Machine: Roq You P10
Tell us a bit about your business
I started off screen printing as a hobby, using a wooden press made by my dad. Over time I replaced my set-up with used equipment. Up until last summer I was printing everything manually, but knew I needed to get an automatic press to keep up with orders.
What screen printing press did you buy?
My Roq You P10 was installed in September 2017 and it has been great! This is the first automatic I have ever bought or used so I don’t have any experience with other brands, but the Roq has been really easy to work on.
I chose this press because it gave me more print heads  than the others that I looked at, but was still small enough to fit in the 1,600 sq ft unit I’d moved to.
Is there anything you’d like to see in an upgrade or don’t particularly like about it?
So far I love everything about the press and can’t think of anything that needs improving. I would like to get a pre-registration system to help make setting up screens for multi-colour designs even quicker. The Roq Press Iron [an attachment that uses heat and mechanical force to press and smooth the texture of both print and fabric] looks really good, and I want to add one of those to the press this year.
What’s it like to use? Do you have any tips on how to get the most out of it?
The speed and consistency has obviously made work a lot easier and more enjoyable when printing bigger orders – it used to take ages printing everything by hand.
I was planning to keep using my manual press for smaller orders, but the multiprint mode on the Roq makes it so simple to do a print/flash/print with just one screen that the [M&R] Sidewinder now only gets used for printing tags.
There are lots of videos online about the Roq machines, and they have some really helpful tips and advice.
What would be your advice to others thinking of buying a screen printing press?
I’d advise doing plenty of research when buying an automatic press, particularly if it’s your first. Make sure that all other parts of the screen printing process are compatible and in place when the press arrives.
My plan originally was to get a used machine to save some money, but because this was my first automatic, I decided that a brand new machine was the best option for me to hopefully avoid any issues in the future.