For anyone who is chasing garments of every type and style, we understand your pain. The supply chain issue is applicable to everything from ramen noodles in the grocery store to automobiles. It is not just the finished products, but the raw materials and the sub-assembly items.
Tuesday, May 10, 2022
Wednesday, January 5, 2022
Our roller coaster world has made traditional printing businesses take another look on how they generate orders. When schools and restaurants were closed, many of our community printers had to consider other avenues for revenue generation. The world of online shopping became essential for all decorators, whether one off orders or bulk. These orders can be challenging to pull into standard community printing production management.
The old school paper production tickets are messy and confusing for small orders. Barcode systems that can function for both small and bulk orders are cleaner and more efficient than sheets of paper floating around a production floor. Scanners at each workstation can pull up all order details within seconds and connect directly with shipping software. With Linx Production software, the barcode will also drive the printers, laser engravers and sublimation systems.
Wait, what? It can connect my online to my production machine and back to my shipping software?
So how does Linx Production software do all that?
Beginning at a web store, information for an order is pulled into Linx and a barcode is assigned. This information includes garment data as well as art and print locations. The PNG artwork is ripped for the DTG as well as scaled for garment size and print location. For other print mediums, the art is converted to match the requirements of the output device. The operator loads the item, scans the code and the output device has all the information needed for production. Print specifications are preset by the user as well as pretreat and cure requirements.
Orders can be sorted by all major factors. This aids in purchasing, product picking, pretreat scheduling and customer management. At shipping, a binning system allows for gathering of multiple items of an order with notifications when an order is complete. In the QC department, if a product does not pass inspection, the barcode returns to th production schedule for a reprint.
A QuickBook plug in will also connect your orders directly to your billing department. Inventory modules are available for small and large users. Custom API connections are available to give full flexibility to your production needs.
How do you get started?
Friday, August 13, 2021
Brown did some recent DTG print testing and I had some thoughts. This particular test involved a print run of about 72 shirts ranging from youth medium to adult 3xl. It has a white crest print and a multi-color full back on a dark shirt. A typical order for a community printer. And a profitable one if handled correctly for your shop.
What is correctly?
Shirt $2Ink $0.95Pretreat $0.30Shop time cost $1.66Labor $0.83Total cost per shirt $5.74
Screen Print on an automatic
Shirt $2Ink $0.06Films/screens $0.08Shop time cost $0.83Labor $0.42Total cost per shirt $3.31
Screen Print on an manual
Shirt $2Ink $0.06Films/screens $0.08Shop time cost $1.66Labor $0.83
Total cost per shirt $4.63
Is cost the only factor in the production path?
Well, we can all say "no" to that answer. But there is $2.50 per shirt here in profit. So COGS cannot be ignored.
COGS is a significant factor. That calculation has to include machine time, shop time and labor time. However, judging the flow of your shop, the availability of your staff and their skill sets, and the print preferences of the final customer will sway the final production decision. If they want "pop" then they will want screen print. If they prefer a soft feel, then DTG is a good plan.
So the real answer is that there is not a "correct" way to do this except to follow some basic guidelines.
- Is the customer happy with the finished product?
- Did you deliver on time?
- Did you make a profit margin that you would want repeat the job?
- Did this job delay other jobs that were more profitable?
Monday, June 14, 2021
We are excited to announce the launch of new web sites.
brownmfg.net is our main catalog site for Brown equipment.
This site features the products for screen printing, from screen room to final cure for all production levels. Additional content will be added as it becomes available and this site is more mobile friendly than our previous site.ElectraPrint automatic printers. These are the only fully electric machines on the market. There are suggested parts list for many of the machines as well as cut sheets for installation.
Within this site you will also find information on all of our t-shirt ovens as well. This includes the TRX series, the UltraCure x-series, the PonyDryer and the Sierra dryer. It is a comprehensives site that will provide all the details to help choose the right one for your shop and to help plan for the installation.
brownmfgdigital.com is our main site for BrownDigital products.
Thursday, May 20, 2021
Tech changes every day. Our fast paced world is presenting us with new, and better, ways to accomplish most things on an hourly basis. Some of this is very intriguing such as electric vehicles or 3D printers. I do get annoyed, however, being told that I have peeled a carrot wrong my whole life and this new hack or tool will be the only answer. And though I am sure that my carrot peeling skills are just fine, at what point does the machinery in my shop need to upgrade? When is the new really better than the old?
What can the new tech do?
- does it make a process faster?
- does it reduce costs?
- does it make a final product better?
- does use less floor space for the same results?
- does it require less power for the same production?
- is it easier to use?
What does the new tech NOT do?
When should the old tech go, no matter what?
How can we help you figure it out?
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Our first show of the 2021 season is fast approaching. We are truly excited. There are so many positives to the trade show experience that it is hard to list them all. Most importantly is the direct connection we get with our customers. We are on the phone all day, we have many emails, and we have taken full advantage of new tech with FaceTime and TeamViewer and Zoom. But there is a different connection when the interaction is face to face. Or mask to mask as these will be.
It is also better for our customers. It is harder to determine what is the right path when purchasing a capital good if you cannot touch the product. Consumables are easier, but hard goods are similar to buying a car or a house. The user needs to be in direct contact with the product to understand all of the benefits and how they will affect their personal production floor. We find that very fitting with manual screen presses. These are certainly a "feel" item. The operator has to like how the press flows with their hands.
So now both the exhibitor and the attendee have new opportunities. Visit us in Irving and in Indianapolis. We can't wait to see you.
Tuesday, April 20, 2021
So what new do you have for them?
- Can you offer longer runs at better prices? An ElectaPrint can help with that.
- Do you chase the athletic market the is back in full swing? Screen printed number are less expensive and nicer for the athlete than heat seal. But you need to be equipped for that. There are lots of options. Check out the Slider.
- Looking for short run customization? DTG is a great source for new work. The DragonAir Crimson could be just what you need to cure those goods.
- Do you offer super fast turn around? The a FastFlash would speed you up. Is yours hot and ready?
- LED exposure unit would give you this capability.