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.
The Challenger III is available in models that offer 10-18 colors and 12-20 stations and maximum image areas of 19 x 22 in. to 36 x 43 in. (483 x 556 mm to 914 x 1092 mm). Printheads are driven by electric-drive motors and include tool-free front and rear print-stroke adjustment and tool-free, click-stop, four-corner off-contact settings for screen leveling. Challenger III’s indexer enables double indexing in one uninterrupted motion. Pneumatic screen clamps come standard, as do squeegee-pressure regulators, independent squeegee- and floodbar-speed adjustments, independently set angle and calibrated squeegee- and floodbar-pressure adjustments, adjustable rear screen holders, and M&R’s Revolver Print Program. According to M&R, Challenger III’s front and rear screen holders allow for easy placement of extra-wide screens for oversize and all-over printing. Each printhead features print, reset, and print/flood-speed controls, as well as a socket to accommodate a flash-cure unit at any station. The press’s carousel/indexer allows for clockwise or counterclockwise rotation. A touchscreen control panel with icon-based labeling can display information and commands in a range of languages. It gives operators access to an independent print-start/print-finish setting, jog-left/jog-right controls, multiple print-stroke capability (up to nine), onboard self-diagnostics, production-speed monitor and real-time production data, a test-print setting that turns individual printheads on/off during the test-print cycle, and more. Other press features include tool-free, quick-release platen locks; rubber-coated-aluminum platens; front microregistration adjustments with visual guides; rear micro-registration; adjustable rear screen holders; flip-up front screen holders speed setup; compatibility with M&R Tri-Loc, M&R Double Tri-Loc, and Newman Pin-Lock registration systems, and more. Options include fold-down printhead supports, foot-pedal control, optical no-shirt detector, and pneumatic squeegee/floodbar locks with tool-free angle adjustment.
TAS says its Hawk and Hawk Compact ranges represent a new breed of machine and says they incorporate the latest state-of-the-art engineering and cost-saving technologies. Features include electrically driven printheads; quick-release platens; skip-shirt and pause pedal; pneumatic screen clamps (optional on Hawk Compact presses); central and individual off-contact; hardened, ground-aluminum platens; front, center, and rear microregistration; touch-panel controller with Roto Multi-Flash Print Program; and more. Standard Hawk models come in six-color/eight-station to 14-color/16-station versions and support a standard print area of 18 x 25 in. (457 x 635 mm) and a maximum print area of 20 x 28 in. (508 x 711 mm). Standard platen size 18.5 x 30 in. (470 x 762 mm) for Hawk presses. Hawk Compact presses come in six-color/eight-station to 12-color/14-station versions and support a standard print area of 18 x 20 in. (457 x 508 mm) and a maximum print area of 20 x 23 in. (508 x 584 mm). Standard platen size is 18.5 x 24 in. (457 x 610 mm) for all Hawk Compact presses. All Hawk and Hawk Compact systems come with 18-in. (457-mm) floodbars and 65-durometer squeegees. All operate on 220-v, single-phase power.
Workhorse Products bills its Progressive Falcon M as a high-volume production machine with an entry-level price tag. Standard features include servo indexing, AC heads, pneumatic screen clamps, pneumatic squeegee/flood clamps, and central off-contact. The press comes in four configurations, from a six-color/eight-station model to a 12-color/14-station unit. Each supports a maximum image area of 18 x 18 in. (457 x 457 mm). All models come standard with Plug ‘N’ Go Flash technology, which is designed to permit an operator to hook up a flash to any printhead, after which the machine senses it and automatically shuts off that printhead. Other features include availability of real-time production data, on-screen diagnostics, built-in operational timers, digital control of indexer function and positioning, automatic home function, screen holders configured for the Newman pin-registration system, tool-free printhead adjustments, adjustable front and rear screen holders, integrated flash curing, rodless cylinders, linear guide rails, and more.
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