July '17

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 7 J U LY P R I N T W E A R || 65 MAKE-READY The generic press should take six steps, done as fast as possible (AFAP), and any- thing we do that keeps it from running or slows it down is a horrible idea. This means computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging is one of the most cost-effective steps we can take to "hotrod" production for both short and long runs. It seems CTS would more suitably be called "OPATS," which stands for "on-press anti-tweaking system." With a tri-lock regis- tration and a CTS, the unaffordable tweaking process plummets, which reduces our eco- nomic run length and increases our runtime. When we shop for OPATS, we should first spend a couple of weeks timing registra- tion and time-to-color for our simplest and most complex work. Then, take the log to the manufacturers to get three end users who have similar market segments or intended segments, and call each. From there we can have the manufacturer image two sets of our screens, from the simplest to the most com- plex, and then make an informed decision based on improved quality and savings in setup time. Consider your space and average order size to make sure your automatic press and flash-cure unit output are compat- ible. (Image courtesy The M&R Companies)

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