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Come join us at the ISS Atlantic City Show starting this Thursday, March 23rd – Saturday, March 25th at the Atlantic City Convention Center. John Levocz will be in attendance, so be sure to connect with him there.
Don’t miss our latest products showcased at our distributor partners’ booths:
Davis International, Booth 1437
Nazdar Source One, Booth 729
See you there!
International Coatings, a leader in the development of textile screen-printing inks and a pioneer in the production of vinyl and urethane plastics, specialty coatings and adhesives, and traffic paint, is celebrating its 60th anniversary.
International Coatings was founded in 1957 by Herbert A. Wells, a chemist who previously helped develop Elmer’s Glue. The company’s first products were custom industrial plastic and adhesive compounds. Over the course of the next 60 years, International Coatings stayed true to its roots as a plastics compounder, pioneering numerous advancements in plastics, coatings and adhesives. Today, International Coatings manufactures a wide range of branded and custom formulated plastic compounds for the apparel, traffic marking, water filtration, aerospace, sports and recreation, medical and adhesives markets worldwide.
The company entered the textile screen printing industry in the early 1960’s. Many of the products developed by Mr. Wells and International Coatings remain industry standards to this day. International Coatings’ high-performance Nylon inks and its classic low-bleed whites are industry favorites and have helped establish the company’s reputation for producing products that perform. International Coatings recently expanded its product offerings to include traffic paints and markings, meeting the growing demand for quality products within that industry.
“We at International Coatings are thrilled to celebrate 60 years of successes” said Stephen Kahane, International Coatings’ President. “We know that our growth, longevity and success come from our loyal stakeholders – our customers, distributor partners and employees. We are particularly proud that our Diamond Anniversary represents 60 years of continuous family ownership and management.”
Looking ahead, International Coatings is committed to continued innovation, quality products, and outstanding service to our distributor partners and customers. We recognize that our success comes from customers’ success.
Catch the luck of the Irish this St. Patrick’s Day!
Try out our 700 Series direct plastisol screen printing inks in these various greens:
777 Lime Green
775 Dallas Green
733 Kelly Green and
776 Dark Green
Can you suggest some approaches to building a darkroom for a screen-printing shop that has a limited floor space? This was a question posed by a Printwear reader, and here is Kieth Stevens’ response:
A booth can often be constructed of black plastic sheeting, which is relatively cheap to purchase. Choose a location close to the washout area to minimize exposure to light. Simply construct a 1′ x 3′ wooden frame and determine where to place the entry to the dark room. Staple the plastic to the frame and overlap some plastic to create the “door.” By overlapping the plastic sheets, it will minimize the light coming through during entry and exit. Also, be sure that the plastic cover reaches to the floor to block out light completely.
Another way to create a darkroom with limited space is to repurpose an existing room. For example, if the bathroom is not too small, turn it into a dual-purpose room. Repurposing a closet is also a great way to make use of the space you have.
Stand in the darkroom prior to use to be sure that there is no light leaking into the room. It may be necessary to block out minute shafts of light coming in through the bottom or sides of a door. Use plastic sheeting or light-blocking curtains to eliminate any light contamination. Consult your emulsion manufacturer as to which lights would work best and add a dehumidifier. In such a closed room environment, your screens will dry faster and more thoroughly when moisture content is controlled.
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.
Here’s what SPSI is printing in their booth (#401) at the DAX show! The cool lion design was created by Atomic Cotton, with the artists pictured here. You can check out their other designs at their Facebook page. Thank you, Zack Kauffman!
Be sure to drop by tomorrow to catch all the action.
Join us at the upcoming DAX Kansas City Show March 3-4, 2017 at the Jack Reardon Center in Kansas City, KS. John Levocz, International Coatings’ North East Regional Manager will be on hand at the following booths to answer any questions you may have regarding our newest products and printing tips:
Atlas Screen Supply – Booth 203
Nazdar SourceOne – Booth 306
SPSI Inc – Booth 401
Register for FREE. See you there!
In a recent article published by Impressions magazine, Kieth Stevens gives us some tips on how to properly use a squeegee.
How your squeegee method can affect your print results
I visit hundreds of print shops a year — teaching, training and sharing. I also visit a few trade shows and distributors’ open houses. One thing I see in the trade shows and open houses that I rarely see in professional print shops is printers who are pushing the squeegee instead of pulling it.
Now, I’m not saying that there isn’t a time and place for pushing — I sometimes push the squeegee instead of pulling it when I need to move an image a tad in that upward direction in order for my registration to line up correctly without having to re-adjust the entire screen. However, those times are more the exception rather than the norm.
To some, it may seem more ergonomically correct, but that is not how the process was originally designed: Why do automatic screen printing presses use a squeegee with a bendable blade? Why don’t they simulate the pushing technique?
I may be old-school…okay, I am old-school. It just seems odd to me whenever I see it. Yes, there are people that have a hard time pulling the squeegee and get better results when they push (people who aren’t as tall as others, people with upper body disabilities, etc.) But, what I’ve learned over the years is that pulling a squeegee allows the blade to be more flexible than pushing it.
Take screen printing a skateboard for example. The surface has some curves, especially on the edges. Yet, when the squeegee is pulled, the print goes on it smoothly and the squeegee blade is able to conform to the substrate much better. When the squeegee is pushed across such a surface, the blade somehow does not conform as well and may even leave streaks.
You may argue that when printing on a shirt it may not matter much because it is relatively flat. But what if you print over seams or zippers, or if your platen is not entirely flat?
Another thing I have observed is people printing one screen twice, once in both directions. This is a definite no-no. Choose only one or the other method. Printing a screen in both directions can cause a lot of problems, including a blurred image as well as difficulty registering other colors. This technique can result in an even worse image distortion when the mesh isn’t tight enough.
Again, my preference for pulling rather than pushing the squeegee is simply that, a preference. However, I feel that by pushing, the printer is not taking advantage of the flexibility of the blade and its ability to conform to the substrate.
Kieth Stevens has been teaching screen printing for over ten years and is our Western regional sales manager. In addition, he is a regular contributor to International Coatings’ blogs.