What Roland Printer is Right For You

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Everyday we get the question what Roland Printer is right for my business? In about 3 questions we can answer this question.

1. What type of printing are you looking to do?  Vehicle wraps, banners, heat transfers, fine art, ETC.

2. What speed are you looking for? When a new business is starting out speed is not a huge factor because they don’t have that large customer base. The slower print speed is okay and it saves them money with allows to buy that extra piece of equipment that may be needed.

3.  Space?  We always want to make sure that you have enough space in the facility where your putting your printer.

The four printers below are the most popular printers’s that Roland Makes. All four have the Print and Cut capability in one unit

BN-20 packs everything into one, powerful, profit-producing package. With award-winning eco-solvent inks including metallic and white options, a range of material compatibility and integrated contour cutting, the BN-20 is easily the most versatile print device in its class. The BN-20 is perfect for creating t-shirt graphics, poster prints, stickers and decals – all from the comfort of your desktop.

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Roland TrueVIS SG series printer/cutters offer all the quality and versatility of a Roland, at an unbeatable price. TrueVIS ushers in a new era of integrated printing and contour cutting, and the SG delivers the value you need to quickly and easily build your business. With two models to chose from 30″ and 54″

XR-640 large format printer/cutter with metallic and white ink delivers maximum versatility and productivity with unsurpassed image quality. Thousands of print service providers have built their business on the XR-640, with the ability to produce everything from banners, vehicle wraps and fine art to print/cut labels, decals, point-of-purchase displays and so much more.

Roland Pro 4 SOLJET

Roland Pro 4 SOLJET

The two printers below are great for doing banners ,vehicle wraps and or businesses that are larger and already have vinyl cutters.

VersaEXPRESS RF-640 is a large-format inkjet printer the smart choice for your business. Efficient, reliable and affordable, the VersaEXPRESS RF-640 delivers outstanding prints day in and day out.

New EJ-640 large-format color printer has dual staggered print heads and a rigid new industrial design, productivity and quality are built in. So are big-time savings. The EJ-640 runs with new Roland DG EJ INK that costs up to 35% less than the competition. The result? High-volume, low-maintenance printing and bold, exciting colors with higher profit margins.

Let Mclogan help you make the best printer choice for your business at one of our four locations.

How to Screen Print: Printing with White Plastisol Ink

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Watch this YouTube video explaining why white plastisol ink is essential for screen printing. In the video we will talk about the different plastisols you can use based on your screen printing job and ways in which to make printing with white ink easier. Learn these tips, tricks and techniques to help make your job run as smooth as possible.


What are some common problems that you have with printing with white plastisol ink? We want to hear from you, so leave a comment below the video

Four Color Process Screen Printing

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Four color process screen printing, also known CMYK printing (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) is the technique that screen printers use when printing a photorealistic image on a garment. This differs from a typical four color print, because in this technique the plastisols are laid on top of one another wet. This process creates a wide variety of colors and dimension.  For this type of screen printing job we recommend using International Coatings Pro-Brite Process Colors. These plastisol inks provide a smooth, even print style. They are easy to manipulate whether you are printing with a manual or automatic screen printing press. Pro-Brite Process Inks are more opaque than the industry standard, yielding vibrant colors that make your print come to life.

It’s beneficial to know when you are using a manual press that a sharp 80 durometer squeegee with light pressure is ideal. It’s best to keep the ink on the surface of the garment. Lighter pressure will ensure that the next color you print mixes evenly and accurately in the dot space. The automatic presses use a 75/95/75 triple durometer squeegee set at a 20 degree angle with light pressure. A faster stroke speed is also ideal for an automatic press. Knowing this type of press set up, along with quality artwork will reward you with a detailed, realistic, photo-like screen print.

If you are newer to this process go into one of our stores today and let one of our knowledgeable associates help you. Be sure to stay up to date with more products like this by following our Instagram page and tune in on Friday’s to watch us work with products and techniques on Instagram Live.

 

How To Screen Print: Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

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Determine Exposure Time with Step-Wedge

Watch our latest YouTube Video to help you determine the best exposure time by doing a step wedge. Once you’ve determined what emulsion you’ll be using you can ask a McLogan employee what the exposure time could be. This answer varies based on the exposure bulb you’re using and the distance from the bulb to the screen. Once you have a close estimate for exposure time, you can do time increments around your estimated time to test it out. Using the step-wedge allows you to do this once, only messing up one screen and giving you your best exposure time for screens moving forward.

Let us know that you like that video by leaving us a comment. If you have any questions call us today!

Starting Your Screen Printing Business

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We are so fortunate to help so many people get started in the screen printing industry. We go from watching these men and women have a love of art, creating and design; to then turning that love into a full blown thriving business.

This blog is for those of you that have been wanting to start your own business, but who haven’t. You know, the timing isn’t quite right. You could possibly fail and then risk being rejected. Maybe you don’t honestly believe that you deserve success; it’s everyone else and just not meant for you. We get it, but let’s be honest and tell you that’s all a bunch of bullsh*t.

When you are passionate about what you are doing and living your purpose there’s no such thing as a failure. Sure, there will be many lessons along your journey, but you will fail foreword. You’ll become smarter and wiser from every challenge. It’s those time of challenge where we find our true potential. It’s when we realize how smart we are at problem solving; at learning and rising to overcome whatever obstacle.

If you’ve been in your comfort zone wishing, and talking about a business you plan on starting; let today be that day. Feel the rush, excitement and aliveness within you and challenge that into succeeding. At the end of the day we rarely throughout our lives feel true failure, and rejection. On the contrary, if we look back over the years we will see that we’ve had endless teachers, mentors, and friends cheering us on and teaching us. For the maybe 5 plus times we may truly face rejection that hits our heart, there are thousands of complements, love and guidance trying to push us towards our true path. Let McLogan’s help you get started on your screen printing path. We are here to cheer you on!!! Here to offer tips, tricks and optimal products, so that success is guaranteed.

As always it’s all of you living your dreams and shopping at our stores, that allows us to live our dreams of being the best screen printing and sign supply company. So thank you for supporting us and in turn we are ready to support you!

We look forward to hearing from you and may this be the start of you living out your dreams.

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Rubber Top Aluminum Platens

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Rubber top aluminum screen printing platens have been an addition that some screen printers are adding to their businesses. In general the aluminum platens tend to last longer than the wood platens and the aluminum is easier to clean. Every flash cure increases the temperature of the wood or aluminum platens. While this causes the wood to change shape over time, the aluminum will retain the heat, but maintain it’s shape. This added heat on the aluminum platen can cause the ink to prematurely cure. However, the rubber tops can be added to help dissipate the heat faster. The rubber tops also give the print a softer finish, making the plastisol ink feel more like a waterbase ink screen print.

While the aluminum platens are more efficient, the rubber tops over time will need to be replaced. Make sure to buy replacement rubber tops and when glueing the new rubber tops onto the platen use a high quality glue and try to get the rubber as seamless as possible.

If you’ve already made the switch to aluminum platens then it could be beneficial to try printing with rubber tops. If you are happy using wood platens, then by all means, stick with what works for you.

  • 1/4″ Solid Aluminum & 1/8″ Soft Top Rubber is an industry standard on major automatics.

Come try screen printing with aluminum and the rubber tops in our screen printing classroom in Los Angeles.

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Eliminating Scorching When Screen Printing

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Scorching your screen print is a common mistake for people newer to screen printing. Your garment will literally get burn marks where it has been overly cured, which can result from inconsistent and high dryer temperatures. Purchasing a Workhorse Powerhouse Quartz Dryer would be ideal to eliminate this problem since their technology and craftsmanship makes it one of the best dryers on the market. The Quartz Dryer warms up in seconds and maintains it’s set temperature, ensuring consistent performance. However, if you already own a good quality dryer than most likely your temperature setting isn’t ideal for your type of print and you are to blame. 🙂

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Below are some different techniques that will help you pinpoint what’s scorching your screen prints:

  • The ink deposit required for a white shirt, instead of a black shirt will cure at different temperatures. More ink is required on a black shirt, because of the white under-base, so that means that you would cure that shirt at a higher temperature.
  • White shirts don’t hold as much heat as darker shirts, so it more than likely that your scorch marks will appear on the white shirts. You want to get the shirt as hot as possible without scorching it, so this is where you need to test out your prints. We suggest that you have a few spare garments to test print and wash before full production.
  • For thinner ink deposit on a white shirt you can cure at a temperature of about 290-300 degrees Fahrenheit. For a standard ink deposit on a white shirt you are usually safe with about 300-310 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Most athletic jerseys with thicker ink deposit require 340-350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Some heat sensitive fabric like spandex, or some workout wear will need a low cure additive like 3804. In this case usually you can correctly cure at 280-285 degrees Fahrenheit.

Another product that is helpful is Tekmar Scorch Remover . Scorch Remover will remove light-medium burn marks, or sun discoloration. You simply spray the remover onto the burnt or discolored areas of the shirt, and run the shirt back through the dryer.

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As always if you need help call one of our professionals today.

 

What Makes a Good Screen Print

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What makes a good screen print? Most screen printers will feel a person’s printed garment first and then take a good look at it second. Below are some tips to help ensure that your screen prints are successful:

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  • The feel of the print should match the feel of your fabric, so that it feels as though you are wearing a plain shirt.
  • The garment should wash well, shouldn’t crack and be fade resistant.
  • The lines (artwork) should be clean and crisp.
  • Use the right types of inks, additives, and or specialty materials for your design and garment is imperative.
  • The speed, angle and pressure should be consistent for every print. Your own repeated technique/system will be what makes your jobs easier and consistent.
  • Riding the blade of the squeegee on the print edge, through the proper mesh will help you get the cleanest print. Some argue that this is harder to do manually, but again it just goes back to your personal print method.
  • 160 mesh count should be your most common printing mesh. The mesh count tends to see the biggest mistake made when screen printing.
  • Under or over-curing the ink is also another common problem. Also do a test print and be sure to fully cure your ink to prevent cracks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of off-contact printing is ideal.
  • Using a T-square to square the image up properly on your garment will also help for consistent images on the garment.
  • Make sure you stir your ink! Plastisol ink tends to get thicker over time, so always stir it and ensure that it is creamy and smooth. If your ink needs to be thinned then add in an additive.
  • Use screens that are properly/correctly tensioned.

Hopefully these tips will help you and leave you with some amazingly good screen prints.

Color Separation for Screen Printing

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In the video below we demonstrate a quick and extremely easy color separation in Adobe Illustrator with AccuRip Black Pearl. Check out how using AccuRIP Black Pearl will make your job a lot easier.

Workhorse Screen Printing Equipment

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Mclogan Supply has recently partnered with Workhouse Products and we are thrilled to be able to offer such high quality screen printing equipment to our customers. Workhorse prides itself in offering screen printers with durable, well designed machines that are by far the best on the market. Everything from their manufacturing, engineering and production teams involve creating products that are built to last, well thought out designs and made to perform.

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Workhorse Products have been manufacturing screen printing equipment for over 30 years. It’s their commitment to providing their customers with high quality machines and their valued dealer relationships that have thousands of screen printers choosing Workhorse as the top manufacturer in the industry.

Mclogan’s is excited to now sell ALL Workhorse Screen Printing Products. Packages start from The Odyssey Series, which is for start up business, to The Mach Series designed especially for professionals. Conveyor Dyers, Exposure Units and even Automatic Screen Printing Presses will now be offered online and in all 4 stores.

Come into Mclogan LA and test out The Mach Series in our classroom to see why Workhorse on the market.