14Apr/14

Dye Sub

Dye Sub

The process of Dye Sub Printing occurs on 100% polyester garments and produces a very vivid and eye catching color spectrum.  Many of today’s professional, college and even some high school football, basketball and lacrosse uniforms are printed using the dye sub printing method.

When printing with dye sub, your substrate (T-Shirt, Jersey etc …) must start out completely white and must be made out of 100% polyester, or at the very least a high polyester content, with cousins of polyester present for the balance of the fabric (Rayon, Nylon etc …)  Cotton and dye sub don’t mix and result in muted colors.

Dye Sub

Dye sub inks are opaque, in order to create every color in the spectrum with CMYK the ink base needs to be opaque so that the printer can layer inks and create different colors.  As a result, the base garment must be white to start.  The white fabric is dyed with the design.  In sublimation printing, there is no white ink, white in the design is the absence of dyes.  If you were to attempt to dye sub on a black garment, you would not see any image.

Professional dye sub companies produce some amazing results on pre and post sewn garments.  Most of the industry dye sublimates fabric while it is still on the roll and then those rolls of dye sub material are then cut and sewn into the finished garment.

However, recently garment decorating companies have been using dye sub on already finished garments and getting spectacular results.  Polyester (performance, moisture wicking) t-shirts can be dye sublimated on the front and back with acceptable results.

Dye sub on pre-sewn garments won’t yield perfect results, examples are that creases and folds usually near the arm pits and seams will result in white t-shirt showing through, but if the artist designs the t-shirt art properly, the results can look quite amazing.

If you are searching for a dye sub partner to help you with dye sublimated t-shirts, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

Dye Sub

Dye Sub

09Apr/14

USA Screen Printing

USA Screen Printing

Over the last decade there has been a big push on bringing manufacturing back to the United States and I can tell you that USA Screen Printing is a very strong niche industry and is thriving.  AMBRO Manufacturing has been in the screen printing industry for over 26 years and we’ve seen the industry change each year in a positive way.  New technologies for printing emerge and new methods and techniques are being developed on a regular basis.

What is most encouraging about USA Screen Printing methods and industries is that the bulk of the manufacturing of equipment, engineering, inks and processes are happening in the USA.  Major equipment manufacturing companies that support USA Screen Printing continue to release new products for the industry and do so right here on American soil.

When you are searching for an American Screen Printing Company, ask for samples of the work that they’ve done and if you are concerned that everything happens here in the USA, then ask questions about their in-house production capabilities.  Some companies may be based in the US, but sub their work over seas.  If you are working with a sub-contractor, you may be sending your work overseas without realizing it.

Most contract screen printers will welcome tours of their facility and when choosing a USA Screen Printing partner, it’s important to know who you are working with and what their in-house capabilities are.

USA Screen Printing

Screen printing is still a very economical way of promoting your organization, team, brand or business.  There are many selections of garments available for every price range and budget.  If you are looking to partner with a USA Screen Printing company for your screen printing project we would be interested in hearing from you.  Please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

 

USA Screen Printing

USA Screen Printing

01Apr/14

Screen Printing Companies

Screen Printing Companies

Locating the best Screen Printing Companies to partner with can often be a daunting and frustrating but not impossible task.  There is a fine balance between experience, capability, price and quality that has to be met in order for any relationship with a screen printer to be successful.  Here are some things to consider when trying to find the best Screen Printing Companies to work with.

Screen Printing Companies

Yes we can!

Every screen printer is going to say “yes” so be careful to ensure that the company that you choose can actually do the work.  If they can’t, you’ll end either having your job be sub-contracted out without your knowing or you’ll end up missing your deadline because the screen printing company that you chose, bit off more than they could chew and left you missing your deadline.  Interview the company carefully and ask for links to photos of their shop, look for them on the web and review what their customers are saying about them.

Don’t always go for the cheapest price

It’s so tempting to get multiple quotes and just pick the cheapest quote.  After all, screen printing is just screen printing right?  Wrong.  Screen printing is an art, and knowledge, experience and equipment all matter in the outcome of the product that leaves the shop.  You could go to your local craft store and for less than $200 buy a table top screen printing press and start making your own t-shirts.  Screen Printing Companies have professional equipment that produced professional results.  Your clients are particular and you will want to have a print quality that meets not only their standards but their customer standards as well.  “you get what you pay for” has never been more true than with the varying qualities of Screen Printing Companies and their products.

Work with a master of their craft

Printing t-shirts is not rocket science, but there are lots of factors that need attention in order to get a high quality, long lasting print.  Most of the images that are printed by Screen Printing Companies on t-shirts are logos or emblems that identify a company or entity.  Brand importance is of paramount concern to most companies and color matching as well as logo replication and placement are important factors in a quality job that Screen Printing Companies need to pay attention to.  For example, what happens if the printer that you choose didn’t think about where a hood falls on a hoodie when the person wearing it doesn’t have the hood up?  What happens is that your logo, website and phone number are hidden by the hood!  That’s one small nuance that an experienced Screen Printing Company would never allow to happen.  Or … what happens when your logo includes a light color like yellow, but your garment is dark.  If the Screen Printing Companies that you are working with don’t apply a white underbase, your bright yellow logo is going to be dull and gold.

If you are trying to find high quality experienced Screen Printing Companies, researching their work online is critical, see what other customers are saying, ask for samples of their work or to go to their shop and watch them print.

If you are looking for amazing Screen Printing Companies, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

Screen Printing Companies

Screen Printing Companies

28Mar/14

Wholesale Screen Printing

Wholesale Screen Printing

Searching for the best Wholesale Screen Printing company can be very frustrating.  There is no shortage of screen printers in the market, but it is VERY difficult to distinguish between who’s the real deal and who isn’t.  Building your T Shirt business or getting quality event T Shirts for your clients is too important to guess on the right Wholesale Screen Printing Partner.  Doing research online can be frustrating, and asking for and checking on referrals can be time consuming.  So what should you do to make sure that you’re finding the right partner?

Wholesale Screen Printing

Here are 5 things to consider when trying to find the best Wholesale Screen Printing partner:

1.  What is the experience level of the screen printing partner that you are considering?  If they have been printing less than 5 years, you may want to consider another partner.  There are always exceptions and there are some amazing printers out there that have only been printing for 3 months, but you want to make sure that you see several examples of their work before you make a decision.

2.  Will your screen printing partner communicate with you and keep you informed on each contract print job?  Keeping your customers informed during their custom t shirt printing job is critical.  However, you can’t keep them in the loop if you aren’t being kept in the loop yourself.  If you’re working with a 1 man/woman shop, communication might be a challenge, so looking for an organization that has several employees might be a better option.  Again, there are some single person shops that do amazing work, you just have to decide if they are going to be amazing for you.

3. Is there the proper balance between price and quality?  If you are searching for a partner and using terms like “cheap screen printing” or “low cost screen printing” then you are going to find partners that likely won’t meet your turn around time and print quality standards.  Just like in any business, there is a cost of doing business and if you find partners that skimp on those costs, there have to be quality issues that follow.  It might be quality of print, quality of duration of print, quality of communication etc … Finding the proper Wholesale Screen Printing partner may require compromise in terms of price vs. value.

4.  Do you like who you’re working with?  You may have heard the term “business is business” but in reality, business is people.  You may find an amazing partner that meets the quality that you want, the price point that you want and is great at communicating, but if you don’t like them because they are rude and abrupt, or because they treat you like a number instead of a valued customer, your business relationship with them won’t last.  It’s one thing if you are buying a non-custom product that requires no communication and not interfacing with your vendor.  But in the Wholesale Screen Printing business, there is a lot of interaction with your partner, whether it is face-2-face, phone or email, you will need to be able to deal your partner or eventually the relationship will fail.

5.  Does your Wholesale Screen Printing meet your expectations?  You might find a partner that has amazing print quality, good artistic design and is a good communicator, but if you have expectations of 5 day delivery and they work on a 6 week turn-around time, then you have a major miss match.  There is always going to be some give and take in any business relationship, you have to determine which expectations are the most important and which you can be flexible on.  When finding the best Wholesale Screen Printing partner, compromise is a factor, because not every company is going to meet all of your requirements.

If you are searching for the right Wholesale Screen Printing company to suit your needs, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

Wholesale Screen Printing

Wholesale Screen Printing

24Mar/14

All Over Screen Printing Companies

All Over Screen Printing Companies

The method of printing all over a t-shirt, including front, back, sleeves and neck is not a new technology.  In fact, all over screen printing companies have been around for a while.  The difficult part of all over screen printing is finding a company that can do it for you in a reasonable time and at a reasonable cost.

The process of printing all over a t-shirt is a simple one if you have the right equipment, the right artwork and the right experience.  Most customers that have an interest in locating all over screen printing companies get disappointed when they find one because they learn of high minimum orders, very high costs and long delivery times.

All over screen printing companies have to invest a good amount of capital in acquiring the right type of printing presses, and typically those presses take a long time to set up for an all over T-Shirt printing job.

Finding the right All Over Screen Printing Companies and what to look for

When you are interviewing all over screen printing companies to perform your work, here is a top 5 list of things to ask them.

1.  What are my minimum orders for all over T-Shirt Prints, and are they by size?

2.  Does the artwork that I have work for an all over T-Shirt print?

3.  How much will it cost for the setup of the entire order?

4.  What is the turn-around time for an all over T-Shirt print?

5.  How quickly can I get re-orders?

Finding the right all over screen printing companies can be tricky, but when you find the right partner, you’ll be happy that you did the research and the reaction of your customers will prove it to you each day as they appreciate the unique look of an all over T-Shirt print.

If you have been searching for all over screen printing companies, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

All Over Screen Printing Companies

All Over Screen Printing Companies

19Mar/14

Custom Bucket Hats

Custom Bucket Hats

Custom Bucket Hats are typically made of soft cotton and have a wide and down turned sloped brim.  These hats are for men and women but are typically seen on fishermen with lures and hooks hanging from them.  The brim that custom hats offer provides shade for the eyes from the sun.

While mostly made of cotton these bucket hats can come in denim or canvas and there are usually two metal eyelets that are placed on the sides of the hat for ventilation .

Custom Bucket Hats

AMBRO provides Custom Bucket Hats to our clients in the trade and can embroider or screen print on or all over the hat.  There are wide ranges of decorating options that are available to you, including the hat itself, the brim or an all over print.  If you are considering adding Custom Hats to your product offering, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

Custom Bucket Hats

Custom Bucket Hats

13Mar/14

Scented T-Shirt Printing

Scented T-Shirt Printing

You may be aware that there is a very strong correlation with scent and memory.  If you think about walking in a crowd and smelling a perfume that reminded you about an ex-girlfriend or a cologne that reminded you of an ex-boyfriend.  That’s scent and memory working together.  Now consider using Scented T-Shirt Printing to enhance your brand.  Here’s how …

Picture that your company sells bacon and you and your staff are wearing Scented T-Shirts at your booth and your booth was printed with scented screen printing inks.  So … your entire presence there is a scent of bacon.  Your customers and prospects see your logo, they smell bacon and now in their mind, they are thinking of your brand when they want bacon.  That’s the power of Scented T-Shirt Printing.

Scented T-Shirt Printing

If you are looking for a powerful new and different way to lock your brand into the minds of your customers for repeat business or you are looking for a way to make an instant bond with your qualified prospects, then scent marketing or aroma marketing can be a powerful and complimentary tool in your marketing plans.

If you are launching a product, attending a trade show or even at a company event, Scented T-Shirt Printing can be an inexpensive yet powerful way to make a statement.  You may have heard the term Stink Ink or Scratch and Sniff, these are other ways of referring to scent or aroma based marketing.

If this idea is has you thinking, and you may have an interest in Scented T-Shirt Printing, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

This shirt smells like chocolate !

Scented T-Shirt Printing

Scented T-Shirt Printing

 

11Mar/14

Wholesale Custom T Shirts

Wholesale Custom T Shirts

If you are in the business of providing t-shirts to your customers, then finding the right Wholesale Custom T Shirts company to work with is critical.  There are so many options in the marketplace that it is difficult to sort through who is a quality Wholesale Custom T Shirts company and who can’t handle your work.

AMBRO Manufacturing is a Wholesale Custom T Shirts printing company based in Flemington, NJ  We have been helping our clients produce the highest quality screen prints for over 26 years.  Privately held and operated, AMBRO Manufacturing provides contract screen printing services to the trade.

If you are searching for a high quality company to provide Wholesale Custom T Shirt printing services, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

07Mar/14

All Over T Shirt Printing

All Over T Shirt Printing

All Over T Shirt Printing is a booming option for contract screen printing companies.  This highly customized process requires special screen printing presses and often special tooling.  The process of all over t shirt printing became popular within the music industry for album art and has flourished since the late 90’s

Unfortunately for most companies looking to find jumbo t shirt printing companies, they learn quickly that all over t shirt printing comes with steep minimum orders, often 1,000 shirts or more.  Since orders of that size are often only done for large companies and organizations, it leaves small and mid sized companies with limited print options of 16″ or less depending on the contract screen printing company that you are using.

All Over T Shirt Printing

AMBRO manufacturing specializes in All Over T Shirt Printing and has custom tooled printing presses that enable our customers to order smaller minimum t shirt runs yet still get the benefit of the impressive All Over Printing result.

If you are looking for Over Sized T Shirt Printing from a high quality contract screen printing company, please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

All Over T Shirt Printing

All Over T Shirt Printing

06Mar/14

Contract Screen Printing

Contract Screen Printing

Most companies that work in the garment industry that supply t-shirts with logos, manufacture a private t-shirt line or decorate garments in any manner rely on a Contract Screen Printing company to do the printing.

While companies that produce decorated garments can do their own screen printing in-house, it is often easier to outsource your Contract Screen Printing requirements to a qualified silk screen printer.  Here are just three of the reasons why outsourcing might make sense:

Start Up Costs

If you are thinking about printing yourself, there are high costs associated with the purchasing or leasing screen printing equipment and supplies.  Screen printing presses can range in price from $35K-$200K add the cost of the required ink drying equipment, supplies and chemicals and your start up costs can be substantial

Workspace

Screen printing is messy.  No matter how hard you try, ink is going to get everywhere, and you need to have a dedicated workspace for screen printing.  In addition, there are OSHA requirements for safety, chemical use and work environment that change regularly and have to be adhered to.

Expertise

The learning curve of silk screen printing is steep.  There are screen size choices, pressure settings, registration of images, graphic artist skills, ink color match and mixing and a wide range of other things that have to be done to get the logo that you desire printed properly

Contract Screen Printing

If you need custom decorated or embellished garments, then hiring a professional Contract Screen Printing Company may be the best business decision that you make this year.

If you have been searching for a high quality, fair priced Contract Screen Printing company, we are interested in talking to you.

Please consider giving us a call (908) 806-8337 or email us.

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