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By: A Newsletter From Screenflex Inks Canada  09-12-2011
Keywords: Printers, White Ink, Ink Remover

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

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

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

Film for producing film positives on laser printers comes in various thicknesses, various degrees of translucency and various prices. For instance, Screenflex carries Kimoto’s range of 3 choices of laser film: 

By The Screenflex team, on April 27th, 2011%

 Last week we had a familiar inquiry concerning suitable emulsions for an exposure unit with a weak light source. Most of these inquiries come from start-ups who do not yet have the luxury of top-of-the-line equipment. In fact, quite often the equipment in question is “home-made” and the light source is weak.

By The Screenflex team, on April 26th, 2011%

Ink remover is not a hand cleaner! That includes ink washes and on-press cleaners. We don’t care how “safe” some manufacturers claim their ink removers are or whether they are soy-based or solvent-based, it is not smart to use them for cleaning human skin.

By The Screenflex team, on April 20th, 2011%

This is the third week of suggestions for matching ink with garments in the Trimark catalogue “GEAR UP”.

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

This is the second week of suggestions for matching ink with the garments in the Trimark catalogue “GEAR UP”.

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

You have probably received “GEAR UP” the Team & Sport 2011 Catalog from Trimark and may be asked to print on some of the different garment types that they offer. By the way, if you don’t receive Trimark catalogs, we suggest that you call and ask to be on their mailing list.

By The Screenflex team, on March 29th, 2011%

Image: “Japanese Lucky Koi” available at ioffer.com

Incorporating foil into screen printed designs has become very popular, particularly as a fashionable special effect.

By The Screenflex team, on March 23rd, 2011%

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

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

By The Screenflex team, on February 23rd, 2011%

Another job for Ghostbusters.

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

Sooner or later most printers experience trouble with “ghost” images appearing on the back of dyed or dark garments. This happens most frequently when the print is a large white one printed with a low-bleed or bleed-resistant white ink.

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

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

By The Screenflex team, on January 26th, 2011%

The bleeding (dye migration) issue in polyester and poly/cotton blends has always been a problem and a long time ago ink manufacturers developed specially formulated white inks to deal with it. For instance, Wilflex’s PolyWhite has been respected for many years all over the globe as a reliable performer in “killing” dye migration problems very effectively.

By The Screenflex team, on January 21st, 2011%

Over the years we have come across some weird and wonderful dryer problems.

We were once called by a customer to deal with an “ink curing problem.” It was one of those miserable -30 Celcius days with a nasty wind blowing, but we made the trip anyway.

By The Screenflex team, on January 20th, 2011%

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 December 6th, 2010%

By The Screenflex team, on December 2nd, 2010%

By The Screenflex team, on December 1st, 2010%

It is too easy to keep recycling screens without stopping to check their tension before putting them back into production. It is also too tempting to use an under-tensioned screen because of the cost and hassle of having it re-stretched and glued.These are not good things because screen tension directly influences printing results.

By The Screenflex team, on November 28th, 2010%

By The Screenflex team, on December 15th, 2008%

You probably don’t need reminding by this photograph recently taken at Lake Louise in the Rockies, what time of the year it is again in Canada. But let us remind you that it is now when you have to be careful to not allow emulsion (or any other water-based products) to freeze.

By The Screenflex team, on June 1st, 2008%

You want to add foil to a print, but only part of it. And you want the convenience of doing the whole print in plastisol. You’ve seen great plastisol prints that incorporate foil in part without having to use water based ink for the non-foiled parts. You want to do them too. But how?

By The Screenflex team, on December 19th, 2007%

You think that you have the flu’ so you go see a doctor. But he can’t tell if your lungs are clear because he doesn’t own a stethoscope.

By The Screenflex team, on November 28th, 2007%

That’s right, only Wilflex Oasis Plascharge (plastisol) or Wilflex Oasis Discharge (waterbase) ink has none of the “nasties” that turns off a lot of printers from wanting to print with discharge. Gone are the formaldehyde and the heavy metals.

By The Screenflex team, on November 8th, 2007%

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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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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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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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General interest « A blog from Screenflex Inks Canada Ltd

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. 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.