This is part 3 of a 3 part series from our blog on how we do what we do – namely screen printing on Tee Shirts! Step 3 is the actual screen printing process:
Pictured above is our Freedom 6 color automatic screen printing press and our Precision 20′ gas dryer. The term “automatic” is kind of a misnomer, the more precise term is pneumatic. It is air driven and can print 300-500 T-shirts an hour. Equally as impressive is our 20′ gas dryer. Gas is more economical to operate than infra red (electric). Maintaining the proper equipment saves us headache and you money!
Preparing the screens:
The freshly burned screens are checked for pin holes, tiny imperfections left over from the screen burning process. The pin holes are blocked out using a tape or block-out solution. The sides of the screens are taped with solvent resistant tape to prevent ink spillage.
Setting up the first Test print:
Once the screens are ready to go they are placed on the press and the squeegees are installed and adjusted. Plastisol ink is applied and a piece of test material is then printed. If this is a multi color print the additional screens are then set up and registered to the first color test print.
Once a successful test print is achieved on test material, it is shown to the quality control (QC) person and manager for approval. If it is approved one final test print is run on an actual T-shirt for final approval before production. Every design is checked by the print operator, the QC person and the project manager prior to production – ensuring the accuracy of your completed job!
Once the design is approved by all three personnel it’s time to enter into production. The print machine operator begins to print and feed the finished T-shirts onto the conveyor belt of the dryer. The QC person checks the temperature of the ink coming out of the dryer. Plastisol ink must reach a temperature of 330 degrees to cure properly. If the ink does not cure properly it will fade, crack and come off when the garment is laundered. Some variables that affect dryer performance are: type of garment, amount of ink deposited, humidity, air flow.
At Your Tshirt Man we have many policies and procedures in place to ensure your satisfaction. One such policy is for the QC personnel to visually inspect every print for quality and consistency. Another is for him to check the ink temperature every 15 minutes to make sure the dryer is performing consistently. Any issues are corrected immediately before continuing production.
A play on words, this refers to the accuracy of fulfilling orders – including quantity, sizes, colors, etc. Quantities are verified and signed off three or more separate times in our procedure: First when garments are pulled or received for an order. Second when the order is printed. Third when the order is packaged for shipping or pick up.
All our policies and procedures are designed to ensure your complete satisfaction. Our quality and service is guaranteed in writing! We even offer a lowest-price guarantee – If you find the same quality item at a lower price, we will beat it!