Optimizing the performance of your HIX heat press
- Keep the press clean and lubricated. When the press is built, it is assembled with moving parts greased, for smooth operation. After a period of time, after six months to a year, the grease wears away, and parts wear “metal to metal”. At this point the links and arm weldments may wear until the press no longer stays clamped closed, and a replacement of the links and pins is the only way to restore the press to proper operation.
- In some areas, corrosion and rust are problems. The corrosion of electrical connections may result in high temperatures in the wiring, which can lead to loss of power within the electrical circuit, (no heat, microswitch/timer failure, etc.). If rust or oxidization is noted on connections, unplug the press, and clean these connections to ensure optimal power flow through the workings of the press.
- Several factors influence successful transfer results. Besides loss of pressure due to wear of links and arms, the pad will wear after several years of steady usage, and may begin to decay or exhibit compressed or soft spots after a number of years. Our transfer pressure check looks at the condition of the pad, and whether or not the pad surface meets the upper platen evenly.
- Press not opening completely or as quickly as it had in the past. While they are out of sight on many models, under the base, beyond the lubrication needed to keep the press parts moving smoothly, the springs can become weak or even break the spring or attaching bolt. When this happens while nobody is near enough to hear the noise, the change in press performance is often a sagging heat platen, or the arm does not raise far enough to reset the microswitch on presses with electronic timers.
- Keeping the heated upper platen clean will help assure even heating in the process. If off gassing or errors in transfer application result in brown spots on the platen that coincide with unsatisfactory results, visually inspect the upper platen. If it is a newer “polished” aluminum platen, a stain that is dark enough or thick enough to block any reflection of the platen, the stain may be a barrier to the heat reaching the transfer and substrate.