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  • Three Practical Tips for Improving Your Screen Printing Shop's Efficiency & Productivity

    Every shop tries to run efficiently, but sometimes we get bogged down by the minutiae of day-to-day operations. So it’s important to set aside some time to analyze the systems in your screen printing department to make sure things are running smoothly.
    If they’re not, here are three things you can do to improve efficiency and productivity:
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  • Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Flash Curing

    Everything You Always Wanted to Know About Flash Curing

    What is the primary purpose of a flash-cure unit? Unfortunately, more often than not, flashing is used as a crutch for poorly prepared art separations and for poorly built or poorly maintained presses that can no longer hold registration. Unlike graphic printing, you can print wet on wet on a lot of garment types. But that doesn’t mean you can lay down wet ink on top of wet ink. To get colors to pop on dark garments, you need to lay down an underbase first, and that needs to be flashed, gelling the ink enough so that wet...
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  • The M&R Companies Win Three Product of the Year Awards at SGIA 2016

    The M&R Companies Win Three Product of the Year Awards at SGIA 2016

    The M&R Companies have won three Product of the Year Awards at SGIA 2016.

    Asked for his reaction, M&R President & CEO Rich Hoffman said, “Customer service, innovative design, and quality products form the foundation M&R was built on, and it’s extremely gratifying to have three of our products recognized for their innovation and quality. Our factory technicians are obsessed with manufacturing the highest quality presses in the industry, and our engineers and the other members of our research and development department are engaged in an ongoing effort to find ways to...
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  • M&R Presents: Screen Printers’ Success Stories

    M&R Presents: Screen Printers’ Success Stories

    There are thousands of ways to get into screen printing—and thousands of screen printing success stories.

    From the bar owners who bought a hole-in-the-wall screen printing shop without knowing what a squeegee was—to the unemployed college grad who read an article about screen printing on a flight home and started printing on his parents’ porch, we’re bringing you their stories one at a time.

    Bimm Ridder Sportswear: Dave Filip tells how, in 1988, he and his partners—with no experience in screen printing—purchased a “hole-in-the-wall”...
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  • Create a Buzz with Social Media

    Create a Buzz with Social Media

    From Printwear Magazine
    by Kristine Shreve

    Now is a great time to assess your company's social media program. Of course, you should constantly monitor your social media accounts, but take the start of a new year to examine what you're doing, what's working, and make any necessary changes. This is also when you should plan your editorial calendar, even if it's as simple as setting up reminders for product launchings, sales and specials, or trade show announcements to ensure your social media outlets spread the appropriate messages at the right times.

    PRUNE YOUR LISTS The preva...
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  • How to Evaluate the Quality of Ink

    How to Evaluate the Quality of Ink

    By: Ray Smith Original Publish Date: May 2014 What do you like about the ink you are using? There are a multitude of reasons that printers express when answering that question. More often than not, these responses are very general: “I like the look,” or “I like the performance,” and “I like the price.” When creating a quality ink, ink manufacturers have a method to their madness. Using “performance factors” to measure the overall quality and value of the product, they are able to show t...
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  • Instant Income

    Instant Income

    How to reuse artwork, screens, and simple sales to magnify efforts By: Thomas Trimingham Original Publish Date: December 2012 Simple orders that run through the screen-printing process have the potential to yield more income, orders and ongoing business. That is, if they are developed with a method in mind to reuse them in the future. The first order of business under this mentality is to make very clear to clients which artwork is considered a stock piece. Other accommodations may need to be made, such as discounting the artwork so clients don’t inadvertently claim ownership of the final designs. The...
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  • How To... Print Without Additives

    How To... Print Without Additives

    Five tips to get maximum performance from plastisol inks without using additives By: Mark A Coudray Before reaching for the curable reducer to thin ink down, take a few minutes to learn about the printing characteristics of plastisol inks and what measures to take to avoid having to modify them. There’s a very good reason for not using additives in your inks. It’s really simple: the more it is adjusted, the more variables are introduced. While it may be easy, quick and convenient to cut inks with additives, the problem comes the next time the same job is run when a cu...
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  • How to Establish a Training System

    How to Establish a Training System

    By: Tara Zanzig
    Original Publish Date: March 2013


    Establishing a training program takes some time and attention. A truly effective one is not limited to the first 30 days of employment, but focuses on employee growth and development indefinitely. In this article, we will look at some of the key components of an effective training program and a process for education. Once the groundwork is complete, the program can be revised and updated easily.

    Pre-Work: Documentation An often-overlooked element in developing a company training program is documentat...
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  • 20 Tips for Hot-Market Printing Success

    20 Tips for Hot-Market Printing Success

    By Marshall Atkinson, Contributing Writer For the uninitiated, hot-market printing is the term used in the apparel industry for contract printers who take on the stressful, and often large, T-shirt printing duties after a sports team wins a championship. Larger players in this field can’t keep up with the demand, or they want to save time and freight by contracting the print job to several printers in the geographical area of the fanbase. Average orders for these events are usually between 10,000 and 50,000 units and are dominated with shirts...
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