Are you thinking about introducing folding and bagging  garments into your printshop? Dave Roper our CEO and screen printing expert, explains why now is the right time to introduce this into your screen printing process.

Why  do I need to fold & bag?

Its an extra service you can offer your customer, maybe some of your competitors don’t offer this as a service and this might give you the edge against them in a competitive world. You can also earn extra revenue from offering this service, lets break this down into number of garments being folded a day and what is the best route to go.

50-250 Garments a day.

Will usually be done by hand or maybe using a T-shirt folder, which will give you a nice even fold each time. Then it as simple as popping the garment in a plastic bag, job done.

250-1000 Garments a day.

1000 garments by hand will take a while but depending on how much you charge, it could be worth looking at a semi automatic folder. Semi auto folders like the FX23 you pop the garment on & it folds a shirt in 6/8 seconds, you can then drop a bag on it.

You will need a small compressor for this type of machine but its very easy to use. A machine like this will cost in the region of 10k for a new one.

1000 plus garments a day.

With this many garment I would 100% look at a full auto line as it could take up to 10 staff to fold 1800 garments in a hour which is what a Amscomatic K950 with an auto bagger could fold in one hour.

The investment with a bagger could be 50k, it will fold, bag and label the bag all with one person on the machine….. Just think 10 staff could cost a lot more, plus the K950 never calls in sick on a Monday!

Want to find out more about folding and bagging? Contact us for a chat on 01562 829009 or you can send us an email on sales@screenprintworld.co.uk.

Following on from our last blog regarding the best kind of glue to use for screen printing, our CEO Dave answers your  questions about our water based pallet adhesives.

 

Q. How economical are the Tekmar water based pallet adhesives?

A. One gallon of our TB adhesive can replace up to 72 16oz spray cans.

 

Q. Is it messy?

A. No, our water based adhesives are either sprayed on using an applicator such as our TB500, or they can be applied using the applicator bottle and spreader.

 

Q. Do I have to wait for the adhesive to dry?

A. If sprayed through our applicators, it applies a dry mist to the pallet.Direct applied dries while spreading out on the pallet.

 

Q. If I use your spray system, will my equipment get messy and covered in dust and stuff?

No, there are no propellant gasses in the glue, so it goes where you spray and doesn’t float around the shop.

 

Q. Does the equipment need lost of cleaning?

A. No. The glue only dries when it contacts the air, so in the system it stays wet.

 

Q. What kind of maintenance does the equipment need?

A. Once a day, wipe any excess adhesive off the tip of the gun. Anytime you change out the glue container, run some warm water through the system.

 

Q. Is the adhesive flammable or toxic?

A. No, it Is water based and has no hazardous ingredients.

 

Q. Can I flash with these adhesives?

A. All TB adhesives are heat stable up to 700°f.

 

Q. Can I spray/apply on to pallet tape?

A. We recommend pallet tape as it is the quickest way to clean up.

 

Q. How do I clean the adhesive off the pallet?

A. We have a citrus based cleaner TB Orange that will remove it.

 

for more information about water based pallet adhesives, or on any of your screen printing needs contact us on; 01562 829009

or send us an email on; sales@screenprintworld.co.uk 

 

The most popular glue on the market is in aerosol cans, lets look at the positives and negatives of running this type of system in your shop.

Positives

  • They are quick and easy to use.

Negatives 

  • They are expensive to buy.
  • They release chemicals into the atmosphere.
  • They make your working environment uncomfortable to work in.
  • They will knock years of your press, by plastering it in glue and fluff.
  • They are dangerous to work with due to them being flammable.
  • You have to dispose of them correctly so will cost you more.
  • The nozzles clog easily.

So what are the alternative to this flawed method of gluing a pallet?

You can buy a waterbased glue like Tekmar TB HV Waterbased Pallet Adhesive which has the following advantage over the aerosol cans:

  • Its cheaper.
  • Easier to apply and use.
  • Its better for your lungs.
  • Kinder to the environment.
  • Will not age your press by 10 years.

If you want to make it easier to apply the waterbased glue then invest in the Tekmar TB500 or TB1000 adhesive system. This will  make the product even easier to use with all of the benefits of waterbased glue.

An alternative to this is a pre glued pallet mask/paper such as the PMI Dual tack pallet mask. This is a 2 in 1 method of protecting your pallets and gluing them at the same time a win, win! The bottom line Kick the cans!!


For more information on what we can offer you give us a call on: 01562 829009

or you can send us an email on: sales@screenprintworld.co.uk