Custom screen printed heat transfers are heat, pressure and time sensitive. Choosing the right heat transfer press for your business is an important decision that should not be taken lightly. There are several factors you need to take into consideration before making your purchase. HEAT: Well-made heat transfer presses will provide continuously even temperature across the heat platen. Even temperature will prevent cold spots from developing in the platen. Cold spots are the leading cause for application problems and application failure. PRESSURE: Another factor is pressure. A well-made press will provide even pressure from corner to corner, side to side and top to bottom. Uneven pressure, too much pressure or not enough pressure will also cause application problems or application failure. TIME: Too much or not enough time will cause application problems or application failure.Purchase a heat transfer press that is equipped with a digital display timer. A digital display timer will allow you to see the preset application time count down on the display screen.
OTHER FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN CHOOSING A HEAT TRANSFER PRESS
- Ease of use
- Heat platen size
- Silicone pad thickness
- Power requirements/is a dedicated breaker or a special outlet required
- Will the heat transfer press fit in your workspace
- Is the press easy to transport
- Press options/interchangeable platens
- Manufacturer reputation
- Manufacturer warranty and service plans
- Is adequate or 24/7 technical support offered
- Cost to replace the silicone pad
Before you purchase a heat transfer press do your homework and if possible, attend an industry related trade show. Ask a reputable heat transfer manufacturer which heat press manufacturer or heat transfer press they recommend. All heat transfer presses are not equal. Don’t settle for a foreign made press just because it is less expensive. When you have decided on the right America Made press, shop around and negotiate the asking price. Discounts and free shipping are often available for the asking.