The 14 Best New Screen Printing Products Of 2014
Earth-saving, health-saving, time-saving, money-saving….
What more can we ask for from a year chocked full of incredible advancements?
Ryonet took a stance on quality sustainable printing early in 2014. While most of the industry found themselves falling back into plastisol ways, water-based printing and green chemicals took us to new heights. Printing at home also had a face-lift with the unveiling of two new press lines and a whole ream of supporting products for the pro printer with a slightly smaller space to fill. Finishing the year strong with lasers and rockets only seemed fitting as we outfitted our automatic and high output presses with top of the line furnishings to drop the ball with glory.
Take a look at our definitive list of the 14 best new screen printing products from Ryonet in 2014:
1. Riley JR Press
The industry has been in love with the Riley Hopkins name for over 30 years. The beloved press line is known worldwide for having top-tier features, fast adjustment, and cutting edge looks. For years, the Riley Hopkins line has been geared toward high end clientele, leaving many printers longing for it without sufficient means to acquire it. Enter the new Riley Hopkins JR Screen Printing Press. The JR has many of the same features as the Riley Hopkins of old but is available to more printers. Now owning a high performing Riley Hopkins printing press can be a reality.The Riley Hopkins JR allows you to start with something that you can rely on to build your future.
2. Riley Hopkins JR Press Cart
The Riley Hopkins JR Press Cart is the perfect solution to hold your multi-station Riley Hopkins JR Screen Printing Press. Constructed from powder coated heavy duty US steel, this press cart has both leveling feet, for semi-permanent stability while printing, as well as rolling caster wheels, for mobility. Under the table top surface the Riley Hopkins JR Press cart also holds up to six standard size 24″ screens. At 23″ tall, this press cart provides just the right height to comfortably print with a Riley Hopkins JR. multi-station table top press (this cart is too short for single-station Riley JR presses). It’s a portable ink cart, screen printing press stand, and screen rack all in one. Invest now in this space saver, and maximize your work space with the type of professional organization your shop deserves.
3. Sgreen Chemicals
Made specifically with you in mind, our new line of Sgreen chemicals ensures that your health (and the earth’s) no longer have to take backseat to getting the job done. Sgreen’s citrus and iodine powered formulas break the standard, giving you a green chemical that’s better than even your nastiest cleaners.
Who said green has to be nice?
4. RyoCure JR
After rave reviews with the original RyoCure, we decided to make a more compact and affordable option, introducing the RyoCure Jr. Conveyor Dryer. What makes the RyoCure Jr. different from other 5′ conveyor dryers is its 24″ wide belt. Set up your artwork knowing that you can cure without being limited by the width of your dryer, RyoCure Jr. can do that for you!
5. Green Galaxy Ink
On a mission to find a better screen printing ink we searched from the depths of earth to the edge of the milky way until we finally found it: a new Green Galaxy. Sustainable, friendly to printer and planet and economically priced, Green Galaxy inks are taking the universe by storm. Be sure to catch Meteor and Comet White and stay tuned in for more exciting discoveries from the Green Galaxy.
6. Riley Laser Guiding System
“It’s just like a t-square, but with frickin’ lasers!” Sometimes the simplest tools can make the biggest difference in a complex process, and every once in awhile, something emerges that redefines simplicity altogether. Welcome to the new Riley Laser Guiding System. Used just like a T-square and sharpie, the 3-point laser system creates bright XYZ registration lines on the platen that can be seen on the platen AND on top of the garment. It’s designed to fit on all your new format Riley Hopkins presses – AERO, WIN, and 6-color Riley JR press. Never print crooked again with the simplest tool yet.
Throw yourself into the fray with Ryonet’s new Wash Pit Backlit Washout Booth! This booth follows the tradition of high quality but affordable Ryonet® manufactured products. We know that with the right equipment, you don’t have to dread your cleanup and prep time. With a solid stainless steel basin, splash-containing walls and top shelf, and emulsion safe backlighting, Ryonet’s 48” washout sink makes it easy to prep, wash, and clean screens while keeping the mess contained and your printing area clean.
8. Clear Core Base
Green Galaxy’s Clear Core Base is a transparent water based ink that allows the printer to add water based pigment to create color and Pantone match. Clear Core is not only eco-friendly but extremely friendly to the printer because it stays wet in the screen allowing you to screen print for hours at a time as long as there is plenty of ink to flood the screen. With prints that are vibrant with color but leave an incredible soft hand Clear Core is an awesome solution for printing on high-end fashion garments, as well as athletics and standard t-shirts. Clear Core Base is the core of Green Galaxy’s Pantone mixing system but is also compatible with our current R2O CMS mixing system as well as other water based pigment systems on the market.
9. Opaque Core Base
Green Galaxy’s Opaque Core Base is a water based mixing base that add’s opacity, body, and wash fastness to pigment or Pantone mixed water based ink. By adding 20% Opaque Core to Clear Core Base and then adding your color pigment, the printer can thicken the ink which allows for easier overprinting on Comet White. If printing directly onto light fabrics, Opaque Core also helps the ink stay on top of the fibers of the shirt instead of sitting in the fibers of the shirt. This will help the water based ink appear to wash better over time and also gives much more of a plastisol or bold look to the print vs. a distressed or washed water based look.
We aimed for the moon with our new Hot Roqit conveyor dryer and landed on the most effective curing tool we’ve ever used. With internal temperatures of up to 900 degrees, our one-of-a-kind airflow system allows for ideal curing of plastisol, without spreading it’s heat to the outside body. The design circulates only fresh air, curing water-based ink and discharge more quickly and efficiently than most dryers. With a 54” wide belt, heavy duty conveyor motor and reversible direction belt, you’ll have no trouble getting a consistent cure out of any job you throw into it.
11. DIY 4 Color Screen Printing Kit
Whether you are starting a small business or DIY screen printing for fun, the DIY 4 Color Shop Kit has the essential set of tools for graphic designers, fashionistas, entrepreneurs, crafters, Etsy-ers and anyone looking to transform the ordinary into something extraordinary! The DIY 4 Color Shop Kit will bring all your awesome t-shirt ideas to life and can turn fun into profit. The DIY 4 Color Shop Kit contains everything you need to make a statement: a perfectly sized shirt pallet that will help you blow through a stack of t-shirts in no time; the everlasting DIY Print Shop table top press will give you unconditional love through any DIY screen printing project; a 156 mesh screen and a T-shirt sized squeegee engineered to push ink onto your T-shirt smoothly.
12. DIY UV Screen Exposure Bulb
Our DIY UV Screen Exposure Bulb is a great way to expose emulsion for an economical price. This CFL UV Fluorescent Bulb is specifically manufactured for Ryonet and not available on the market anywhere else. Simply screw in the bulb to any light fixture and safely expose a screen with the recommended WBP Dual Cure Emulsion for 10-11 minutes in a light safe environment.
13. The Monster Max Scoop Coater
The Monster Max Scoop Coater is a 100% metal scoop coater with fully adjustable end caps. Among its many innovations are the metal end caps that are secured to the trowel with stainless steel screws. The metal end caps can be quickly adjusted, providing the ability to precisely regulate the application of emulsion to thicknesses up to 3/16” of an inch. End caps are precision laser cut out of 16 gage stainless steel and allow “home-made” thick film stencils to be created inexpensively using regular emulsion. The end cap configuration also greatly reduces emulsion streaks that occur at both sides of a coated screen. This saves emulsion and reduces reclaim time. And because the end caps are held on with screws, they stay on unless you want them to come off.
14. Aqua Block
Looking for a way to block-out screens for water based and discharge screen printing? Aqua Block WB Screen Blockout is a medium viscosity, water soluble blockout designed to fill the open areas of the screen not covered by the emulsion. This blockout was built to withstand squeegee abrasion and long print runs and is ideal for water based and discharge inks.