What exactly is embossing?
1- What exactly is embossing? [TOP]
Embossing is simply using some form of a male and female mold in combination with heat, time and pressure to shape a garment in the form of the mold. A backing material will hold this shape in place for the life of the garment. The backing determines the wash-ability of the embossing. Naturally better quality materials help make the embossing last longer. Permaboss.com backing typically lasts the life of the garment. Download a brief embossing demonstration video here.
2- What materials can I emboss on? [TOP]
The fact is that with pneumatic/air operated machines you can emboss in natural fibers and some leather. The backing will determine the life of the embossing. Air operated machines have limited capabilities due to lack of pressure (air 80 - 110 PSI versun 1400 plus PSI hydraulic). Permaboss.com hydraulic embossing machines can emboss on the following: Acetate, Acryl, Cotton, Fleece, Flock, Foil, Leather, Linen, Lycra, Melton, Neoprene, Nylon, Polar Fleece, Paper, Plastic, Polyacryl, Polyamide, Polyester, Polypropylene, Polyurethane, Polyvinyl, Polyvinlyclorid, PVC, Rubber, Silk, Viscose, Wool, and a host of other unique items. If any other equipment manufacture makes this claim, then get it in writing before you acquire the equipment. Click here for samples.
3- Can I emboss on finished goods? [TOP]
Yes, Permaboss equipment allows for finished goods such as T-shirts, sweats, all jackets without linings, most with linings, leather products and caps to be embossed with ease. Download a brief finished goods embossing demonstration video here.
4- I heard that backing materials are the downfall of embossing is this true? [TOP]
that was correct! Until recently there were
really only three choices of backings, all have poor wash-ability, tend
to have glue seepage and are not conducive to production due to the
need to die cut or hand cut the backing.
5- What are the output capabilities? [TOP]
Productivity ranges depending on the type of machine. All our machines require one operator. Download a brief video clip of a fully automated machine running.
for caps can be 2 times more on PB705 and 4 time more on PB710
6- R.O.I. Return On Investment, How can I profit from embossing? [TOP]
embossing charges rival that of embroidery in the retail market. The
cost of the mold is equivalent to the cost of digitizing. For example,
an 8,000 stitch piece of art will cost on average of $7-$15 to digitize.
The same design
as an embossing mold would cost you $45-6000.
The mold or die is good for life, it is a one time cost that your
customer pays you and you have a markup on. Both are good for life. An
embossing from that mold takes 12 seconds typically and most people
charge $3 to $6 per embossing depending on the item, number of pieces
etc. The cost of the backing (if required, certain materials will hold
the embossing perfectly without backings due to the pressure we use)
is about $10 per square yard and yields 32 images. Cost to emboss
an image will be equipment, operator, electricity and $0.32 per piece.
In other words a 500 piece embossing will bring $2500 revenue and
take a maximum of two hours with our 705, 710 or higher machines and
one operator. If you were to sell this wholesale to a tough account
who is extremely price conscious you could do the 500 piece embossing
for $0.75 each and still have the machine yield $187 per hour.
If you were to sell this wholesale to a tough account who is extremely price conscious you could do the 500 piece embossing for $0.75 each and still have the machine yield $187 per hour.
quoted are for illustration purposes in $USD
7- What is the Market Demand? [TOP]
The most beautiful feature about embossing is that we have entered
a near virgin market. Embossing today is at the same stages embroidery
was 10 or 15 years ago. Those who venture into the market today have
a wide-open competition free environment/territory. Today there is
a massive saturation of screen printers and embroidery houses, simply
look in your yellow pages if you need a reminder. (FYI, over 21,000
screeners and over 16,000 embroidery companies) You can count on your
printing or embroidery quote being shopped and compared! Even if there
were a way to penetrate 50% of the decoration and embroidery market
the embossing market would still have virtually no direct competition
for the next five-year window.
8- Is embossing easy to learn? [TOP]
All fabric embossing techniques can be learned in a half day. Within
15 minutes of hooking up the machine any operator can be embossing
successfully. Permaboss.com embossing machines all
have touch screens with pictures so that there are no language
or literacy issues to deal with(except the 705). These machines also
have 22 preset embossing programs, simply choose the material and
you can emboss that material instantly.
. It is so easy that we literally have a 14 year old summer student
who can make samples for our tradeshows. He is able to emboss 300
plus pieces with 2 color screen-printing in less than 4 hours, that
75 two color pieces per hour! If a 14 year old can do production work
then we are confident that any business person can accomplish better
. It is so easy that we literally have a 14 year old summer student who can make samples for our tradeshows. He is able to emboss 300 plus pieces with 2 color screen-printing in less than 4 hours, that 75 two color pieces per hour! If a 14 year old can do production work then we are confident that any business person can accomplish better results.
9- Where do I get the molds/dies? [TOP]
has all the service you require. We also will provide you with free
dies from other sources so you can compare and see the difference
for yourself, and depending where you live will source a local die
maker for you. Technology has made it easier for companies like yours
to have the option of creating their own molds in house on the spot
in a few hours. It is as simple as taking your color image, converting
it to gray scale then allowing the engraver to take over. The darker
the grayscale the deeper the engraving, it is that simple. Costs of
the dies are now even cheaper and there is no need to depend on outside
services. Requiring only
5 mold/dies per month can justify an on site engraver. Most embossers
use 5 molds per day! Now your customers can depend on you alone and
you have two profit centers.
10- How much space is required? [TOP]
The 705 and 710 embossing machines are about the size of a refrigerator,
ideally one should allow a 10’ by 10’ (3m by 3m) space so that an
ideal work flow pattern can be achieved. The 734, 746 and 750
machines require a 12’ by 12’ (4m by 4m) foot area.
The 734, 746 and 750 machines require a 12’ by 12’ (4m by 4m) foot area.See them all on video.
11- Is embossing equipment reliable? [TOP]
Embossing equipment is derived from other disciplines similar to that
of tool and die making. The Permaboss.com presses are made in Germany
and designed to work with fragile mediums. All are as tough mechanism
such as metal. microprocessor based with internal diagnostic and constant
user feedback. All devices meet and exceed all international safety
and electrical and occupational health & safety standards. In
the event of a failure many components are available locally or from
Permaboss.com in 24 hours. 92% of all technical issues related
to Permaboss machine can be resolved in 10 minutes or less. Our machine
include the latest in technology. For example every machine has a
modem. Plug into the wall instead of your fax we can call it, check
it, fix it, upgrade it. We can also see you live when we need to!
See what national newspapers have said about out uplink service systems.
92% of all technical issues related to Permaboss machine can be resolved in 10 minutes or less. Our machine include the latest in technology. For example every machine has a modem. Plug into the wall instead of your fax we can call it, check it, fix it, upgrade it. We can also see you live when we need to! See what national newspapers have said about out uplink service systems.If you have any more questions kindly contact us.
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