M&R Sales & Service, Inc.
Garment screen printers who use automatic presses do so because the units are able to handle high-volume jobs and produce steady, repeatable output. The machines are designed to save time by automatically carrying out user-defined operating parameters, such as off-contact, squeegee pressure and stroke length, and more. Automatic garment presses offer a way to streamline the production workflow, but additional efficiencies are possible.
M&R designed its new Z-Series line of automatic garment presses with sophisticated controls to further reduce the time needed to set up a job run and components that can increase productivity, print speeds, and quality. M&R says the Z-Series Challenger and Gauntlet automatic presses also feature significant advances in user-friendly operation.
Challenger Z is available in 12-, 14-, 16-, and 18-color models with a 20 x 28-in. (508 x 711-mm) maximum image area. Gauntlet Z is available in 12- and 14-color models with a 16 x 22-in. (406 x 559-mm) maximum image area. Challenger II, Challenger II OS, and Gauntlet II automatic textile presses also remain available.
A touchscreen monitor uses direct digital control to operate features such as off-contact, stroke length, flood and squeegee speed, and flash curing. Z-Series presses come standard with servo-driven indexers, electric printheads, digitally controlled stroke length, pneumatic and mechanical squeegee-pressure control, tool-free calibrated angle adjustments, and compatibility with prepress registration systems like M&R's Tri-Loc and Double Tri-Loc.
Z-Series presses also feature touchscreen-controlled, servo-driven central off-contact and independent mechanical head off-contact, which increases individual head off-contact adjustment by a total of 5/16 in. (8.0 mm) in increments of 1/64 in. (0.40 mm). M&R says individual head off-contact is invaluable when printing thick inks or specialty inks like gels and high-density formulations.
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