The big shops are competing with the little shops and the mid size shops are competing with the titans of the industry. How does this all shake out? I often see the ads posted online with prices on shirts that I cannot understand. You know when you see a price chart that makes no sense, and then you realize it’s just 10 cents cheaper than your pricing? Ha. How do any of us make money? I put my time and energy into figuring out how we can be as efficient as possible. Here are my thoughts.
How many screens do you use a day? Let’s say the number is 50. Likely that means that you have 50 screens at press, 50 screens in reclaim and 50 screens being imaged for tomorrow. On top of that you will need to have some screens on standby for being restretched, etc. So, if you are using 50 a day, I would recommend having at least 175.
Having a screen room stocked with screens will save your butt on a daily basis. When a screen rips, you’ll need to make another one right away. Also, take the time to label all of your screens clearly. We label all of our screens and have a screen rack for each press. Every day we are making sure that tomorrow’s screens are in a rack for each press operator with the inks they need and squeegees they need on top. A press operator should never have to be looking for screens or ink. That’s a waste of time in money.
Where are your shirts? Having shirts out of the boxes laid on carts with a po# on them will keep your press operators from digging through boxes and wasting time trying to find their shirts. Having everything staged and prepared for your press ops will help ensure the most efficient production day possible.