There are two main types of Heat Press Machine, each with advantages and disadvantages, which can affect your productivity.
Clamshell heat presses are machines that open and close like clams. The top platen is raised approximately 45 degrees, then lowered until it contacts the bottom platen, and then the press is fastened in this position.
These are probably the most common types and are very easy for beginners to use because they are easy to operate and take up minimal floor space.
Easy to use and beginner friendly (the same is true for economical presses)
Minimal space required and easy to transport
Ideal for batch printing of T-shirts, totes and flags
Swing type hot press
The design of the pendulum press (or well-known "flat press" in the industry) allows the upper platen to "swing away" from the lower platen instead of swinging up and down like a flip.
With these hot presses, you can press thicker items, and you can conveniently place the transfer device on the lower platen by rotating the platen up and down, so you can place production equipment faster and more securely and accurately reduce waste.
Advantages of swing
Easier to view and adjust when laying out applications and substrates
Suitable for all garments and thick substrates
When the upper pressure plate is closed vertically upward and downward, it is more accurate when applying heat and pressure, applying pressure evenly and preventing transfer
Energy savings when hovering over the lower platen as fewer platens are exposed to room temperature