Awards & Engraving

August '18

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10 • A&E AUGUST 2018 How to Prepare for a High- Volume Sublimation Project By Darci Jeffery-Andersen and Rich Foltz, Coastal Business Supplies • A wide-format printer is recommended as it saves you in production on both your ink cost and paper cost. • Depending on the job, you can work with multiple heat presses or you can invest in a larger heat press. • There are industrial-size flatbed heat presses to consider — some that are manual or air-operated. Some have the option to upgrade from a single station to a twin station. If you need to sublimate onto both sides of a product, consider a top/bottom heat press. • Another press to consider is a rotary press, which could be the right choice for high-volume production for textile sublimation. • Make sure you are staffed adequately for the project. • Use a fast computer. • Consider using multiple printers or a single printer that has a dual print head for faster print speed. • Optimize your production flow. There can be a lot of wasted time if your staff is moving items from one location to another across the building. A wide-format printer is recommended when taking on a high-volume sublimation job as it saves in production on both ink cost and paper cost. IMAGES COURTESY COASTAL BUSINESS SUPPLIES One press to consider is a rotary or roll press, which might be the right choice for high-volume production for textile sublimation. Lily Hunter, Roland DGA, agrees, adding, "What constitutes a high-volume order really depends upon a shop's equip- ment, capabilities, staff, and resources." She adds that, for most awards shops, any order for a large group, multiple teams, or multiple locations consisting of 100 units or more is considered high volume. If you aren't sure whether a job that just walked through the door is high volume, Liz Haas of Rayzist states that you might have the following questions regarding the order: how do we complete this order, and what steps will need to be done differently to fulfill it? "Jobs that are classified as high volume are those that require manpower, attention to the process of the project, and large quantity," she believes. WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW Keep in mind that high-volume orders do carry a specific set of considerations that an awards retailer should be aware of regardless of what decorating technologies they use. When preparing for these types of orders, sources offer a few talking points. To start, there are certain customers that are more likely to place a high-volume

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