ALPHA 8™ Automatic Oval Screen Printing Press

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ALPHA 8™ Automatic Oval Screen Printing Press

  Alpha 8™ is M&R’s exciting new take on the oval-shaped screen printing press. It’s modular and expandable—and can be configured for almost any production requirement. Since Alpha 8’s oval...

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Alpha 8™ is M&R’s exciting new take on the oval-shaped screen printing press. It’s modular and expandable—and can be configured for almost any production requirement. Since Alpha 8’s oval shape takes up less floor space than comparable carousel screen printing presses, it makes more efficient use of available production area. Oval shape also allows Alpha 8 to fit into spots where no carousel screen printing press could. Alpha 8 is available in three models: Alpha 8 5070, Alpha 8 6080, and Alpha 8 80110. The 8-station Base/Drive Module supports up to four printheads, while M&R’s Plug & Print™ modular design provides for expansion—in six-station increments—up to 62 stations on Alpha 8 5070 & 6080, and up to 50 stations on Alpha 8 80110. Alpha 8’s digital touch-screen control panel with icon-based labeling can display information and commands in numerous languages, simplifying screen printing press operation and training anywhere in the world.

The Alpha 8 automatic screen printing press incorporates a sophisticated servo-drive indexing system that combines extremely high screen printing speed with smooth operation and precise control. It also incorporates multiple-indexing capability, which allows virtually unlimited load/unload scenarios. Alpha 8’s design allows users to start with as many—or few—printheads as they need, and add more as their needs change. Other than the end stations, there are no restrictions on printhead placement. All other stations can support printheads—and any station can be left open. Alpha 8 even allows screen printers to change the placement of load/unload stations for maximum efficiency. No screen printing press is more flexible. Hooded sweatshirts, pant legs, cut pieces, T-shirts, and most other types of textile substrates can be easily loaded and properly located on Alpha 8, maximizing production and flexibility. Alpha 8 is also an ideal screen printing press for oversize printing. Alpha 8’s printheads are driven by fast, reliable variable-frequency AC drive motors, and include simple print-stroke adjustment, allowing very high screen print production rates. These printheads also incorporate an elegantly simple method of adjusting off-contact at all four corners of the screen frame quickly and independently—all without tools. Alpha 8’s high-lift mode simplifies access to the underside of the screen and allows fast, tool-free placement of flash cure units at any station. Rear micro-registration and locking front micro-registration with visual guides help ensure ultra-precise screen positioning.

The Alpha 8 5070 and 6080 models leave the front of the pallet and the pallet arm assembly free of obstruction, allowing it to easily handle almost any type of item. Due to their larger print areas, Alpha 8 6080 and 80110 models include a wider print carriage. The 80110 model also includes larger, stronger pallet arms; wider pallet-leveling brackets; and a printhead lockdown/pallet-arm support feature for greater stability and enhanced print quality. Alpha 8, with its expandable, changeable configuration, efficient design, and high production speed, can be a star performer in a wide variety of production scenarios.

STANDARD FEATURES

CERTIFICATION

  • CE Certified: Built to specifications established by the European Committee for Standardization® (CE)
  • UL Listed: Built to specifications established by Underwriters Laboratories® (UL)
CONTROL CENTER
  • Digital microprocessor with self-diagnostics
  • Digital touchscreen control panel with icon-based labeling can display information and commands in multiple languages
  • Independent print-start/print-finish setting automatically activates and stops printheads at the beginning and end of screen printing runs
  • Jog-left/jog-right controls
  • Maintenance Minder™ System alerts operators when scheduled maintenance is due
  • Multiple (1-9) print stroke capability
  • Production speed monitor ensures more accurate job costing
  • Provides control of multi-print functionality
  • Test print setting turns individual printheads on/off during test print cycle
  • Versatile pedestal-mounted control panel
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
  • 8-Station Base/Drive Module supports up to 4 printheads
  • Built of heavy-duty steel and premium components
  • Design allows users to change the placement of printheads and load/unload stations for custom configurations
  • Expandable in 6-station modules
  • Oval shape takes up less floor space than comparable carousel automatic screen printing presses
  • Printheads and pallet arms provide the stability necessary for exceptional screen print quality
  • Printheads can be added on site as needs change
  • Stations (maximum): 62 on Alpha 8 5070 and 6080 and 50 on Alpha 8 80110
INDEX SYSTEM
  • Allows quick adjustment of indexing parameters tailored to various pallet sizes
  • Clockwise or counterclockwise rotation
  • Multiple-indexing capability allows virtually unlimited load/unload scenarios
  • Servo drive offers multi-index capability
  • Servo drives combine higher screen printing press speeds with exceptional smoothness, consistency, and longevity
OFF-CONTACT
  • Calibrated and tool-free four-corner off-contact settings allow fast and accurate screen leveling
OPTICAL NO-SHIRT DETECTOR
  • Automatically prevents the press from screen printing on empty pallets
  • Reduces misprints and minimizes press stoppage because of improperly loaded shirts
PALLET SYSTEM
  • Precise three-point pallet leveling system
  • Tool-free quick release pallet locks
  • Wider pallet supports provide enhanced stability (Alpha 8 80110)
PALLETS
  • A wide range of pallet sizes complements Alpha 8’s wide-ranging capabilities (Your M&R Representative can help you select the pallet size and type that best fits your needs)
PRINTHEADS
  • Brushless and maintenance-free electric-drive motors deliver smooth screen print strokes and exceptional control
  • Designed to leave the front of the pallet and the pallet arm assembly clear of obstruction, allowing the press to easily handle almost any type of item (Alpha 8 5070 and 6080)
  • Independent print and reset buttons on each printhead
  • Independent print/flood speed controls on each printhead simplify screen printing press setup
  • Lockdown feature provides enhanced stability (Alpha 8 80110)
  • Multi-print without lowering the indexer
  • Printhead high-lift mode simplifies screen loading, unloading, inspection and cleaning
  • Wider print carriage enhances screen print quality (Alpha 8 6080 and 80110)
REGISTRATION
  • Compatible with M&R’s Tri-Loc® & Double Tri-Loc® Rapid Registration Systems
  • Enhanced front micro-registration adjustments with visual guides
  • Rear micro-registration
  • Unique, innovative pallet registration system offers exceptional accuracy
SCREEN CLAMPS & HOLDERS
  • Adjustable rear screen holders accommodate a wide variety of screen sizes
  • Clamping system holds roller frames without special adapters
  • Pneumatic screen clamps facilitate rapid screen loading and deliver excellent stability on a wide variety of screens
SQUEEGEE/FLOODBAR
  • Angle and calibrated pressure adjustments are independently set
  • Front or rear print carriage stop position allows operator to leave screens clear or flooded (great for water-based inks)
  • Independent squeegee & floodbar speed adjustments
  • Pneumatic squeegee/floodbar locks with tool-free angle adjustment
  • Squeegee air regulator with a pressure gauge on each printhead
STROKE LENGTH ADJUSTMENT
  • Calibrated front & rear stroke length with tool-free adjustment maximizes screen printing speed
WARRANTY, SERVICE AND SUPPORT
  • 24-hour hotline is staffed 365 days a year
  • Access to M&R’s Training Center
  • Parts & supplies are available online at store.mrprint.com
  • Two-year limited warranty

 

        OPTIONS

        EXPANSION MODULES

        • Modules can be ordered with as many—or few—printheads as needed
        • Plug & Print™ modular design provides for virtually limitless expansion in six-station increments
        FOOT PEDAL CONTROL
        • Allows indexing of the press using a foot pedal
        • Skip-Shirt foot pedal feature allows operators to avoid screen printing on empty pallets
        PALLETS
        • M&R aluminum pallets and platens come in a wide range of sizes and styles
        • M&R’s All-Over-Print (AOP) Pallets give operators oversize and all-over-print capability, and are available in a range of sizes
        SLEEVE TRAYS
        • Under-pallet trays designed to gather/protect long-sleeves during indexing 

              Model Specification

              Air @ 6,9 bar (100 psi) 651 l/min (23 cfm)
              Electrical Requirements 208/230 V, 3 ph,
              45 A, 50/60 Hz, 9 kW
              380/415 V, 3 ph,
              26 A, 50/60 Hz, 9 kW
              Maximum Frame Size (Alternating Printheads) 114 x 109 cm (45" x 43")
              Maximum Image Area (Alternating Printheads) 99 x 70 cm (39" x 28")
              Maximum Standard Frame Size 66 x 109 cm (26" x 43")
              Maximum Standard Image Area 50 x 70 cm (20" x 28")
              Overall Size (L x W) 932 x 384 cm (367" x 151")
              Servo Drives 1
              Shipping Weight 5670 kg (12500 lb)
              Stations/Colors 14/10

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