THE SCREEN PRINTING PROCESS
SCREENS & FILM
Once your screens are produced and ready for printing, they are brought to the press to be setup and prepared for the actual printing part of your job. Each screen is installed on the press one at a time, and individually aligned to each colour using a micro-registration system. Once the image is lined up, the screens are firmly locked in place to ensure they don’t move, at this squeegees and floodbars are installed on the press, and their pressure, angle and speed are adjusted to suite the ink style, image size and printing technique.
The squeegee is a synthetic rubber blade that transfers the ink through the open areas of the screen, onto the shirt.
Once your screens are made, your ink is mixed, garments are staged, and the press is setup, then we’re ready to fire up the machine and start laying ink onto shirts. Each shirt is loaded one at a time onto the press, which rotates/indexes counter clockwise, applying each additional colour in sequence. Once the shirt has made it’s way around the press, with all the colours applied, the shirt is removed from the press and placed on a conveyor dryer, which cures the ink at 350 degrees. When the shirt exits the oven, it’s inspected and if there’s a back print, then it is returned to the press, which is then re-setup with the back print, and the process starts all over again.
Once all the colours are applied for each logo, in each location, on each shirt, then the shirts are ready to be folded and prepared for shipping or pickup.
FOLDING & SHIPPING
Once your job is done being printed, it’s time to fold and count the shirts. Most orders are bulk folded and placed into boxes for shipping or customer pickup. Larger orders are prepared on pallets and prepped for either delivery or truck shipping.
You can also have your order individually folded and bagged, with or without size stickers or hang tags.