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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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