Thermo presses are an important tool in the textile industry and have proven themselves over decades. Would you like to learn more about this topic? Just read on!
What are thermal presses for and what processes are there?
The devices are used to bond different substances to each other or to glue them to each other through the use of pressure and heat. The process serves to refine textiles with images, motifs or texts. A distinction is made between different types of thermopressing processes. Stain and flock films are applied directly to the textiles by the thermal presses, while multi-coloured motifs can also be produced in small quantities in the so-called transfers. On the other hand, the so-called sublimation printing process can only be used for white or light-coloured textiles; a polyester content of more than 50 percent of the copies to be processed is required. This applies above all to sports textiles and functional underwear. A special sublimation ink is used for the sublimation printing process, which becomes gaseous at 185 degrees and burns into the fibres of the polyester. The selection of any motives and colors is possible. If desired, it can also be glued with rhinestones, this procedure is usually used for jeans and T-shirts.
Functionality of thermal presses
Basically one differentiates between air pressure machines and manual devices, each machine has a heating up to 220 degrees Celsius as standard. Air pressure machines work according to the pneumatic principle, have a cylinder and have a long service life. Manual machines operate according to the mechanical pressure toggle principle. The question of which machine should be preferred cannot be answered in general, this depends on the current market situation. The temperature, time and contact pressure are specified by the manufacturer, whereby the temperature value depends on the printing process used and the material used. The manufacturer shall also indicate whether the motifs must be cooled or can be removed while hot.
What are the differences compared to presses from other manufacturers?
The advantages of Fuchs presses lie in the robustness of the machines, which is why their weight is higher than that of other manufacturers. Fuchs presses are characterised by high material thickness during processing, which is reflected in low material wear. The joints are protected by special bushings. The heaters are also more voluminous than with standard machines on the market, as more material is used. This requires a somewhat longer heating time, as the insulating layer of aluminium is also somewhat thicker. A great advantage of Fuchs presses is that the plates store the heat better, which results in less temperature fluctuations. The heating time is about 15 - 20 minutes. There are also advantages in service, as the contact is not made via a dealer, but directly with the manufacturer can be addressed. Many cases can already be clarified on the telephone, in case of repair the customer gets his device repaired within one week, if necessary a rental press is made available.
Consulting, Delivery & Assembly
The machines can be delivered in two to three weeks, the assembly can be done directly by the customer, since the devices only have to be connected to the mains. Comprehensive advice is a matter of course for us. The choice of machines depends on which garments the customer wants to press, as specialisation in sports or work clothing may require the use of different equipment. The pressing of sports mats, for example, requires machines in special sizes. It is possible to adapt the machines individually to the requirements of the customer.