M&R Introduces the i-Image ST
M&R’s i-Image ST Computer-to-Screen Imaging System uses specially-formulated i-Pak water-based UV-blocking ink and advanced high-resolution inkjet technology to quickly generate opaque images on emulsion-coated screens. Computer-to-screen images are superior to traditional film positives, delivering greater detail and smoother halftone transitions. And since i-Image ST generates the image directly on the screen, there’s no need for vacuum hold-down during the exposure process. This, coupled with the fact that light doesn’t have to penetrate layers of film and glass, can reduce exposure time up to half. i-Image ST also eliminates the need for costly film positives, as well as the space and labor required to store and retrieve them. Because the image information is digital, it’s easy to store and quick to retrieve. Since i-Image ST is electrically operated, there’s no need to locate it near pneumatic lines.
The i-Image ST System includes computer, monitor, and M&R’s proprietary RIP software. By providing complete control of print parameters, the RIP software ensures high-quality images at production-level speed. It provides full image scaling and positioning, has presets for common applications, and can be user-customized for specific art types and various mesh counts. Three i-Image ST models are available: i-Image ST 1, with one industrial printhead capable of processing up to 150 screens per 8-hour shift; i-Image ST 2, with two industrial printheads for processing up to 250 screens per shift; and i-Image ST 3, with three industrial printheads for processing up to 350 screens per shift. In fact, i-Image ST 3 can create a full-size image in as little as 30 seconds. All i-Image ST models process image areas up to 51 x 53 cm (20" x 21”), and accept most static and retensionable screen frames in sizes up to 66 x 91 cm (26” x 36”). And all i-Image STs are designed to fit through an 81 cm (32”) doorway.
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