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General Discussion / What is preventive maintenance (PM)?
« on: September 05, 2019, 08:43:52 AM »
What is preventive maintenance (PM)?

Preventive maintenance is maintenance that is regularly performed on a piece of equipment to lessen the likelihood of it from failing. It is performed while the equipment is still working so that it does not break down unexpectedly. In terms of the complexity of this maintenance strategy, it falls between reactive (or run-to-failure maintenance).   

        Types of preventive maintenance

Preventive maintenance can be scheduled on a time or usage based trigger. Letís look at an example for each.

Time-based preventive maintenance

A typical example of a time-based preventive maintenance trigger is a regular inspection on a piece of equipment that would severely impact production in the event of a breakdown.

Usage-based preventive maintenance

Usage-based triggers after a certain amount of kilometres, hours, or production cycles. An example of this trigger is a machine which might be scheduled for service every 10,000 cycles.

Advantages of preventive  maintenance:
Equipment will be more efficient.
Savings on your resources.
Longer lasting equipment.
Full and acurate information on equipment.
A more motivated and efficient team.

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General Discussion / Maintenance
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:57:39 AM »
Quick tips on how to maintain your Equipments.
1.Ensure a very neat Environment.
2.fumigate regularly to prevent rat,rodent in machine room.
3.Have a maintenance and repair schedule,and keep good record.
4.Be sure to have a stable power supply.
5.familarise yourself with the sound of your machine.
6.Shut down the machine  immediately when you sense a problem.
7.Be safety conscious at all time.
8.Incase of any problem,call service personnel only

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General Discussion / Technology
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:55:39 AM »
Technological  development never stops as new dimensions, new ways of doing things keeps on popping up.
It is also proper to keep our self-abreast with these new developments.
This is why we will be discussing the direct to garment technology
Before now , printing on garment is always a tedious job, like the screen printing, tie dye, etc
In this method , the use traditional methods in achieving the desired patterns on the garment.
But now with technology we can have the image from the  computer printed on to the garment with just one click.
This process can take care from small pieces of garment to rolls of garment.

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General Discussion / Screen printing vs DTG
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:53:08 AM »

My active mind was restless tonight again so I thought to put together this write up and hope someone in our printing community will learn from it.

When starting a t-shirt printing business one of the first things  to consider is your target market which then help us decide the best printing method.

Today, there are numerous options out there. Each oneís different and has its own characteristics, benefit and demerits. Direct to Garment (DTG) and screen printing are among the most popular options however.

I have been asked if a setup can print t-shirts using the DTG method only? and my answer is Yes depending again on your business model- someone selling T-shirts online really will need various designs that can even be just one piece at a time. For that setup itís DTG all the way, but we are in Nigeria and everything must be cheaper right?

For the less urgent, same design bulk orders then I will go for screen printing.

My first point is that screen and DTG printing are quite complimentary and one will not replace the other.

Letís now try to shed some light on the differences between each method so you can define what is best for you!

With screen printing, only one color can be applied at a time. Therefore, the number of colors on a t-shirt is limited, and each color requires more time, another screen and stencil, and ultimately, more money. Thatís why screen printing is a good choice for simple designs with one solid color, and when youíre making many t-shirts of the same design at a time (eg. for a sports team, summer camp, political campaigns or religious event).
How can you get yourself screen printed t-shirts?

The cost of printing is lower as the volume increases simply because the preparation cost of the mesh is constant for different volume. The variant can be with plastisol inks which is the easiest to use, or waterbased inks which give a better hand feel or even discharge inks which is best for fashion brands with no hand feel at all or glow in the dark, glittering effect etc.

Screen printing can cover a very wide range of applications but a very professional operator is needed to get the best out of the equipment.

With DTG printing, a printer directly applies the ink onto the t-shirt with inkjet technology. Itís sort of like printing on paper. A special printer prints the ink directly onto the garment in the desired design. DTG uses specialty water-based inks, which are absorbed by the fibers of the garment.
Since the DTG printer is as precise as, well, a printer, youíre able to print images in much higher detail than screen printing, and youíre not limited in color. Because the printer can print any image, you have a lot of options to customize your design.
This form of Tshirt printing is easier to start with little or no experience

A question we always have to answer is;

Which printing method is best?

Screen printing and DTG both yield comparable, quality prints, but they differ in method. For one, screen printing is one of the oldest techniques, while DTG is newer technology. Screen printing involves pushing ink onto fabric, while DTG uses a printer to print ink directly onto a garment.

Cost per print for screen printing are cheaper than DTG so if you are in a price sensitive sector you need to note that but again the flexibility and possibilities of DTG are sure too numerous to ignore.

The decision on which technology ultimately comes down to your design, the target customer and the quantity you need.

Thanks for your time
Akin Oduwole
Technology Global

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General Discussion / Tip for meeting deadlines
« on: September 05, 2019, 07:47:27 AM »
Tip for meeting deadlines

Reputation at most printshops have been pushed behind so we know they can deliver but we donít know when.

In the press we are very often pressed for time, and customers never make it easy because they all also want it done now!

The easiest way is to automate the ordering, processing, payment, production to finish and delivery process but this will be a discussion for another day.

In this write up, we will try to give tips on how to manage your time, the first step in doing this is to remain very truthful to yourself and the client. Business book preaches ďunder promising and over deliveringĒ. If we assume that we are dealing with a printer that is truthful to himself then we can move on to the below tips:

Know your capacity:
This is still being truthful, every Printing equipment has a specified capacity, but since the manufacturer would not operate this equipment it will be wise to test and overtime compute your own capacity- this is also affected by your staffs knowledge, your service providers response time, your material stock management and your internal process and this is just to mention a few. Just please note that accepting an order you canít realistically produce will surely cause problems

The customer:
You and I know they come in variances. Some customers only come at the last minute, your process MUST force this kind of customers to be more organized. For instance a policy of a higher premium for last minute jobs can be helpful -afterall we all pay more for express services. Relationship with customers are key so knowing your customer and how urgent their job is can help you in renegotiating deliveries to free up space for more urgent orders.

Your staff:
Your employees should know exactly whatís expected of them to complete a job.  Production schedule affects every department in your entire press.
In a small setup, the entire process may fall under one personís responsibility. But in a larger organization, many different employees can play roles filling the order, and they all need to be generally familiar with the process. For example, if you have a dedicated sales department or design department, itís a bad idea for them to accept or create a design requiring more colors than your press can print. When each member of the team knows his or her role and how it fits into the bigger picture, itíll help your production run smoothly. For a better look at how to keep your staff working together, we have a weekend retreat called ďswitch onĒ, for managers to help understand their roles and how they fit a round peg in a round hole for an overall effectiveness- we can chat offline to discuss this 😂

The human factor:
We are all human and never ever immune to mistakes. I have learnt that the secret of getting sympathy from your client when a mistake occurs is only if you carry them along at every stage of the process. You both see the mistake, you both realize itís an honest one, you take responsibility for it and propose how to fix it! Mistakes should be thoroughly examined to understand why it occurred and put processes in place to prevent a repeat.

Equipment:
You need to be familiar with your equipment and know its limitations. If you have an automatic press, make the most of it. You donít want to tie up your automatic press on a small, simple order if you have a manual press available. Take downtime and maintenance into account. All machines need occasional maintenance, and there is no known printing equipment that are exception. Creating a preventative maintenance schedule and sticking to it can help ensure your machines are up and running when you need them most. Organize your equipment for maximum efficiency Ė your shop layout should minimize wasted movement and wasted time. Always be intentional when installing.

This is hoping we have been able to communicate something useful. Please do have a lovely weekend

Akin Oduwole
CEO At Technology Global

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The world seems to be moving faster than usual, and businesses that adopt technological advancement seem to be in a vantage position.

In printing technology, and garment printing especially, the entrance of DTG brought some dynamism into that sector;

T-shirts are printed as you wait

No endless preparation time and cost

Extreme freedom and flexibility which affords that you print various variable designs without blinking

The best part is printing is made easy, if you like ďGarment printing for dummiesĒ. DTG affords extreme ease of use.

It is however important to know that by the technology behind DTG printing there is a tendency to have clogged printheads or ink path if one doesnít follow the rules. Running water based pigmented inks means the ink path must always be fluid (either with inks when in use or with cleansing solution when it will be abandoned for a while). Below are some tips to ensure your DTG works optimally

1. Air bubble is an enemy of the ink path, to avoid this never allow the system run out of inks, we advise you fill the cartridges before any major job and keep physical checks on the level as you print
2. Respect the daily cleaning procedures
3. Once a week especially when going for the weekend, drop cleaning fluid on the capping station before capping and closing for the day. This helps keep the capping station wet to avoid dried up inks blocking the ink path
4. Dampers needs to be changed every half yearly to avoid ink starvation. This is part of yearly maintenance procedures
5. Sign up maintenance contract with qualified and professional technicians
6. Ask questions before you buy, the type of DTG you buy depends on the type and volume of jobs you intend running on it.

DTG deserves some care, if you want to flog it, please remember to take care of it.

I hope you have learnt? Further enquiries can be sent to my attention.

Thanks you
Akin Oduwole

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