If you are having trouble aligning T-shirts on your press so that they are centered and horizontal on the shirts, the problem may be in how you are attempting the alignment process. This video will help you align the shirt properly every time. And, the...

A decision is a process of deciding something or of resolving a question. Decisions should come about from researching, reasoning, and realization of results. Basing decisions on what others believe is best is seldom going to be what is best for you. Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow If...

Screens must be properly exposed to ensure maximum durability on the press. Underexposure is often the culprit when screens break down prematurely, especially with water-based inks. A unique exposure time is required for each mesh count, thread size, mesh color, tension level, emulsion type, and...

Screenprinting is a manufacturing process. In the end, it really should be about what is most efficient, effective, and economically viable (commonly described as the "3-Es") to both the organization and the clients. Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow Maximum productive efficiency requires producing goods and services at the...

If you are a screenprinter there is no doubt that on those long days you experience pain in your hands and wrists. You are not alone! This is a common complaint from screenprinters. Let's discuss some ways of eliminating the pain resulting from repetitive motion. by...

What do Band-Aids and screenprinting have in common? While the textile segment of the screenprinting industries may not hold the record for the usage of the term "Put a Band-Aid on it!", they certainly have taken advantage of it. Bill Hood, ASPDT Fellow In 1886, three brothers...

Have you ever purchased a product that stated on the label: 1 U.S. Gallon, but when opened it wasn't quite full? Sure you have - it happens all the time. The question is, "Did you get what you paid for?" Or were you shorted? This...

What happens to your revenue when you make a small change in production? You might be surprised to find that a very small change can make a huge difference at the end of the year. Let's take a look at Time-Based Revenue Opportunity. by Bill Hood,...

No printer sets out to print an image with the incorrect color match, to make two or more squeegee strokes to achieve opacity, or in the case of printing on a textile substrate having to use a print/flash/print technique. This article explains how to predetermine...

In almost every class I have taught, or seminar I have given about screenprinting, someone will ask a question regarding squeegee hardness and ask if they need to invest in a durometer. And, as an avid researcher, I often read technical papers on the screenprinting...

Have you noted small, hard particles of plastisol ink on the screen? Perhaps you have noted that the ink does not clear the mesh completely, and there seemed to be ink particles stuck in the mesh openings. Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow This is not normal and signifies...

As the Pandemic continues to affect the world, we must come face-to-face with the reality of survival.  By Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow As we all know, many screenprinting businesses are affected by the COVID-19 Pandemic. It will reach all segments of the screenprinting technologies, due to event...

There are many misunderstandings about why plastisol ink fails. The injudicious passing along of widely held but false beliefs and ideas, misrepresentation of the truth, and exaggerated or idealized conceptions of ill-conceived thoughts of plastisol inks on social media are among the most rampant of...

Are you currently offering no art charges, no setup fees, and free shipping and thinking that the public actually believes you? If so, you could actually lower your prices, build trust, and increase your sales and revenue. Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow Today, as I begin my research...

For decades screenprinters have used a 5 to 10 power folding loupe for inspecting and analyzing their prints, the quality of the stencil, the edge definition of the print, the surface of the ink deposit, registration and other details that need magnification. The loupe was...

Stop Buying Pressure Washers When What You Need is a Better Pump Let’s face it, it seems that most pressure washers only last so long. The reason is that most screenprinters buy non-industrial type pressure washers at the local hardware store. These pressure washers are not...

While everyone has their own thoughts about everything about screenmaking, there are Best Practices in place that will work for everyone if followed correctly. by Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow Just like other variables in the screenprinting process, coating, drying, exposure, and development of the stencil must be...

I am often asked about the true purpose of degreasing and if it will really eliminate pinholes. It seems that there are a number of individuals who, perhaps, on a budget-minded philosophy have eliminated degreasing entirely from their screenmaking process. Their thinking is that the...

Apparently lots of people think that starting a business is easy. In the U.S. alone, some 800,000 individuals start a new business each year, and 80-percent fail within a year. The ratio of failures in the screenprinting technologies is even higher, perhaps due to the...

Emergencies, by their nature, are unpredictable. When they happen, they can derail your financial stability. A sudden illness or accident, unexpected job loss, or even a surprise home or car repair can devastate your family’s day-to-day cash flow if you aren’t prepared. Learn how much...

Quite often, we find items with a thickness that looks like high-density screenprinting, but with extremely fine detail that belies the process of high-density printing. We can find this process used on clothing, shoes, caps, phone cases, purses, and thousands of other mass-produced items. Look...

Are you still printing on the platens that came with your press and do not have rubber platen tops, then this article will explain how you can benefit from rubber tops and what material you need. by Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow Most manual presses are sold with...

I am a serial entrepreneur, having started more businesses than most. It helps that I am a serious workaholic, arising as early as 4:30 a.m. and often working until 1:00 a.m. the following morning. At present, I own and operate ten businesses and all are...

If you are among the many who have problems exposing stencils, this article will explain how to put an end to the stress that you are going through. Become a fly on the wall as we walk a printer through the correct exposure time before...

Every business owner is continuously asking themselves, "How can I keep growing my business?” Most learn early on that the answer is to take good care of your existing customers and the business will grow intrinsically. by Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow Any business with customers should know...

Management Software for Printing and Related Industries Obviously every shop has unique needs when it comes to management software. There is a multitude of software programs available. You will find Customer Relation Management (CRM), Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) Management Information System (MIS), Quotation, and Estimating. And,...

I am often asked about the ink transfer process. The question usually comes from a textile printer who is trying to print thick white plastisol ink. Of course, without knowledge of the ink transfer process, he is quite simply scooping out a large amount of...

The curing process of plastisol ink is simple. During the curing process, the plastic resin is heated and opens up to absorb the liquid plasticizer. As the resin cools it once again retains its plastic form, with the plasticizer inside. However, curing has to be...

Creating beautiful prints is an art that can be learned. It becomes more difficult if one does not invest in the right software, and lose the enthusiasm for attempting to save a few dollars upfront. And, we need the right tools and knowledge to produce...

Every screenprinter needs tools! Now that I have said that, my addiction to buying the necessary tools doesn’t seem so bad. I have spent quite a bit of money over the years buying tools, many of which were for no other reason than reviewing them...

How strange it is that so many people resist change, only to be left behind as innovation and technology race ahead. People tend to reject any theory that varies from the beliefs they currently hold. Whether an action is right or wrong depends on the...

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