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T-Shirt Screen Printing Machine R-160 Now Prints Gloves!

July 17th, 2012 | Author: Stephen

Screen Printed Gloves

Screen Printed Gloves (Click for a close-up)

The R-160 T-shirt screen printing machine from Inkcups Now can now print on gloves! This screen printing press features six part stations that rotate 360 degrees around the machine and two heat lamps for fast curing of the ink. The R160 screen printing press is a self-contained machine that allows the rapid printing and curing of garments and promotional products in a single machine cycle eliminating multiple handling steps.

These gloves were inserted onto each fixture and then they were screen printed and cured in less than 30 seconds! This machine has the ability to print about 1800 pieces per hour! Hows that for high production? Just take a look at that picture! With the R160, you will get the same high quality print every time. Only available from Inkcups Now!

Printer used in this project:
Type: Screen Printing Machine
Brand: ICN
Model: R-160
Standard applications: koozies, bags, notebooks, gloves, garment neck labels (tags), sleeves, accessories, etc…

More info: R160 T-Shirt Screen Printing Machine page


VersaCovers for Pad & Screen Printing Ink & Hardener Cans!

January 13th, 2010 | Author: Inkcups Now

Are you struggling with keeping opened pad or screen printing ink and hardener fresh?
We have a convenient solution: the VersaCover! Don’t miss our commercial to air at the Super Bowl. Here is a sneak preview, just for you:

The VersaCover hermetically seals nearly all ink and hardener cans available on the market.
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Helpful Screen Printing and Pad Printing Ink Tips

July 31st, 2009 | Author: InkcupsNow

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Everyone in the pad printing and screen printing industry could do with some useful ink tips now and then to freshen up the memory and maybe learn something new! That’s why we want to bring up some common ink issues and how to go about solving them.

Add a touch of blue to make your white ink brighter

We happen to get calls from customers sometimes asking about how to brighten white screen printing or pad printing ink. To do so you can actually just add a touch of blue color to it. More specifically, #32 from any of our ink series would be the best option.

How to handle misprints

Removing misprints from plastics is also a issue for some people. The best way to handle it is to use our Ink-Away Remover to clean the substrate and then overprint the shadow before removing the object from the nesting fixture. However, if the ink attacks the plastic it may be impossible to re-claim the item.

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Ink Mixing Tips and Tools

July 1st, 2009 | Author: InkcupsNow

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Manual Ink Dispenser

Harmony Ink Dispenser

To continue on our subject of tips and guidelines like the posts about printing pads and ceramic rings, we now want to raise awareness about pad and screen printing inks and ink mixing!

There are basically two ways to go about ink mixing; you can either pour the ink by hand or use our Harmony Ink Dispenser. The difference is that with the Dispenser, you have fine control over the amount of ink/thinners you mix (because of calibrated pumps) and ink does not get spilled around (even if your hands are shaking a little after yesterday ;) ). Also the unmixed portions are preserved in Dispenser’s canisters instead of drying out all over the open cans. The ICN 1501 Digital Scale gives you (+/-) 0.01 gram accuracy, needed for precise measurement.

Follow these steps to achieve best possible ink mix:

  • • Make sure you use unlined mixing cups (no wax) and wooden or metal mixing sticks! If you use plastic, your ink may get contaminated with plasticizers.
  • • Zero the scale out and make sure its on a leveled surface. Read more


Dr. Pete’s Ink Tips

September 3rd, 2008 | Author: Inkcups Now

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Hi! A few tips on using Sapphire inks for screen print process:

• When using Sapphire inks for screen printing, you need a slower thinner than that you use for pad printing and you need it in lesser quantities. You want to add 3-5% of thinner to start and then see if you need more. For instance blue colors will most likely be fine but some red colors will require more thinner. High density colors will always require more thinner.

• Use S3 screen thinner, it will prevent your screen from “locking.”

• To increase ink opacity use the widest mesh appropriate for your artwork.
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