General interest « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd

By: A Newsletter From Screenflex Inks Canada  09-12-2011
Keywords: Screen Printing, Textile Screen Printing, Textile Screen

By The Screenflex team, on March 18th, 2011%

Yes, we first ran this a month ago but we think that it can stand repeating.

By The Screenflex team, on March 17th, 2011%

As part of our series of blogs on pricing, we want to share the story about a typical small/medium Canadian textile screen printer. It is a story about a couple who figured out the pricing issues that seem to continue to terrify and baffle a lot of Canadian textile screen printers.   

By The Screenflex team, on March 16th, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on March 15th, 2011%

Last week we brought to your attention a current online scam. As we mentioned then, doing that post reminded us of a number of frauds and scams that we have encountered over the years. Here is one of them.

By The Screenflex team, on March 10th, 2011%

One of the many books that we have in our library, “The Best Secrets of Great Small Businesses” has an interesting paragraph heading on page 99. To emphasize the message in the heading, it has been placed in a box that can hardly be missed. It simply says, “Warning! Never Aim to Be the Lowest-Cost Company”

By The Screenflex team, on March 9th, 2011%

We have seen every type of textile screen printing shop from those that are absolutely spotlessly clean, to those where everything is covered in a layer of lint or “fuzz”, as some people refer to it.

By The Screenflex team, on March 8th, 2011%

You might or might not have come across this particular online scam, but in case you have not, we want to share it with you because we have noticed it popping up more and more lately.

By The Screenflex team, on March 3rd, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on March 1st, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on February 15th, 2011%

Are Canadian textile screen printers staying away from the trade shows and, if so, why?

By The Screenflex team, on February 2nd, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on February 1st, 2011%

Just because it is technologically possible, doesn’t mean that it is economically viable. – Einstein  Anonymous.

By The Screenflex team, on January 28th, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on January 25th, 2011%

From the perspective of some manufacturers the show was quite busy. However, as we anticipated, apparently very few Canadians attended and almost all of those that did were from Western Canada.

By The Screenflex team, on January 18th, 2011%

Last week we posted an article about phthalate-free ink on infant clothing being a requirement in the U.S. Well, coincidentally, today it was announced that it was becoming the law in Canada as well, effective June 2011.

By The Screenflex team, on January 13th, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on January 12th, 2011%

The SGIA show, once the must-attend annual event for Canadian textile screen printers has morphed into a digital show thereby becoming almost entirely irrelevant to textile printers. This is so widely acknowledged by now that it needs no further discussion.

By The Screenflex team, on January 11th, 2011%

Are you being asked to print special effects (gels etc.) on infant garments with environmentally-friendly inks?

By The Screenflex team, on January 10th, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on January 10th, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on January 6th, 2011%

As we are all painfully aware, Canadian textile screen printing has been hurt badly in recent years by cheap offshore producers in low-wage regimes with poor human rights records and little or no pollution control regulations. In fact, there is hardly a sector of our economy that has not been affected.

By The Screenflex team, on January 5th, 2011%

Margaret Best knows her re-tensionable frames as well as anyone in the industry. Over 20 years of experience with them in both manual and automatic shops, large shops and small shops, textile shops and graphics shops, means that you can trust that she knows what she is talking about.

By The Screenflex team, on January 2nd, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on January 1st, 2011%

By The Screenflex team, on December 29th, 2010%

You might have noticed that the Screenflex.ca online service was down for a week. We took it down for a major programming upgrade which (naturally) took longer than we had anticipated. Good news though is that it is up and fully functional again with greater speed and with the security upgraded to the best available.

By The Screenflex team, on November 21st, 2010%

It is winter in Canada again and therefore time for our annual reminder that certain screen printing supplies can be ruined by freezing. At this time of the year labels something like the one above, should be taken seriously.

By The Screenflex team, on November 20th, 2010%

A world-wide shortage of a key ingredient in white pigment and white ink, Titanium Dioxide (TiO2) is having an impact on white ink prices.  

By The Screenflex team, on November 16th, 2010%

The “crisis”:

By The Screenflex team, on March 3rd, 2010%

Once in a while a manufacturer will surprise us with a really great idea with a really great price tag. This time it is ULANO with their EZ-FILM.

By The Screenflex team, on February 25th, 2010%

This is a “good news / bad news” story.

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If you are a textile screen printer and you have customers asking about “environmentally friendly”, “organic” or “green” garments and inks, you may just be interested in a presentation that a PolyOne executive of their Wilflex ink division recently gave. This shirt from the Screenflex collection was commissioned for the 1995 SGIA show by Stretch Devices of Philadelphia, manufacturers of the world famous Newman roller frame.


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The screen shop owner we told you about last Monday didn’t have much luck finding anyone among the job applicants he interviewed, so he advertised again during the week and conducted more interviews this past Saturday morning. The owner of a screen shop in the Maritimes decided that his artist had been working so hard preparing for the upcoming busy summer tourist season that he would reward her.


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Starting out? « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd

This is part 2 of a 2-part story that we are sharing about a small/medium couple-owned screen textile screen printer that figured out the pricing issues that seem to continue to terrify and baffle a lot of Canadian textile screen printers. Determining the value of your work can be very puzzling and it needs to be thought through very carefully because it can make or break your textile screen printing business.


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Contagious creativity « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd

This week we are showing a 1979 t-shirt from the Screenflex collection to illustrate how creativity and rapid turnaround have always been key features of this industry. This is our weekly Friday feature for the industry’s artists and designers where we show you cool or crazy ideas that you might not have seen yet. Obviously we are not suggesting that they should be copied, but often one creative idea will lead to another.


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General interest « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd - general interest

We have on occasion addressed the topic of sensitivity to what sometimes appears on t-shirts and how it can come back to haunt and possibly ruin a textile screen printer. We thought that it might be time to once more give the topic some mention because it is something that could confront every t-shirt printer sooner or later. This is the fourth week of referencing extracts from Rafi Mohammed’s book, The Art of Pricing.


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Technical tips and ideas « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd

Over 20 years of experience with them in both manual and automatic shops, large shops and small shops, textile shops and graphics shops, means that you can trust that she knows what she is talking about. Film for producing film positives on laser printers comes in various thicknesses, various degrees of translucency and various prices.