October '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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28 || P R I N T W E A R O C T O B E R 2 0 1 6 THREAD ... ACCORDING TO ED if the new features can enhance your bottom line. Ask for a break- down of how machinery has changed from the time you purchased to the present. Additionally, ask for a list of benefits associated with a new feature to ensure you understand the value of a feature and how it can apply to your business. 7. Take a maintenance class. To tune up your equipment, you need to tune up your skills to learn how to tackle simple main- tenance items. If a machine goes down, it can take days or even weeks for a technician to arrive. Every day that production is down, profits are lost. Learning basic skills such as setting timing or replacing a rotary hook can help prevent excessive downtime. Furthermore, understanding the various components of machin- ery and proper preventative maintenance techniques will help keep equipment in top condition. 8. Brainstorm internally. Establish a regular meeting time to discuss your business. Talk about any current challenges in the business process and discuss methods for improvement. If you are

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