile Screen Printing Process.

To demystify is kind of a bold statement, but the need to be enterprising is a needed attribute when tackling the subject of FILM POSITIVES. RhinoTech explains that creating Film Positives is a necessary step in the screen printing process that can be exasperating at times. But…it can be mastered.

WHAT IS A FILM POSITIVE?

A Film Positive is a vellum or polyester sheet with a printed positive image that blocks the light out during exposure.

Once the screen frame has been exposed and then washed off with water, a negative image appears. In other words, when all areas where the light was blocked from the film positive are washed away, the result is a negative image. And, a screen frame for printing has been created. You will see that when you print the ink onto the surface of the shirt, the ink will penetrate through the negative image recreating the design from the film positive onto the shirt.Negative image of a Film Positive on a screen frame.

A Film Positive is required for each color in a design to be screen printed. So…if you have a 6 color project, you will need 6 Film Positives; one screen frame for each color in the design.

WHAT ARE THE EXCELLENT CHARACTERISTICS OF THE RhinoTech FILM POSITIVE MATERIAL?

An ideal material is found with the RhinoJet Film Positive Material by RhinoTech that is a waterproof clear film. It works with both Pigment and Dye based inks. The film enables the operator to secure opaque halftone, shape and image/design clarity.

Additionally significant features of the inkjet film are that the materials has minimal dot gain, dries on contact and has maximum density technology. It is 5 millimeters thick and dries quickly. This particular Film Positive Material can be printed in newer inkjet printers and high volume production printers to generate a film positive or film negatives.

According to Jonathan Monaco of Catspit Productions, “Many RIP software packages sell all black ink conversion kits so that all printer heads will print with debased black ink. This significantly improves the quality of the inkjet film positives produced.”

The following video will also help to demystify the process of making film positives.

As always, many thanks for being readers and viewers. For more information about RhinoTech, Film Positive Material, Digital Printing, Textile Screen Cleaning equipment, eco-friendly screen cleaning products and more, please contact RhinoTech directly at 651-686-5027 ext 4; info@rhinotechinc.com.

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Chicago. July. ASI. Signage + Decoration Pavilion.

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It’s Chicago on the lake in the summertime. And it’s the 15th annual ASI Show that includes the Signage + Decoration Pavilion that will be held July 15-17, 2014, at McCormick Place.

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This year, the ASI Show features an unprecedented schedule that includes Sales Boot Camp with leadership expert, Stephen M.R. Covey, and a multimedia presentation by Erik Wahl. The Signage + Decoration, On-the-Show-Floor Workshops will feature a variety of topics including one presented by Gregory Markus, president/RhinoTech, who will demo the latest digital technology and share tips on how, by embracing change and new technology, a traditional printing business can be more creative and innovative, thrive and survive. He will also offer information on how-to economically and easily embrace digital technology to broaden advantage and create new revenue streams. For Free Registration to attend the show, click HERE  – complements of RhinoTech!

No Woo-Woo. It’s just New Age Digital Printing with the RT SunAngel DARK Series and other Fine Systems.

On the Show Floor Workshop. Wednesday, July 16, 2:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Thursday, July 15, 1-1:30 pm. Signage + Decoration Pavilion. New Opportunities in Digital Printing.

This workshop is the place where Greg Markus will help to demystify the art of decorating apparel and other products through digitally printed, heat-applied graphics using the latest heat-transfer papers, toners and equipment. Attendees who want to start a business, as well as, those in established screen/graphics printing and embroidery businesses will learn how to 1) transition a digital printing specialty into an established business space; 2) learn how to improve profitability and efficiency with digital transfer systems without a huge capital investment.

The techniques discussed will be applicable for sign companies, art studios, screen, graphics and digital printers, embroiderers, promotional products distributors, those mulling over the start-up needs of a digital printing business. The session will cover:

• Step-by-step instruction on how-to digitally print on light and DARK apparel and fabrics with the RT SunAngel DARK series of heat transfer paper, printers and toners that include fluorescent colors + white and traditional CMYK toners + white.
• How to print images using weedless, SingleStep™ heat transfer laser paper for light color apparel.
• Methods for printing textile metallic foil and rhinestones on light and dark fabrics,
• How to print on hard surfaces such as metal, glass, acrylic, plastic, wood and ceramic using SinglePrint™ heat transfer paper for laser printers.
• An overview of SingleJet™ heat transfer paper for use with inkjet printers.
• The heat-transfer media, printers/toners and heat-press equipment used.
• Cost considerations of producing decorated apparel digitally versus direct-to-garment and manual textile printing.
• Tips on how to choose between laser and inkjet systems, determining space needs and other considerations for adding digital heat transfer technology to an existing printing business or for a start-up operation.
• Enable attendees to hold and feel the texture of the printed garment.

After the workshop, participants will be invited to Booth 480 to watch live action, digital printing demos.

FYI

Throughout his 35+ year career in our industry, Greg Markus has fully embraced change as the landscape of screen, graphics and digital printing has evolved. In doing so, he explains, “creativity and innovation are enhanced, helping business to thrive and survive”. He encourages all in our industry and those entering it to venture out and investigate possible opportunities to the fullest within the realm of the “new normal” in printing. This involves either merging digital printing technology into traditional printing/embroidery, art studio businesses etc. and/or when starting-up as a stand-alone.

Gregory Markus is the president and owner of RhinoTech, based in St. Paul, MN. Since the company’s inception 19 years ago, Greg, along with his partner, Todd Michaels, V.P./Operations, has charted the growth of RhinoTech into a worldwide manufacturer/distributor of screen, digital and graphics equipment and papers; screen frame GLUE/adhesives, eco-friendly screen cleaning chemicals and equipment, washout booths that help save on water resources, triple-action filtration systems, screen cleaning and recirculating systems, commercial pressure washers, supplies and more.

RhinoTech contact info: 651-686-5027, 888.717.4466; info@rhinotechinc.com;  Like us on Facebook  Follow us on Twitter  View our profile on LinkedIn   Find us on Pinterest  View our videos on YouTube  Find us on Google+

Once again, thanks for checking this site out!

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!

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!

A Few New, Screen Printing Commandments.

1. Be creative using printing techniques.
Find out something interesting about your customers: the charities they support or participate in, articles they’ve published etc. Acknowledge an achievement via a thank you letter, the tag attached to their order, a Facebook post that includes your company logo.

2. Embrace change as needed.
Some companies transform themselves 2 or 3 times as they evolve and grow. If you find that your logo or brand is not an accurate portrayal of what you do as your business matures, change it.
new-rhino-logo41 is one company in the screen printing industry that embraced a new logo/branding.
Caps International did the same. CAPS-International-info label

Here are others from Business Insider.

3. Find your bliss in screen printing, graphics printing, and digital printing.
Learn and see the latest techniques from the highly creative people who post their printed designs on Twitter, FB, Tumblr and a host of other social media sites. Passion and inspiration will elevate when learning new techniques w/half tones, the ways to print on metal and glass with SinglePrint™ by RhinoTech, cool ways to print spot color and block graphics.

And bliss can even be found when the right combination of products and equipment come together as in clean ‘green’ screen printing products. Transforming a shop and especially a home-based screen printing studio into one using biodegradable cleaning products and filtration systems (powered by RhinoTech) offers a host of positive ramifications for owners, employees and Mother Earth.

4. Give Back.
In good and tough economic times, it’s noble to give back to the community in some form. Exhibitors at trade shows, for example, often times charge $2-$5 for their printed shirts hats, golf towels etc., used as PR and then contribute the proceeds to, for example, the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. With a mission to one day cure Type 1, insulin dependent diabetes that affects children through young adults, this foundation gives 90 cents of every dollar to research. Being aligned with that type of organization like RhinoTech offers a way to “give back” and get some great PR shots!
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Custom print at Bike Week and donate $.50 for every t-shirt purchased. The ideas are endless!

5. Repeat, Duplicate, Repeat.
For most screen, digital and graphics printers, it is tough to dedicate large sums of money for advertising/marketing. That means that for every dollar directed into advertising and marketing, your brand must count in a very big way. The mantra of marketing is Repeat.

Use your brand/logo on every note, label, letter, tag, brochure, catalog, over-sized business card thank you note and email you send out. It’s easy to make sure that your default signature on business emails also includes your company’s logo, phone #, Facebook, blog and all social media addresses. Anyone who receives an email from you should be able to click on and through to the social media site. SinglePrint Dog Tag Bling 300

Though you might have a distaste for social media, it is a must in 2014. A personalized Facebook page and these: Pinterest, Foursquare, Tumblr, Google+, Twitter and a host of others located here: Top 15 Most Popular Social Networking Sites | December 2013 that allows others access to your company during a search engine search. Duplicate your message in trade publications that also have e-magazines. This will be a double-pop for your company.

Thanks for reading!

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

 

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!

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