What type of research should business owners do before buying a screen-printing press?

Before deciding on which manufacturer to go with, connect with local printers and prepare to ask them questions. The answers to these questions can help lead you to the right choice for you and your business. Then, evaluate the responses before you take the plunge.

Quality questions include:
1. What do you like about your manual press?
2. What do you dislike about your press?
3. Have you had any positive or negative experiences with the manufacturer or its representatives?
4. Do you have any other equipment made by the same company?
5. Would you buy this press (or one like it) again?
6. Are there any other manual presses you think highly of?
7. How many colors do you suggest starting with?
8. Which features do you consider essential?
9. Which features do you find helpful to have-or unnecessary?

You can spend a lot of time researching a press, but that time is nothing compared with the thousands of hours you’ll spend with that press. So, take your time, do your research, and buy the best manual press you can afford.

—The M&R Companies


Glen Carliss

Glen Carliss is the manager of domestic sales, Eastern division, at the M&R Companies. He began his career in garment decoration tie-dying T-shirts while pursuing a degree in sociology. After college, he built boats before joining a cut-and-sew operation. That led to a sales position with Precision Screen Machines. When M&R purchased Precision in 1994, Carliss sold M&R's graphic line east of the Mississippi. Carliss became M&R's national sales manager in 2006, and took the eastern division when the position was split in two in 2008. In his spare time, Carliss is an avid metalworker and a professional trumpet player in a 16-piece band that has toured extensively.

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