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[Kornit General] Breeze User Experience

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Old July 9th, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 9:01:36 AM -   #1 (permalink)
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So we pulled the trigger on a new Kornit Breeze which should arrive in 3-4 weeks from now on. We will use this thread to document each and every step along the way to help other users either make the decision to buy one or not....

We are a first mover in the DTG business and been in this market since 2006. We own two T-Jet 2s and a Blazer Express and a DTG Kiosk 3. The decision has been made based on the fact that we eliminate a whole step and make the production easier and more cost effective given the lower ink costs. Also we found it harder and harder to get replacement parts for the TJet 2 so there was an immanent need to replace them. We will certainly keep the two Epson based models for backup and run more photorealistic prints on the Epson based machines.

To start: Do you have any suggestions what could be done in order to get the transition process as smooth as possible? So far we read through all the documents in the support section of the Kornit website. Is there anything you can share?

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Old July 9th, 2013 Jul 9, 2013 9:17:09 AM -   #2 (permalink)
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Why didn't you go with an Avalanche?
 
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simply because we dont have enough space and are not in the mass market.
 
 
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The breeze works great as long as your not going for mass quantities. As it's not as fast as some of the other models. And it doesn't take up a ton of space. Alittle advice for your breeze that will help. I don't know where you plan on putting it but it needs some humidity to keep things running well. What we did was encase the breeze in plywood with doors to get at everything. (there's enough room on either side to change ink and add fixation.) Then we put a humidifier in there to keep everything where it should be.
 
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The breeze works great as long as your not going for mass quantities. As it's not as fast as some of the other models. And it doesn't take up a ton of space. Alittle advice for your breeze that will help. I don't know where you plan on putting it but it needs some humidity to keep things running well. What we did was encase the breeze in plywood with doors to get at everything. (there's enough room on either side to change ink and add fixation.) Then we put a humidifier in there to keep everything where it should be.

This is a excellent point. Controlled humidity is a must with these machines.
 
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Thank you for your ideas. We never had any issues with humidity with any of our machines so far. we usually have 40-70%. guessing we can avoid building a cage

Where are you guys from?
 
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did any of you try to build a platen on your own? like a polo platen or sleeve platen?

also, did any of you use a brother gt platen on the breeze? we thought that might be a cost effective solution? only thing to do is drill four new holes....
 
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Thank you for your ideas. We never had any issues with humidity with any of our machines so far. we usually have 40-70%. guessing we can avoid building a cage

Where are you guys from?
We are in Connecticut and depending on the season there are some wild swings in Temp and Humidity. As I write this I'm looking at our humidity gauge it shows inside the box and what the room is. And in the room it's gone up 10% in the last hour.
 
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did any of you try to build a platen on your own? like a polo platen or sleeve platen?

also, did any of you use a brother gt platen on the breeze? we thought that might be a cost effective solution? only thing to do is drill four new holes....
Never bothered to make our own platen all I do for polos is. use some plexiglass that we cut in half and tape it down to the normal platen. That was our super cheap fix for polos, zip ups and hoodies with pockets. Sleeves on the other hand we just don't do on the kornit but I been experimenting on making something to fix that. The two things I tried didn't work out to well. But if I figure something out I'll post it on here.
 
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I am in Pennsylvania. Humidity should be controlled. Absolutely.

And I have made my own pallets for baby items. Roughed up everything in wood and sent to a fabricator and they turned it into useable format.
 
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I'm a fan of using a lot of masking tape lol. We bought the youth pallet from kornit when we ordered the machine. Obviously it's a little large on say a onesie but I can mange to get it on somewhat and then just tape down the rest. On small baby shirts. I have a rough template on the pallet then I just tape it down. It's been my go to ever since we got the machine and then someone wanted 6 custom onesie's with 18 different colors so we couldn't screen print them. So I just went to them with a roll of masking tape. It's simple and easy. The only thing I would get made is a sleeve board that has been a thorn in our side for a while.
 
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well then, lets put our heads together and have some pallets made

i am sure some other folks might join in and reduce the costs.

how can you add custom pallet size to quickp? is that at all possible?
 
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i downloaded quickp and found that we really need to define best speeds and settings for different garments. could you folks share some of your settings? did you do settings for different brands? as far as shirts go we use fruit of the loom heavy / gildan heavy / b&c / continental garments as well as b&c hoodies. any thoughts and ideas on these to get the best results at optimum speeds?
 
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I use different speeds and settings based on color of the garment, what the garment is, and what the design is. I also use different temps for say sweat shirts then tee shirts. And all that is based on color of the shirt and the design that goes on it. Experimenting is also key because I believe every machine is a hair different. Like I find mine sprays fixation slightly heavier then some other machines so I differ slightly in that respect. On the most part I run our designs on high production but a more complex design i'll do high quality it depends on everything I said before. You got to get a feel for your machine and make your own settings that work best for you. I know that's a lot of help but there are so many factors involved in printing on these machines it's mind numbing at first. But I'll tell you something that helped me. Another printer told me don't think of it as printing on the shirt but printing on a layer of fixation. With that fixation amounts are key with this. Just gotta see how much gets absorbed by each garment. Like for a sweatshirt I know my starting point for fixation is 85% but sometimes I need to go higher to like 97%. Your going to have to play around some.
 
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I use different speeds and settings based on color of the garment, what the garment is, and what the design is. I also use different temps for say sweat shirts then tee shirts. And all that is based on color of the shirt and the design that goes on it. Experimenting is also key because I believe every machine is a hair different. Like I find mine sprays fixation slightly heavier then some other machines so I differ slightly in that respect. On the most part I run our designs on high production but a more complex design i'll do high quality it depends on everything I said before. You got to get a feel for your machine and make your own settings that work best for you. I know that's a lot of help but there are so many factors involved in printing on these machines it's mind numbing at first. But I'll tell you something that helped me. Another printer told me don't think of it as printing on the shirt but printing on a layer of fixation. With that fixation amounts are key with this. Just gotta see how much gets absorbed by each garment. Like for a sweatshirt I know my starting point for fixation is 85% but sometimes I need to go higher to like 97%. Your going to have to play around some.

My settings for sweats are pretty much 85%-97%spray also. I agree there are so many variables to factor in. I do the same thing as well with different colors and even sometimes sizes.

Country shirts are made in matters at times. One thing to remember also is that just because "design A" works "this way" on say...a royal Gildan G5000 md Tshirt does NOT mean it will work the same way for an xx-large Gildan 64000 heather royal tshirt.

Humidity is DEFINITELY key. I try to have NO LESS than 70% at all times. I am in Pennsylvania so the winter gets tough to print anything decent. LOL! The room our machine is in is quite small so we didnt have to build a cage but we do use the vet in the back to pump humidity INSIDE machine (under the hood, I run a Storm btw)

Um, test test test! If i were you i would avoid pigment/garment dyed t's. I have never had very good luck with them and they are highly prone to staining.

Also, get the yearly preventative maintenance done by a technician AND/OR send yourself or one of your employees to get the training...it is expensive but you are going to save time and money in the long run with the knowledge to fix anything and everything not if, but WHEN it goes bad/wrong.

Lastly (for now) please don't get discouraged if your prints are fading...washing off...looking like crap...etc etc. Printing with a Kornit takes time, practice, and experimenting a lot.

Good luck!
 






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