AUTOMATIC PRINTING PRODUCT GUIDE How to Buy Your First Automatic Press
Investing in an automatic is an important step in growing your business. Get the most out of your investment by evaluating your current and future production requirements and choosing a machine designed to keep pace with them. Your considerations should include Design Complexity, Production Speed, Image Size, Floor Space, and Preferred Flashing Method.
Do you want to produce simple or complex designs? 6 or 8 color presses are great for producing athletic or corporate designs, while 10 to 20 colors presses enable you to print virtually anything you can imagine!
GOOD: Freedom 6 or 8, Javelin 6 or 8, Falcon M 6 or 8 color presses.
BETTER: Javelin 10 or 12, Falcon M 10 or 12, Falcon E 10 or 12 color presses
BEST: Falcon E 14 or 20 color presses.
How quickly do you want to print? Production speed is determined by a number of variables including the machine's index speed and number or print stations. Naturally, there is a limit to the speed and duration that an individual operator can accurately load garments, so production speeds are typically less of a concern for companies with fewer employees that simply want to streamline production. Shops that produce high-end designs with many employees may prefer a Servo Indexer machine.
GOOD: Freedom has a simple and proven Pneumatic Indexer rated up to 45-dozen / hr.
BETTER: Javelin has a faster Pneumatic Indexer rated up to 70-dozen / hr.
BEST: Falcon M and Falcon E have state of the art Servo Indexer's rated up to 85-dozen / hr.
What is the difference between Servo and Pneumatic Indexing?
How much control do you want? Those new to automation find Freedom and Javelin's Pneumatic print heads easy and intuitive to use. On the other hand, seasoned printers doing high-end, halftone, high-density or gel work prefer the performance and precise adjustments of AC print heads found on our Falcon M and Falcon E machines.
BETTER: Javelin and Freedom Pneumatic print heads.
BEST: Falcon M, Falcon E and A/C print heads.
What image size best meets your needs? Freedom and Javelin's 16" x 18" (40x46cm) print area meets most shops requirements, while others require the larger image areas found on the Falcon M 18" x 18" (46x46cm) or the Falcon E 20" x 28" (51x71cm)
GOOD: Freedom and Javelin's 16" x 18" (40x46cm) Image Size
BETTER: Falcon M 18" x 18" (46x46cm) Image Size
BEST: Falcon E 20" x 28" (51x71cm) Image Size
How many different jobs do you need to do in a day or week? For many, this makes change-over speed even more important than production speed. Whether you choose the quick-release pin found on Javelin and Freedom machines or pneumatic clamps found on Falcon M or Falcon E, either option is much faster and easier to use the clumsy U clamps found on other brands.
BETTER: Javelin and Freedom with Quick-Release Pins
BEST: Falcon M or Falcon E with Pneumatic Squeegee and Flood Clamps
Do you have limited floor space or smaller doorways? Check the specs, and let us help you plan your workflow.
GOOD: Falcon E models up to 20 colors, and Javelin models up to 12 colors
BETTER: Falcon M and Javelin models up to 10 colors
BEST: Freedom 6 color fits through a 34" doorway
Inter-Color or Intra-Color Flashing
Universal Quartz Flash and Plug-&-Go Flash's short-wave quartz elements make for the fastest flash times possible. Universal Quartz Flash uses a photocell pallet sensor, and fits most brands of carousel automatics. Plug-&-Go Flash fits Falcon M and Falcon E, and its? functionality is controlled by the operator interface, making repositioning fast and easy.
Tuf FlashBack and Falcon FlashBack has a low profile, utilizes medium-wave quartz elements and a built-in cooling system enabling you to print, flash and cool all at the same print head. Tuf FlashBack fits Freedom and Javelin models, while Falcon FlashBack fits Falcon M and Falcon E models. FlashBack is a more productive alternative to complicated revolving programs.
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