i-Image STE I™ is the flagship of M&R’s i-Image Series of computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and imaging/exposure systems. With its full-size built-in UV LED screen exposure panel, i-Image STE I offers the convenience of having CTS imaging and UV LED screen exposure in one machine. i-Image STE I doesn’t require a separate screen exposure unit—or the space one requires, and it dramatically reduces the time and effort required to prepare images for screen printing. And to optimize productivity, every CTS-generated screen is pre-registered for M&R’s Tri-Loc. And M&R’s Tri-Sync™ System helps ensure perfect screen alignment on Tri-Loc registration frames. Three LEDs serve as positive screen-frame contact indicators for the three stop blocks, verifying that the screen is properly positioned for imaging.
i-Image STE I systems use specially-formulated water-based UV-blocking ink and advanced high-resolution computer-to-screen inkjet printer technology to quickly generate opaque images on emulsion-coated screens. CTS images are superior to traditional film positives, delivering greater detail and smoother halftone transitions. i-Image STE I eliminates the need for costly film positives, as well as the space and labor required to store and retrieve them. Because the image information is digital, it’s easy to store and quick to retrieve.
i-Image STE I is available in two sizes and three printhead configurations. i-Image STE I 36 models process image areas up to 51 x 66 cm (20” x 26”) and accept most screen frames up to 66 x 91 cm (26" x 36"). i-Image STE I 43 models process image areas up to 51 x 86 cm (20” x 34”) and accept most screen frames in sizes up to 66 x 109 cm (26" x 43"). Both sizes are available with one, two, or three industrial printheads.
The onboard UV LED exposure systems found on M&R’s imaging/exposure models streamline workflow and increase productivity, delivering fast, superior exposures with exponentially lower energy costs. Not only do UV LEDs use far less energy, they’re only on during the exposure process. M&R’s UV LEDs run cooler, save energy costs, reduce screen exposure time, and speed up production. And, unlike expensive metal-halide bulbs that require replacement every year or two, i-Image UV LEDs can last for decades. In fact, M&R is so confident in the longevity of i-Image’s screen-exposure LEDs that it backs them with a limited lifetime warranty against failure in normal use.
Imaging and exposure is amazingly fast: one-printhead i-Image STE I systems can image and expose up to 150 screens per 8-hour shift; two-printhead models can image and expose up to 300 screens per shift; and three-printhead models can image and expose up to 400 screens per shift. In fact, three-printhead models can generate and expose full-size images in less than a minute (Note: some dual-cure and other slower-exposing emulsions may extend exposure time). And when combining an i-Image STE I with M&R’s Uni-Kote screen coating system and Eco-Rinse screen rinsing system, a single operator can coat, image, expose, and rinse up to 400 screens preregistered for Tri-Loc in one eight-hour shift. M&R’s Digital Screen Room can deliver phenomenal levels of productivity to your operation. And you can see it happen at www.mrprint.com/dsr5.
i-Image STE I is designed to fit through an 81 cm (32") doorway, and all models include computer, monitor, and proprietary software that give operators complete control of print parameters, producing high-quality screen images at production-level speed. The software provides full image scaling and positioning, has 16-exposure presets for common applications, and can be user-customized for specific art types, various mesh counts, and types of emulsion. The software also gives imaging/exposure models complete control of exposure parameters. And the high density of M&R’s UV LEDs ensures the quickest exposures and the most uniform coverage available.
M&R’s i-Image Series is the most popular and versatile line of computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and imaging/exposure systems in the industry. The i-Image Series includes the flagship i-Image STE I CTS imaging/exposure system, the i-Image S and i-Image ST imaging-only systems, the oversize i-Image X imaging-only system, and the i-Image XE CTS imaging/exposure system. In short, there’s an i-Image system to suit virtually every requirement. M&R’s i-Image Series imaging systems and all-in-one computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and UV LED exposure systems will revolutionize your screen room. Once you’ve experienced M&R’s i-Image Series, you won’t be satisfied with anything less.
Tri-Loc for CTS (Computer-to-Screen) Imaging Systems
Since every CTS-generated screen is automatically pre-registered for M&R’s Tri-Loc registration system, on-press registration is blazingly fast. In fact, owners report imaging and exposing screens in as little as 40 seconds—and washed out and registered on the press with Tri-Loc in less than 8 minutes! Users simply mount the Tri-Loc pallet to the press and move it to each printhead, pulling the screen frames into contact with the pallet at the three registration points. It’s an amazingly easy process.
CE Certified: Built to specifications established by the European Committee for Standardization® (CE)
UL Listed: Built to specifications established by Underwriters Laboratories® (UL)
Can be user-customized for specific art types, various mesh counts, and types of emulsion
Digital workflow simplifies the imaging process
Eliminates the need for costly film
Improves image quality
M&R’s Tri-Sync™ LED System helps ensure perfect screen alignment on Tri-Loc registration frames by indicating when screens are properly positioned for imaging