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Screen-Printing Equipment and Accessories - The Machine Guide

SCREEN-PRINTING EQUIPMENT AND ACCESSORIES

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Volt Servo All-Electric

 

Anatol Equipment Mfg. Co.,
Lake Bluff, IL; (847) 367-9760;
www.anatol.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is an industrial all-electric screen-printing press capable of printing more than 1,000 units per hour. The press is offered in four models, starting at four stations and two colors all the way up to 18 stations with 16 colors.

What's new: Aries O.S. 2.0 allows operator to save and recall every print job, including RBG or CMYK color spectrum.

Key features:

        
  • Near 360 degree 15" color touchscreen
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  • Servo-driven indexer and AC print heads
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  • Digital central off-contact
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  • High-tension screen clamping system
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  • Maximum print areas: 15" by 16", 16" by 18", 20" by 20", 20" by 28"
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  • May be wired for single and three-phase electrical
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  • Tool-free adjustments.
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  • Number of U.S.-based installations: More than 30
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User review: Tim Francis, owner of D&T Shirtified in Fremont, NE, says this press doesn't require an air compressor or chiller. "I've gone through two air compressor motors since I've started my business," he says, "and that's not enjoyable when the printing schedule is crammed full. Any disruptive variables you can remove from production is a very good thing." Francis adds that setup and training were a breeze for his operators: "The installing technician gave us the run-through, and we had it cranking out shirts by morning."

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M&R Kruzer Manual

 

GSG, Dallas; (214) 712-6200;
    (800) 366-1776;
  www.gogsg.com

Cost: Contact vendor for pricing.

What it is: This is an entry-level manual screen-printing press with six colors and four stations that accommodates most frame types and manages screen sizes up to 58cm wide.

What's new:

        
  • Lever-adjusted off-contact system operates vertically, eliminating need for separate angle adjustment
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  • V-Guide locator system for precise registration
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  • Tool-free quick-release pallet locks.
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Key features:

        
  • Designed to fit through a 78cm (31") doorway
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  • Micro-registration with zero set point guides.
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User review: Brett Bowden, owner of Printed Threads (asi/529006) in Keller, TX, owns and operates an M&R Kruzer at his screen-printing shop. "It comes with side clamps, so it can handle our 23" by 31" frames," he explains. "That's important since we only want to have one frame size in the shop." Another feature that Bowden appreciates is the off-contact controls. "It's extremely easy to change the off-contact on each head to ensure a great print and allow for some special effects processes, like capillary films," he says. "For the price, there's no better solution on the market."

MHM iQ Oval

 

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

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is an automatic screen-printing press with wi-fi capability for real-time technical support.

What's new:

        
  • iDS, MHM's intelligent drive system, features a small drive motor on each pallet arm that allows independent operation of each arm and smooth motion in both directions
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  • No safety barriers, giving the operator unrestricted access to loading areas.
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Key features:

        
  • Equipped with latest "m-touch pro" operating system with tablet interface
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  • Control panel at each station for convenient setup.
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Buyer's note: The iQ Oval is available in many configurations up to 52 pallets and is a great option for high-volume businesses that want to take textile screen printing to the next level.

User review: "Our experience with the MHM iQ Oval exceeded our already high expectations from MHM based on our experience with their other press models," says Tom Davenport, president/founder of Motion Textile Inc. in Sacramento. "The design offers total stability and flexibility in operation, including ultra-precise registration, an oversize print area, multiple load/unload stations allowing for running two jobs concurrently and the ability to add additional printheads." Davenport adds that his team recently on-boarded two new operators who had no experience with automatic presses, and "they picked it up quite quickly," he says. "The operator interface is intuitive, and the safety features make me feel more comfortable with a new operator running the machine."

S.Roque Eco Automatic

 

Ryonet Corp., Vancouver, WA;
(800) 314-6390;
www.screenprinting.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is an automatic press available in up to 18 colors/20 pallets, featuring a 10" polychromatic touch control panel and an AC servo-motor rotation system.

What's new: More user-friendly, streamlined interface

Key features:

        
  • Independent control panel on each printhead
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  • Printheads with independent elevation and high-lift position
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  • Zero-position for fast and easy setup
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  • Choice of "U" clamp or pin systems.
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  • Number of North American-based customers/installations of this machine: 81
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Buyer's note: This is an ideal press for businesses looking to take the next step in production.

User review: Christian Moore, owner/operator at Ink Kustoms Screen Printing in Deptford, NJ, first saw the S.Roque Eco Automatic press at the ISS Show in Atlantic City, NJ. "I knew I had to have it," he says. After only two hours of training in his shop, he was ready to fulfill orders. "Everything is very clear," he says. "Icons on the printheads make everything visual, so it's not a guessing game." He estimates that manually registering the screens is about five times faster than registering on any other press. "I knew automatic screen printing was going to be easier than manual printing," he says, "but I had no idea that everything was going to be easier."

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Mach Six-Color/Six- Station Manual

 

Workhorse Products, Phoenix; (602) 437-2305;
(800) 778-8779;
www.workhorseproducts.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This is a manual screen-printing press with precision machine-cast aluminum printheads and center wheel for tight registration and optional attachments for printing caps, jackets, signs, beverage holders, stickers and pockets.

What's new:

        
  • Pallet bracket for faster change-out of platens from shirts to sleeves; one knob tightens platen to arm as opposed to two in the previous style
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  • Optional casters for moving machine
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  • Quick-release bracket to use the same platens on operators' manual and automatic presses.
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Key features:

        
  • Large-diameter, full-length center shaft combined with print station support struts to maximize rigidity
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  • Tool-free X, Y and Z micro registration.
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Buyer's note: This machine is ideal for part-time or small shops doing multicolor work that want the flexibility of six stations or six-color capacity. It can be expanded to an eight color/six station as business grows.

User review: "Workhorse makes a great press," says Laura Maring, president and owner of McSherrystown, PA-based Teamzila Printing. "My production staff has been super happy, and Workhorse has been so easy to work with. They truly work hard to earn my business."

Sabre Six-, Eight-, 10-Color Automatic

 

Workhorse Products, Phoenix; (602) 437-2305;
(800) 778-8779;
www.workhorseproducts.com

Cost: Contact manufacturer for price.

What it is: This AC electric automatic screen-printing press features quick release pallets with a standard 20" by 20" image area and patented flashback capabilities.

What's new:

        
  • Patent-pending indexing system
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  • Tablet touchscreen control panel
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  • Web portal, accessed through tablet, tracks press production and jobs in real time from any browser.
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Key features:

        
  • Micro-registration
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  • Independent flood bar and squeegee pressure adjustments.
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Buyer's note: This machine is ideal for manual printers ready to take the next step toward higher production.

User review: Monica Sumner, president of Liberty Screen Print Co. LLC (asi/705550) in Beacon Falls, CT, leads a contract screen-printing shop that operates an eight-color Sabre and two additional six-color presses. "The Sabre has more features for the experienced production printer than its modest price lets on," she says. "The only thing you should consider is whether to purchase a six-, eight- or 10-color, and that's every shop owner's dilemma. Our eight-color Sabre meets all our quality standards in a quiet and efficient manner. We're happily looking forward to purchasing a 10-color as soon as possible."

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