Screen Printing Chemicals Deep Dive with Alan Howe


Please find some links and notes from the 2 Regular Guys Podcast. We welcome back Alan Howe of Saati USA Chemical Division to the show. Alan has shared a great deal of information with us over time and this week we are going to learn all about screen printing chemicals. We are going to cover topics ranging from telling the difference between screen wash and ink removers to dealing with the safety concerns and storage of chemicals. Alan will tell us about how to adhere to rules and regulations all while providing your customers the best screens possible because you are using the correct chemicals.

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Screen Printing Chemicals Deep Dive

  • Tell us about the screen printing chemicals needed for cleaning screens.
    • Screen wash, ink remover, ink degradent. (how can you tell the difference?)
  • How about the screen printing chemicals used while the screens are on the press? And are they different from press washes, on press cleaners, screen openers?
  • Could I not just use one product for all of those things?
  • Tell us some more about the reclaiming process.
    • Degreaser
  • What screen printing chemicals can a screen printer use to rid themselves haze or ghost images?
    • Haze removers
  • We get asked a lot by folks how to deal with the chemicals if they have a septic tank. Suggestions? A second question here, talk to us about eco-friendly products.
  • Can you talk to us about safety data sheets? We remember them being called MSDS.
    • SDS – Safety Data Sheets – 16 sections

Alan Howe is a native of Detroit Michigan with 29 years of industry experience. He entered the industry in 1987 with an equipment manufacturer and has since held technical-sales and management positions with well-known companies including Jay Products and Easiway Systems. Alan resides in Columbiaville Michigan and is a Technical Sales Representative for SAATI CHEM. a division of SAATI Americas. As a seminar speaker and with many articles published he is a familiar face at trade shows and industry events.Alan has also traveled the world as a short-term missionary and still is involved in humanitarian efforts locally, domestically and worldwide.

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