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AIT Model 1550PA

Double Platen Heat Transfer Printing Press


Double Platen Heat Printing Press activated by Foot Pedal.

The AIT 1550-PA is a fully automatic heat transfer printing press designed for maximum productivity with materials ranging from soft T-shirts to hard ceramic tiles.

The printing cycle is automatically activated by a foot pedal switch. The heated press head automatically moves into position, drops, and presses for pre-set dwell time.


Operator movement is limited to loading and unloading operations thereby reducing fatigue and maximizing production.

Digital temperature and time controllers provide accurate control and ease of adjustment.

The anvil shape of the bottom platens allows ease in loading tubular goods and minimizes wrinkling.

The AIT 1550-PA is "Safety Certified" and will meet or exceed worldwide safety and efficiency standards.

Heat Transfer on T-shirt

Standard equipment includes a head safety device, and swing-away head. Heat Press is engineered with quick disconnect design for quick changing of platens.

HEAT CONTROL: The AIT 1550PA also includes the Mica Heat Matte that is engineered with 30 years of experience in heat control of platen type presses. In the case of platen machine there are some basic certainties:

Heat is Dynamic. The edges of the platen always lose head faster then the center. The 1550PA compensates for this with higher wattage elements around the perimeter.

Mica Heat Matte

Heat Trasfer is most efficient with contact. The Mica Matte has 100% contact with the heated plate. The others have much less contact with the plate which translates to a much slower reaction time.


The 1550PA is faster. A foot switch activates the cycle to move the head from one side to the other and automatically brings the head down to start the pressing cycle.

View picture of 1550PA with specialized platen for sublimating on tote bags.

Click here to see step by step demonstration of setting up the Heat Press for Small Tote Bag decorative operations

A head safety is provided. Competitive machines require the oeprator to manually push a tray under the head. The operator must then depress two buttons and hold the buttons until the head makes contact.


- The anvil style bottom plate allows the tube of the garment over and allows single ply pressing. Many competitive machines to not allow this.

Multiple Platen sizes are available

- The 1550 has a quick change feature that allows both the top plate and the bottom plate to be changed in 5 minutes or less. Many of our customers have multiple head sizes for different applications including sublimating onto gym bags, backpacks, etc.

The Astex 1550PA Heat Transfer Press is also available with an optional custom steel stand with locking casters:

Heat Transfer Press with Steel Stand




  • Digital Temperature Control
  • Digital Timer
  • Adjustable Pneumatic Pressure
  • Foot Pedal Controlled Automatic Head and Cycle Activation
  • Hand Safety Device
  • Quality Assurance System
  • Ideal for rigid substrates when equipped with optional double heating system
  • Interchangeable Head System


  • Interchangeable Platens from sizes 4" x 4" to 20" x 24"
  • Steel Stand
  • Laser Light Positioning System
  • Double Heating System



Model Platen Size Amps Draw @ 220/1/60 Pressure Crated Weight
1550-PA 15.5" X 19.5"
400mm x 500mm

12 amps

21 psi
1.5 kg/cm
360 lbs
163 kg
1550-PAB 20" x 24"
508mm x 609mm
12 amps 21 psi
1.5 kg/cm
260 lbs
116 kg


AIT Model 1550-PA
Dimension Layout

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