No doubt about it, an automatic screen printing machine will completely change the way you print. But before you start shopping around, it’s a good idea to carefully examine the impact an automatic press will have on your business. By looking at the return on investment of an automatic, you can make an educated decision about adding one to your shop. It’s a big investment, but with some research you can find out if it’s worth it.
When deciding if an automatic press is right for you, begin by asking yourself what kinds of jobs you usually take. If you’ve been limited to simple one and two color jobs in the past but want to tackle more intricate designs, an automatic will give you that capability. One of the most important questions to consider before purchasing an automatic press is if you have enough business to support the upgrade. An automatic press will pay for itself quickly as long as it’s printing – if you don’t have enough large orders to keep it busy, you might regret the choice.
An automatic press will allow you to take on bigger and more complex jobs than you ever thought possible with a manual. Production can increase tenfold, and there are automatic configurations available with over 20 colors. If you’ve got steady work for it to produce, an automatic press should pay for itself in no time, so don’t be put off by the high initial investment. And an increase in production, and with it profits, isn’t the only positive impact an automatic press will have on your business. Tired of aching joints after a long day pushing a squeegee? An automatic press reduces your physical labor to the loading of a shirt and the push of a button. In addition to saving your joints, you’ll also save time. Being able to turn out orders in hours that used to take days will free up time for other pursuits, like promoting your business and finding new customers.
A good automatic press will not only print much faster than working by hand, it’ll also take human error out of the equation. Being able to dial in exact print settings will give you complete control over your print jobs, allowing you to print with precision and repeatability that a human can’t match. How does this affect your ROI? Less wasted prints means less wasted money, time and product. The first automatic print is the same quality as the last, so you can ensure your work meets your customers’ demands every time.
If you think your shop will see a positive return on investment in an automatic screen printing press, the next step is to find the perfect press for your needs. With so many configurations available, it’s important to take a look at your work space and print requirements to help choose the best fitting machine. And remember, an automatic press needs other equipment to support it – can your current dryer keep up with higher production? There’s a lot to consider, but don’t worry, you’re not on your own! Not sure exactly what press is right for you? Our job at Anatol is to match the right equipment to your individual needs. We’re always happy to talk screen printing and help you find a press that will work as hard as you do.