April '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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2 0 1 8 A P R I L P R I N T W E A R || 29 you're loading, pressing, or unloading an item, you're using time. Whether you're applying a left chest, a name and number, or a leg and sleeve, you're using time. Time is the measurement that we can make the most of when it comes to heat printing. So, what measurements of time are of greatest value? We should be measuring how much time our heat press is engaged in application. How many seconds, minutes, and hours each day are we pressing onto items? Once we have this in- formation, we can start to formulate ways to maximize that time with high profit or top line revenue jobs. On the flip side of that, we can also measure how many seconds, minutes, and hours that our heat presses are on and not being engaged. This information can be used to pinpoint production problems. Are we not pressing because we're waiting for transfers? Or maybe we're not pressing because it's taking too long to layout and line up our jobs? Whatever the reason is, we will be able to compare the pieces and start to make sense of why we are or aren't achieving the success we've set out to achieve. There are a couple of ways to measure the lowest common de- nominator. The old fashioned way would be to simply log time for your heat printing jobs. Note the application time, the number of applications required, your start time, and your finish time. Then you can do the math on the actual time that your press needs to be engaged and subtract the total job time to realize your down time. The next way to measure time would be with technology. Find a heat press that measures your activity and provides the information in a usable format. This type of information will provide levels of insight that you can begin to dig in to as you create more measures for your success. So, how do you measure the success of your heat press? Measuring the level of success you are having in a particular department or discipline within your business helps improve profits and practices.

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