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How to Wash and Develop Large Format Screens in Textile Screen Printing

Jul 3rd, 2018

It is a fact that screen printing is here to stay. In fact, there has been a marked increase in investments in the screen printing industry, as new automation processes and new tech have been ushered in. It also goes without saying that clients have come to expect the absolute best, so in order for a company to survive, it needs to provide the perfect screen for various markets and sectors. Here, we will discuss how to wash and develop large-format screens in textile screen printing.

Red section of the screen printing machine

New Models

The screen fabrication process has and still is, the weakest link. What usually ends up happening is the process takes place manually, so the screen quality suffers as a result. The printing results are also subpar, and the costs are higher with subsequent issues being the norm with manual processes. Some experts also claim that automation is simply not profitable and that the price to benefit ratio is not desirable. Today, we will prove otherwise.

The Plug and Coat

The C-Coat 404 Plug and Coat is a very successful model on the market. However, the G-Coat 406 has taken things up a notch, and it provides automatic coating for textile screens that have a frame format (maximum) of W700 x H1000. Furthermore, despite the automation process, the quality is still superb. The device can also be used a standalone unit that can be mounted on the floor, and is very compact, efficient, and small.

The client’s particular needs can also be individually programmed into the device. For instance, you can choose to activate the coating process on either both sides or just one side. Moreover, the coating troughs can go up to a width of 600 millimeters with a radius between 0.25 and 1.00 millimeters. You can also coat two screens simultaneously with this device, which some customers who need to coat large quantities of smaller screens will appreciate.

The Plug and Wash

After the exposure and coating developmental process is over, the washing process will take over. However, when it comes to automatic screen washing, many underestimate the impact of the washing technique. Oftentimes, there will be printing quality issues that are readily apparent, because manual techniques tend to yield abnormal or irregular results.

The good news is the G-Wash 106 Plug and Wash takes care of manual issues because it is fully automated. Clients can choose from four different widths, including 1800, 1500, 1250, and 1000 millimeters. It also supports screens up to 1400 millimeters. Its state of the art steel chamber is also made with top of the line stainless steel and has undergone a proprietary closed construction method. Also, the water vapour will not leave the environment when the washing takes place, thanks to the patented technology.

In other words, all the customer needs to do is insert either one or multiple screens into the apparatus after opening the door, close it, and then select the program that they want and hit start. The machine will then automatically handle the rest of the tasks. It also boasts a cutting-edge touch screen terminal where clients can enjoy free programming options.

For instance, the customer can adapt the automatic features according to layer thicknesses, emulsions, and even types of mesh. Even the leading edge spray nozzles are made with durable stainless steel so that the results will be superlative. The pressure from the nozzles can also be modified if desired for both sides, the front, or just the back if needed.

How to Choose the Best Textile Screen Printing Washing Machine

Thanks to machines that have automation capabilities, you will not only obtain consistent results that are premium quality but also ensure that your workers are safe. There have been cases of workers being injured due to the antiquated manual way of doing things. Your operational costs will also be lower because there will be fewer errors involved, not to mention you will save more time overall. When deciding on which textile screen printing washing machine to go with, you should look for several criteria.

For instance, do they provide optimal safety for your workers? Does the unit actually increase your productivity? Does it reduce the amount of emissions produced? Are the end cleaning results superior? Is there less solvent consumption incurred? And, have my operational costs gone down considerably?

Selecting the Best Screen Coating Textile Screen Machine

When determining which screen printing machine to go with, you need to consider many factors. For instance, the degree of automation you need, your budget, the amount of space available, the number of screens that will need to be coated each day, as well the maximum screen size. If the screen coating doesn’t perfectly complement the printing process that is planned, then you will have problems.

You must also factor in the fineness and resolution that you require for printing, the output quantity per print run, the resistance to water-based or solvent inks, the surface roughness in microns, as well as the layer thickness in EOM. In sum, you need to select the best emulsion type in order to save money, and surface roughness and layer thickness will also determine the quality of the final print.

The Club Ink Difference

Club Ink specializes in large format textiles and printing. We have evolved into a digital printing company and have over 30 years of experience. We are known for our lightning-quick turnaround, superlative service, and premium quality. Furthermore, the background of our team is diverse; including experience in the fashion industry, offset printing, graphic design, and sign fabrication, sign installation, and sign substrate manufacturing.

Some of our products include banners, posters, signs, decals, textiles, and displays. Learn more about our products and services by browsing through our new website.


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