The Lawson Super Simple Registration System
Super Simple Registration Demo
"Hi, my name is Glen. I'd like to take a couple minutes here and demonstrate some of the features of our pin registration system. We call this registration system the SSR Simple or the Simple Registration System. It's very easy to use and it's adaptable to pretty much any kind of frame you want to use. You can put this micro-pin system on wooden frames, you can put them on the Newman Roller frames and you can also put them on the aluminum frames. What I'd like to do is give you a brief idea of how this system works. So basically what we're going to do is we're going to pre-align the artwork onto the screen in the prepress area so that everything is already in a registration system so that when we take it out to the press everything is already lined up. How we do that is, first of all we have these pin bars. These pin bars actually mount to the bottom of your screen whether you use a wooden screen or an aluminum screen or a Newman Roller frame. These will actually attach to the bottom of the screen.
"I've got a couple of screens here and I'm going to show you that the pin bars have been attached by three screws to the bottom of the screen. You can actually order these bars already pre-mounted to the frames if you'd like, or you can mount them yourself. It's very easy to do. What's nice about this system here is, if you can zoom in a little bit, you'll notice there's a hole and a slot on the bottom of the pin bar. This slot and this hole will actually attach themselves to the pins that are located on the bottom of the registration system. So basically when I take this screen here, stand in front of the registration system, slide it over and it will literally just pop into the pin and into the slot allowing me to position the artwork exactly where I want it on the screen. I'm going to do that real quick for you.
"After the screen has been coated you want to take the artwork. Here I have one of the designs we're actually going to be using later on in our demonstration. Now on the artwork we have the registration marks in all four corners. Now what I have basically done is stuck a little bit of tape or double sided tape to the back side of my design. One of the features of the SSR is that this backboard is vacuumized. It has a foot pedal down here, and when I press on this foot pedal these vacuum holes that are mounted on the board will literally suck the artwork, securing it to the backboard. I'm going to do that right now. So I'm going to position my registration marks exactly in perfect alignment with how you line up on this grid pattern here. I'm going to press of the vacuum pedal now. It takes a second or two for the vacuum to engage, but now you can see that artwork is held there, literally with no tape, just being sucked by the vacuum.
"Now I can take my silkscreen frame with my pin marks mounted onto it, and all I need to do is stand in front of the system, pop the pin into the slot that you see down here and you basically touch the artwork where my tape was applied, and then you can release the vacuum. Now at this time this artwork is actually stuck, mounted to the back of the screen. I can remove it here and you can see the artwork is attached exactly where I want it to be using the registration system like you see here. At this point all I need to do is put it inside my exposure unit and expose it. That's another nice feature about this system; you don't need a second attachment that goes into your exposure unit like a lot of other systems out there. You just basically put it into any exposure system you have and expose the screen.
"Once the screen is exposed you wash it out and repeat the steps again for each color you might have. If there's a second color, you line it up to the second color marks. One of the things that I like to do is I like to use a little bit of a dry erase marker and circle the location of where I have put that artwork previously. So when I do use the second color, I can position the second color exactly where that first color was. Now, as all registration systems work, they're only as good as the operator. So if you wear glasses, put your glasses on. If you have a little headset that will help you focus better on the location, do use it! The more accurate you are in here, the more accurate you will be out there."