Field Trip to Hirsch: Let’s See Some Heavy Duty Equipment

Tom and I visited the Hirsch showroom and office in NC. We received some great hospitality and we got to see some of the best equipment available for shirt decoration: Kornit Direct to Garment, MHM Automatic Textile Press, Tajima Embroidery, and Seit Lasers. Ostensibly it was to show some folks that were new to the industry what decorating possibilities are out there, but I have to admit I get jazzed up myself to see new equipment that is kick ass.

Kris Janowski of Hirsch welcoming us and showing off some very cool embroidery work.

Kris Janowski of Hirsch welcoming us and showing off some very cool embroidery work.

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Tajima Embroidery machines. Super heavy duty and fast.

Tajima Embroidery machines. Super heavy duty and fast.

We got a tour of what the Tajima can do and the Pulse digitizing software.

We got a tour of what the Tajima can do and the Pulse digitizing software.

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We got a demo of the sequin attachment for the Tajima.

We got a demo of the sequin attachment for the Tajima.

We saw some really sharp embroidery on caps using puff. There were some great adjustments they showed us, coming to an Ink Kitchen post soon...

We saw some really sharp embroidery on caps using puff. There were some great adjustments they showed us, coming to an Ink Kitchen post soon…

Who cannot be impressed with lasers for burning images on tough substrates like polar fleece and for cutting away fabric.

Who cannot be impressed with lasers for burning images on tough substrates like polar fleece and for cutting away fabric.

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Laser light for locating the decorating laser.

Laser light for locating the decorating laser.

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We saw an MHM machine, but I took a photo of a photo they had of Tom's shop showing the MHM's.

We saw an MHM machine, but instead I took a photo of a photo they had of Tom’s shop showing the MHM’s.

 

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Unfortunately my video of the Kornit Avalanche went wonky. The Kornit machine is amazing, speedy and creates bright colors. You really can have DTG work now that looks like screenprinting or better even. The Kornit puts the pre-treatment on the shirt in the machine, not a separate function.

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Some Kornit DTG prints with color vibrancy and tight registration. Unfortunately my photos that were actually of even more impressive prints that we saw being printed didn’t come out well. My hands must have been shaking with excitement….

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