Fly On the Wall – T-1Print’s Screen Room is efficient. Here’s why…

Screen making technology has evolved and will continue to do so. Stencil making processes are benefiting greatly from developments in digital imaging technology, LED lighting and screen processing. Digital imaging devices like the i-Image enables direct imaging of artwork separations onto screens, thus bypassing the need for polyester film positives. What does this mean for production and how does it effect the end product? There are efficiency benefits in production, reduced overheads and environmental benefits with direct to screen imaging technology. From a production perspective, screen imaging times are reduced by up to 80%. The i-Image is capable of printing a screen in under one minute. Image quality is greatly improved due the combination of a shorter exposure time and reduced light scatter. LED screen exposure lights reduce energy costs when compared to conventional metal halide exposure systems. T-1Print can produce 200 imaged screens in one hour which is impossible when using film positives to make screens. This is a siginificant efficiency gain when compared to using film where exposure times can be in the minutes for a single screen. Our Eco-Rinse machine automates the stencil washout procedure with timed and controlled water pressure that delivers consistent stencil washout and a measured decrease from 10,000 to 360 litres of water per month. This final stage completes the imaging process. Using these processes, T-1Print’s screen room is highly efficient, productive and agile. At the same time we are greatly reduced environmental impact by eliminating the need for thousands of metres a year of unrecyleable polyester film. We have reduced energy usage and costs with our LED exposure unit. We have reduced the amount of water usage with our Eco-Rinse stencil washout unit. Overall, T-Shirts printed at T-1Print have been manufactured using the most efficient production processes available to the industry with the added benefit of reducing environmental impact.