Printer's Resource FAQ

Is the Cycle Speed the same as the Print Speed?

No, cycle speed is not the same as print speed.

A cycle is one full print stroke, from the start of the first print stroke to the same point at the start of the second stroke. The term is usually used to represent the rate at which a press can operate when it is not printing. In the non-printing mode, the press is not affected by things like the type and consistency of the ink used, mesh count, screen tension, coverage required, and operator experience. To varying degrees, each of these factors helps prevent the press from printing at the cycle rate.

Although one or more of these factors can slow press operation, maximum press speed is usually determined by how fast the operator can load T-shirts.