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An Overview of Automatic Garment Presses

(June 2011) posted on Tue May 24, 2011

Use this guide to automatic garment presses to find out about important features and functions and learn about some of the models on the market.

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By Ben P. Rosenfield

Control systems range from analog dials and switches to microprocessor-based systems with touchscreens. Digitally controlled presses typically feature a master control system and independent controls on each printhead for fine tuning. Some models allow operators to store and recall job settings, which can reduce setup time significantly on repeat orders. Some presses also feature connectivity solutions that permit manufacturers to access control systems and troubleshoot problems remotely.

Anatol Equipment Manufacturing Co.
Anatol’s Vindicator is available in 10-, 12-, 14-, 16-, 18-, and 20-color models with a maximum image area of 20 x 28 in. (508 x 711 mm) and maximum platen size of 18 x 28 in. (457 x 711 mm). All models feature a steel frame and servo-driven indexers (platen-position tolerance of ±0.001 in., 0.025 mm), lift and lower, and printheads. According to Anatol, these servo-driven components ensure consistency, impeccable registration, and smooth production cycles. The press comes standard with air screen clamps, touchscreen control panel, digital central off-contact adjustment, clockwise or counter-clockwise operation, adjustable side screen holders, quick-release platen changeover, rubber-coated-aluminum platens, a full set of squeegees with blades, a full set of floodbars, skip-shirt button on the control panel and at loading and unloading stations, and printhead/main-panel stop buttons. The touchscreen control system features a Microsoft Windows-based interface and allows access to real-time production data and an on-board self-diagnostics system to locate problems for minimal print interruption. All operating parameters are accessible at the control panel, and operators can save, restore, or automatically update print parameters to reduce setup time. Individual printhead controls include print speed, flood speed, stroke length, screen clamping, and squeegee pressure. Options for the Vindicator include Accu-Temp and Rapid Wave Medium quartz flashes, a variety of platen sizes and styles, foot pedal for manual-mode control, individual station laser and bar protection, and front and rear screen holders.


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