T-shirts while you wait
T-shirt printing company SixTeeSix has invested in an Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment printer to help it further expand its on demand T-shirt printing service, leading to a significant increase in both productivity and profits.
Hampshire-based SixTeeSixcompany has offered bespoke garment design and printing services since 1999, with owner Mark Rhone originally running the online business from home. However, last January, Mark decided to move into retail premises to provide the company with a more visible presence and his customers with a more personalised experience and the acquisition of the SC-FC2000 seemed the next logical step.
Mark observed: “I had been looking at direct-to-garment printing for around three years and could see the benefits for both my customers and my business. I evaluated several printers during that time and decided on the Epson machine partly because of Epson’s good reputation for quality and reliability, but also because I know that the whole system – from chassis to printhead to ink – is entirely designed and built by Epson.”
The Epson SureColor SC-F2000 direct-to-garment printer combines high performancewith low maintenance and running costs and enables small-to-medium businesses such as SixTeeSix to offer a high quality T-shirt design and print service that is fast and cost-effective.
It is supplied complete with Epson’s Garment Creator software, which facilitates the production of highly customised designs on a range of items,including T-shirts, caps and bags up to 25mm thick. It also includes a cost calculation function that enables the accurate costing of each print job.
Featuring Epson’s durable new TFP printhead, the SureColor SC-F2000 uses Epson’s UltraChrome DG inks to deliver a resolution of 1440 x 1440 dpi for accurate dot shape and placement and its wide colour gamut produces vibrant colours, sharp contours and smooth gradations. A single white T-shirt can be printed in 27 seconds when using dual colour mode, and a dark coloured T-shirt in less than two minutes, when using white ink as a base colour.
The machine was supplied and installed by Epson resellerAdelcolast March and is now used in conjunction with a Schulze Pre-Treatment machine, Graphtec CE-6000-40 cutting plotter and two Stahls heat presses.
Mark reported: “Adelcowas really helpful before, during and following the sale and installation and the printer was very straightforward to install and set up and couldn’t be easier to use.”
Describing himself as ‘delighted’ with the SC-FC200, Mark has printed over 6,000 garments since its installation. He enthused: “I’ve experienced absolutely no problems and can happily print one-offs or multiple orders and, in fact, have recently fulfilled an order for 100 hoodies for local school leavers and the quality was outstanding. My retail customers like it too as they can bring in their own design or photo and have their T-shirt printed while-they-wait.”
Mark also uses the printer to print his own branded cotton tote bags, which he uses instead of carrier bagsas they are re-useable and more eco-friendly than plastic bags, while also providing him with the added benefit of free advertising for his business.
He is keen to offer his customers a memorable retail experience and plans to host ‘Print Parties’ so that his customers have the opportunity to create their own eye-catching designs.Mark concluded “The SureColor SC-F2000 has enabled me to expand my business in a number of very creative ways – without it I would have the business I have today.”
For further information on SixTeeSix visit: www.sixteesix.com
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