Screen Printing Equipment
What you need and how to choose
Buying your first screen printing equipment can be a little confusing at first and indeed setting up a business can be daunting task if you are new to the industry. The aim of the information below is to lead you step-by-step through choosing your press, essentials and other nice-to-haves.
If you are uncertain about what equipment you are going to need to start your new business venture, then please feel free to call us and we will do our best to provide help and guidance.
We always try to dovetail what we suggest in relation to items of equipment you must have access to in order to setup a screen print operation with your budget and available space in within your business unit.
You can quickly navigate to specific sections if you already know what you need. The top navigation offers drop-down lists of all available screen printing equipment, or you can call us at any time for help and advice.
Choose a Press
When choosing the type of machine best suited to your needs, you have the following options :
- Manual Presses
– the best option for low to medium production needs.
- Semi-Automatic Presses
– for products other than garments - flat and cylindrical presses are available
While manual screen printing equipment can be used for a wide variety of printing applications, some clients do have a need to print very high volumes of garments each and every day.
If this is a requirement for your business, we suggest either a Vastex V2000 10 station 10 colour manually operated carousel, of anautomatic machine from a different supplier.
Both flat and cylindrical items can be screen printed with our range of semi automatic screen printers.
In addition to the screen printing press, you will need the following essential items :
- Screen Exposure Unit
– Burn screens in-house for complete control of production
- Flash Cure Units
– To dry ink briefly between different colour prints*
- Tunnel Dryer
– For the final cure and will greatly increase production capacity
– inks, squeegees, screens...
* In some cases you can use a flash cure for the final cure. Ideal for starter shops with limited budget or space.
Tunnel dryers ensure a professional finish that is wash fast and optimum production from your press. We offer upgradeable tunnel dryers with extensive guarantees for complete peace of mind.
As and when your budget allows, you will want to add other useful items to your business:
- Screen Registration
– Save press setup time when printing multi-colour images
- Screen Drying Cabinets
– Dry screens in 20 minutes which saves you time and money
- Artroom Tools
– Handy tools to do colour separations, ink mixing and more
- Washout Booth
– Keep all the mess in one dedicated place
- Athletic Numbering
– A business opportunity in its own right or a handy add-on to your press
These products are all about improving productivity and workflow in your screen printing shop.
By following the above link, you will be taken to our on-line shop where a comprehensive range of screen printing consumables can be purchased.