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  • Aug 15, 2014
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    Heat Press SettingsIn yet another edition of Tips and Tricks, we have Edsel Barrios lay out the basics in Heat Press Settings for direct to garment printers.  The heat press is an essential tool for those printing with direct to garment technology because it is necessary to cure the ink that is laid onto the garment.  In this video, we cover the time and temperature that is necessary to cure your prints, the pressure needed for individual garments, the placement of the heat press in relation to your printer, and the electrical requirements for the heat press.

    The time and temperature for curing ink on particular garments is one the most important things to remember when using your heat press.  The temperature and time varies for light and dark color garments.  When pressing light garments that did not use white ink in the graphic, you can set your heat press at 356 degree for 40 seconds.  But when you are pressing dark color garment that use white ink, you should set your heat press at 330 degree for 90 seconds.  Improperly curing your inks will lead to bad washing results, or the ink cracking, fading, or peeling.

    Pressure is another important aspect of heat press settings.  In general, your heat press should be set to medium to heavy pressure.  Pressure can usually be adjusted through a knob located at the topside of the press.  If the pressure is not properly adjusted, the ink will not be cured properly.

    Finally, we discuss the proper placement of the heat press in relation to the printer and inks that you store.  It is imperative that you keep your heat press a minimum of five feet away from the printer.  If your printer is too close to your heat press, your heat press will dry out vital parts inside your printer.  The electrical requirements for the heat press are also vital.  You should plug in your heat press to a separate electrical socket.  The reasoning behind this is that most heat presses can use anywhere between 10-15 amps of electricity. 


    We encourage you to watch the Heat Press Settings video from our Tips and Tricks Playlist on the AnaJet YouTube Channel.  Should you have any further questions or suggestions for future Tips and Tricks tutorial videos, email us at Video@AnaJet.com.



  • Aug 11, 2014
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    ISS Las VegasThis past week, we attended ISS Las Vegas with a mission to show every one of its attendees just how valuable an AnaJet printer can be for them.  The Imprinted Sportswear Show was a three day event at the Las Vegas Convention Center and is considered the premier event to find the latest technology and techniques in the decorated apparel industry.  Chuck Burwell and Larry Goddard were the AnaJetters who were presenting at this show and were happy to report back with some tremendous feedback.

    Direct to garment was one of the highlights of this show as it is considered a massive trend in the industry.  Chuck and Larry were happy to show those interested attendees why AnaJet and our mPower i-series digital apparel printer is pushing the envelope when it comes to direct to garment technology.  The boys were printing custom graphics, as selected by the attendees, on the spot and giving them away for those who watched a demonstration.  But that was just one way in which our printers demonstrated their flexibility in the market.

    The mPower i-series printer is capable of printing on more than just t-shirts.  With an mPower, you can print on canvas, wood, ceramic tile, totes and a variety of other substrates which makes this machine perfect for the promotional products business person.  Our printers are also the perfect compliments for the embroiderers and screen printers who already have a shop and are looking to capitalize on short runs or orders with more colors than logical for normal production. 

    Imprinted Sportswear Show

    The show was incredibly busy the first day with a lot of foot traffic and evened out through the remaining two days. We tried to give everyone a demonstration and free custom t-shirt, but undoubtedly there were some of you who were under time constraints and couldn't wait.  If you didn't get all your questions answered, we encourage you to contact us by our toll-free number, 1(877)626-2538

    Couldn’t make it to Las Vegas for the show? Don’t worry.  Check in on our Event Page on the AnaJet website for upcoming trade shows we will be attending.  We will be in Nashville later this month and hope to see you there! 

    ISS Las Vegas



  • Aug 06, 2014
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    Maintenance Video TutorialAnaJet recently produced a set of two maintenance tutorial videos for the mPower i-series direct to garment printer as part of our Tips and Tricks playlist on the AnaJet YouTube Channel.  The first video in the series was the Daily Maintenance tutorial.  The second video in the series was the Weekly and Bi-Weekly maintenance video.  Each video breaks down the quick and easy steps you should take to keep your investment working at optimum levels.

    In the “AnaJet mPower i-series Daily Maintenance” video, Edsel walks you through the daily maintenance that is hardly maintenance at all!  Three quick steps are all it takes in this tutorial.  First, Edsel shows you how to properly shake your white ink cartridges.  Then, we clean the wiper blade which takes no time at all.  And finally, Edsel shows you how to properly run a nozzle check for your printer.  The video takes three minutes to watch, but you can probably run through these maintenance steps faster than that!

    The next video in the series, “mPower i-series Weekly and Bi-Weekly Maintenance”, Deana gets a little more in depth with her maintenance steps.  Now even though these maintenance steps are a little more involved, they are still easy and quick to execute.  In this video you learn how to clean the rubber seals of the maintenance station, replace the wiper blade, clean your print heads, replace drip pad foam and clean your encoder strip.  Much like the previous daily maintenance video, you can probably follow through with the weekly and bi-weekly maintenance in less time than it takes to watch the video.

    More Than Just Maintenance Tutorial Videos

    The Tips and Tricks playlist on the AnaJet YouTube Channel is meant to help our AnaJet owners maximize their direct to garment printers and business.  We also take pride in teaching those who are interested in learning more about the general direct to garment industry, so we encourage you to subscribe to our channel, even if you are not a current customer.



  • Aug 04, 2014
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    Shipping Department

    Get ready to take a sneak peak into AnaJet's shipping department! 

    We're excited to share some photos with you from last week's shipment to our newest distributor in Australia:
    Australian Visual Solutions (AVS).

    Last Wednesday, we packed a cargo container completely full with AnaJet printers and products to be shipped across the seas to AVS.

    This was the first shipment to AVS, who signed on to distribute AnaJet products just last month. AVS has six locations across Australia, including: New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, and Western Australia. 
     

    The mPower i-series and SPRINT printer models will join the line of Roland and other printers that AVS distributes. 

    Our shipping department staff, Carlos Siordia and Mike Kazmrczak, have decades of cargo container packing experience under their belt, and packed this large shipment in just minutes. 

    Team AnaJet

    Since we had cameras around, Josep Domingot, our Vice President of International Business Development who signed on AVS as a distributor, gathered together a group of employees from our Production and Shipping departments to take a fun group photo next to the shipment (above), in response to AVS's group photo that they sent in last week (below).

    Australian Visual Solutions




  • Jul 25, 2014
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    Earlier this month, we announced our newest authorized distributor: Australian Visual Solutions (AVS), the largest national sign and print supply firm in Australia, with offices in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Hobart, Perth and Brisbane. Today, AVS was featured on Australian Printer magazine's website, i-grafix.com

    The article explained the business case behind direct to garment printing, and detailed the features of both the mPower i-series and SPRINT printer models. 

    Pictured in the leading photo on the article and website is, from left to right, Greg Nathanson, President of AnaJet; James Farmer, National Sales Manager of AVS; and Josep Domingot, Vice President of International Business Development for AnaJet. 

    James Farmer was interviewed for the article just days after returning to Australia from his visit to AnaJet's headquarters in Costa Mesa, California, where he and his Technical Service Manager received extensive operational and technical training on our printers, and where the featured photo was taken. 

    We are excited to welcome AVS to the AnaJet family and very happy to see that they're already stirring up interest in Australia within their first month of starting to distribute AnaJet products. 

    You can read the full article online here.