July '18

For the Business of Apparel Decorating

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50 || P R I N T W E A R J U LY 2 0 1 8 will want to analyze on setup. "For instance, are you leaving enough physical room and slack in your power cords to move your flash to any print head you want? Not tak- ing this into account can limit your ability to customize your printing down the line," explains Taylor Landesman, Lawson Screen & Digital Products, MAINTENANCE When it comes to maintenance, most issues in the shop point directly back to routine cleaning and basic attention to the press' core functions. As simple as it may seem, avoiding a routine maintenance schedule and only cleaning when the shop is a vis- ible mess often lends itself to slowdowns in production and, in worst-case sce- narios, presses breaking. Some newer model presses have automatic noti- fications, so operators know when it's time to pause printing and tend to preventative maintenance tasks. Jirasek makes the case that adding routine maintenance might put a dent in production time, but the costs are worth it. "Lubricants for presses are gener- ally inexpensive, and you're run- ning a press that might cost as much as $50,000–60,000," he states. FINANCING Whether it's not budgeting properly or ac- counting for the business volume to make up for the cost of the press, the consensus is that the biggest mistake shops make is not fully understanding the financing process. Carter explains that shops should be aware that leasing a press is not the same as, for example, leasing a car. Unlike leasing other high-ticket property, leasing an auto press can actually be beneficial for businesses. "In this industry, capital equipment is lease-to- own," he adds. Depending on the terms agreed upon, leases can be crafted to meet a business' needs with tiered payoff setups, COMMON AUTOMATIC PRESS MISTAKES Shops will need to block out ample time for delivery and setup of an auto press to avoid starting out on the wrong foot. (Image courtesy Anatol Equipment) Shops will want to ensure the press is positioned in a strategic spot on the production floor that doesn't interrupt workflow. (Image courtesy Ryonet) Decorators can make the most out of their auto press by implementing cross-training in their shop. (Image courtesy The M&R Companies)

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