Using The Process Color Selector Wheel

ColorSelectorHere’s a quick tip from John Hatcher, recently published in Impressions:  We recently found some old promo and marketing materials in our warehouse, and amongst the give-away items, we found a box of Process Color Selector Wheels. What a find! These nifty wheels used to be standard tools in a printer’s shop.

A quick check on the web revealed that these color selector wheels are still being sold today. How are these different from a regular color wheel? These process color selector wheels allow the user to choose or check a CMYK color value before proofing or printing. Hence these wheels were widely used by printers, graphic designers, color separators, and even ad agencies.

How does it work? A regular color wheel illustrates the relationship between the various colors, but the process color selector wheel actually previews what a color will look like before printing. Four ColorSelector2transparent disks of tinted Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black are mounted on the disk, each printed in 10% increments of color strength, from 0% (clear) to 100% solid color. A viewing window then shows the user what resulting color a particular combination of the four colors will produce.

By moving the various color disks around, one can produce up to 40,000 different color combinations with specified color percentages to arrive at those colors. Pretty cool tool!

John Hatcher served at International Coatings for more than 35 years in various senior managerial positions, including product manager. Prior to working at International Coatings, he owned his own screen printing business.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

May 28, 2015 at 10:09 am Leave a comment

Thank You For Stopping By At FESPA 2015

FESPA-3We’ve had a busy week at FESPA 2015 Expo.  Thank you for coming by.  We appreciate meeting you!

We are looking forward to following up with you shortly.

May 22, 2015 at 4:09 pm Leave a comment

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May 22, 2015 at 6:00 am Leave a comment

FESPA 2015 EXPO Coming Soon!

email_footer_FESPA_2015Our next Tradeshow is coming up this month, FESPA 2015 Expo, May 18th – 22nd in beautiful Cologne, Germany.
  
This time, we will be co-exhibiting with our sister company, Insta Graphic Systems in Hall 8, Booth F28.

Come by and visit us at the Insta booth.  If you’d like to meet with one of our representatives, you can schedule an appointment here.

Hurry! You can still register for FREE until May 17th.  We’ll see you there!

May 12, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

Alternative Uses for Catalyst

Catalyst3This week we are featuring a quick tip from Kieth Stevens, recently published in Printwear, on alternative uses for our 900 Catalyst. Did you know you can use it for other applications other than Nylon?  Here is Kieth’s tip: Generally, a catalyst is used for printing on nylon fabrics. It’s mixed with plastisol ink to help it adhere better to hard-to-print fabrics, but it can also be used for a number of other applications that printers may not know about.

  • A catalyst can be added to flock adhesive to promote better adhesion of the flocking fibers.
  • A catalyst combined with (black) ink (for black fabrics, for example), reduces the appearance of fibrillation, especially after the garment has been washed.
  • Adding catalyst can improve adhesion on most other fabrics, not just nylon.
  • A catalyst can also improve adhesion to leather or vinyl substrates, but it is crucial to test that the substrate can withstand the 320 degree F cure temperatures required to cure the ink.

Just remember that once a catalyst is mixed in with the ink, the ink has a pot life of about six to eight hours, so be sure to only mix enough ink to use for the job. To be on the safe side, mix what is needed from morning until break time, from break time until lunch, and then do the same in the afternoon. A catalyst is usable as long as it is pourable. When it is cold, it pours slower, but if it pours, it’s still good for use. If the catalyst is crystallized and hardened, it’s no longer usable. Kieth Stevens is the Western regional sales manager for International Coatings. He has been teaching screen printing for more than 10 years and is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs. International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

May 5, 2015 at 8:05 am Leave a comment

Hot Products For Spring

Spiderweb3Spring is here but summer – and blockbuster season – is right around the corner.  What’s been trending and what is on the horizon?  Here are some of our hottest sales trends:

7014 Legacy White – One of our most popular whites
901 Nylon White – Printers also use it for hard-to-print poly bags
3816 Sentri Clear – Great for soft-hand prints

505 & 507 Optilux Reflectives – Still hugely popular!

Also trending: 7505 Scarlet and the 7100 PerformancePro

Series!

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of non-phthalate screen printing inks, including a wide variety of whites, specialty inks, special effects inks, color matching systems, additives and reducers. For more information on our products, please visit our website at www.iccink.com.

April 28, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

GSG Open House – Baton Rouge, April 23, 2015

GSG_Web_LogoGSG is holding an Open House event on April 23rd from 12-4 pm at another one of their locations: Baton Rouge, LA.  If you are in the area, be sure to stop by and meet up with Kent Hudson.  He will be at hand to showcase our latest products.

Here is their location:

11614 Richcroft Ave
Baton Rouge, LA 70814

PH: 855.256.3951
PH: 225.274.3800
Contact them for more info!

April 21, 2015 at 8:00 am Leave a comment

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