The Tile Master
Heat Press Machine
Designed by Alpha Supply Company and manufactured by George Knight & Co., exclusively for us, the benefits of the DK1820S heat press can be summed up with three words: size, power and efficiency.
The features, advantages and benefits of how this press is constructed is exactly the same the DK20S described on another page. Here is what puts the DK1820S in its own class.
Size - with an 18x20 heater block, even 17x19 heat transfers can easily be
applied. The "swing-away, back and then down" motion of the head means
that all force is evenly applied. This is especially important when imprinting
Power - the heater block for the DK1820S press is 1.1" thick. All other
manual presses are .75" thick. This provides an extra heat reservoir for
more even heating, especially when imprinting items like ceramics.
Efficiency - when configured as The Tile Master (DK1820S) with our unique
"2-Tray" production system, the press provides a 25-35% increase in
Tile Master In Action
average presses, "The Tile Master" does not have a heat resistant rubber
pad permanently glued to the bottom of the press. The bottom of the press is bare
you see is a steel tray, with the rubber permanently attached to
it. The tray slides onto the press bottom. Flanges on the left, right and front
of the tray keep it centered on the press.
yellow pads that you see in the picture are four pieces of heat resistant felt,
that are placed on top of the rubber pad. On top of the felt is a sublimation
transfer sheet and 6- 6x6 tiles waiting to be sublimated.
Tile Master" comes with 2 trays (with attached heat resistant rubber on each)
and 8 pieces of the felt (four for each tray). When the operator closes the press,
they then begin loading the second tray (shown to the left).
the heating cycle is completed with the first tray, the press is opened, the tray
slid off and the second tray immediately slid on and the press closed.
entire tray "switching" operation takes less than 30 seconds. The tray
of tiles just removed is allowed to cool for just a few minutes, unloaded and
then reloaded for the next cycle. There is no downtime between heating cycles.
shown in the pictures is the Teflon sheet (provided with "The Tile Master")
that is placed over the tiles. This keeps possible "grit" from the tiles
becoming stuck to the heater block.
Because the press is so heavy and some users want to be able to move it around,
an optional stand for the press can also be ordered. It is a custom made, solid
steel, welded stand, with locking castors.
important fact that we think is important to remember is that "The
Tile Master" can be used for any type of work requiring a swing away
DK1820S was named "The Tile Master" because of its powerful ability
to efficiently crank out hundreds of high-quality tiles a day. However, the press
is just as efficient and effective for any and all other types of transferring
example, if you were transferring to multiple items that were not ceramic, you
would just leave the felt off, but still use the two trays. If you were transferring
to single items (with short transfer times) you would probably just put one tray
on the press and leave it there.
press is also highly effective in providing an efficient method of transferring
to two sides of a garment. The lower platen is elevated and there is slightly
over 17" of free space under the platen.
of this large space, even 4XL shirts can be totally pulled over the platen for
perfectly positioned transfers. Transfer to one side of the garment, pull it off,
turn it over and then transfer to the other side.
other important fact to remember is that the DK1820S is not just bigger than a
standard 16x20 press, it is also more powerful and efficient in heating evenly.
This is because the heater block is about .35" thicker than a standard press.
getting boringly technical, this means there is an additional 126 cubic inches
of heater block metal to collect and hold heat during the transfer process.
you are seriously interested in this press we suggest that you go to one of our
specialized sites at, TheTileMaster.com,
and read the entire site. You will get a lot of ideas there, including our business
thoughts on the press.
you don't feel like you need the awesome abilities of "The Tile Master",
but still want a very powerful press, review the information about the DK20S.
It is quite a press in its own right.
press can also be ordered as a packaged deal that includes everything below, plus
a complete bulk ink sublimation system, an assortment of practice blank tiles
and everything else you need to hit the ground running. See the details at - http://www.thetilemaster.com/deals.htm
The Tile Master
Weight - 240 lbs. (109 kilos)
Electrical - 1800 watts / 15 amps.
Dimensions - 24"x21"x32"
220v available at no extra charge
DC/DK Universal Stand
Weight: 77 Lbs.
Shipped Dims: 36"x24"x8"
Assembled Dims: 26"x16"x29"