Screen printing is well established as a top option for creating exceptional, customized promotional items - even in bulk orders on relatively short notice, at affordable rates. But not all screen printing companies get you the same quality, and there are specific factors that affect the quality level of the final products produced.
Here are 5 of the biggest reasons why some screen printing jobs, and jobs done by certain companies, turn out far better than do others:
1. Level Of Precision
When you have relatively complex, intricate designs you want screen-printed, accuracy and precision of outcome are high on your list of "must haves”.
There are two major ways to measure the precision level of a screen printed item. The first is by measuring how accurate are the widths of the lines. The second is by considering if the pattern position is precisely correct on the material. Both cutting edge screen printing machinery and dedicated, experienced staff are key in achieving these twin goals.
2. Screen Printing Materials
Not only does it matter which type of material you are printing onto, relative to the type of inks used (these should be carefully chosen for full compatibility) - but the materials involved in the print equipment itself are also important.
For example, frame materials should be a hard alloyed aluminum at least 20 mm thick in most uses, and the corners of the frame should be affixed via argon arc welding or riveting. The wire mesh can be nylon or polyester, but polyester is preferred when changes in temperature or humidity could be a factor at the print location.
3. Printing Equipment Deployment
Aside from the choice of print machine and the materials of the accompanying equipment used, the way the machine is set up and tooled, or "deployed," is also crucial.
Print accuracy is as much a product of the positioning of various components by experienced workers as of the machinery itself. Machinery must also be kept consistently clean and be periodically inspected and maintained for best results.
4. Quality Stretch Net
With many screen print systems, a stretch net is necessary to reach optimal precision of complex graphics. A pneumatic stretcher should generally be used to achieve the perfect tension and positioning.
Too great of tension on the stretch net could make the net become brittle or even break, while too little tension can affect quality. Tension must be kept uniform across the net surface and match the recommended tension level and the working conditions.
5. Working Environment
Finally, the environment in which the screen-print job is done can also impact outcomes. Cleanliness, dust level, humidity, temperature, and more can affect the machinery, ink, and workers.
A facility should be maintained at ideal conditions to limit the risks of environmental interference. And the worker morale and dedication should also be high and encouraged by a positive company culture.
These 5, and other factors, are part of what makes the difference in quality and precision of an order for screen printed apparel or branded promotional items. Understanding these dynamics can help the consumer choose the right company for the job.
To learn more about how the screen printing process works, or to discuss or place your order, contact Sportsanity Custom today!