In late summer and early fall, many screen printers can look forward to some of their busiest times of the year. But waiting until the last minute can be costly both to productivity and to the bottom line.
Usually when a screen printer thinks of this time of year the first thing that comes to mind is 'jerseys', as just about every school, university, and YMCA league in America will be looking for football jerseys. But you also have to consider the numerous opportunities that come with that time. Sports has long been a huge driver of business for screen printers, so be mindful of the plethora of football and sports-related team items that can be printed and sold by schools for fundraisers, booster clubs, school stores, etc. Everything from t-shirts to umbrellas and everything in between.
If you are new to screen printing, you may be wondering what the absolute best way to be productive with such opportunities. Fortunately with regards to numbering and jerseys, there are several excellent options. One is to use simple numbering stencils. These products are easy to use, versatile, look great, and come in a variety of sizes. Best of all, they work with most any screen printing press that is available. Make sure that you use a proper type of athletic ink when printing and you should have no problems at all.
When you are ready to move up from that (for shops who may do a LOT of jersey numbering) you should consider a special press attachment like the Vastex DiGIT Numbering System. This special attachment for your manual screen printing press is designed to make printing numbers easy and foolproof, and will easily pay for itself in increased productivity. Once properly setup on your press, the system can be adjusted for any number configuration for either single or double-digit prints.
Have your screen printing equipment ready to go, have the proper screen printing ink in stock and on the shelf, and be ready to take advantage of one of our busiest times of the year!