January '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 9 J A N U A R Y P R I N T W E A R 5 5 & Embroidery, argues that manual presses make for a useful teaching tool when train- ing a potential press operator on the basics of printing. A full grasp on printing theory can help operators excel when turned over to an automatic. Additionally, and more commonly, manual presses come in handy for small- er jobs that come through the doors of a shop when the automatic press is all booked up. For example, when a shop is running a 500- to 1,000-piece order, and a new customer comes in needing 24 pieces, the only option (if they don't have a digital machine) would be to put it on the manual press. Gerri Rhein of Brown Man- ufacturing Group also highlights one-off jobs like custom jerseys with numbers, as athletic numbering is inherently custom, with each jersey having its own number. Couple that with the extra hand treatment these garments require and Rhein says an auto press just can't do the job. Other printing pros of a manual press include greater control over pressure and stroke, as well as faster set up in certain cases. Thomas Trimingham of The M&R Companies points out that manuals save on set-up time when a handful of pieces are damaged in an automatic run, and replace- ment pieces need to be printed. MAINTAIN EFFICIENT PRODUCTION When it comes to successfully running auto and manual jobs concurrently, the professionals have some suggestions. Rhe- in advises shops to set their auto machine up for an automatic cycle, batch load the shirts, and hit go. While the auto is print- ing its round of eight shirts, for example, printers can focus on the jobs at the man- ual. When the auto batch is finished, the printer can then unload the eight shirts, reload another round, hit go, and repeat. It merely comes down to strategic multi- Opposite top: A manual screen printing press is a great tool for swatching Pantone colors and testing out different printing variables like mesh counts, lines, and half- tones. (Image courtesy A Small Print Shop) Opposite bottom: Every shop needs an operator who fully understands the process of screen printing. Having someone manag- ing the entire manual printing process from start to finish can ensure a seamless work- flow. (Image courtesy A Small Print Shop) Set Your Shop Apart From the Competition Discover how the all-electric ANATOL VOLT can change the way you screen print. How can the VOLT benefit your screen printing shop? • No air compressor or chiller required for operation means you can print more quietly and efficiently. • Intuitive touchscreen controls give you maximum control over all job parameters for fast setups and precise printing. • Heavy duty rolled steel construction supports high speed, high volume production and eliminates vibration. • Servo-electric motors ensure consistent, reliable printing without the maintenance issues of pneumatic components. That's performance, delivered only by... 847-367-9760 | by

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