The EcoFrog Washroom
A good quality Washroom area is a critical part of all Screen Print operations.
The tasks performed within the Washroom area are key to creating a good quality printing job.
Given the sufficient expenditure you have already spent quality screen printing equipment; good washroom equipment can produce time and money saving efficiencies. More importantly your washroom equipment can help you pick-up and rectify problems before they get to the print stage.
From an environmental compliance and OH&S viewpoint it is also critical to get this area right.
For textile printing with Water Based inks; you will need the following washroom equipment.
– A single Wash Trough and Separation Tank, for degreasing, screen preparation and washing out the stencil after exposure. This trough will then also be used to wash out residual ink when cleaning a screen, and also for stripping the screen stencil.
While it may be prudent to start out with a used galvanised steel trough, your aim should be to purchase a stainless steel unit as soon as possible. This is an exercise in spending money to save a heap of money. A well designed and well-built Stainless Steel Wash Trough will last a lifetime, so once you’ve spent the money you won’t have to do it again.
For textile printing with Plastisol inks, it is recommended
– To use a second trough as this is the most efficient way to clean your screens of ink residual. As water and turps don’t mix.
– It is important that you add a Turps or Solvent Recycling unit (aka a Separation Tank) with solvent pump attached. This delivers the turps via hose with an adjustable brass nozzle into the screen trough, the turps flowing down the trough draining into the separation tank is then recycled.
Backlit troughs are excellent for checking screen and stencil quality.
Having a Backlit trough can save an enormous amount of time at the critical Pre Print stage. If you have ever seen the chaos caused by a single screen with a blockage – either residue ink or emulsion – holding up a 12 colour automatic with a deadline, you’ll appreciate the value of being able to check your stencil using a back light.
Take a look at the quality EcoFrog Washroom Products available and Contact us to discuss the best way to fulfil your Washroom requirements.