Apparel Fabrication Testing at MADE

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SanMar and MADE Lab are partnering to create better garments

for the decoration industry.

Testing at MADE

Before MADE Lab, most manufacturers would outsource testing to screen printing shops (or skip testing altogether). Due to the busy nature of this industry, they would often wait many weeks for results. This forced them to utilize other options for testing, causing different and inconsistent results. To help streamline the process, the SanMar Decorator Solutions Team spent a few years evaluating the potential of starting an internal lab. The idea of collaborating on an independent lab was born through conversations with Brett and Tom regarding the complexities of operating a screenprinting and decoration facility. SanMar’s commitment to this key line of work gave the foundational purpose of MADE Laboratory.

As the building blocks of MADE Lab started to come into place, Tom and Brett went out to build a team that could help facilitate the best process for testing. That search started and ended with Brian Lessard. Brian’s knowledge from 30 years of screen printing and ink manufacturing with companies like Rutland and Mirror Image could take the project to the next level. 

With a combined 100 years of experience, MADE Lab founders work with SanMar’s Expert Decorator Relations Team to build testing procedures relevant to the needs of manufacturers’ customers, such as Port & Company, Sport-Tek, and Allmade Apparel. SanMar uses the in-depth testing reports to improve manufacturing parameters as well as create decoration recommendations that can be found on the relevant product pages on www.sanmar.com 

MADE Lab performs the following tests when working with a new fabrication or color:
  1. Screen Printing with plastisol testing for dye migration, ghosting, fabric matte down, and fibrillation.
  2. Screen Printing with water based HSA testing for dye migration, ghosting, fabric matte down, and fibrillation.
  3. Screen Printing with Discharge Ink, testing for discharge rating. 
  4. Heat Tolerance for shrinkage under heat and pressure. 
  5. Brother DTG for printability, reaction with pre-treatments, and dye migration. 
  6. Epson DTG for printability, reaction with pre-treatments, and dye migration. 
  7. Embroidery Application Testing. 

 

Testing at MADE

Testing at MADE

Check out this recent testing example the Lab performed with HSA ink for Allmade Apparel: 
 

 

We are fortunate to be partnered with like-minded companies like SanMar, who care about making better products to decorate and help the community move forward together. 

 

 

For more information about MADE Lab services, contact us or join our email list to stay up to date on the latest how-to tips and education workshops at MADE Lab. 

 

 

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