SCREEN PRINTING 60 images FEBRUARY 2022 Telling it like it is: Automatic screen printing presses Munster Screen Print & Embroidery: Adelco Cyclone 10/8 from Adelco Two decorators tell us how their autos are working out for them Padraic Corcoran, director and production manager Tell us a bit about your business. Munster Screen Print & Embroidery was formed in 2021 by Beni Moussa and Padraic Corcoran. After the Covid-19 pandemic, just like every industry, the garment decoration business experienced staff shortages, logistic delays and ever-increasing energy costs. With this in mind, Beni and Padraic came together to share their experience and knowledge of the industry to offer a solution to garment decorators at trade prices. By investing in the latest print, embroidery and sublimation equipment, they now have the capacity to customise over 20,000 items per week from a single location in Midleton, County Cork, Ireland. What screen printing press do you use, and when did you buy it? Adelco Cyclone 10/8, bought in October 2021. Did you buy it to replace another machine? We were running a manual press so needed to increase production. How much did it cost? £59,000 including the dryer, flash, installation, etc. Why did you choose the Adelco Cyclone? Really high spec, great customer service and we bought it direct from the guys that made it so we’re pretty confident that we’re not going to have a problem that can’t be solved. What do you think are its main advantages? The build quality is amazing. There’s literally nothing more we can think of that we’d like to have in a press. Click or tap to view a video of Munster’s Cyclone press in action Is there anything you don’t particularly like about the Cyclone? No, nothing. It even has electro servo heads and pneumatic arms to lift the screens as standard. Stuff you’d pay a lot of money to add to other presses. What’s it like to use? Really easy. Set-up is pretty quick with the pre-registration system so just press go and load T-shirts. Simples. Do you have any advice on how to get the most out of it? You have to get your shop layout right. The machine will run at 1,200 an hour so it’s up to you to load and unload fast enough to keep it moving. What sort of work is it used for? T-shirts, hoodies and safetywear. Most runs are around 300 items, but we’ve run jobs in excess of 10,000. What other machines do you have? Heat press, vinyl cutter, and sublimation and white toner printers. What is your advice to others thinking of buying an auto? It’s all about volume. The machine will pump out 20,000 T-shirts in a normal working week without putting operators under pressure. You just need to hit those numbers with as little design and set-up as possible. Padraic Corcoran says the build quality of the Adelco Cyclone is “amazing”