Push versus Pulling Improvements

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 individual’s current thinking. The same action may be right for one but wrong for another. There is no common framework for resolving differences or for reaching an agreement.

Bill Hood, ASDPT Fellow

Most philosophers reject the theory. Some claim that while the practices of individuals may differ, the fundamental principles underlying these practices do not.

But even if the theory is rejected, it must be acknowledged that the concept should raise important issues. It should encourage us to explore the reasons underlying beliefs that differ from our own while challenging us to examine our reasons for the beliefs and values we hold. Without change, we are never going to improve our own lot in life.

I grew up in a family of thinkers that were very aware of the importance of change.

I received an email from a screenprinter this past week that not only accept change but took action that proved beneficial, that I wanted to share with my readers. The question was in response to a video that I posted on YouTube on Sep 29, 2008, entitled, “Screen Printing – One Stroke, No Flash, White on Black.”

“Bill, after watching your video on YouTube on printing white on black with a single squeegee stroke and no flash we knew that we had to give it a try. I like your concept of pushing versus pulling the squeegee. We have been trying it and are getting pretty good results. We have seen an increase in detail, and the edges of the print are crisper. The ink deposit is smoother, even on course mesh counts.  As you stated in your video, only one stroke is needed to provide more opacity, as it does seems to lay down more ink and is easier on the hands and arms. However, the best benefit is that we have doubled our production yield and hourly revenue. Can we expect that our prints will get better with practice?”

First, let me congratulate you on your success. You are apparently of the mindset that change can only come about from attempting new concepts that might lead to a better way of doing things.

It would be impossible for me to speculate about your improvement abilities without knowing what your current prints look like. But, I do not believe that it takes any practice at all. It is much like flipping a wall switch to turn on the room lights. You perform a task and learn from it. You continue to do the same thing and the expectations should be uniform.

It is simply understanding that we only know what we know about any one thing. Screenprinting with its many variables is one of those things that requires knowledge more than experience. What good is any experience if you keep doing the same thing over and over, and you were wrong all along – lots of experience but limited results. Understanding the concepts of ink transfer requires knowledge beyond experience. Practice implies experience, does it not?

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