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Murakami produces 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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How to separate art for 3D foiling

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...

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Screen Room Design for a Small Auto Shop

Screen Room Design How It Effects Exposure Quality In last month’s newsletter we discussed exposure lamps and their effect on emulsion exposure. The screen room also plays an important role in exposure quality and how it performs on press. In...

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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...

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Print Performance 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...

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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...

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Murakami Pre-stretched Screens

Murakami’s Pre Stretched Screens with Smartmesh: Screen mesh technology has come a long way from the 12xx multilament mesh days. For those too young to know what 12xx means; this was a typical mesh made of multiple threads that screen printers used before...

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Using S Thread 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 prevent 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...

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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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Successful Emulsion Coating

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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Image vs. Exposure

Exposing a Screen vs. Imaging a Screen: Complete emulsion exposure versus obtaining an image on the screen provides two very different results during production. Let’s start at the beginning to see how this difference is often the difference between...

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Step Test to Determine Proper Exposure Times

Creating an Exposure Step Test: How to maximize Murakami Emulsions Proper emulsion exposure is crucial to your bottom line. Nothing is more costly than having a press stop during production. Quite often the problem can be traced back to poorly...

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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 Pre-stretched Screens

Murakami Screen uses Smartmesh on all pre stretched and re-stretched screens.  Smartmesh retains excellent working tensions for more jobs at optimum tension.  Get longer life out of your stretch and glue frames with excelle...
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Murakami LED Emulsions

The emulsions above can be exposed well on LED exposure units. Excellent resolution and durability. For additional technical information please call: 1.800.562.3534 Expose the Quality ...
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Murakami T9

  Murakami T9 – as seen at the ISS Show Long Beach 2018 Murakami T9 can print water base, discharge, plastisol, and high solid acrylic inks without the need for hardening.  Fast Exposing, excellent resolution and dur...
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