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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

Lawson Screen & Digital Products Inc.
Lawson’s Mini Trooper is a four-color/six-station press that’s designed to accommodate shops that have limited floor space. It features a modular configuration, flex-head design (user-defined printhead placement), 14-in. (356-mm) maximum print stroke, double stroke on the first printhead, front and rear microregistration, auto-balance squeegees, adjustable print stroke and individual printhead control, adjustable print and flood speeds and angles, adjustable off-contact and platen height, 16 x 18-in. (406 x 457-mm) platens, and more. The press supports a maximum image area of 14 x 16 in. (356 x 406 mm) and maximum frame size of 21 x 28 in. (533 x 711 mm). The Lawson Equalizer feature allows for the addition of an extra print head without the loss of the load/unload station. The system enables users to have a six-color/six-station Mini-Trooper. A PC option equips the press with a touchscreen control system mounted on boom arm that rotates around the carousel. Other options include the XL Package (automatic carousel indexing, foot pedal start, shuttle flash integration, integrated flash ports, and PLC diagnostics), additional printheads, double stroke on multiple heads, air compressor, pre-wiring for modular heads, rubber platen pads, additional dual-action squeegees, air clamps for frames, youth and sleeve platens, jacket holddowns, and more. The Mini-Trooper is also designed to accommodate Lawson’s QZE-Shuttle Flash Unit without taking up the space occupied by a printhead. The Shuttle Flash automatically positions itself over the printed garment, flashes based on operator-determined temperatures and dwell times, and then returns to its resting/home position during the next print cycle.


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