With a strong background in leadership and global business development, Dale Sanders is well suited to help bring Melco to the next level in the global apparel decoration market. For nearly 30 years, Dale held various positions with Briggs & Stratton, most recently as Vice President/General Manager of the commercial Jobsite business. His experience leading global strategic development, creating and executing sales plans, product development and leading engineering development and design efforts will help Melco maintain and grow as the leader in innovative solutions.
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Direct to Garment Printing
It’s easy to assume the same rules that apply to screen or litho printing also apply to direct to garment printing. However, there are some important differences with a digital workflow. Here are some tips on how to create the best artwork and optimize it for DTG printing.
When saving art for direct to garment printing always assume you will need a transparent background. To print on dark garments with white ink, your image must have a transparent background.
Melco Now has the Largest Epson SureColor F2000 Direct to Garment Printer Training Network in the Nation.
Proper training for any direct to garment printer is essential to business success. Melco has the entire U.S. covered, including Alaska and Hawaii.
Since late 2014, Melco has been a leading distributor for the Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer. A quickly expanding customer base has created demand for additional certified trainers.
"I have been running Epson's SureColor F2000 (white) DTG printer and have printed hundreds of shirts. There is no doubt in my mind that Epson has set a new standard for the DTG industry! The F2000 is my third DTG printer in six or seven years in the DTG business. It far and away outperforms anything else with which I have had experience. Along with Epson's UltraChrome Ink, the finished product is truly the best ever."
Bob Clements, Owner, Thread Artists Custom Apparel Decorating
The most popular question I receive from customers is "How do you determine what to charge for DTG printing?" Direct to garment printing is the cutting-edge of garment decoration and can easily justify a successful business with a single printer. DTG is fun, exciting, creative and just cool—but to run a successful business it’s all about the money.
“Screen printing is a dinosaur.” I heard that in 2007 when I bought my first DTG printer from the production manager of one of the largest screen print outfits in the country.
There have been some amazing advancements in recent years in screen printing but my friend was right, screen printing has its limitations in the modern garment decoration world.
You do not need a massive marketing budget to spread the word about your garment printing business. Building industry relationships, a website, basic knowledge of online marketing, and creative prospecting can take your business to new heights.
The Benefits For Epson F2000 Owners
It's the world's most reliable printer
The Epson SureColor F2000 is the easiest, most user-friendly Direct to Garment printer to maintain on the market. One of the biggest advantages of the SC-F2000 is that the maintenance is prompted and preventative. Just follow your maintenance schedule to avoid the catastrophic breakdowns of typical printers.
This article will address your prompted and scheduled maintenance for the Epson SureColor F2000 DTG Printer.
Turn Your Printer Off Daily:
There are numerous DTG printer manufacturers on the market. Each one claims their printer has advantages and features that set it apart from the competition.
With a saturated market, it is hard to tell which printers truly offer the right needs for your printing business. It’s easy to get hung up on special features and technical modifications, but it is important to understand how the printer is made and if it can reliably do the job it is intended to do.
THE BUSINESS PLAN: WHY YOU NEED TO CRAFT ONE
You have great contacts and tremendous design ideas. All you need to do is start your own t-shirt printing company, right?
Let’s look at some important questions you need to answer when you are considering how and where to start.
First, it is extremely important that you craft a business plan. Notice that I say “Craft,” and not “Create.”