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4 6 G R A P H I C S P R O J U L Y 2 0 2 2 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M 10' and typically require one or multiple 220 single-phase out- lets for power. When setting the equipment up, shops must also consider a method of venting the shaker dryer. Copeland recommends either ducting to exhaust outside or a fume extractor if outdoor duct- ing is not an option. Once the equipment is installed and printing on the regular, daily maintenance is very important "You want to keep it running," Breazeale says. "What ends up happening is somebody gets the machine, start convert- ing every job, and they lose track of the maintenance. When it breaks down, they realize right away why they need to do the maintenance." Proper maintenance includes cleaning the heads and making sure the capping stations are clean throughout the day as the machine is printing. Breazeale also says to do a nightly wet cap, which entails soaking the machine equipment in water overnight. All in all, DTF provides many opportunities and advanced capabilities for graphics shops. Breazeale considers DTF to be an "industry disrupter," con- cluding, "there's so much change with DTF, and even more being done to advance it faster. is is the beginning stage of DTF, the upswing is going to be gigantic for many years. e business is out there." GP Julia Schroeder is a freelance writer based in Chicago, Illinois. Previously, she held the position of digital content editor for A&E magazine. She can be reached at DTF works equally well on white and dark textiles and allows users to choose either a matte or glossy finish. (Images courtesy OmniPrint International)

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