April '23

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1 8 G R A P H I C S P R O • A P R I L 2 0 2 3 G R A P H I C S - P R O. C O M A P P A R E L D E C O R A T I N G The shop layout With most equipment, you do not only want to think about the print quality and the wash ratings. You also need to think about the ergonomics of your pro- duction layout and safety when operat- ing the equipment. We positioned our DTF printer as close to the exit as possi- ble in our print room so that, while the machine is running, we can have some- one sitting next to it while it is printing and keeping an eye on the machine. You must always have someone stay with your DTF machine while it is running in order to keep an eye on how much film is left on the roll, powder usage (to ensure you are getting good coverage), and whether or not the take-up reel is running smoothly. Our machine is 78" wide by 132" long, so another thing I suggest for safety rea- sons is to always make sure you have three feet of clearance around all sides of the machine. Remember, you will have a com- puter next to your printer, and your staff Our computer space set up next to the machine. We actually faced the computer stand towards the wall to open the space up more. The ink containers that you pour the ink into. Test print color swatches.

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