As we all know, time is money in the sublimation printing industry. The more units you can make in an hour, the more profit you see. Being able to reduce your downtime is a critical step in optimizing production.
The following tips are easy steps you can take to optimize your production space.
Beware of Hidden Moisture: Sublimation paper and substrates usually have some amount of moisture hiding in them, which doesn’t come out until the heat press is closed. Moisture can cause color shifting, image bleeding and the uneven transfer of solid-filled areas during pressing. To minimize these effects, keep your transfer paper in a sealed, plastic container or store in a cool, dry place to prevent the sheets from absorbing moisture from the air. Use unwaxed butcher paper or plain newsprint paper instead of Teflon sheets, as the paper will better absorb any moisture that is released during pressing. Also, pre-press garments, substrates made of medium density fiberboard or neoprene to release hidden moisture before you affix your transfer paper.
Reduce Your Waste: Trial and error is a reality of sublimation production. But there are some simple things you can do that will help reduce waste. Don’t stack pressed substrates until they are completely cool, as they can still transfer their color to another substrate. When you remove transfer paper, do so quickly and evenly immediately after the substrate leaves the heat press to prevent ghosting. When working with fabric, use a lint roller to remove any dust, lint or stray fibers before putting on the transfer. This will help avoid having little blue speckles unexpectedly show up on the fabric. Always print images slightly larger than the size of your substrate, which allows a margin of error when aligning everything.
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