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DMI is truly an International Screen Printing Institute!

July 23, 2017 2 comments

Hi Friends,

My recent houseful workshop had 19 overseas participants (South Africa – 10, Egypt – 5, Japan – 1, Nepal – 2 and Sri Lanka – 1). In all there were 59 participants.

DMI is now truly an international screen printing institute!

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There is a saying that sometimes photo speaks more than words. So let me share with you photos of my recent textile workshop.

CLICK HERE AND ENJOY THE PHOTO GALLERY

Have a nice & lazy Sunday…

Bhargav Mistry

DMI’s Creative Calendar – A Master Piece For Every Printer

June 23, 2017 3 comments

Hi Friends,
 
See photos gallery of DMI’s New Luxury & Creative Calendar.

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This calendar will be a master piece & reference guide for all Graphic Designers, Screen Printers, Packaging Product Developers and all those who are constantly searching for new innovative ideas in Printing, Packaging, Print Finishing for value addition to make more profits from existing facility.

In this calendar we have printed 23 special effects and combinations of UV Inks, Metallic Inks & Varnishes plus 10 different reflective designs (Micro Embossing Screen Printed).

We have also printed with UV CMYK Inks by Screen Printing using DMI’s new FM Screening Technique on FOIL Laminated Sheets and Special Matt UV White on Black Paper to create and artistic effect on black background.

I am sure you will use this calendar every day in your company for reference and designing purpose. This calendar will surely help you to get new ideas to make better profits.

This calendar was screen printed in my recent workshop and all those 50 lucky participants could see the making of this calendar LIVE.

Plus they could also see and note all the technical informations which I demonstrated during my workshop.

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Click here to see the photo gallery of my recent workshop and the making of DMI’s New Luxury & Creative Calendar

If you wish to earn more and stay ahead in competition than order your copy today.

The calendar can be ordered by sending SMS or WhatsApp on +91 88794 49765

or

You can also email to: sales@graficaindia.com

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Have a creative days ahead and stay in touch.

Bhargav Mistry

Technical Tips on Screen Printing by Bhargav Mistry, DMI – #6

April 15, 2017 1 comment

Tips on squeegee blade (squeegee rubber)

  • Maintain a reasonable gap between the squeegee edge and inside of frame
  • Short gap will negatively affect print quality, performance, uniformity of ink deposit; and it also shortens the life of stencil, fabric & squeegee
  • Squeegee should be only 2” bigger than the print area i.e. for printing 30” wide squeegee should be 32” only

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  • Keep ends of the squeegee rounded to get good registration and uniform ink deposit

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  • Always maintain sharp squeegee while printing and use squeegee sharpener regularly.

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  • Storage of squeegees is also very important. Its advisable to store the squeegees vertically (squeegee rubber side up) and ensure no objects are in contact during storage.
  • Good air circulation is also recommended to keep the squeegee dry after cleaning with solvents.

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  • Do not use aggressive solvents to clean the squeegees
  • Do not wipe the ink from the squeegee after printing with any sharp metal or hard materials. This can damage the squeegee edge.
  • Do not print squeegees with one edge for longer period always use both edges after few hours or impressions to maintain the edge sharpness and parallelism

Finally I would to remind you to register for my next Graphics workshop schedule in June 12 to 14, 2017.

This time you will learn all about linearisation right from pre-press to screen making to screen printing including colour management system, digital workflow, ICC profiling and digital proofing on Inkjet Printer before final screen printing. Everything will be displayed live.

Plus for the first time you will also learn all about Monitor Calibration, Digital Proofing & Certification.

Enjoy and have a nice weekend.

Bhargav Mistry

Upcoming DMI Workshop on Commercial, Graphics, Industrial, Packaging, Print Finishing & Special Effects Screen Printing

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I am excited to announce about my upcoming workshop on GRAPHICS, INDUSTRIAL, PACKAGING, PRINT FINISHING & SPECIAL EFFECTS SCREEN PRINTING application on:

12 – 13 – 14 June 2017

DMI has successfully completed 10 years in 2016 and all these years whenever we conduct any workshop our challenge was always to demonstrate new and latest techniques which should be way ahead in all terms.

Click here to watch DMI’s 10 years of innovative journey

 

In the past I had demonstrated many innovative techniques live at DMI. Here are few important ones:

Micro Embossing also known as Refractive Designs by screen printing

Special Effects Inks & Varnish on packaging & commercial printing

ICC Profiling and colour management system in screen-printing

Monitor CalibrationTransmission Densitometer LinearisationEpson Printer Inkjet Positive MakingColour Management Profiles & Charts

Art/Serigraphy screen-printing

Demonstrated process colour screen-printing on various rigid substrates

2nd Generation FM Screening in graphics & textile screen printing

So in my upcoming workshop you will learn 10 new and improved techniques:

  1. Now a days in DMI we say “Once upon a time there was a moire in screen printing”, yes its true. Since 2015 we have completely stopped teaching/demonstrating traditional halftone technology because that’s one of the main reason why we get Moire problems in screen printing. At DMI we believe halftone printing is an outdated technology in certain areas and applications like advertising, poster, signage, garments & textile printing and some industrial printing applications where you want to achieve smooth gradients without MOIRE.So welcome to the world of DMI and learn how to print Stochastic Dots (2nd generation FM Screening), an alternative solution to achieve MOIRE FREE SCREEN PRINTING. With this technique it will be difficult for you to differentiate the printed job whether its screen or digital printing. Now with 2nd generation FM Screening you can achieve digital like quality through screen printing. A complete workflow right from designing to screen making to printing will be demonstrated to achieve this result.

  2. ICC Profiles & Workflow from artwork/designing to final PDF. What are the important criteria and settings to make a proper PDF file for printing.

  3. Practical demonstration & workflow how to linearise Positives, Screen Making & Screen Printing Press.

  4. Practical demonstration how to create your own ICC Profiles for your inks and printers.

  5. For the first time we shall display LIVE how to CALIBRATE and VALIDATE Monitor and Printer so that “WHAT YOU SEE IS WHAT YOU GET” (WYSIWYG)

  6. Learn all about digital proofing & validation of the proofs in details. This is a very helpful topics for designers and all kind of printers who outsource their jobs and even who has in-house printing. The challenge every printer or designer faces today is standardisation and repetition accuracy of jobs e.g. if one particular PDF file is given to 10 different printers, even if they all use same machines, screen or plates in case of offset printer, paper and inks still all those 10 printers will produce different colours. The main reason behind this is lack of knowledge and understanding of Colour Management System. So you will learn all this in details to achieve perfection.

  7. Introducing for the first time in DMI, non PVC BASED, ECO-FRIENDLY water based inks for GREEN SOLUTIONS/APPLICATIONS. Water based inks can be also used in various products and application such as packaging, wedding cards, paper bags, cotton bags, serigraphy/art screen printing etc. etc…

  8. Serigraphy/Art screen printing on hand made papers using water based inks.


  9. Learn productive and ideas and techniques to improve your printing quality.

  10. Introducing new special effects UV inks & varnish and how to apply foil on selective areas without foil stamping machine.

The workshop registration is open.

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER

Important Note: After receiving registration for this workshop we will be screening each participants to qualify for this workshop.

There is one exciting offer specially received to DMI which I will be announcing soon.

So till that time enjoy and keep in touch.

Bhargav Mistry

Technical Tips by Bhargav Mistry, DMI – #3

In my previous blog post I had mentioned about Humidity control and I would like to further elaborate on this subject.

Controlling Humidity is very important and essential in screen making department. Few companies do have Air-Conditioned in their screen making department but that only will not help. Split/ceiling mount or wall mount units are all comfort AC’s and do not have humidity control system.

If you want to achieve high quality screens and repetition accuracy then controlling Temperature and Humidity becomes very crucial.

In DMI many times we keep screens till max. 15/20 day unexposed. Obviously under control environment and in total dark condition to prevent from light and to avoid hardening of screens.

To achieve longer shelf life from pre-coated screens do not allow screens to get expose to any kind of light including yellow light of your screen making room.

Once the coating is over and the screen is removed from the screen dryer. Keep those screens inside cupboards to avoid lights.

The main reason we could keep our pre-coated screens in perfect condition till 15/20 days is due to controlled temperature and humidity.

Alway try to keep humidity as low as possible at DMI we maintain between 50% to 55% RH and temperature 23℃ to 24℃
Humidifier_WhiteWestingHouseIf you are thinking about investment and running cost. Believe me its negligible compare to quality.

Currently in DMI we use centralised air-condition plant with inbuilt humidity control system.

But previously in DMI we were using White-Westinghouse Model WDE550. This machine consumes approx. 20 units in 24 hours which costs us max. ₹140/- per day which is very negligible.

It’s worth spending because the quality of screen will improves drastically. Plus you will always get repetition accuracy.

Especially when you use Inkjet films it will help a lot because I have observed people complaining of ink transferring on emulsion after exposing and there after the films can no longer be used.

The main reason for this is humidity or improper time given for emulsion to dry. The use of Screen Dryer is very much essential to achieve proper drying of liquid emulsions.

Investing on a humidity control system is very much essential in screen making department.

These kind of humidifier are available online on Amazon and Flipkart. The one which we use WDE550 cover approx. 550 sq. ft. easily (5500 Cubic Ft.).

“It’s vital that the amount of remaining moisture in the emulsion coat in the screen – when totally dry after coating (before exposing ), and also when dry after development (before printing) – remains under 4%. If it must resist to printing, especially in the part of India and Asia or in any other country when the humidity of external or internal air is above 70%. There are tools available in market which can measure internal emulsion humidity.” Says Michel Caza.

Below I have mentioned few important points if your screen making department has proper yellow lights, no windows to prevent outside lights, plus controlled temperature and humidity.

  1. Repetition accuracy
  2. Image Sharpness
  3. Reduce stencil breakdown during printing
  4. Increases quantity of prints
  5. Avoid inkjet films black ink transfer on emulsion after exposing
  6. Reuse inkjet films
  7. Reduces tackiness
  8. Increases pre-coated screens storage life
  9. Avoid pinhole problems
  10. Reuse screens after short print runs

So if you want to improve your screens, improve your screen making department first.

In my next post I shall highlight the importance each department and process.

Till then good bye.

Bhargav Mistry

Technical Tips on Screen Printing by Bhargav Mistry, DMI – #2

March 9, 2017 4 comments

Q – Important points about screen making room?

  • First of all you need proper screen making room with yellow safe lights
  • Do not allow outside footwear in the room
  • Do not keep any windows in the screen making room
  • Avoid outside light to enter in screen making room
  • Screens should not be made in dusty open area with bright daylight
  • Maintain room temperature around 20℃ to 23℃
  • Maintain consistent humidity around 55 to max 60 RH
  • Clean flooring with vacuum cleaner twice a day
  • Use anti-static clothes in the screen making room
  • Use anti-static gloves where ever possible plus to avoid contact of hand/fingers on screen mesh
  • Use anti-static brush or anti-static soft cloth to clean your positives and screens before coating emulsions
  • Use high quality emulsion coating trough
  • Use double door system to enter in screen making department to avoid outside lights
  • Do not wash screens inside the screen making room
  • Screen washing should be outside the screen making room but just adjoining to avoid hardening on unexposed areas
  • Screen washing should also be under yellow lights
  • Only keep Exposing Machine, Emulsion Coating Machine or Manual Coaters & Screen Dryers in the room.
  • Positive storage, artwork, designing etc. should not be in the screen making room
  • Do not have overhead fans in the screen making room to avoid dust particle circulation
  • Keep machines, tables etc 2 feet aways from the walls so that cleaning of dust within the room becomes easy

Pictures shown below are of our screen making department at DMI… Each room has proper safe yellow lights, no windows and fully air-conditioned with clean flooring.

I will soon post different layouts of a typical screen making department and how should be the optimum area required for easy movement of screen frames.

Always remember screen is the heart of printing, good quality screen delivers good quality prints. But to achieve good quality screens you also need modern & high class screen making department. That’s the most essential.

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Learn FM Screening to get Moire Free Prints & Achieve Digital Like Quality by Screen Printing

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In all my future workshops at DMI on textile screen printing you can now learn in depth about high definition screen printing process using 2nd Generation FM Screening technique to print DIGITAL like quality by SCREEN PRINTING process.

DMI is the first and only institute in the WORLD teaching latest and advance screen printing process in graphics and textile field and demonstrating the state of art high definition screen printing on textile using 2nd generation FM screening live and practical for free.

DMI is the only institute in the world teaching, graphics, industrial, print finishing, value addition and textile screen printing for free under one roof.

In all my workshops I teach right from designing to pre-press to colour management to screen making, screen printing, post-press live and practical all three days.

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Left Side Image (AM Screening) – Right Side Image (2nd Generation FM Screening)

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On 5th June 2015 during our grand re-opening of DMI institute in our new premises. I had made a statement in front of 100’s of printers who were present there, that “Once upon a time there was a moire problem in screen printing… what I meant was that moire will be a history in screen printing industry from now onwards. Yes at DMI we successfully implemented it and have also started conducting workshops and training programs on this subject.

So, MOIRE is no more a problem in screen printing with 2nd Generation FM Screening Technique.

After years of research and development in screen printing at DMI I have completely discarded AM screening in all my courses. Now I am only focusing on 2nd Generation FM Screening techniques which produces digital like quality through traditional screen printing process in graphics and textiles.

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Moreover the advantage of using 2nd generation FM screening is to avoid moire in screen printing. Especially when printing halftones on garment it becomes very difficult to control moire even after using coarser halftone dots like 45 LPI.

2nd generation FM screening totally eliminates moire in screen printing thus delivers sharp, crispy and brighter images. Even finer and smaller details are clearly visible.

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Left Side Image (AM Screening) – Right Side Image (2nd Generation FM Screening)

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To take one step further in the implementation of the 2nd generation FM screening in your company. I have made some test files which you can download and print at your end to check and compare the results of 2nd Generation FM screening vs conventional AM screening.

Email to: dtg@graficaindia.com or call us on our helpline number +91 8 655 755 855 so that we can send you the link to download DMI’s complete “Step-By-Step Instruction Guide”. This guide also explains how to print 2nd generation FM Screening to produce digital like quality through screen printing process.

Along with the instruction guide I have included many TEST FILES in PDF Format ready for positive output on any imagesetter. So once you download the test files, you can again call us on our helpline number for further guidance.

At DMI, Learn More – Earn More and be innovative.

Bhargav Mistry

Helpline Number for Screen Printers

June 15, 2016 2 comments

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It gives me immense pleasure to announce that screen printers across the globe can now call on this special HELPLINE Number for any kind of technical support related to screen printing process.

 

+91 8 655 755 855

 

Timing : 12.00 pm ~ 1.00 pm and 4.00 pm ~ 5.00 pm (IST), Monday to Thursday

DMI’s technical team including me will try to solve your problems well within DMI’s scope.

As you know DMI is connected to many international experts in screen printing. So, if your problem is not solved within our scope, we will also try to get solutions from international experts associated with DMI.

I am sure this HELPLINE facility will enable screen printers to improve quality standards and resolve day to day problems.

Have a trouble free screen printing…

Bhargav Mistry

Attention Garment Screen Printers, Are you making profit or just surviving?

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I am writing this blog to educate all garment screen printers with regard to the factors which influences costing. And after going through these points one can correct themselves to avoid further loss in business.

It’s difficult to educate or inform everyone, on one to one. So I thought the best way is to write this blog so that everyone can read, understand and implement these points before quoting for your customers job.

As garment screen printers you should never forget that you are helping your customers to sell their printed garments and because of your quality and services they are able to sell their garments in the market effectively.

Majority of garment screen printers, mainly into job work, only consider ink cost and add ‘margins’ with an understanding that the so called ‘margin’ covers their direct and indirect costs. It’s surely a blind faith!

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I have been conducting workshop and seminars in my institute DMI since 2006. In this 10 successful year I have been teaching advance screen printing process on latest machine and equipments using high quality materials and consumables.

During my 3-day workshops, screen printers sincerely write down all the methods and processes that are explained in my theory and practical sessions, and they even take photographs, probably to implement in toto what I teach. But back in their print shop, they seem to be hesitating to use the same method, products or similar quality materials like inks, emulsions, screen mesh, squeegee rubber etc, just because they find it ‘expensive’ compare to what they currently use. And, the end result: they fail to emulate the kind of quality that we have demonstrated in the workshop.

Frankly, the materials are not that expensive but printers are compelled to use lower standard materials and consumables because of their wrong costing and pricing structure prevalent in the market.

Most of the screen printers in textile and garment sector, especially engaged in job work only considers INK as their major cost while making their price-list per colour basis but they totally forget so many important factors during their calculations before sending quotations to customers.

To begin with, for the time being keep the cost of ink, emulsion, screen mesh out from your mind for a while because if you are not taking into account the following things while quoting your customer than I am seriously concerned whether you are making profit or just surviving in your business?

  1. Designing
  2. Positives
  3. Screen making
  4. Rejections
  5. Ink wastage
  6. Squeegee rubber & its maintenance
  7. Electricity charges per piece
  8. Labour
  9. Overtime
  10. Plant & Machinery
  11. Machine maintenance / AM
  12. Spare parts for plant and machinery
  13. Administration & office expenses
  14. Sampling
  15. Other overheads etc…

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DESIGNING:

Even if you have your own art department and artists to do designing, that doesn’t mean it’s not costing you money. Whether the lot size is bigger or smaller, design charges should be added in the costing. Be cautious that if designing charges are not taken from customers as a matter of regular practice, then you as screen printers end up struggling to purchase high quality designs or hire professional designers. But if you start charging for designs, you will not hesitate to purchase high quality designs from professionals or other online paid source, and hire experienced / professional designers for your pre-press activities.

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POSITIVE:

Majority of screen printers in garment/textile sector use tracing paper (generally knowns as ‘butter’ paper) and output their positives on desktop laser printer. It’s because customers don’t pay so printers try to save on designing and positive making and finally struggle for getting good quality printing. Even I have noticed that inkjet films are also considered ‘costly’. Hence image setter positives are out of question.

So always charge to customer for designing as well as positive making especially for smaller lot size.

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SCREEN MAKING:

Screen is the heart of screen printing. I always mention in my workshops ‘Good Screens = Good Quality Prints’. Believe me screens plays the major role in the quality of printing and many screen printers don’t have any idea what should be the right quality of screens. Textile screen printers main focus is alway ‘automatic machine’. But I would like to remind printers once again that to achieve 100% QUALITY in garment screen printing,

Designing & Positives (Pre-press) has 40% role
Screen Making – 40%
Automatic Machine – 10%
Inks & Consumables – 10% Provided if you are using high quality materials and consumables from renowned companies

The reason why screen printers end up making poor quality screens is because they don’t charge their customers for screen making nor they add it in their pricing based on the lot size. Hence they are compelled to use substandard positives, screen mesh, emulsions, chemicals and unprofessional way to develop screens.

Screens are not FREE it cost you lot of money and also does not last longer so it should be charged to customers separately.

The life of screens for printing photographic images with water base inks using fine halftone dots last only upto 500 to 700 impression. If you are lucky or if you have not cleaned the screens in between production due to ink choking or during any intervals etc. than it can deliver upto or over 1000 impression.

POOR INK & EMULSION QUALITY reduces your screen life so use the best mesh, emulsions, chemicals and inks. The life of the screen especially in halftone printing majorly depends on ink so use high quality inks which reduces ink choking issues thus eliminates screen cleaning during production thus avoids stencil wear & tear.

The life of screen can sometimes double or even more with PVC free-phthalate free plastisol inks compare to conventional water based because these plastisol inks does not choke up in screens and does not require cleaning in intervals. But nowadays many companies makes very high quality low-choking water base inks which can also eliminate screen cleaning during production thus increases the life of the screens.

The screen making charges also depend on the number of colours and type of screen required for printing. E.g. the cost of high density screen should be charged higher compare to conventional screen making because it take more time with special attention and care plus the cost of thick film is also higher compare to conventional emulsions.

And don’t forget that screens do have limited life, sometimes it tears due to poor handling or during printing due to dust particles in ink. So in a month some amount of new screen mesh has to be considered in your costing.

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MACHINE SETUP:

Most of the job workers (garment printers) complain that their lot size has now shrunk between 300 and 500 pieces per lot.

So, in this case it would be the biggest blunder or loss making, if you are not charging or considering the cost of machine setup. Everyone knows ‘job changeover’ time is the biggest nightmare in garment printing.

According to me, on an average, the time taken by screen printers practically to change from one job to another is around 1 to 2 hours, or sometimes even more depending on number of colours and accuracy of the job.

If a company runs 8-hour shift (which never happens practically you know!) they end up with average 6.5 or 7 hours a shift. In that case average only 3.5 lots can be finished per shift, considering a min. order of 300 or max. 500 piece per hour considering 1 hour spent for job changeover and setup in between.

So, if you do not charge/consider ‘job changeover’ time and ‘machine setup’ time for smaller lots, then even survival would be difficult, forget about making profit. Because most of your ‘profits’ are being leaked out incognito due to time lost in job change over and machine set up.

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REJECTION:

Many printers are least bothered about the kind of wastage and rejections. Of course, not all pieces are perfect in any production process. Their bound to be rejections which have to be taken into account.

If customer sends job for printing and if they deduct any amount from your invoice due to rejection then you should inform your customer to send you extra pieces needed to cover up the tests, trials, wastage and rejections. You should inform them in advance that there would be certain amount of rejections in each lot and they should accept this fact and should not deduct any amount from your bill.

These days companies are spending millions in process standardisation and process control to minimise rejections. But many average screen printer do not even have weighing scale to weigh ink for repeat accuracy or any meter to make special colour match inks in-house etc. so they all go by an ‘approximate’ measurement done by naked eye and judgment. So, compelling screen printers to have a rejection percentage in ‘points’ in current situation is not practical.

According to the current circumstances & situation 15% to 20% rejection should be considered acceptable for an average screen printer who does have modern setup or right kind of skilled people with proper knowledge and process standardisation.

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INK WASTAGE:

If anyone claims that they do not incur any wastage of ink, it’s totally wrong. Whether you print 100 or 1000 pieces, there will be some amount of ink wastage, especially when printing with water based inks.

The wastage is higher in water based inks compare to PVC free – phthalate free plastisol inks. The advantage of PVC free – phthalate free plastisol inks is that after each job, you can recover every drop of ink back using sharp spatula (except some ink residues left on screens) and secondly the ink does not dry in the screens and there is no evaporation like water based inks.

So, if you are printing with water base inks 15% to 20% wastage of inks should be considered in your costing. This wastage includes the ink you leave on sides of screen and which gets thicker/harder after some time due to water evaporation. In some extreme conditions wastage cannot be reused.

The major factor of water based ink wastage is due to higher temperature in some countries and places plus mainly due to poor plant conditions.

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SQUEEGEE RUBBER & MAINTAINENCE:

The last priority item for every screen printer is ‘SQUEEGEE RUBBER’.

Printers never pay attention to squeegee which is the most crucial tool in the management of quality in printing.

Most screen printers may expect that the squeegee supplied with the machine, should last for years and years! Even the maintenance of the squeegees are so bad and they are never sharpened.

I have seen printing companies where they use squeegee for years unsharpened! Printers should understand that squeegee life is limited and its hardness starts diminishing from the original count (strength). At DMI we change squeegee after its hardness is diminished or if the length reduces more than 5 mm after frequent sharpening.

Even good quality sharpened squeegees can reduce your ink consumption by 5% to 10% in some extreme cases.

Please be aware that the squeegee has a limited life, and hence it should be replaced based on certain ‘weakening’ criteria. So, printers using automatic machines should consider the cost of squeegee while working on costing.

ELECTRICITY CHARGES / LABOUR CHARGES / OVERTIME CHARGES:

Many printers do consider electrical & labour cost but just for a rough estimate.

But the cost is not added on ‘per piece’ basis, because the electrical & labour charges will completely depend on the lot size. E.g. the cost of electricity & labour to print 100 or 10,000 piece will remain the same, but it will change drastically based on the lot size due to change over time, downtime, wastage of materials, and time wasted by labours during job change over. In this case the price cannot be the same per colour for 100, 300 and 1000 or more…

So, electricity, labour cost and overtime charges very much depends on the lot size, setup time and change over time.

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PLANT & MACHINERY / MAINTAINENCE CHARGES / SPARE PARTS:

Your plant and machinery requires regular maintenance. So if you cannot generate enough profit you will have to compromise on the maintenance of your plant and machinery which indirectly reduces the life of your machines and thus it will affect production and quality.

Better to deposit some amount every month in a separate account for safety and for maintenance of your plant and machinery like machines, generator, vehicles etc.

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ADMINISTRATION COST:

Your office administration cost in general should also be considered based on your monthly production.

E.g. If 10 people are working in your office for admin work with an average salary e.g. Rs. 15,000 per month, and let say your monthly production is around 100,000/per month and you have already added Rs. 1.50 in your costing. Now if your quantity shrinks down due to change over time or ink matching time or for any other reason, then it will directly affect your profit margin. But if you increase your production and productivity with same people, your profit will increase drastically.

FINALLY, FREE SAMPLING:

I know there is a trend all over to provide free samples to customers.

But I do not want to explain in details because by now you must have understood why one should not make free samples to customers. Because it cost you a lot of money for making screens, positives, setup time and other overheads.

While making samples for customer, you have to make special match colours. If the design works, you consume those inks; but if the design fails, your matched ink has to be used in other jobs or it remains in stock and has to thrown after some time.

That’s the reason why DMI has introduced a new system where in you only have to keep stocks of basic 14 Pantone colours, and all your designs will be printed using those limited colours. This will help you to minimise unwanted stock of inks and time to match special colour. Quite often, while matching special colours, there is possibility of wastage due to error in colour matching.

So, it’s not only the ink cost that you need to consider to add to your profit, but all the above factors should also be considered while working on your costing because today the major cost is labour, electricity, land, machinery and overheads.

Don’t struggle in production by using substandard, low quality inks, materials and consumables.

According to me don’t consider INK or EMULSION cost into your mind, if you increase your productivity, reduce machine setup time, reduce job change over time, minimise colour by doing proper separation of each designs believe me INK or EMULSION cost will be no where in account.

Most screen printers works so hard, spend so much time and energy to source cheaper substandard inks but fails to understand that the ink, emulsion cost even does not come into account if you increase productivity, reduce rejection & downtime, reduce setup & job changeover time. Don’t forget day by day overhead, labour cost land, electricity etc. will become very expensive compare to INKS & EMULSIONS.

Based on my experience and observation, I urge all the garment screen printers…

“Do not consider the costs that you feel to be considered and do consider the costs that you feel should not be considered”

So avoid further loss and start charging your customers for designing, screen making, positives, sampling and development charges on regular basis.

Because its better to maintain healthy competitions for long term business and don’t let your customers take the advantage of your ignorance & innocence.

To be more productive, reduce machine setup time, reduce job change over time, minimise colour & screens using high end colour separation software and to understand costing in details register to my workshop on advanced screen printing on textile.

For more information log on to: www.graficaindia.com

Be profitable and remain healthy in business.

Have a profitable week…

Bhargav Mistry

 

DMI Introduces New Courses on Art & Serigraphy Screen Printing the CAZAWAY

September 12, 2015 Leave a comment

Before I continue writing about my last workshop update on textile (t-shirt/garment) screen printing I would like you to note my next workshop dates at DMI.

29 – 30 Sept, 1 Oct 2015
Workshop on Advance Screen Printing Process on Graphics, UV Print Finishing, UV Special Effects & Packaging

27-28-29 Oct 2015
Workshop on Advance Textile Screen Printing Process, Special Effects on Garments & Heat Transfers

If you wish to participate register online soon as seats are filling up quickly…

My 1st Workshop is on graphics, commercial and value addition on packaging wherein I shall mainly focus on two aspect of screen printing. On graphics side I shall demonstrate how to print moiré free, digital like quality graphics using traditional screen printing process with various UV special effects inks and varnishes.

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And on packaging side I shall demonstrate some innovative ideas to add value into your packaging products through screen printing process.

Here’s a video presentation of some of DMI’s finest special effects screen printed in my various Workshops & Training programs.


And on last day I shall just show some highlights about serigraphy (art screen printing) which is now gaining popularity in India. Since we have just started working on this new technique in DMI hence it will take few months to master on this subject and bring it into my workshops as a regular subject on this topic.

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In serigraphy screen printing many printers ask me why cannot we print serigraphy using high quality digital printing machine ?
The first reason is that if it is digital, it’s not “serigraphy” which is the latin name of screen printing ! This technic exists and the name of those prints is “giclée” or “digigraphy”.

There are many other reasons why we cannot but I shall highlight those points in my workshop but maybe the main reason is how can we add value addition and UV special effects in serigraphy after we print digitally. I mean unless it’s a flat bed digital machine we get a chance to register the job like traditional three guides system as we use in screen printing but how will you register the job on screen printing machine to add UV special effects etc. if it’s printed on a digital machines. Many experts have also informed me that even to register jobs printed on flat bed digital machines are also difficult to match because they are also not that perfect and dimensionally stable piece to piece.

So after a long break we shall once again demonstrate how you can earn through serigraphy screen printing using various UV special effects screen printing to add value in your arts and graphics.

I have observed than in India there are few serigraphy screen printers and most of them print cut colours (solid flat colours) without halftones so most of their arts do not have gradation and halftones and that’s the reason they end up printing 12-14-16 or some times even more colours but they can never achieve gradations in their prints and arts are all made of brush strokes and strokes are mainly never flat tints unless painted specifically with flat colours.

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So without gradations and vignettes one cannot product exact reproduction of the original art no matter how many colour are printed. Even the separation will take hours to divide image into special colours. As matter of fact, some American screen printers made and often still make serigraphy with 50 printed colours and sometimes more. In the past, Michel Caza printed one time in the seventies 100 colours just as a “challenge” ! But to avoid this, he invented in the sixties the “halftones without dots” that allows to print full colour jobs with between 9 and 14 colours. Then, and still now, he put this technique to 7 printed colours.

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There are many companies who print serigraphy on offset machine but those prints look very much flat when compared to screen printed serigraphy and that’s because of the ink thickness achieved through screen printing. But to print special effects one has to anyway depend on screen printing. Here again, same as above, if it is “offset”, it cannot be “serigraphy”. Fine art prints are then made in what is named “photolithography” a name coming from the old technique from which offset was invented name “stone-lithography”.

My guru Michel Caza in Paris, France is one of the finest serigraphy screen printers and in his company “Graficaza” he had one division mainly focused and specialised on serigraphy (art screen printing). This company succeeded 1984 to “Atelier d’Art Michel Caza” existing since 1964. Graficaza was sold 2004, but they stop to screen print Fine art and luxury POP and disappeared 2005! Even till today he still enjoys printing fine art and serigraphy near Paris, in the screen printing workshop of his friend, the now famous artist Fabienne Verdier. In addition to several serigraphies printed for and with Fabienne, he printed this year two serigraphies of his wife Therese, painter but also Yoga and Ayurveda teacher. Some of those serigraphies were given to the winners of Gold Awards in the FESPA competition.


I was one of his lucky pupil who got my training from him in 2003 when I visited Graficaza in Paris, France to learn from the master of screen printing.

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In fact here I would like to inform you that on December 2006, DMI was inaugurated by my guru Michel Caza and he conducted two workshops one after another and his second workshop was on serigraphy screen printing.

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So with all his blessings and knowledge today after 9 years I am proud to announce regular workshop on arts and serigraphy screen printing soon at DMI…

After he conducted his first serigraphy workshop in DMI, we continued to demonstrate serigraphy screen printing but very few screen printers had shown serious interest on this process because they had to invest on machine and good screen making system which was expensive those days and without proper equipment one cannot print high quality serigraphy.

But today I don’t see that as an issue because Grafica now has more than thousand’s of screen printers using our Nano range of products and out of those many have invested in NPL which includes of UV curing machine and 5-In-1 screen making system. Those printers who have screen printing machine, proper screen making system and UV Curing Machine can very well high quality print serigraphy.

So if you have already automated your shop floor and are seeking for some diversification in business or want to learn something new than this is the right time to invest your time and energy to learn serigraphy at DMI and learn how to reproduce arts and paintings using traditional screen printing process. So with the knowledge and technique given to me by my Guru Michel Caza lets all learn serigraphy screen printing the Cazaway process at DMI…

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Because at DMI you get to Learn More | Earn More.

Now report about my last textile workshop:

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In this workshop for the first time and now forever we will only demonstrate how to print digital like quality through traditional screen printing process on t-shirts and garments.

CLICK HERE TO VIEW COMPLETE PHOTO GALLERY OF OUR LAST TEXTILE WORKSHOP

Now at DMI I will only teach all garment screen printers how to achieve continuous tone printing through traditional screen printing process.

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I am sorry if you want to still learn the traditional, outdated, dirty and ugly looking halftone dots (45, 55, 65 LPI etc.) and also want to understand how to avoid moire in screen printing than you will have to look for an outdated screen printing institute because at DMI the kind of process I teach there is no moire issue now anymore and in textile screen printing we never print rational halftone dots anymore. Hence in all my future workshop the topic “how to avoid moire in screen printing” has been removed forever because, I simply don’t need it…

In my three day workshop I demonstrated five variations and all with only Water Based Ink technology:

1. CMYK on white and light garments
2. Discharge & CMYK on dark garments
3. Under Base White (Khadi) & CMYK on dark garments
4. Discharge & Spot Colour Process
5. Spot colour process on under base white (Khadi)

And on the last day we also demonstrated heat transfers.

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All the above mentioned jobs were demonstrated using my separation technique and how one can print continuous tone printing and achieve digital like quality using traditional screen printing method.

Apart from this I also demonstrated many new techniques:


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How to mask complicated photos in less than one minute which was highly appreciated by many participant because some said to me that they sometimes spend hours to mask just one image and even then it’s not perfectly masked.

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Complete workflow, file handling, PDF files, image correction and evaluation.

Color management and all about ICC profiles.

How to output correct linearised positives on image setter, inkjet printers and now for the first time we shall also demonstrate thermal image setters.

How make your artwork ready for printing and for positive output in correct manner.

How to convert low resolution file to high resolution and all about DPI, LPI & PPI

Complete workflow on screen making and screen reclaiming system.

So don’t forget to register online today:

29 – 30 Sept, 1 Oct 2015
Workshop on Advance Screen Printing Process on Graphics, UV Print Finishing, UV Special Effects & Packaging

27-28-29 Oct 2015
Workshop on Advance Textile Screen Printing Process, Special Effects on Garments & Heat Transfers

And get ready to Learn More | Earn More… at worlds most advance and finest institute DMI dedicated to the screen printing industry.

Have a pleasant weekend.

Bhargav Mistry

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