The single-operator, one-hour challenge now stands at more than 2100 T-shirts.
On Friday, June 28, 2013, Luis Omar Viera used an M&R high-performance Challenger III D J4 automatic screen printing press, an M&R Passport automatic T-shirt unloader, and an M&R Fusion electric conveyor dryer to set a new world record of 2139 T-shirts screen printed in one hour by a single operator. This eclipsed the previous record of 1909 screen-printed T-shirts, which was also set by Viera.
Rich Hoffman, M&R’s CEO, said, “In 2010, Omar proved he was an elite screen printer. And we knew we had a phenomenal automatic screen printing press in the concept Challenger III D J4. But we also knew everything would have to go perfectly for Omar to set a new world record in London—much less to shatter the old record the way he did today. Even if you have all the elements necessary for success, an otherwise minor glitch can leave you short of your goal. To borrow a phrase from the sports world, ‘It’s why they play the game.’ Fortunately, it all fell into place.”
Hoffman went on to thank Jon Weiss, founder and CEO of the New Buffalo Shirt Factory, for making it possible for Viera to compete; Gildan for providing T-shirts; Wilflex for providing ink; Mitsubishi for their servo drives and support; the people at M&R behind the design and manufacture of the new concept Challenger III D J4 automatic textile press; M&R support staff at FESPA 2013; and especially Omar for another amazing performance.
Video of the event is available here: http://youtu.be/daqrydl8ZDM
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