Boy Scouts of America required the ability to produce short runs of printed performance-wear apparel with minimal personnel and without the mess and expense of screen printing. Traditional screen printing was investigated, but it is not suited to their needs. Screen printing requires graphic design ability, multiple personnel and is a messy process–more suited to a large apparel run with a longer lead time. The solution was :Kornit Storm II
Meeting the time-sensitive needs of today’s Scouts
BSA/Manufacturing is the only in-house manufacturer for Boy Scouts of America (BSA), supplying embroidered products for Scouts worldwide, overseeing apparel needs and working with a large network of suppliers. However, there are times the supplier network can’t meet tight deadlines on a short apparel run, and BSA/Manufacturing must be able to assist when those needs arise. Traditional screen printing was investigated, but it is not suited to their needs. Screen printing requires graphic design ability, multiple personnel and is a messy process–more suited to a large apparel run with a longer lead time.
After ruling out screen printing, BSA/Manufacturing investigated direct-to-garment printing, and Kornit technology stood out for several reasons. The ease of use was important, and the fact that only one person is needed to run the printer is a huge benefit for this 20-person shop. In addition, the durable printer can be operated almost continually for 3 shifts during the busy summer camp season, while it meets the needs for 1,200 pieces monthly the rest of the year.
The range of printable substrates that Kornit technology can accommodate was important, too. BSA is finding that Boy Scouts and their leaders want moisture-wicking performance apparel for hot summer camps—not the standard cotton T-shirt. Working with industry-leading garment manufacturer Sanmar, BSA is experimenting with a range of polyester fabrics on the Kornit printer to find the right combination of quality, speed and color reproduction. The Kornit integrated pretreatment feature was also key, eliminating manual spray and heat press steps to accelerate the process.
BSA invested in the Storm II, with adjustable print heads that simplifies printing over zippers and hoodies—high-demand apparel in the scouting world. And, as an organization that leads the way in outdoor youth adventures, BSA is keenly interested in sustainability. Environmentally friendly ink played in a critical role as the BSA/Manufacturing made its purchasing decision.
BSA/Manufacturing is extremely pleased with its decision to purchase the Kornit Storm II. The printer continues to meet all initial requirements, enabling BSA to meet the time sensitive apparel needs of Scouting events around the country. Minimal investment in training and personnel, and the need for quality, sustainability and speed—for BSA, it all added up to Kornit.