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A BRIEF STEP-BY-STEP GUIDE ON HOW TO OPERATE HEAT PRESS MACHINES

According to functions, we can divide heat press machines into two types – basic and professional. But whether you’re using the basic or professional heat press machines, they are basically operated the same way.

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The basic heat press machines are good for small jobs and home use. They’re much more affordable. The professional heat press machines are geared for making bulk orders. They have a much bigger platen (metal board) for a bigger working area to cater large garments. The professional heat press is also complete with more sophisticated time, temperature, and pressure settings.

 

Here’s a brief step-by-step guide on how to operate heat press machines:

 

1.Turn on the power by flipping the on/off switch

2.Turn the thermostat knob to the right until you see the red heating light

3.When the thermometer indicates the desired temperature for your transfer, turn the knob back to the left until the heating light turns off. The heating light will go on and off to regulate your desired temperature

4.If your machine has a digital timer, press it to start the timer and when you hear the alarm, press stop to reset

5.Lift up the handle to open the press

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6.Lay out t-shirt and lay Transfer Paper onto shirt facing down

7.Bring the handle down. The handle should lock firmly in place

8.Set the timer based on the instructions on your Transfer Paper

9.Lift the handle to open the press

10.Peel the Transfer Paper from the shirt

11.Allow at least 24 hours for the print to “lock” before washing the t-shirts

 

These all above are my share about the steps of operating heat press machines. Hope my article can be useful to you. If you have any other needs or questions welcome to contact us at any time. We will provide you the best quality product and service. Thanks for your reading.

 

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THE COMPARISON OF THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING MACHINE AND HEAT PRESS MACHINE

Many people who just entered the sublimation printing industry don’t understand the difference between thermal transfer printing and heat press machine. Now I will make a brief analysis for you.

heat press machineThermal transfer printing machines are also known as thermal transfer printing. Thermal transfer printing is an emerging printing process. With its advantages of convenience, speed, dexterity and environmental protection, thermal transfer printing technology has made revolutionary breakthroughs in the field of textile and garment printing and dyeing, and is favored by garment enterprises from all walks of life. The heat transfer machine is one of the thermal transfer printing machines. It can be used to heat all kinds of hot stamping on cotton, linen, chemical fiber and other fabrics. It can also be processed by screen printing, glue, foaming, etc. Cultural shirts, etc.

Thermal transfer is a combination of traditional printing and computer digital, which overcomes the shortcomings of traditional printing, such as small batches, rapid delivery of finished products, complex colors, complicated process, and environmental protection. Thermal transfer does not require plate making, is not limited by pattern, color limit, one-time molding, unlimited style, simple operation, complete functions, just as simple as using a home printer, which largely compensates for the traditional printing and dyeing of cotton fabrics. The industry lacks water resources, environmental damage, high cost of small batch printing and high equipment costs. At the same time, it also brought a strong blow to the development of the traditional printing and dyeing printing industry.

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Advantages of Thermal Transfer Printing:

Simple printing steps, accurate position, natural color transition, free printing pattern can realize any pattern printing process, the printing effect is realistic and fine, no need to save the plate making cost, and it is also suitable for printing in traditional way such as rotary net and flat net. Pre- proofing saves money.

Hope you can understand the difference between thermal transfer machine and heat press machine from above. If you have any other opinions about this theme or you have any demand for digital printing equipment, please feel free to contact us.

WHAT’S THE PRINCIPLE OF THERMAL TRANSFER PRINTING?

If you got into the digital printing industry, you must have heard of thermal transfer printing. The principle of thermal transfer printing is somewhat similar to the transfer printing method. Today, we will introduce the principle of it.

In thermal transfer printing, a pattern is first printed on paper with a dispersion-containing dye and a printing iheat press machinenk, and then transfer paper is stored for use in a textile printing factory.

When the fabric is printed, the transfer paper and the unprinted face-to-face are pasted together through a thermal transfer printing machine, and the dye on the transfer paper is sublimated and transferred at such a high temperature at a temperature of about 210 ° C (400 T). On the fabric, the printing process is completed without further processing. The process is relatively simple and does not require the necessary expertise in the production of roller printing or rotary screen printing.

Disperse dyes are the only dyes that can sublimate, in the sense that they are the only dyes that can be thermally transferred. Therefore, the process can only be applied to fabrics composed of fibers having affinity for such dyes, including acetate fibers and propylene. Nitrile rayon fiber, polyamide fiber (nylon) and polyester fiber.

In thermal transfer printing, fabric printing plants purchase such printing paper from highly specialized printing paper manufacturers. Transfer paper can be printed according to the requirements of the pattern designer and the customer (off-the-shelf patterns can also be used for transfer paper printing). Thermal transfer printing can be used to print pieces (such as border printing, chest embroidery, etc.). In this case, a specially designed pattern is used.

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Thermal transfer printing stands out as a complete fabric printing method from the printing process, thus eliminating the need for large and expensive dryers, steamers, water washers and tenters. Since the printed paper can be inspected before printing, this eliminates the inaccuracy and other symptoms. Therefore, thermal transfer printing fabrics rarely appear defective. If you are considering to choose a good printing method, thermal transfer printing will be a good choice.

WHAT ARE THE ADVANTAGES OF INVESTING A GOOD HEAT PRESS?

Many people consider if they can invest heat press business. Here are the advantages of investing a good heat press:

 

1.Cost-effective

Investing in a good heat press will yield profits for your work in the long run. With a machine which can handle a high volume of work, you can create lots of printed T-Shirts. The machines are designed to handle small and large volumes of work, depending on the type.

 

2.Easy to use

Quality heat presses are easy to use. Those with no prior experience are able to learn fast when they have access to a good heat press. The technology applied in their manufacturing and control is easily grasped during the process of using it. They take relatively little space and are efficient.

 

3.Speed

The speed of a heat press makes it attractive. It is fast and produces many printed objects compared to other graphics printing machines. A heat press machine has a control panel which does not require much energy to operate and creates results quickly.

 

4.Quality production

It prints electronically and quickly without undermining the quality. The heat press is able to make complete and even transfers on the substrates by application of temperature up to 500°F.

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5.Versatile

High-quality machines are versatile, in that, they can produce on different materials and fabrics, for example, satin and cotton. They can also work on hard materials, such as ceramic tiles. These allow them to work on mugs, tiles, umbrellas and other products with much ease. Their versatility is a huge advantage for businesses and people who want to try out different designs and prints.

 

6.Integrated techniques

Heat presses can use integrated techniques—you can use a heat press machine with other printing techniques such as the use of ink. This prevents any form of hindrance. These are the advantages of high-quality heat press machines.

 

However, heat presses, especially the high-quality ones, are very expensive to buy and set up. You should be considerate when buying a heat press.

The Common Mistakes You Can Avoid in Heat Pressing

   As a supplier of roller heat press machine, we find that there are some common problems in using this machine according to our customers’ feedback.Now we will list some of them, wish it can help you.

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   1. Not using the right sublimation paper
   For sublimation paper, different factories have their own standards, even you tell them the same specifications you want, they may give you different products. Besides, sublimation paper can be divided into low weight transfer paper and heavy weight sublimation paper, or fast dry sublimation paper and sticky sublimation paper, they are produc

Process of heat transfer printing

ed for different applications. If you are not clear about the sublimation paper you want, you are easy to buy the wrong one.

   Always make sure to use the right tools for the job.If you intend to work on a particular t-shirt, check if you have the right heat press machine for the job, follow the right process, and most importantly- use the correct heat transfer paper.

   2. Not using the correct paper in the correct way
   Some people can’t produce the best quality prints even they have the correct sublimation paper. This is because they print in an incorrect way.

   First, take note of all the sides of your paper and always remember to mirror your design before you transfer it to the paper.

   Next, you need to make sure that the entire design will appear on your transfer paper when you print it.

   But how to achieve them? It is easy, just make a test.

   3. Not using the heat press machine correctly

   After transferring the images to your sublimation paper, take a quick look at your heat transfer machine to ensure it’s ready for the task. Ensure there are no dust or particles that are likely to distract the transfer process. The paper must be positioned correctly.

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   You can see that most of problems are not big, as long as you pay attention to the details, then it can be easily avoid.

 

Some Suggestions to You When Using a Roller Heat Press Machine

   Compared with flat heat press machine, roller heat press machine are usually applied to the industrial printing. We usually think roller heat press machine is harder to operate than the flat heat press machine. Then, what should we pay attention when using such a large machine?

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   1. First, set an appropriate speed and temperature for the machine before starting. And make sure the temperature is stable when working.

   2. Adjust the pressure between the blanket and drum, make sure the pressure is suitable for the paper with different weight.

   3. Make sure the heat press surface, transfer paper and surface of substrate must be close, can not have gaps, otherwise it will make the transferred graphics blur.

   4. Make a test before mass production to make sure whether the speed and temperature are suitable.

   5. Try to clean the things immovably attached to the transfer paper and the textile, or it will influence the image’s quality after transfer printing.

   6. The sublimation paper should keep dry all the time. Too much moisture will affect the paper’s quality, and it will cause many problems in sublimation printing such as the direct of the image is sideling.

roller heat press machine

   7. Cut the front part of the paper and fabric into inverted v-shape, and put the middle part into the heat press machine first. It can help the whole breadth enter the heat press machine at the same time steadily.

   8. The sublimation paper and textile should be separated quickly when transfer printing. If not, it will be easy to cause ghosting.

applications of roller heat press machine

   Please remember, no matter what machine you are operating, the security is always the first concern. When sublimation printing something with the roller heat press machine, keep away from the heat drum when it is working, or you will be easy to get hurt.

The Maintenance of the Roller Heat Press Machine

   Roller heat press machine, the essential machine for sublimation printing, especially large format printing. For example, the large banners, banner, non-woven fabrics, clothing fabrics, towels, sheets, mouse pad and other goods. Machines all need maintenance, including the roller heat press machine. How to maintain it? Here are some tips.

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   1. Often check the roller heat press machine safety valve, bearings, transmission parts to make sure the action sensitive and reliable.
   2. Each time before you start operating, remember the machine must be refueling according to the rules.
   3. The roller heat press machine on the gas source processor,should close the gas 2 times a day; aerosol oil, adjusted to 4-5 drops per minute, and in the refueling to gas.
   4. Joint head: drops of butter (a week / time, 10-20g), oil (1-2 drops, 3 days / times).
   5. The emergency stop button should be used as less as possible when using the machine. If you often use this button, the chain, towline, belt will be broken easily.
   6. Sometimes the optical axiswill drop oil twice a week. The best method to avoid this situation is using the good quality media.
   7. When cleaning of the table glue, we should avoid table adhesive to the end of the wheel. If you find that the end of the wheel sticky plastic, dry wipe it, or it will influence the transfer printing result.
   8. Cleaning the heat press machine shell at least once a week, and keep neat of the machine.

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Only when you pay attention to the maintenance of the roller heat press machine, you can working with it comfortably.

New Roller Heat Press Machine installation

   Today, our technicians has installed a new roll to roll heat press machine. Now we will show you the details.

420*1800mm heat press machine

420*1800mm heat press machine

420*1800mm heat press machine

   For this roller heat press machine, the size is 420*1800mm,  420mm mean the diameter of heating drum, 1800mm mean the length of the working table.  Here are the features of this machine.
   1. Roll-to-roll or Piece-by-piece processing
   2. Double layer drum – 420mm / 16.5″ in diameter
   3. Filing Oil Drum to 100% (Saving 30% Power)
   4. 18 heating elements
   5. 75% Nome Drum Blanket Coverage
   6. Maximum transfer speed:2.6m/min(8.5ft)
   7. Fabric / Transfer Paper / Tissue Paper Tension Controlled
   8. Auto Power On / Off

420*1800mm heat press machine

420*1800mm heat press machine

   If you are interested in our roller heat press machine, please kindly contact us.

 

What Is the Perfect Heat Press Machine for You?

   When you buy a good inkjet printer at home, the next step is to find a perfect heat press machine (unless you want professional factory to help you). But how to make sure you can buy the heat press machine? heat press machine

   Size is the first factor. The size of the heat press machines are various on the market. You should know the size of your products, and it will be better to take the future into consideration.

   Consistent heat is an important indicator to judge the quality of the heat press machine. Heat presses need to be heated to about 400 degrees fahrenheit for sublimation inks to transfer from the paper to the polymer fibers. This transfer has to be smooth and even for the process to work properly and for the image transfer to be consistent from one pressing to the next. heat press machine      Consistent pressure is another indicator to just the heat press machine quality.  A quality heat press has a heavy platen that generates enough weighted-pressure

   Heat pressing is not a complex job, as long as you choose the suitable heat press machine, everything can be easier.

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New calendar heat presses for wide format dye sublimation printing

 

 

This year subli-calender already extensive range of heat-transfer solutions is designed to give customers additional choice when choosing a calendar, or rotary style press for large-scale or large-volume applications such as soft signage, sporting goods, apparel, and fabrics. Today we will introduce you the detail of our heat transfer machine.

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heat press machine

The normal 1.2m rotary heat transfer press

Our 1220 heat press machine is an entry level, 1.22m width, oil heated, rotary heat transfer press. This cost effective model is an ideal bridging device for businesses looking to expand into larger scale dye sublimation pieces/panels or who have experienced growth in production volume and are in a position to upgrade to longer uninterrupted and continuous roll-to-roll production runs.

heat press machine

heat press machine

Hot selling 1.7m Rotary Heat Transfer Press

The 1742-A press is an economical 1.7m width, oil heated, rotary heat transfer press. this more compact, single layer drum solution is ideally designed for piece-by-piece or roll-to-roll transfers up to 1600mm in width including polyester fabric, soft signage, custom clothing and larger scale personalised dye sublimation items.

The 1742-B press is a middle or the range, 1.7m width, oil heated, rotary heat transfer press. Providing stable temperature output and adjustable air pressure control system for optimum transferring, this solution is ideally designed for higher volume production runs of polyester fabric, soft signage, custom clothing and larger scale personalised dye sublimation items.

heat press machine

heat press machine

The 1742-C press is a high-end, 1.7m width, oil heated, rotary heat transfer press. With advanced features and processes, this solution is ideally designed for large scale or large volume applications such as soft signage, sporting goods, apparel, and fabrics.