September '15

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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54 || P R I N T W E A R S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 5 Ed Levy is the director of software products at Hirsch In- ternational and owner of Digitize4u, an embroidery and digitizing operation. A 23-year industry veteran, Levy has owned screen printing, embroidery, and digitizing business- es. In 2001, Levy began consulting and founded EmbForum, a professional Tajima DG/ML by Pulse software users group. THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED B Y E D L E V Y Embroidery Business Machine Maintenance The importance of maintaining a maintenance schedule T he term preventive maintenance commonly refers to the practice of regularly servicing equipment on a pre-deter- mined schedule so that it does not develop catastrophic fail- ures and performs better over its lifetime. Although it is well known that equipment routinely serviced out- lasts equipment that is not, many companies still neglect equipment and/or only respond reactively to equipment failures. Quality equip- ment only stays quality if it receives the level of care it deserves. Of- ten, companies will make the extra effort to purchase high-quality equipment knowing that in the end they will save money, but they overlook the importance of maintaining the equipment properly. Failing to adequately service equipment ends up costing companies a great deal of money that could otherwise go toward enhancing the bottom line. A little simple TLC to your embroidery machine will go a long way to ensure that your machine does not let you down. KEEP IT CLEAN Nothing says neglect like a filthy embroidery machine. Dirt, dust, garment dander, and everything else floating through the air will land on and in every nook and cranny of your machine. When you start to see dust on your embroidery machine, you can be sure it is also inside your embroidery machine. Pet hair is also a contributor Oiling the hook is one of the most crit- ical and often most underutilized main- tenance operations. Check your owner's manual for other ar- eas that may need oiling. (All images courtesy Hirsch In- ternational)

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