HOW DO I CALIBRATE MY HEAT PRESS FOR TEMPERATURE

Calibrating your heat press for temperature is crucial for achieving successful and long-lasting heat transfer applications. By following these steps, you can ensure that your heat press is accurately heating to the specified temperature.

Step 1: Check the Temperature Before Each Pressing Session

Before starting any heat transfer application, it is essential to check the temperature of your heat press. The best way to do this is by using an Infrared Thermometer, which allows you to measure the temperature without making direct contact with the heat press.

Step 2: Monitor the Platen's Heat Loss

Over time, as you continuously use your heat press, certain platens may lose energy and struggle to maintain the required temperature. This can result in issues with your transfers not applying properly. To prevent this, it is important to allow the platen to heat back up to the proper temperature between each pressing session.

Here's how you can ensure your platen is properly heated:

  1. After each press, give your heat press a few minutes to recover and regain its heat.
  2. Monitor the temperature using the Infrared Thermometer to ensure it reaches the desired level.
  3. Only proceed with the next pressing session once the platen has reached the correct temperature.

By allowing the platen to regain its heat, you can ensure that your transfers will adhere properly and produce high-quality results.

Remember, maintaining the proper temperature is crucial for the success and durability of your heat transfer applications. By following these calibration steps, you can achieve consistent and professional results with your heat press. 

If you have more than a 5F degree difference between the hottest and coldest areas on the platen, it may be time to consider upgrading.

Monthly monitoring: 

We also highly recommend to monitor your heat press as part of a  monthly routine. Use heat strips and 4 pieces of paper for every corner of your heat press.  Here is a link of a product we use every month. 

https://www.transferexpress.com/heat-press-accessories/heat-press-test-kit

If you have any further questions or need assistance with calibrating your heat press, please don't hesitate to contact us. Our team is here to help you.