With the transfer printing process, individual and high-quality textile prints can be produced relatively cheaply. Many people are familiar with these, for example, from the areas of team sports or workwear. So-called transfer presses are the most important tool for this popular form of textile finishing, after all, they provide decisive benefits.
On the one hand, they activate the adhesive side of thermally transferable print transfers (e.g. for names, numbers, or company logos) with a working temperature of 120°C and above. Such transfers can be plotted or printed and contour-cut transfer foils or screen printing patches, just to name a few possibilities. On the other hand, the presses with their printing ensure that the liquefied adhesive of the transfer can penetrate deep into the textile fabric to be printed and solidly anchor itself during solidification (cooling). Temperature and pressure must therefore be right in order to ensure optimum adhesion of the transfer. Also in sublimation printing, a method of ink transfer without bonding of transfers, the right temperature and pressure determine the success.
A successful result, in this case, is a color brilliant and even print. In the following, we would like to give you an overview of some important transfer press equipment features.
The perfect heat press should be chosen depending on the clients´ workload, budget, and desired running time. Also, important aspects such as quality, safety, support, and user comfort as well as replacement pieces are relevant when purchasing a press. Social and economic sustainability are becoming more and more important when investing in the durability of machines.
The more valued all those previously mentioned aspects are, the more expensive the desired press will be, but also the better workflow users can expect. Our most cost-efficient heat press models are the LTS 38 (printing area of 38×45 cm) for 1.330 euros, and our smallest heat press LTS 12 (printing area of 12×13 cm) for 1.040 euros.
The fact that high-quality textile printing results can be achieved very cheaply using the transfer printing process compared to screen printing and embroidery has led to this finishing process becoming very well established.
Transfer presses are the most important tool for the transfer of logos, graphics, images, and lettering onto textiles. In the following, we would like to give an overview of the most important questions regarding this.