January '19

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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MANUAL PRESSES Left: Having a manual press in an automatic shop allows for fast and flexible printing options on smaller print sizes, alternative locations, and custom orders that are smaller in volume and number of colors per shirt. Right: Anything from a single-station/single-color to an eight-color manual press is great for testing out colors and techniques. (Images courtesy The M&R Companies) Left: For shops that print or plan to print one-off custom jerseys for team wear clients, a manual carousel press or numbering system is necessary. Right: If a shop's automatic press is busy printing a 500- or 1,000-piece job, and another 36-piece job comes through the door, a manual can supplement and get the job done while the auto is running. (Images courtesy Brown Manufacturing Group) 5 6 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 9 "You never know what's coming in the door. The whole point of running a shop is to make money, and you have to determine which is the best solution to make money on each job. You don't want to take a job that you could have slapped on an auto and put it on a manual, and vice versa. Everything is about the best utilization of people and time." – GERRI RHEIN, BROWN MANUFACTURING GROUP "It never hurts to have too many options. So, having a manual around just allows more options when trying to run an efficient shop. If you have the space, you will never regret having a manual as an option in the arsenal of printing equipment." – STEPHEN TILL, A SMALL PRINT SHOP "Perhaps the most important reason to keep a manual press in a shop running automatics is to train operators, specifically regarding squeegee pressures, angles, and speeds relative to different garment types. Only by honing screen printing techniques manually, can operators understand precisely what automatics should be programmed to replicate, dramatically reducing setup times, make-ready, and rejects. You've got to walk before you run!" – MARK CLEWELL, VASTEX INTERNATIONAL INC "(It) just gives you flexibility if autos are busy. Every customer has the potential to grow into a large customer." – STEVE TAYLOR, NATIVE SONS SCREEN PRINT AND EMBROIDERY "Printing small volume/simple jobs or alternative location prints are more cost- effective manually." – THOMAS TRIMINGHAM, THE M&R COMPANIES AFTER GOING OVER ALL THE SCENARIOS where a manual press might be more suitable for a given job, the experts offer their final thoughts on keeping a manu- al press around even after a shop makes the move to go automatic. Here's what they had to say: Left: To successfully run automatic and manual jobs concurrent- ly, it helps if the dryer is strategically placed between presses to ensure ease of loading from both sides. (Image courtesy Vastex International Inc) Right: A pin registration system can be a use- ful tool when trying to speed up production of a manual press. It helps printers expose screens in register with one another off- press. (Image courtesy Vastex International Inc) PRESSES to run an efficient shop. to run an efficient shop. should be programmed should be programmed should be programmed If shops have auto and manual presses that can run jobs with the same platens and screen sizes, making the most of a manual press comes down to which press is more available at a given time. (Images courtesy Lawson Screen & Digital Products)

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