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Laser Bridges - The Machine Guide

LASER BRIDGES

Proel Laser Bridge

BITO USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872;
  www.bitousa.com
What is it: This embroidery laser with Windows 8 compatibility is designed to span multi-head embroidery machines and/or other work stations up to 120' (35m) across.

Cost: $125,000 to $350,000

What's new:

        
  • Latest in PLC logic controller technology
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  • Integrated Vision System (option sold separately)
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  • Access to factory remote assist (requires Internet connection)
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  • Enhanced integration with plotters, and automatic rolling and feed systems
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  • Higher capacity for more devices.
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Key features:

        
  • High-speed galvanometric laser
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  • Can be integrated with any embroidery machine
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  • Variable cutting area of up to 600mm by 600mm (24") for each embroidery head
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  • PC controlled via interface cards
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  • Multiple layers of fabric can be kiss-cut simultaneously
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  • Number of units sold in North America: 120.
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User review: Keith Kearney is president of Stitches Embroidery (asi/89823) in Pittsburgh and has worked with BITO USA for his machine needs since 2007. "Owner Ed Balady doesn't just sell you a product," Kearney says. "He sets you up for success. He truly cares about his clients and makes certain that they're in line to be productive into the future. He believes in his product, and so do I. We couldn't be more satisfied with our Proel Laser Bridge, and Ed has stayed in close contact with us ever since to be sure of that satisfaction."

Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 All In One Embroidery Laser

BITO USA, Deer Park, NY; (866) 248-6872;
  www.bitousa.com
  What is it: The 1200 is a combination single-head laser and 12-needle embroidery machine with ear-to-ear cap sewing field (400mm high by 520mm wide) and optional specialty cap sewing frames.

Cost: $38,000 to $48,000

What's new:

        
  • Operator can choose power level, either 30 or 50 watts, to cut materials such as canvas, suede and synthetic leather
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  • Laser beam comes out of the needle 14 position and shoots down into the hole of the needle plate; laser is moved by the machine's motor, not the pantograph, making it possible to do headwear
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  • Embroidery head shield.
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Key features:

        
  • Maximum speed of 1,200 spm
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  • Easy design positioning with easy design trace and visual hoop maps
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  • Multi-position arms accept a wide variety of hoops and accessories.
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User review: Ethan Lipsitz is CEO of Los Angeles-based Apliiq Inc., which specializes in custom appliqué apparel and accessories at www.apliiq.com. He says the Proel TSI E-Laser 1200 All In One Embroidery Laser is very precise, as long as the laser is clean and running properly. "From time to time the laser gets dirty and the strength isn't consistent," he explains, "but otherwise it's performed well for us so far. There was definitely a learning curve, but with practice and communication with the Proel team, we've been getting better with it."

Seit SL-10 Laser Bridge Machine

Hirsch International, Hauppauge, NY;
  (800) 394-4426;
  www.hic.us

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This textile laser-bridge machine features improvements that increase production speed, improve safety, allow for more precise cutting and offer a larger cutting area.

What's new:

        
  • Patented exhaust system built into rigid pipe mounted on bridge; its straight shape reduces turbulence and increases suction
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  • Improved scan head is approximately 35% faster than fixed model
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  • Two security sensors operate horizontally to cover the front, sides and back of machine.
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Key features:

        
  • Available in custom lengths to accommodate any machine configuration and space requirements
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  • Heavy-duty C-shaped central supports provide continuous, unimpeded movement; multiple embroidery machines and test stands can be placed at any position along entire length of the X-axis.
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Buyer's note: The series is for mid- to high-volume embroidery shops looking to add or speed up appliqué production.

uPrint Laser Transfer Printers

MESA Distributors Inc. (asi/16004), Fort Worth, TX; (800) 330-3867;
  www.mesamachines.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: uPrint Laser Transfer Printers print full-color designs to transfer paper. The machine can print up to eight 8" by 11" designs per minute (Express Model) or six 16.5" by 11.5" designs per minute (Elite Model, pictured).

Key features:

        
  • Maximum print area: 11.5" by 16.5" (Elite) or 8" by 11" (Express)
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  • Print images at up to 1,200 dpi
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  • Decorate light or dark garments with custom graphics on demand
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  • Inexpensive way to decorate full-color T-shirts that will withstand powerful wash cycles.
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Buyer's note: uPrint Laser Transfer Printers are a good choice for business startups that wish to offer custom-printed garments, and an excellent addition to shops looking to add designs to a wide variety of items.

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