Off in a corner of the textile screen shop printing money . . .
Many years ago, I had a large manufacturer of wood cabinets as a client. They had a factory (probably about 15,000 square feet) full of woodworking machines and stacks of wood. It was a noisy, dusty and dangerous place. Have you ever climbed in and out of a helicopter while the engines are running and the main and tail rotor blades are turning? Well, the wood factory was noisy, dusty and dangerous in a similar way.
But off in one relatively quiet corner of the factory, away from the main activity, stood a solid, metal, heavy-looking machine about the size of a small car. It had a slot just over four feet wide at about waist height into which an attendant fed thin sheets of what looked like 8 x 4 plywood. The machine sucked in the sheet of wood at the rate of about a foot at a time.
Inside the machine a heavy metal dye thunked down on the sheet of wood. After every thunk, about a hundred wooden ice-lolly sticks slid down a chute into a container and another foot of wooden sheet was sucked into the machine. Thunk. Thunk. Thunk. It continued relentlessly all day without a pause.
Wooden ice-lolly sticks was not my client’s primary business, but it was his best profit centre. He had a market for hundreds of thousands of lolly sticks with a few ice cream factories. The machine was as ridiculously profitable as it was simple to operate.
So what has this got to do with textile screen printing? Well, what if you could have a small, self-contained machine standing off to one side printing say, labels, gloves, sleeves, or socks? It wouldn’t interfere with any of your existing profit centres but could be the most productive few square feet of your shop. It could open up a whole new niche market for you.
Worth looking into, don’t you think?
Give Stanley’s a call; ask them about the idea.