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how many impressions?

Posted on Sat, 29 May 2004 at 16:31



how many impressions per hour can most small format graphics presses with a take off / uv dryer produce? by smaller i mean 24x36 or so, similar to real estate / yard signs, sticker sheets, etc.

just curious how fast / slow runs are.....

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Anonymous says: Depending on the person running the press, you should be able to run at least +/- 150 impression per hour with manual take-off. The real key to getting maximum productivity is have 2 people on the press, ...

Depending on the person running the press, you should be able to run at least +/- 150 impression per hour with manual take-off.

The real key to getting maximum productivity is have 2 people on the press, a Printer and a Helper. While the press is printing the helper is cleaning the surface of the next part and hands it to the printer when the previous part has been removed. This also helps cut down considerably with dust and dirt in the prints.

This system also cuts down on time between cycles thus keeping your screen open longer resulting in less stops to clean the screen. Remeber, if the press ain't clickin, you isn't making MONEY!!!

Another option with manual take-off. While the printer is putting the part on the rack/dryer, the helper is placing the next piece on the deck in as close a registration as possible. When the printer turns back to the press all they have to do is confirm correct registration, a quick wipe for dust and then print. Time for this interchange 5 to 10 seconds.

Larry

posted on: Sun, 07/04/2004 - 10:20am
Anonymous says: I can print 150 per hour of this size on my manual one-arm Parapress by myself, racking on a regular drying rack. (20 second cycle) We used to run close to 300 per hour on a theime semiauto.(12 second ...

I can print 150 per hour of this size on my manual one-arm Parapress by myself, racking on a regular drying rack. (20 second cycle) We used to run close to 300 per hour on a theime semiauto.(12 second cycle) with one persom, you can go a bit faster with two.

It's hard to sustain these speeds over a long period, easier with auto take-off - in many cases, the slow-down occurs because the dryer can't handle the throughput.

Everyone's time will vary depending on their set-up, press type, stock type, the layout of their stock-machine-drying system, and of course the skill and speed of the operator.

Cleanliness of stock and workplace, and monitoring of ink/cleaning dust, dirt and clogs from screens during the run also contribute to slower production speeds.

Andy MacDougall
www.squeegeeville.com

posted on: Tue, 07/06/2004 - 10:29pm

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