Printwear

December '16

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 6 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 59 your shop running at its best. Web sales continue to grow, and more of those sales are being completed on smartphones and tablets. "When one thing translates from the web to mobile devices, it's called being respon- sive," says Levy. "Everything web-facing is designed responsively so that it can work on a regular PC screen or somebody can take their iPad out in the field to work on it." Many decorators across all disciplines are also transitioning toward being able to operate parts of or their entire shop setup from a tablet or other devices. For example, while many automatic presses can already be controlled this way, Dummett notes that software on tablets and other devices allows users to make changes in flashing and flash configurations. Being able to control dryers isn't far off, either. Dummett explains that doing so allows functionality to come into your equipment after purchase. This isn't limited to screen printing, ei- ther. Bommarito states that many of the steps in setting up an embroidery job have been streamlined by applications embedded into a Windows- based controller. Many of these apps are not limited to the brand of machine in your shop either, making it easier to use the technology for setup regard- less of the brand of machine you use. Any number of apps and software are available to help every aspect of your business, from machinery automa- tion to things as small as managing proofs and orders online. No matter what types of equipment your shop has available, there will continue to be a huge selection of op- tions for you to choose from that can help your shop save hundreds each year and get jobs finished in a timelier manner with consistent quality. Editor's note: For the evolution and advancements found in direct-to-garment printing, turn to page 2 in The D2 Re- port, a special supplement of this issue. 2 0 1 6 D E C E M B E R P R I N T W E A R || 59 This isn't limited to screen printing, ei ther. Bommarito states that many of the steps in setting up an embroidery job have been streamlined by applications embedded into a Windows- based controller. Many of these apps are not limited to the brand of machine in your shop either, making it easier Above: Screen printers are taking steps to ensure their shops are eco-friendlier, more efficient, and less costly to run with greener products. (Image courtesy Ryonet) Below: Filtering water used to clean screens can put a lot of harsh chemicals back into the water supply. This has prompted an ini- tiative for affordable water filtration systems. (Image courtesy Ryonet)

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