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G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M J A N U A R Y 2 0 2 3 • G R A P H I C S P R O 3 5 know which order is in the queue coming after the order currently being completed. We may not have to fully clean a squeegee between jobs. Our ink selection might go as follows from order No. 1 transitioned to order No. 2: Underbase — Underbase (no clean) Yellow — Yellow Gold (light clean) Forest Green — Navy Blue (full clean) Sky Blue — Turquoise (light clean) Black — Not used (f u ll clea n — used often enough that you could leave uncleaned for order No. 3 if needed) Not everyone has additional personnel to dedicate to transition tasks. So, how can a single operator increase productivity in the transition time? e same options listed above play well for a single opera- tor as well. Plan on cleaning squeegees as quickly as possible, whether with multi- ple persons or just one. ere shouldn't be garments out near us while we are in transition, so we can focus on speed more than precision in this instance. We should be grabbing the next set of ink tubs at the same time we are putting our old tubs away. Less trips to and from our ink sec- tion cuts out time. Another speed aspect to employ is applying glue and prewarm- ing our pallets at the same time as we prep for another order. Stacking shirts doesn't need to be the tidiest thing and is easy to meander through without intensity. If the pace is kept up during shirt stacking, it will cut out several unnecessary delays throughout the day. As we get those shirts laid out, we should start working more methodi- cally to ensure ink doesn't go flying. It is likely that our screens are being set into our press in print order around this same time as well. Alignment and registration are the most important precision elements we handle in prep work. Feel free to slow down at this stage, ensuring to not work frantically. Getting screens set in place should still have a system that doesn't lose time in production. Whether we are using a manual press or an auto, there is no need to lock the second (and beyond) screen in place until we have our first screen placed and printed. We need to do micro-adjust- ments one way or the other most of the time anyway. Locking and unlocking our secondary screens multiple times slows us down. Set the second screen after you have the first screen printed with the test gar- ment flashed and ready for the second screen to be registered. is holds true for each subsequent screen in our print. One last thing worth covering here that can help our production speed is shirt racking. Shirt racking is the most mus- cle-memory centric element of our entire print process. We don't consider this much as we typically are quick at this after hav- ing done it so much during our time as printers. ere is a high chance that we have bad habits and tendencies that slow us down while we rack shirts onto our pallets. We should take the time to film ourselves racking shirts in our normal method. ere are typically two or three tricks that we can cut out from our routine while racking shirts that can increase our production speed by 60-120 garments per hour on an auto press and 30-60 impres- sions per hour on a manual press Printing is a trade that takes time to master and just when it's been mastered, a new material, method, or expectation creeps into the industry, making us all feel like novices once again. Creating and implementing a learning system will help every employee in times where new challenges present themselves to produc- tion staff. GP There are typically two or three tricks that we can cut out from our routine while racking shirts that can increase our production speed by 60-120 garments per hour. No clean. Light clean. Full clean.

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