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 About Screen Printing

Introduction 
 
Our screen printing experience is extensive and our screen printing production line is state of the art. We have been screen printing since 1983. Over those 27 years of screen printing the team at 24 Hour Uniforms have printed more than 20 million garments over more than 2,500 designs.

We can professionally screen print up to 10 colours just about any type of screen printing design. Common screen printing Uniform and Workwear orders we process include corporate logos on hi-vis polo shirts, work shirts, safety vests, t-shirts & singlets.
 
Screen Printing Artwork Requirements

Artwork required for screen printing is quite specific. Due to the nature of the screen printing process, a quality screen print requires quality artwork to produce the film positives required to make the screens. We refer to this artwork as Screen Print Ready Artwork. To read a more detailed description of how to prepare artwork for screen printing, Click here to go to Screen Print Ready Artwork information page.
 
How Screen Printing Works

While the screen printing equipment used these days is precisely engineered and in our case automated, the screen frames are precision welded in aluminium section and the screen mesh is now made of nylon not silk, the actual process of screen printing has not changed for thousands of years. We still create a stencil on a screen for each colour, put ink in the screen and squeegee the ink across the screen and the ink prints through the open stencil onto the garment underneath.

Apart from automation and faster screen print production as a result of that automation, the major leap forward in the process brought on by the technological revolution is the stencil making and how the film is prepared to create those stencils. Rather than hand cut stencils, screens are now coated with a UV light sensitive emulsion and the stencil is exposed onto that emulsion using a film positive and a high powered UV lamp.

The film produced to use in this process has gone through a couple of steps of evolution. Firstly the photographic film positives were produced in darkrooms. With the introduction of the digital revolution, the film itself is now desktop printed, removing the requirement for darkrooms and darkroom chemicals.

As an example, if your design or logo for your uniform order has 3 colours in it, we must produce 3 film positives, 3 screens and mix 3 ink colours. Our art team uses the latest graphics software to separate each colour from the design, called colour separations, and each piece of film is then produced from this colour separation file.

Our machinery is designed to give us the ability to clamp each screen in place so once printed each colour lines up with the other and we then print each colour onto you garments in sequence. Sounds involved? It is, but like anything you do a lot of, we have the process well sorted out and we consistently produce premium quality screen printing.