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Build Your High-Efficiency Digital Production Shop with Melco!

Friday, October 6, 2017
Epson F2000 Direct to Garment Printer T-Shirts

When you choose Melco as your equipment source, you have access to machines that will produce nearly every type of personalization possible, from embroidery to DTG printing, vinyl cutting to heat transfer. Demand for one-off and short run orders is increasing, and with Melco as your partner, you have the equipment and support you need to meet that demand.

Melco is a well-known and respected embroidery tech company. Since 1972, we’ve been engineering software and equipment for embroidery shops large and small. Our current Melco EMT16 PLUS modular embroidery system is dependable and scalable to match production demand of any size.

In addition to embroidery technology, Melco is a trusted reseller of Epson SC-F2000, Roland print/cut systems, Stahls heat presses, and BBC conveyor dryers.

Direct to Garment Printing with Epson SC-F2000
Screen printing has been the standard for ages, and is here to stay. However, demand for short run orders is increasing, and with Epson SC-F2000, we offer a dependable and simple direct to garment (DTG) printer that can help any small business or large shop reach this market with confidence.

You can produce shirts with a printer and heat press, but if you’re serious about growing your business with DTG, then consider a production package that includes at least two Epson SC-F2000 printers and a conveyor dryer. With this system, you can have your cake and eat it too, by taking on more orders AND producing them more efficiently. Think maximum volume and profit margin! Your investment in time, space and capital in this system is recovered quickly.

Let’s take a look at some common questions that people have when exploring production with a DTG printer and conveyor dryer:

How does Epson SC-F2000 combined with BBC Aeolus conveyor dryer increase production efficiency?
With the Aeolus conveyor dryer, you cure multiple shirts at once, creating a seamless and smooth production flow.

How does production efficiency with this system compare with a heat press?
By reducing production costs! We cannot overstate this!

If you learn nothing else from this blog post, learn this… when you add the Aeolus conveyor dryer to your DTG production line, one machine operator can produce as much or more than two using a heat press!

Drying/curing with a heat press can be a huge bottleneck. With the Aeolus conveyor dryer, ONE MACHINE OPERATOR can cure printed shirts and pretreated shirts at the same time. Just print or pretreat the shirt, drop it on the belt, and move on to the next task. There is no need to set the shirt on a heat press, add paper, compress, then wait and release the heat press. Just print, drop, and move on.

How many shirts per hour can be produced?
Up to 70 dark shirts per hour.

How soon can I expect ROI?
Of course the answer to this depends on several factors, but in very general terms, ROI can be achieved in 6 months at a production volume of 150 shirts/week, at an average retail price of $15/shirt.

Are there any hidden costs?
The only cost to operate a conveyor dryer is electricity. However, the Aeolus is highly efficient, and heats up/cools down quickly, which minimizes this demand. As for Epson SC-F2000, there are costs for ink, pretreatment and maintenance, but those costs are small and easily covered by the retail price of the shirts produced.

What types of products are compatible?
T-shirts are by and large the most commonly produced apparel item, however, many other products are compatible with this system. Expand your product offering to include hoodies, hats, jackets, bags, sportswear, koozies, socks and more.

Roland Print/Cut
No digital production shop is complete without a digital cutter or print/cut machine. This is a small investment to keep your customers from looking elsewhere for their personalized or custom apparel and accessories. Here is a short list of things you can offer with a Roland TrueVIS SG-300 - 30" Printer/Cutter:

  • Personalized T-Shirts & Apparel

  • Banners

  • Vehicle Wraps

  • Signs

  • Decals

  • Posters

  • Displays

 

Mixed Media
With Melco EMT16 PLUS embroidery technology, you can use the built-in laser alignment system to combine embroidery and virtually any other media. Check out our YouTube channel and social media pages for more information on combining embroidery with DTG printing to create stunning designs that add value to many products you’re selling.

Summary
With Melco, you have access to high speed embroidery technology, as well as the very best in DTG and print/cut equipment on the market. Invest in a complete production package and offer the widest variety of products that are in-demand today! Stay on top of current trends, and be ready to shift when styles change. With the array of equipment options from Melco, you can tap into multi-market revenue sources, and diversify your product offering. Spiritwear, teamwear, sportswear, outdoor gear, gifts, promotional products, children’s apparel, uniforms, the opportunities are vast!

Contact Melco today for equipment packages and combos, pricing, and financing options.