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 How About the Relation between Heat Press and Substrate Variation?

 

 

Due to variations in substrates and heat presses, the recommended heat press settings may vary for your environment. On this basis, recommended time, temperature and pressure settings are a useful starting point.

 

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For best results, test different time and temperature combinations to find one that works best with your substrate and heat press combination. Remember, large variations of any setting may lead to poor quality imaging. Also, keep a log of the times, temperatures and pressures that work best for specific products, so you can easily refer to them when it comes time to start production.

 

Calibrating your heat press machine is recommended to ensure an accurate temperature. For this procedure, temperature test strips are more accurate than the use of infrared temperature guns. SEC Associates has a good YouTube video that shows several methods of checking a heat press’ temperature accuracy. Contact your heat press manufacturer or dealer for calibration instructions specific to your press.

 

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In addition to being mindful of moisture in pressing, you should also focus on your work environment. High humidity levels usually contribute to moisture issues. A dehumidifier can help control these issues, but reducing it too much can have negative effects on the inks and your equipment.

 

It’s wise to invest in a hygrometer and take some readings. The ideal operating conditions for sublimation are 59°F – 77°F or 15°C to 25°C with above 35% relative humidity.

 

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