Maintaining your DTG machine daily

Our Epson Sure colour F2000 DTG machine is extremely simple to use and very easy to maintain. Maintenance is important in order to keep your machine healthy and productive.

The Epson Sure colour F2000 works best under constant use, however we are aware that this is not possible at all times and the machine may sit idle for prolonged periods.

We recommend to not turn the machine off at the plug at any time. The machine automatically goes in to sleep mode after a certain time so will not be wasting energy by being powered 24 hrs a day.

We advise that upon starting your working day, turn the machine on at the control panel. When powering up the machine from its ‘sleep mode’ it will automatically perform a quick ink circulation.

Now perform a nozzle check as outlined in the user manual. Check all nozzles for clogging. If any of the nozzles are clogged at this point, then visit the maintenance menu on the control panel menu and perform necessary cleans as directed until you have all nozzles completely clean.

For further assistance with maintenance please refer to Epson User’s Guide from page 44 onwards or visit us online at www.xpres.co.uk.

DTG Hints and Tips

Here’s 5 handy tips to achieving perfect DTG prints:

Maintain your machine

Keep the print head active by running a test print each day. This is particularly important for printers with white ink.

Prepare with set-up

To achieve the optimum number of printed garments per hour it is vital that the machinery setup matches the work flow. An ideal setup would lead with a Pre-Treatment Machine, then Heat Press, followed by a DTG Printer and finally another Heat Press.

This allows garments to be pre-treated and dried, printed and then heat cured. Once in a production work flow, each machine can be in use at all times.

Using a DTG optimised heat press from SEFA can reduce the pre-treatment curing time due to its increased power output and breathable platen for releasing excess steam.

Use a RIP software

Print quality can be improved by using a RIP software such as Digital Factory for improved colour output. Also ensuring that the pre-treatment is evenly spread and the distance from the print head is optimal.

Use a pre-treatment machine to achieve optimal results

Pre-treatment needs to be spread evenly across the garment, this is achieved by using a pre-treatment machine such as the SEFA i-Spray or Schulze Pre-treatmaker.

If only printing a small part of the garment, pre-treat this area only by selecting the appropriate feature on the pre-treatment machine.

Give it a brush

Ensure that the print face is not likely to shed any fibres onto the print head by brushing or removing with a lint roller.

Ensure that the head height clears the raised areas of the textile.

Bar Blades and Runners

Show off style and corporate identity with our bar blades and runners.

Bar blades are a must have for the busy bar tender popping endless bottle caps nightly. Strong and simple to use with a smooth finish,these are easily personalised to make the perfect eye catching tool and gift.

A non-slip rubber backing and a white polyester printable surface are what make the bar runner ideal for bars and cafes, easily soaking up spills whilst showcasing your chosen message or logo.

These best selling lines offer excellent margin potential and are so simple to print!

Sublimation Printing – How does it work?

Sublimation is a printing procedure for transferring full colour graphics or photographs on to a wide selection of products. These products need to be either made from polyester or feature a polyester coating.

 

Dye sublimation is a printing process that relies on a specialised dye sublimation ink which when heated changes from being a solid dye to a gas, without passing the liquid stage. Images are printed on to coated heat resistant transfer paper in a reverse image of the design then heat pressed to a polyester substrate, usually at a temperature of between 180 to 210°c. This is the perfect temperature for the ink to change from a liquid to a gas.

As the heat is applied the gas ink penetrates the commonly white polymer fibres as it moves and dyes them.   The dyes simply transfer into the product, leaving a vibrant, durable image behind.

 

We offer a huge range of items suitable for sublimation transfers including bags, mugs, mouse mats and textiles plus many more making this a cost-effective way to expand your existing product offer and generate add-on sales.

 

Visit us online at www.xpres.co.uk.

 

 

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