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Screen Printing Blog

New Dip Tank & Combo Kits
February 15, 2019 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Dip tanks are designed to make the reclaiming of multiple screens faster, easier, and more cost-efficient. A dip tank is a plastic container which holds a mixture of cleaning chemicals that will help soften emulsion and ink, making removal with a pressurized hose in a washout booth easier and faster. Using a dip tank in the reclamation process is simple; begin by carding, or removing, the majority of your ink …

Shop Feature: Half Hazard Press
September 17, 2018 | Posted by Lexie

Halfhazard Press, located in Down Town Bloomington Illinois, is a screen printing shop, art gallery, clothing store, and more. Self described "Gentlemen & Scoundrels of the Arts," Half Hazard Press is run by Joel Hunt and Christopher Gray. H.H.P. Specializes in hand illustrated advertisements and showcases an impressive repertoire of clients and portfolio. Half Hazard Press was kind enough to take some time to speak with us about their art, …

Shop Feature: Meltdown Creative Works
April 19, 2018 | Posted by Lexie Bragg

Here at Franmar, our customers and the work they do are very important to us. As a special thank you to our valued clients, we wanted to take the time to see the fantastic projects that Franmar is helping them create. We are starting with Meltdown Creative Works, located in Bloomington Illinois. Visiting their shop gave us the opportunity to see the printers in action and learn more about …

Burning a Great Screen Part 4
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Continuing our discussion of how to get great screen images, we should be moving away from “Why doesn’t my screen image come out right?” With the last post in this series, hopefully we are all arriving at “My screens are great every time!” Determining Optimum Burn Time: The best way to figure out your ideal burn time is with a step test. There are companies that sell a kit that …

Burning a Great Screen Part 3
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Emulsions & Screens: The last factor in the burn time equation is the screen and emulsion combo. Each emulsion and screen combo is going to have a slightly different burn time. I’m not going to say that one screen is better than another or this emulsion is better than that emulsion. All the variations in emulsions and screens are too extensive to cover in this article, but with some reference …

Burning a Great Screen Part 1
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

How do you get from “Why doesn’t my screen image come out right?” to “My screens are great every time”? Figuring out how long to burn your screens can feel like calculating the vector force needed to achieve critical orbit around the moon, instead of the routine process it should be. In order to get to that point, you have to know the factors involved in the process. The main …

Burning a Great Screen Part 2
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Continuing our discussion of “Why doesn’t my screen image come out right?”, with our goal of getting to “My screens are great every time!”, in this series of blog posts over the next few weeks, we are covering the main factors and many variables that can affect exposure times.This time we are covering The Light Table, Light Table: The light table is the second most important variable in the equation. …

Screen Reclaiming
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Here at Franmar, we love screenprinters. No matter how big or small the shop is, we get excited helping screenprinters discover the safe and cost effective ways to clean and reclaim screens. Helping a screen printer’s business grow is part of our passion. From the small business inside the garage, to moving into a shop and hiring more employees, things can get busy quick in the screenprinting world and cleaning …

Haze Remover ES
September 12, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

You wanted to save the screen for future orders, but had to reclaim it because haze build-up was affecting the print image. Now you can save it!Franmar is pleased to introduce the first ever haze remover that is safe for dual cure emulsions, Haze Remover ES. This patent pending revolutionary product was designed for printers that catalog screens for future printing after the initial run. Screens that are used for …

Reduce Reuse Recycle
September 11, 2017 | Posted by Franmar

Being in charge of marketing here at Franmar, there are a lot of magazines that come across my desk each week. I can now attest that if your business is renting chickens rent chickens here, an interesting idea, right?) there is probably a magazine dedicated to it. And since we have a broad range of products in various industries, though nothing dedicated to backyard chicken husbandry, yet..., I've got a …