What Are Basic Parts of A Heat Press Machine?

The human body doesn’t work without the heart, lungs, and brain, and a heat press machine doesn’t work without all of its essential components. This section looks at the components of a heat transfer machine and how they work looking at time temperature, and pressure, or the heart, lungs, and brain of the heat press body. Read on to learn about the inner workings of the heat press.

heat press machineTime

Time controls how long the materials are “cooked” in a heat press. Most heat transfers take between 10-20 seconds, which is one reason heat presses are known for their efficiency. However, most heat presses have a longer time range that’s between 0-999 seconds to allow for maximum flexibility.

heat transfer machineTemperature

Temperature controls how hot the platens get. The temperature range on heat press machines is between 0-500 degrees Fahrenheit, which is the perfect range to apply heat without burning or melting transfers or fabrics.

Pressure is how hard the top platen presses down on the bottom platen. When using a heat press machine, you will notice that pressure is described in terms of how light or how hard you want to press. 

Most calender heat presses will have light, light-medium, medium, medium-hard, and hard pressure levels. You often set the pressure you want by turning a knob on the top or the back of the control box. However, digital pressure setters are becoming more common.