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Old July 20th, 2012, 12:40 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Direct to screen is it worth it.

Does anyone have an actual cost analysis with direct to screen? Is it worth a shop like mine to look into further, we currently burn 10 to 20 screens per day. I am honestly impatient when it comes to films with my epson and find myself using the laser for 80% of our work. I find it hard to believe that the savings are truely what they say they are.
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Old July 20th, 2012, 09:38 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I've been researching this technology for a few years now and according to the numbers I've got, you're not quite there yet with your screen usage to get your ROI in a timely manner. You don't want to strictly look at how many screens you use each day either, you want to figure how much time it's taking you to set up jobs. With a DTS, your registration system becomes much more accurate and it's almost not worth it if you don't plan on incorporating the DTS with your regi system. As I see it, there are many advantages of DTS but the main two are screen exposure throughput and decreased setup times. All the other stuff is just a bonus as far as I'm concerned. I'm thinking that a shop can increase their production capacity by 50-70%, depending on how efficient they already are. I think we are on the low end because of our quick setup times with our regi system.
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Old July 25th, 2012, 03:47 PM   #3 (permalink)
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We have a customer who uses a direct to screen machine and they do high volume. Seems to help with setup. Here is a video of a 10 color job setup in under 10 minutes.



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Old July 25th, 2012, 03:53 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Nice to see TriLoc and a DTS in action on a big multicolor set up, that's nice!!!!
Thanks for the post, looks like they get some good use out of their Tan Man =)
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Old July 25th, 2012, 04:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Awesome video for sure. I bet that would have gone a few minutes less if they didn't do three test prints.


My question tho why is their one whole table and arm missing? And does the machine know not to print that table with out having to tell it to skip each time?
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Thats what I was thinking. It seems it would break your groove. Either that or give you a few second break.
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I'm pretty sure they have to hit the skip button every time that empty pallet comes around. That's one big a s s left chest print. That's basically how I set up our press except I go counter clockwise and a little faster.
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I'm pretty sure they have to hit the skip button every time that empty pallet comes around. That's one big a s s left chest print. That's basically how I set up our press except I go counter clockwise and a little faster.
ALAN, Isn't it nice to buy M&R and it works better than advertised. I love all my M&R equipment... The stuff just works!!
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It is nice to know when you turn on a machine it's going to do exactly what it's supposed to do. Luckily all of our equipment does that, but I know I have to worry less about the blue equipment.
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