Ever since the 60s, people have been printing slogans, designer brands and promotional messages onto T-shirts and other garments, creating an industry that is today worth over $8 billion and growing fast. And right at the centre of this industry is the heat transfer press.
Using a combination of heat and pressure to transfer printed images onto garments and textiles, heat transfer machines have become the principal workhorse for thousands of businesses producing fashion and promotional items. In fact, the relatively low cost, versatility and reliability of heat transfer presses have been one of the main drivers in the expansion of the industry, creating massive opportunities for distributors around the world.
One of the principal suppliers is A. Adkins & Sons Ltd who have been designing and manufacturing heat transfer machines since 1911 and who now supply presses to distributors for a wide range of applications from high volume industrial use right down to hobbyists and small businesses. The range includes swing head and clam-shell as well as specialised heat transfer presses for cap, plate and mug printing.
The process for transferring designs or other transfers onto various substrates requires precise control of temperature, pressure and timing. Even Adkins entry-level systems use digital controls with full microprocessor control systems and pneumatic operation on more advanced models.
Even Temperature Distribution
A unique feature of Adkins heat transfer presses is the even temperature distribution achieved by using specially designed cast aluminium heat plates with embedded elements and with silicone rubber base pads. The heatplates carry a comprehensive warranty.
While many of Adkins heat transfer machines are used in the fashion and promotion industries, the versatility of their presses makes them ideal for use in a range of other industries including sportswear, laundry, work wear and signage.
Direct to Garment
And the application of Adkins heat transfer presses can be just as varied from personalising mugs to applying vinyl cut-outs, embroidered appliqués and flock transfers. The presses can also be used for curing DTG (direct to garment) printed items as well as providing an alternative to tunnel driers in silk screen printing processes.
The strength of the product range and the rich features make Adkins heat transfer presses an ideal distribution product – potentially opening up new market opportunities. Adkins long experience as a manufacturer and distributor of heat transfer presses means that every product is backed up by in-depth support and service for distributors with comprehensive spares stocks and technical data on all machines. The company is committed to a program of continual improvement to ensure its systems are ready to make use of the latest transfer technologies including special inks and transfer media.
Heat Transfer Machines – a Distribution Opportunity