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What you should consider when choosing a DTG printer

There are many types of DTG printers that range in price and quality, so it’s important you find the best one for the way you work. Here are six key areas to consider to make sure you get the most out of your investment.

Figure: DTG printing is a substantial investment, so depending on your print volume, it may or may not make sense for your operations.
  1. What is your daily production?

DTG printing is a substantial investment, so depending on your print volume, it may or may not make sense for your operations. For example, with the aeoon Maikuro DTG printer, you’d want to be reaching a minimum volume of 150 shirts/ day. The aeoon Compact model is best for 300 shirts/day and the KYO 12/3 is ideal for 800 shirts/day or more. Evaluate what throughput is needed to see an ROI.

  1. Is the pretreatment process kept offline?

Separating critical processes is crucial to minimize failure points and downtime, and maximize efficiencies. Machines that integrate printing with other processes – such as pretreating and drying – have far too many failure points that put your entire operation at risk.

  1. Are quality and ink usage optimized?

The higher the print quality, the more your customers will be coming back. Print head performance is crucial in order to achieve the best possible results. When you consider buying a DTG printer, ask about the smallest picoliter droplet size, that the printheads are able to produce, and the maximum DPI (dots-perinch). Colour accuracy is another important aspect to consider. Ideally, the printer’s RIP (raster image processor) provides colour profiling, which covers a large amount of PMS colours, without requiring additional spot colours.

  1. Is continuous training and responsive support provided?

You’re not just choosing a printer, you’re choosing a partner. DTG is an evolving market and the learning curve can seem overwhelming at times. Your partner should be consultative and collaborative, helping determine and develop the best solution for the way you work. Continuous training should be provided to ensure you’re always maximizing your investment. Having a dedicated support team is just as important.

  1. What is the useful life and cost per print?

The total cost of ownership includes initial price, weekly output, ink costs, operator costs and more. Ideally, you want a printer that’s capable of the highest output with one operator to achieve the lowest cost per print. Reliability and useful life are other big considerations. True industrialgrade printers, such as the aeoon KYO 12/3 have a useful life of more than 17 years.

  1. Will the printer integrate and be scalable long-term?

Avoid printers that come with proprietary software. Proprietary software limits your ability to choose the software that best matches your business model, and restricts your ability to change or add software solutions. Choose a printer that will integrate with a software solution of your choice to ensure the solution is scalable as your business grows.

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