Consistency In Sublimation

Kevin Lumberg is a sublimation specialist, formerly with Johnson Plastics Plus.

Consistency is the most important factor in getting good results in sublimation. Here is a tip to help achieve consistency in pressing your products. Always run your press for one cycle without a product before your first real pressing. Why is this important? When you go to press your first item, the bottom platen of the press is not hot. Through the course of you first pressing cycle, the bottom platen will heat up, and then the second pressing cycle will start at a different temperature when you close the press. You will not have a consistent heat between the first and second press cycle. By pre-pressing for a cycle without a product, you will ensure that all of your following cycles will be of an equal heat throughout the entire cycle.

—Kevin Lumberg, Johnson Plastics

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