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Heat Presses

A heat press is a machine engineered to transfer a design or graphic on a substrate, such as a t-shirt, mug, tile, metal and so on. It does this with the application of heat and pressure for a set period of time. While heat presses are often used to apply designs to fabrics, they can also be used to imprint designs on mugs, plates, jigsaw puzzles, and other products.

Both manual and automatic heat presses are widely available. A new style of press that is semi-automatic has entered the market as well, allowing for a manual closing process with an automatic opening. The most reliable presses for use by unskilled labour are manual digital technology in newer machines enables precise control of heat and pressure levels and timing. The most common types of heat press employ a flat platen to apply heat and pressure to the substrate. In the "clamshell" design, the upper heat element in the press opens like a clamshell (or sandwich machine) , while in the "swing-away" design, the heat platen swings away from the lower platen.

The swing-away design has more even pressure for thicker items such as ceramics and metals.

Most heat presses currently on the market use an aluminium upper-heating element with a heat rod cast into the aluminium or a heating wire attached to the element. Machines manufactured in Europe and the USA generally use an element which is attached to the aluminium block, so that should the element burn out, it’s very quick and easy to replace.

The image or graphic to be transferred is printed on a special transfer paper which allows the image to transfer with the application of heat and pressure.

Heat presses are available  with flat platens for T-shirts and other flat materials, curved for caps, round for mugs, and now even vacuum presses are available for doing transfers onto irregular shaped items.

As agents for Geoknight in the USA, and MUGGIT out of the East, we distribute a wide variety of heat presses from home to industrial units.

We not only have stock on hand but also spares, and competent technicians who can repair our presses.

usa vs chinese heat press

USA / European vs Eastern Presses

The main differences between USA / European Presses and those from the Far East are that the European / American ones, use more advanced (and thus more expensive) technology on their elements, and sturdier yet lighter weight frames. This results in three main advantages:

   American & European manufacturers frequently give LIFETIME WARRANTIES on their elements. Eastern presses come with a 6-month or at most 12-month warranty on the element.

   The Element itself is screwed onto the heat platen so it can be easily removed and replaced should it burn out. On most Eastern presses, the heat platen is molded around the element, so should the element go faulty the whole heat platen (which is very heavy) needs to be replaced. The heat platen is often 40% or more of the price of a new machine.

   The Frames (mechanisms) are stronger, yet lighter resulting in a long lasting machine, which can handle higher volumes.

This is why USA and European presses are much more expensive than ones from the Far East, though if you calculate that these more expensive presses will last for a decade or more, they are in fact cheaper than the Far Eastern ones in the long run.

European and American presses are usually the swing-away variety. Eastern presses are usually the clamshell variety, due to cost.

Mug Press

Mug Press

Mugs are one of the hottest selling sublimation products today, outselling every other sublimation product by a factor or more than ten.

To this end, a mug press is an indispensable part of any sublimation system.
In the past we used to manufacture our own Mug presses with elements sourced from the USA. Today we have these presses manufactured for us in the East to the same standards.
We have parts and accessories for all our mug presses readily on hand, so whether you need an additional element or a repair done, we can do it quickly.

1. Muggit Blue Mug Press

  •  Most popular and affordable mug press in our rangeMuggit Blue Mug Press
  •  Digital Time and temperature control
  •  Supplied standard with an element for 11oz Mugs (85% of all mugs are 11oz)
  •  Optional Extra – 10oz Mug Element (for Beer Steins, Sports Bottles, Tea Mugs)
  •  NRCS Approved (South African Regulator Body of Safety)
  •  Extremely reliable


2. Muggit Multifunction Mug Press

  •  Most affordable versatile mug pressMuggit Multifunction Mug Press
  •  Digital time and temperature control
  •  Supplied standard with 4 different elements – 10oz, 11oz, 12oz Cone shaped, 17oz Cone shaped
  •  Rugged Mechanism
  •  NRCS Approved (South African Regulator Body of Safety)
  •  For both laser and sublimation transfers


3. Muggit Pro Arc Mug Press

  •  Premium Grade mug press for professional resultsMuggit Pro Arc Mug Press
  •  Digital Time and Temperature control
  •  Comes with 6 different sized and shaped elements - for both cone and straight mugs and even tot glasses
  •  The most Rugged and reliable mechanism of all our presses
  •  NRCS Approved (South African Regulator Body of Safety)


4. Muggit 5-in-1 Mug Press

  •  High Volume mug press – can press up to 5 mugs at the same timeMuggit 5-in-1 Mug Press
  •  For standard 11oz Mugs
  •  Separate timer for each slot
  •  Separate pressure for each slot
  •  Digital Timer and Temperature controller
  •  Built for semi-industrial use


All Mug Presses come with a 1 year warranty on the controller and a 6 month warranty on the element

Cap Press

Cap Press


1. Muggit Pro Cap Press

  • The Muggit Cap Press is a low cost press for all but the most strenuous work.Press Econo Cap Pro
  •  Flexible Rubber base
  •  Hold down device to pull rear strap of cap thus holding the cap tightly in place
  •  Strong mechanism for repeated use
  •  Digital Time and Temperature settings
  •  1 Year warranty


2. Geoknight Industrial Cap Press

  •  The DK7 Cap press is a fully functional cap press for printing the front face of any sized headwear.
  •  Accepts different sized interchangeable tables for different caps (comes standard with one table)
  •  Fully digital temperature control
  •  Automatic digital timer & dual pre-press timer
  •  Digital Time and Temperature settingsGeoknight Industrial Cap Press
  •  70 Programmable presets
  •  Hardened high-strength pivot points
  •  Solid Steel framework
  •  Self-lifting gas-spring, & wide opening
  •  Cap hold-down device
  •  User selectable end-of-cycle alarms
  •  Records number of pressing cycles done
  •  Teflon-coated 3/4" thick heat platen
  •  Lifetime warranty on heat platen
  •  1 year warranty on entire press


T-Shirt & Tile Press

T-Shirt & Tile Press

A T-shirt press is the most essential piece of equipment after the transfer printer as more than 80% of all transfer printable items are flat.

For this reason, you need to be sure you get a press which not only works, but which can be repaired locally.

We have a ton of experience in heat presses – we used to manufacture our own presses right here in South Africa from 1998 to 2003.

The American Geoknight presses are far more advanced than the Chinese presses which is why the elements on their presses are covered by a lifetime warranty.jgelectronics Geoknight DC16

All the presses we sell come with instructions in real English, which are often written by JG Electronics and have passed all the required SOUTH AFRICAN safety tests. We have the certificates to prove it.

We've discovered that some presses that look like ours (because the Chinese copy everything) sold on the local market have FAILED these tests.

All our presses include training.

1. Muggit 38x38cm High Pressure Clamshell Press

  •   This press generates much higher pressure – specially for use with laser transfersPress Econo HP
  •   Digital Timer
  •   Digital Temperature Control (calibrated in Johannesburg)
  •   Instruction manual in English written by JG Electronics
  •   Heavier than usual construction of handle and frame (made to JG Electronics specifications)
  •    Reinforced Pig Tail (Temperature sensor) for more reliable readings
  •   380 x 380mm heat surface
  •   Adjustable pressure (can press items up to 2.5cm thick)
  •  12 Month manufacturer’s warranty

2. Muggit 60 x 40cm and 38 x 38cm Econo swing-away Press

  •  Intergrated Digital Timer and Temperature controller
  • Press Econo 60S, JGE 60 x 40 Press 600 x 400mm / 380 x 380mm heat surface
  •  Adjustable pressure – press items up to 1cm thick – but cannot press plates
  •  Excellent value for money
  •  Works with the Forever Laser transfer papers perfectly even on hard surfaces such as mirrors
  •  6 Month manufacturer’s warranty

3. Muggit 8-in-1 swing-away Combo Press

  •  Digital Timer and Temperature controllerPress 8 in 1
  •  Instruction manual in English written by JG Electronics
  •   C.E Certified (European Equivalent of SABS)
  •  Comes standard with Mug Attachment & 4 different mug elements
  •  Optional Plate Attachments
  •  Optional Cap Attachments
  •  Full range of spares available locally
  •  Quality components used – not like the cheap rip offs which are so common
  •  Adjustable pressure
  •  Our most popular multifunction press
  •  12 Month manufacturer’s warranty


4. Econo 8-in-1 swing-away Combo Press

  •  Similar to the Muggit 8-in-1 press, but made with lower cost materialsPress Econo Combo 8-in-1
  •  Instruction manual in English written by JG Electronics
  •  To change mug elements, you need a screwdriver
  •  Comes standard with Mug Attachment & 4 different mug elements
  •  Plate attachment included
  •  Cap attachment included
  •  Full range of spares available locally
  •  Adjustable pressure (can press items up to 2.5cm thick)
  •  6 Month manufacturer’s warranty


5.Geoknight Combo – DC-16

  •  355 x 406mm heat platenjgelectronics geoknight dc16
  •  Raised platen for ease of use of making caps (with optional cap attachment), and draping T-shirts of all sizes
  •  Extremely rugged design for high volume use – some units over 20 years old still working
  •  Digital Temperature controller with 70 programmable presets
  •  Teflon Coated platen
  •  SuperCoil-Mirowinding ™ element with a LIFETIME WARRANTY
  •  Digital Pressure Reading
  •  Digital Timer
  •  Records number of pressing cycles done (excellent for controlling staff and preventing abuse)
  •  Solid Steel welded Framework
  •  1 Year Manufacturer’s warranty on machine


6.Geoknight Label Press – DK-7

  •  152 x 203mm heat platen
  •  Allows for perfect placement of the transfer without pressing parts of the item that shouldn't be pressed
  •  Excellent for use on kitbags, togbags, collared shirts, socks, stockings, umbrellas & so on.
  •  Raised platen for added versatility
  • Includes smaller beds of 76 x 127mm and 76 x 76mm for precision work
  • Press DK8 Digital Temperature controller with 70 programmable presets
  •  Teflon Coated platen
  •  SuperCoil-Mirowinding ™ element with a LIFETIME WARRANTY
  •  Digital Pressure Reading
  •  Digital Timer
  •  Records number of pressing cycles done (excellent for controlling staff and preventing abuse)
  •  Solid Steel welded Framework
  •  1 Year Manufacturer’s warranty on machine


Plate Press

Plate Press


Muggit Plate press

  •  Intergrated Digital Timer and Temperature controllerPress Plate D
  •  Can press both dinner and side plates
  •  Adjustable pressure – press items up to 2.5cm thick
  •  English instruction manual with easily understood instructions
  •  Economical on Electricity
  •  12 Month manufacturer’s warranty


Mug Clamps

Mug Clamps


There are two types of mug clamps.

The USA clamps that are far superior to any other mug clamp out there and gives great results. These clamps are very durable and recommended for industrial use.

Clamp Mug USA, JGE, Mug Clamp

The Pro clamps that are also of great quality. However they are meant for those who do not produce thousands of mugs in an order and do more smaller runs.

clamp mug Pro


Benefits of Using mug clamps:

  • They allow you to produce 12-15 mugs at a time in a standard household oven or 3D Press
  • Up to 500 mugs can be produced per day this way
  • Save time electricity
  • Transfers are more consistent over longer runs
  • Less heat tape is used


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