Where can I watch a screen-printing press in action to determine if it will suit my needs?

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Many screen-printing equipment manufacturers welcome visitors, so if you have the opportunity to tour the factories of the presses you’re considering, make every reasonable effort to do so. Not only will you see how a press is made, but you’ll also likely find a wealth of other information, too. You’ll be better able to judge the quality of work by how the operation runs. Things to look for are cleanliness, organization, robotic fabricating and welding machines, and how friendly and helpful the employees are. An in-person visit will go a long way toward deciding which company or companies you want to do business with, not just with your immediate purchase, but for the long run. Even if you don’t have the time or funds to make factory visits, just finding out where you’d be welcome can tell you a lot about the company.

   —The M&R Companies

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Glen Carliss

Glen Carliss is 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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