Screen Printing Tip of the Week: How ‘Tools’ Impact Ink Performance

May 21, 2013 at 5:00 am Leave a comment

squeegeeThe following Screen Printing Tip of the Week  by Kieth Stevens was recently published in Impressions Magazine.
HOW ‘TOOLS’ IMPACT INK PERFORMANCE
For the most part, standard plastisol inks in today’s market are fairly similar, although some products may perform better than others due to formulations and better raw materials used.
What differentiates how an ink performs compared to another? Is it really just the ink or are other factors playing a part?
One critical aspect is the technical support and service that a printer should receive from the manufacturer. Know-how and skill are powerful weapons that can turn a “so-so” print into a great print.
What has the most impact on how inks perform is not necessarily the ink itself, but everything else that is used in the printing process.
Each piece of printing equipment or accessory becomes a powerful “tool” that printers have in their arsenals. From mesh selection (thread count, diameter and tension), emulsion selection (type, cure, thickness and exposure) and squeegee selection (profile, durometer), to off-contact, flood, squeegee stroke speed and pressure, each factor can affect the resulting print.
Knowing how each tool affects the outcome of a print and how printers can mix the variables to suit their needs is paramount to how the ink ultimately will perform. It is important to learn as much as possible about each piece of equipment and accessory from the manufacturer or supplies distributor, and to know how each piece can change or modify print quality.
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. For more information, visit iccink.com and read the company’s blog at internationalcoatingsblog.com.

International Coatings manufactures a complete line of phthalate-compliant 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.

    International Coatings:     The Intelligent Choice

Advertisements

Entry filed under: General, Newsletters, Printing Tips. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , .

Join us at FESPA 2013 in London Happy Memorial Day

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Trackback this post  |  Subscribe to the comments via RSS Feed


Image of the Month

"Gellusion" Atom Print

"Gellusion" Atom Print

Enter your email address to subscribe to this blog and receive notifications of new posts by email.

Join 1,211 other followers

Recent Posts

Visit us on Facebook

Categories


%d bloggers like this: