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How can screen printers achieve consistent results?

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All printers that want to get consistent results with screen printing know that achieving this is a result of limiting variables. There are a lot of processes that go into the final product and having repeatable systems detailed for each step will pay dividends in time and labor saved. The best way to do this is to have a detailed process that is followed almost religiously on every job. Everyone has had the experience of trying to “reverse engineer” a print without any notes and knows that this is a time-consuming and often frustrating way to recreate work. 

Keep notes the first time the job comes through, and the next time the order appears you’ll have a detailed description of what needs to be done to recreate the order quickly. Here are some things to document to ensure consistency:

  • Mesh count
  • Print order
  • Flash settings
  • Squeegee pressure (on an auto)
  • Squeegee angle  (on an auto)
  • PMS ink colors used as well as any alterations to the formula or additives used 

   —T&J Printing Supply

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Aaron Harris

Aaron is a screen printer, educator, and regional sales representative for T&J Printing Supply. Aaron uses his 10 plus years of experience in the industry as a printer and production manager to help his clients accelerate their companies growth by working with them to understand new products and best practices. His goal is to help them become the most efficient and quality-focused decorators they can be. Connect with Aaron at AaronH@tandjprintingsupply.com. 

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