Sublimation Demonstration

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter,  you’ve probably seen that I’ve been making a bit of a fuss over the 2012 version of our trade show booth.   One of the fun things about doing shows is how our booth has evolved over time,  and how each evolution brings new ways to interact with trade show attendees.   We always try to do something new with the booth every trade show season,  and we also listen to suggestions from the people who visit our booth and try to incorporate those suggestions when we can.

One of the fun things we’re doing this year is bringing a George Knight DC 16 Combo Press to the show.   Before, in the booth, we’ve only been able to demonstrate sublimating flat goods.  This year,  with the addition of the DC 16 and the mug attachment,  we’ll be able to demonstrate sublimating mugs as well.    The mug attachment is actually virtually identical to the Geo. Knight DK3 Mug Press,  except the mug attachments uses the temperature controls from the DC16, instead of having individual controls as the DK3 does.

The press and the mug attachment will also be for sale as a demo model at a reduced price.  A savvy shopper could pick up the press and the mug attachment at a trade show and then add the other attachments for the press later.   Our trade show presses are transported safely and gently used,   so there is very little risk in buying a demo model.

We look forward to seeing everyone at the trade shows in March.  To keep tabs on where we’ll be and when,  you can always check the front page of our website for the latest information.

Since We’ve Been Gone…

As I wrote on SubliStuff’s sister blog yesterday, it’s been a while since I’ve blogged on a regular basis.  I’m hoping to change that as my schedule goes back to a more normal routine,  and so I wanted to start the new cycle of blogging with a kind of round up/catch up post.    This post will mostly be a list of things I’ve been wanting to mention to you, but haven’t had the time to mention until now.

First on the docket,  I want to mention that Sawgrass Ink has started a new blog.   The blog is called How to Sublimate, and it’s a brilliant entry into a field that really needed some good, helpful blogs.   I’m so excited that Sawgrass has started blogging.  If you currently sublimate, or are considering it,  this blog should definitely be on your must read list.

Second,  I wanted to say thank you to everyone who came to see us at the NNEP shows in Nashville and Houston.   We got to introduce a lot of people to sublimation and ChromaBlast and it was great fun to do so.    I also want to say thank you to Jennifer, Arch and Susan,  who once again put on some great shows for both exhibitors and attendees.   The NNEP is a great organization.

Third,  I wanted to give everyone a little advance notice of a price increase that will be occurring soon.   In early September,  prices for all our Geo. Knight heat presses will be rising.   If you were thinking of buying a press,  there are a still a few days to get your order in before the prices rise.    While the increase won’t be that severe,  everyone likes to save a little money,  and placing an order now will help you do just that.

Fourth,  anyone going to ISS Atlanta or ISS Ft. Worth should stop by and visit the EnMart booth at those shows.   We will be in booth 332 at ISS Atlanta and booth 812 at ISS Ft. Worth.   While we will not have a sublimation set-up in the booth,  our sublimation expert will be at both shows and available to answer questions.   It will definitely be worth the visit.

That’s about it for now.   We will be going back to our regularly scheduled round of posting,  so if there is a topic you would like to see covered,  please share your suggestion.

George Knight Heat Presses

If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter (and if you don’t, you should), you may have seen that I’ve been talking about the new revamp of the heat press section on our website.   We’ve separated out the different types of heat presses to help you be able to better find what you need.  We’ve added some presses and accessories that weren’t previously on the site.   We’ve also added some videos that will tell you more about individual presses,  as well as more about how the presses are built.    If you haven’t had a chance to preview the new set-up,  here’s a little tour.

First of all,  instead of listing all the presses under one category,  they are now divided into types.   We have clamshell presses,  which work well for flat goods,  and swing-away presses which offer room for goods with more shape to them.    Combo presses may be the perfect choice for the sublimator who wants to do a little bit of everything,  and mug, cap and label presses are a great choice for those who want to concentrate on decorating one particular item.

In the options and accessories category,  we spotlight things like pyrometers,  additional platens,  stands, auto release pop-up options and other items that can help you customize your heat press.   We also increased the  variety of materials,  like Teflon,  we offer to help you protect the platens of your heat press and the items that you are pressing.

We do sometimes get asked why we only sell one brand of heat presses,  and the answer to that is pretty simple,  we sell the brand we use.   Our parent company, Ensign Emblem,  has worked with other press manufacturers and used other presses,  and we’ve found George Knight to be the most reliable when it comes to customer service and to the quality of the products they sell.    We use Knight presses in our plants, and they have been workhorses that function well for us.  We’re confident they will do the same for you, and that’s why we sell them.

We also want to remind everyone that heat presses don’t necessarily have to be for sublimation or ChromaBlast printing.  You can use them to press Ntrans transfers to anything that needs decoration.    A heat press is also the perfect tool for heat sealing blank patches or sublimated patches to a garment.   A sturdy, well made press has a variety of uses,  and is a good investment for any shop.

Why We Use (and Sell) Geo. Knight Heat Presses

Anyone who does sublimation or ChromaBlast will need a heat press, that’s a given.  The problem is that there are a lot of heat presses out there from which to choose.   From the cheap models sold by unknown companies on eBay,  to the name brands sold by a variety of well known companies,  it is sometimes hard to know which model of heat press to buy, and what type of heat press will work best for your needs.

EnMart’s parent company, Ensign Emblem,  has used Geo. Knight heat presses in all of our locations for a number of years.  After testing a variety of presses,  we settled on Geo. Knight presses because they are durable and consistent.  We’ve used them for heat sealing emblems, for sublimating patches and for other jobs.  The presses have worked well and provided years of good service.  We’re so confident in these presses it only made sense we would become a distributor when EnMart was formed.

Since we know the presses, we feel qualified to recommend them, and give advice on what sort of press might be useful to our various customers.  One of the main things to consider is the type of goods which you will be pressing.   If you intend to press only flat goods,  like t-shirts or license plates,  a clamshell press may suit your needs admirably.    The Knight clamshell heat presses that EnMart offers are designed with heavy steel welded structures,  but still offer low – weight portability.  The press opens widely and lifts up far away from the rear of the pad, so your hands are safe from the heat.    The smooth gas shock lift makes it easy to operate.   You can also add an auto pop-up feature which opens the press automatically at the end of the heat cycle.

If you are interested in pressing a wider variety of goods, or if your heat press is constantly in use,  a swingaway press may be a better option for you.   The Knight Digital Swinger presses can accommodate material of larger sizes and thicknesses than the clamshell presses, and can be less tiring to operate than a manual heat press.    The Geo. Knight Swinger presses use SuperCoil-Microwinding heater technology,  which provides fast heat up times,  even heating and fast recovery.    If your shop is a busy one,  a Knight Digital Swinger press is a good investment.

Another thing worth considering if you do sublimation is the Knight DC series presses.   These presses come available with attachments which are perfect for sublimation.   If you want to sublimate caps, mugs or plates this press may well be the perfect option for you.   There is also a Twin Shuttle Attachment available for the DC series presses,  which would be perfect for quicker pressing of flat goods.

When you purchase your heat press,  you should also remember to add a digital pyrometer and surface probe to your order.   This tool provides a way to determine the exact temperature of your heat press, based on contact with the heat press, not on infared readings.    If you’ve been having issues with hot or cool spots,  or if your heat press has been producing uneven results,  a digital pyrometer can help you diagnose the cause and find a solution.