Static and Dynamic Tension
The tension meter reads an average of tension across the mesh producing an average static tension of the mesh. Dynamic tension is the tension of the mesh recorded when the squeegee pressure moves the mesh into contact with the printed surface. There is a radical difference in static tension and dynamic at the print surface based on off contact. On a large frame dynamic tension can be more than 40 N/cm2. If the static tension is near the breaking point of the mesh threads, the mesh can fail under dynamic tension.