Newsletter Archive

Murakami technical tips and information.

Basic Screen Room Training

This month’s newsletter gets back to the basics of screen making. Spring is the start of the busy season in screen printing with new companies opening their doors and new employees that need to know how to make a screen. Not just any screen mind you, but a...

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The Power of S Mesh

The Power of S Threads Today’s screen printing world is in the midst of major change. PVC and Pthalate free inks are being used more and more, but they print far differently than any ink you have used in the past. Plastisol will still have its’ place, but...

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IME and PE Custom Made Screens

Screens available for IME application Murakami offers the most advanced, high quality screens for IME and other PE applications. Technical consultation is available in order to build screen masks satisfying various print targets; registration accuracy, paste deposit...

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Murakami Thick Film and 3D puff foil printing

3D Foiling Trick Within a Discharge Print Foiling has regained popularity over the past few years as an accent for water base and discharge ink prints. Generally however the foiling falls short of the sparkle that foil can have when it is applied over a textured base....

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Automatic Presses: Maximizing Production

Automatic Textile Presses The Hidden Costs Automatic textile presses require more company resources than meets the eye. Too often owners look past the cost of the press payments and focus only on the potential profits of increased production capacity. When profit...

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Screen Printing Productivity vs Material Costs

Print Performance vs. Material Costs Too often in life we purchase items based solely on cost alone. Following this logic then everything we purchase should be the cheapest it possibly can be. The thought process goes, ‘spend less, make more. Yet I will bet you didn’t...

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Who’s running the shop?

As a company grows an owner may have moved from a labor position to a management position. Gone are the days when screens were prepared correctly. Owner’s look around the shop as they grow and replace themselves with the highest qualified candidates available. In...

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How to use S Mesh from Murakami

Using Thin Thread Mesh Discharge Ink: Discharge Prints are more vibrant and have greater details using the proper thin thread mesh. S-thread mesh allows the ink to pass with ease through a greater open area than is achievable with T thread mesh. Typically...

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How to Control Moire

Moire: How to prevent Moire from appearing in your print especially your textile base plates. Moire is the interference of halftones and mesh. This interference is the result of mesh or mesh knuckles blocking some or part of the halftones in an image. Generally moire...

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How to Stretch Murakami Smartmesh

Stretching Screen Mesh The most important part of the screen printing process involves how your mesh is tensioned. The common school of thought is tighter is better. Quite often a ‘ballpark’ figure is used, ‘I stretch all my screens to 30 newtons.’ Lets...

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Exposure Lamp Comparison

Exposure Systems Your exposure system determines your success screen printing. Case Study: I once owned the finest automatic presses available, had a state of the art computer graphic system, and a sales force that filled my shop with orders,...

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How to coat emulsions

Coating Screens for Consistent Results We visit many shops each year to evaluate stencil issues and to shed some light on the various processes involved in making screens. Larger shops often have automatic coaters while smaller shops perform hand coating....

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My screens won’t reclaim easily Why?

My Screens Won’t Reclaim Easily, Why? First what do you clean your screens with? What does your screen cleaner have to do with screen reclaiming you may wonder? Well emulsions when underexposed are still sensitive to both light and solvent based chemistry...

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Using Murakami Thick Film

Murakami Thick Film Stencils can open up creative print techniques that can enhance standard graphics and provide new print offerings for your customers. Murakami Thick Film has film thicknesses ranging from 100-1000 microns to cover many...

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Murakami LED Emulsions

Murakami T9 as well as all other SBQ pure photopolymer emulsions and diazo based emulsions all expose well on LED exposure systems.   Call us today for a recommendation for your shop: 1.800.562.3534 Expose the...

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Latest Posts

Murakami T9 Emulsion for all textile inks

Murakami T9 can print all textile ink systems, often without the need for hardeners.  The emulsion exposes well on LED and conventional Metal Halide exposure systems.  Excellent resolu...
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MS Degreaser – Cleans mesh better

MS Degreaser – Superior cleaning power to prepare mesh for optimum emulsion coating.  MS Degreaser leaves mesh PH balanced and promotes better adhesion and retention of details du...
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Screen Printing Mesh

Murakami Pre-stretched Screens

Murakami Pre Stretched Screens can be stretched with any of our Smartmesh meshes.  Stretched on precision stretchers with balanced tensions from frame to frame and consistent mesh to frame orientation for predictable halftone angles.   Screens retain higher workable tensions for more jobs with e...
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