TAS International design and manufacture quality automatic, multi-colour screen printing machinery; along with a range of ancillary equipment including textile drying systems, compressors and infrared /quartz Flash Cure Units.
From our headquarters in Victoria, Australia, TAS have been supplying the textile printing industry for more than 35 years and in that time have built an enviable reputation for the simplicity and legendary reliability of our products.
With products ranging from small, lightning quick single colour label printers up to huge 20 colour machines and the industries largest print areas available, TAS are certain that we will have the right product for your requirements.
Welcome to our website and we look forward to being of service to you both now and in the future...
THE HISTORY OF TAS
TAS commenced in 1968 as an engineering design and development consultancy service, engaged in tooling and special purpose machine design, and moved into manufacture of screen-printing machinery in 1974.
From that time, TAS has been recognized as the industry’s major “innovator” in screen-printing equipment solutions, and significant milestones include:
1975 - Introduction of a 4 colour manual rotary carousel machine, the major “innovations” of which were not incorporated by other competitors until...
20 years later.
1977-81 - TAS developed special purpose machines that enabled screen printing
on-tapered containers, styrene boxes, metal tubes, light fittings, and spun metal products. This was unheard of at the time.
1982-84 - TAS developed the first pallet lifting carousel machine, which today is used by all US manufactured automatic carousel machines. This concept revolutionised the industry by offering smart cost effective method of construction, allowing high registration, accuracy and repeatability.
1985 - TAS began exporting to the US, and today 60% of TAS Screen Printing Machines go to the US, and the percentage is climbing rapidly. TAS also exports around the globe and has Accredited Resellers and Service Providers in all major countries including – Sweden, Germany, South Africa, United Kingdom, Canada, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia, Philippines, and New Zealand.
In the United States, TAS America (fully owned by TAS Australia), operates from facilities in California. (TAS America website: www.tasamerica.com)
1986-97 - The “innovations” during this period are too numerous to list in this brief background, however TAS “stunned” the industry when in 1997 it became the first manufacturer to provide a – 4 year guarantee. (and today, it is still the only manufacturer to do so. Our guarantee is more than double that of any other manufacturer)
1998-99 - TAS introduced the industry’s first 16 colour automatic screen printing machine with smart electric heads featuring digital squeegee speed display for quick set ups.
2000-01 - TAS releases the industry’s first automatic screen printing machine that successfully prints on transfers, as well as garments.
The PAL (Placement Attachment Loader) was introduced to make loading of Tee Shirts onto the pallets less stressful.
The ROC range of 6, 8, 10 colour presses were launched as an introduction machine for screen printers who are currently using manual presses.
2002 - TAS introduced to the market its first fully electric machine, named
“The Electra Range” offering a 55cm x 76cm (22” x 30”) print size; with electric motor rotation coupled with electric print heads.
2003 - TAS introduced to the market another fully electric machine, named “The Hawk Range” boasting a 46cm x 61cm (18” x 24”) print area with electric motor rotation coupled with electric print heads.
TAS Introduced to the market the first automatic- inline heat press and foiling machine for transfer applications or adding foil to prints.
2004 - TAS, exhibiting at SGIA, produced the first multi colour flock print on a press using Maag of Germany. Circular belt flocking technology was later to be replaced by rectangular flocking heads that fit under the print arm, not requiring the print head to be removed as had been the case with the circular flocking head.
TAS opened it sales office in Argentina for South America.
2005-06 - In July 2005 a low cost entry machine was designed and called “The Hawk Compact” 46cm x 50cm (18” x 20”) print area with the opportunity for end users for the first time to load and unload on the same pallet and thereby maximise the number of colours that can be printed. Sales in South America grew rapidly, giving TAS a large market share.
2007-08 - 2007 saw the development of our biggest machine up to date. 20 colour machines were installed in Australia and Central America. In the same year, as a result of huge market interest, development was also completed on our large format 3000 series machines, capable of producing prints ranging from as small as sleeve sizes all the way up to all-over, off the shoulder prints. Our extruded print head also became available at this time.
2009-10 - During this period and because of the success of our 3000 series machines, TAS received more and more enquiries for ever larger print areas. Because of this demand, the TAS 4000 series machine was launched. To complement this machine, a load assist unit was developed to help with the loading of very large substrates.
2011-Present - TAS has produced the world’s largest print area on a carousel, a staggering 45” x 75” in 4 colours.
TAS also developed their brand new, single colour, label-printing machine, The TAS Devil. This rapid machine is ideal for printing a variety of substrates with a 7” x 7” print area.
TAS will continue to develop products worthy of taking their place in our proud history and product range. With ease of use, reliability and value for money at the forefront of our designs, you can be sure that TAS will have a machine to suit both your pocket and your needs!