Entry-Level Screen Printer's Guide
Free from Vastex International, the Guide answers seven frequently asked questions on floor space needed, sources for supplies and clothing blanks, press color(s) desired, conveyor dryer selection, electrical requirements, artwork preparation, and septic system contamination prevention.
The Guide recommends classes taught by independent industry professionals having no connection to equipment sales, and details three entry level classes that teach screen printing fundamentals: a one-day "Entry Level Art" class, a one-day "Entry Level Print" class, and a comprehensive three day class called "Screen Printing A to Z."Complete shops comprised of equipment to expose screens, print garments, and flash cure and/or dry the printed garments, register the press and wash screens are detailed. Performance-matching of system components is suggested to maximize return on investment at any of seven price levels, depending on number of ink
Since most beginners expect sales to grow beyond the capacity of starter equipment, the Guide recommends purchasing durable modular units, enabling shops to grow by expanding their original equipment at significantly lower cost than purchasing new machines.
Seven examples of component-matched entry-level shops are offered, each with a plan view of the equipment positioned in recommended spaces of 10 to 16 square ft. A one-day training class is included free with any entry-level shop purchased from the company.
A "Tabletop Shop-I" System matches a One-Color, One-Station Printer to an Exposing Unit and a Flash Cure Unit with rotary table for both flashing and curing of printed garments.
A Tabletop Shop-II System packages a Four-Color, One-Station Printer with a Tabletop Exposing Unit, and a Flash Cure Unit with rotary table for both flashing and curing of printed garments.
Upgrading to a Tabletop Shop-III system, combines a Tabletop Four-Color, One-Station Printer, a Tabletop Exposing Unit and a Flash Cure Unit, with a Tabletop 18 in. (457 mm) wide Infrared Conveyor Dryer.
A step up in capacity and capability is offered with the Pro Entry Shop-I, which offers a Tabletop Exposing Unit and a Flash Cure Unit, with a floor-standing Four-Station, Four-Color Printer and a floor-standing 18 in. (457 mm) wide Infrared Conveyor Dryer.
A Pro Entry Shop-II system adds a Screen Utility Cart on which to mount the Exposing Unit, and upgrades the Infrared Conveyor Dryer to a floor-standing 30 in. (762 mm) wide model, and the Printer to a floor-standing four-station, six-color model.The most capable entry-level system offered is the "Pro Entry Shop III, which includes the same printer, dryer, exposing unit and screen utility cart as above, and adds a Pin Registration System and a Stainless Steel washout booth.
The systems are offered with optional supply kits including screens, degreaser, emulsion, scoop coaters, squeegees, spray adhesive, stencil remover and inks.