Printwear

January '20

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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4 2 P R I N T W E A R J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 0 I have an affinity for the entry-level shop, and the backbone of this entre- preneurial industry is the double car- ousel manual press. The following is an introductory over- view on setting up a new shop for production and efficiency. The manual carousel press, of course, is the beating heart of the small shop and an integral part of most larger operations. A solid understanding of the how and why helps every printer with the day to day operations, so I will start breaking down the basics. THE BREAKDOWN The multi-level, individually rotatable screens-over-platens double stacked carousel press is a clear departure from previous printing press forms. This familiar stacked carousel press was designed to overcome the unique problems of screen printing multiple colors onto cloth and provide easy printer/operator access. However, the first problem is the substrate or cloth/garments. Printing on assembled clothing is the main aim of the double carou- sel press. Cloth, unlike many other printed substrates, when placed into a repeatable position needs to be adhered or stretched tightly onto a ridged surface, the platen. Adhesive is the most common way to allow the "snap off " of the screen mesh and keep the cloth in its original print position. Without some way to hold and keep the cloth in a position that can be repeated exactly, the wet ink will cause the cloth to pick up and move, misaligning any col- ors that follow. The extensive construction with extended arms holding each platen and corresponding interlocking arms holding the screens is all based on the need to keep the cloth stretched or glued in position on each fixed platen. Rotating platen and screens into position, interlocking accurately, and then reseting into the exact position for each print is the sim- plistic genius of this rotating multi-platen, multi-color carousel. This efficient solution to a specific challenge is the reason the carousel printing press has remained the backbone of screen-printed garment decoration. Generating profit is a direct result of the ability to print multiple shirts with multiple colors in an easy and convenient way for even a single operator. THE SCREEN HUB The carousel hub on the top has a collection of arms for holding screens. This hub moves the multiple colors into position over the platens. The colors move and lower onto a locking position over each platen. Heads Up A QUICK GUIDE AND PRIMER FOR THE DOUBLE CAROUSEL MANUAL PRESS D O U G G R I E G E R The manual dual carousel over car- ousel printing press is unique for the ability to print multiple colors and rotate multiple print positions or platens. Below: This odd, large, multi-armed machine is referred to as 'the octopus'or 'el pulpo' in Spanish speaking countries.

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