CHALLENGER® III Automatic Screen Printing Press

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CHALLENGER® III Automatic Screen Printing Press

  Challenger® revolutionized screen printing in the 1980s, and Challengers have dominated the industry ever since. M&R’s Challenger III automatic screen printing press expands on that tradition by combining innovative...

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Challenger® revolutionized screen printing in the 1980s, and Challengers have dominated the industry ever since. M&R’s Challenger III automatic screen printing press expands on that tradition by combining innovative features—like M&R’s electronically adjustable Ink Dip™ ink retrieval system—with exceptional speed and the best ideas from over 25 years of M&R automatics. Challenger III’s indexer enables double indexing in one uninterrupted motion, increasing production speed for oversize work by eliminating the pause between indexes. Challenger III automatic screen printing machines feature printheads driven by fast, reliable electric-drive motors. The printheads include calibrated tool-free click-stop four-corner off-contact settings for fast and accurate screen leveling.

All Challenger III automatic screen printing presses include tool-free front and rear print-stroke adjustment for versatility and exceptionally high production rates. Pneumatic screen clamps facilitate rapid screen loading and deliver excellent stability on a wide variety of screens. M&R’s Laser Locator System speeds pallet positioning and changeover, and it assists operators in the precise positioning of garments and cut-piece goods. The squeegee/floodbar park feature facilitates setup and tear-down by simultaneously retracting the squeegee and floodbar and then moving them to the outside edge of the press for easy access. Other standard features include squeegee pressure regulators; independent squeegee & floodbar speed adjustments; independently-set angle and calibrated squeegee and floodbar pressure adjustments; and adjustable rear screen holders. Unlike side screen holders, which severely limit the maximum screen-frame width and maximum image area, front and rear screen holders allow easy placement of extra-wide screens for oversize and all-over screen printing. Print, reset, and print/flood speed controls on each printhead further simplify setup. Each printhead also features a socket that makes it easy to position a flash cure unit in any screen printing station. Challenger III 110 models include a wider print carriage for enhanced print quality. M&R’s Automatic Pallet Preheat Mode™ with built-in pallet temperature sensor allows operators to preheat pallets to the desired temperature with any compatible flash cure unit and track those temperatures throughout the print run.

Challenger III was built from the ground up to optimize speed, performance, flexibility, print quality, and durability. With a large touchscreen control panel featuring icon-based labeling that can display information and commands in multiple languages; an extensive variety of configurations; an unrivaled set of standard features and timesaving, output-enhancing exclusives; efficient design; and high production speed, Challenger III is poised to dominate the next decade of automatic screen printing.

STANDARD FEATURES

CAROUSEL/INDEXER

  • Clockwise or counterclockwise rotation
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
  • Automatic Pallet Preheat Mode™ with built-in pallet temperature sensor allows operators to preheat pallets to the desired temperature using any compatible flash cure unit
  • 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
  • Onboard self-diagnostics
  • Production speed monitor ensures more accurate job costing
  • Provides control of multi-print functionality
  • Real-time production data
  • Stopwatch feature enables users to capture elapsed time for setup, runtime, shift time, or any other screen printing operation
  • Test print setting turns individual printheads on/off during test print cycle
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
  • Built of heavy-duty steel and premium components
  • Printheads and pallet arms provide the stability necessary for exceptional screen print quality
INDEX SYSTEM
  • Allows quick adjustment of indexing parameters tailored to various pallet sizes
  • Servo drives combine higher screen printing press speeds with exceptional smoothness, consistency, and longevity
INK DIP SYSTEM
  • Electronically adjustable ink retrieval system keeps ink in the print area
LASER LOCATOR SYSTEM
  • Assists operators in the precise positioning of garments and cut pieces
  • Speeds pallet positioning and changeover
OFF-CONTACT
  • Calibrated tool-free click-stop four-corner off-contact settings allow fast and accurate screen leveling
PALLET SYSTEM
  • Precise three-point pallet leveling system
  • Tool-free quick release pallet locks
PALLETS
  • Solid-aluminum, low-profile, rubber-coated screen printing pallets
PRINT CARRIAGE
  • Wider print carriage enhances screen print quality on 110 models
PRINTHEADS
  • Brushless and maintenance-free electric-drive motors deliver smooth screen print strokes and exceptional control
  • Independent print and reset buttons on each printhead
  • Independent print/flood speed controls on each printhead simplify screen printing press setup
  • Multi-print without lowering the indexer
REGISTRATION
  • Compatible with M&R’s Tri-Loc® Rapid Registration System
  • Enhanced front micro-registration adjustments with visual guides
  • Rear micro-registration
REVOLVER PRINT PROGRAM
  • Automatically operates individual printheads in programmed sequence and allows multiple flashing without losing a screen printing position
  • Touchscreen display with simplified programming provides easy setup of the Revolver Sequencing Program
SCREEN CLAMPS & HOLDERS
  • Adjustable rear screen holders accommodate a wide variety of screen sizes
  • Clamping system holds roller frames without special adapters
  • Flip-up front screen holders speed setup
  • Pneumatic clamps hold frames tight and allow rapid screen loading
SQUEEGEE DAM
  • Gently lowers the squeegee blade onto the screen mesh when the press is idle
  • Helps prevent thinner water-based and discharge inks from flowing into the image area
SQUEEGEE/FLOODBAR
  • Angle and calibrated pressure adjustments are independently set
  • Digital squeegee/floodbar speed display
  • 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
  • Park feature facilitates setup and tear-down by simultaneously retracting the squeegee and floodbar and then moving them to the outside edge of the press for easy access
  • Squeegee pressure regulator on each printhead offers exceptional control of print pressure
  • Visual reference marks every 5 degrees simplify squeegee/floodbar angle adjustments
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

    CUT-PIECE PALLET ARMS

    • Heavy-duty reinforced pallet arms with wider pallet mounting brackets for oversize and cut-piece screen printing
    FOLD-DOWN PRINTHEAD SUPPORTS
    • Enable easy loading of screens more than 71 cm (28”) wide
    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
    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
    PALLETS
    • M&R aluminum pallets and platens come in a wide range of sizes and styles
    SQUEEGEE/FLOODBAR
    • Pneumatic squeegee/floodbar locks with tool-free angle adjustment

     

      Model Specification

      Air @ 6,9 bar (100 psi) 609 l/min (21.5 cfm)
      Diameter 561 cm (221")
      Electrical Requirements 208/230 V, 3 ph, 50 A,
      50/60 Hz, 10 kW
      380/415 V, 3 ph, 29 A,
      50/60 Hz, 10 kW
      Maximum Frame Size (Alternating Printheads) 132 x 110 cm (52" x 43")
      Maximum Image Area (Alternating Printheads) 114 x 70 cm (45" x 28")
      Maximum Print Length Frame Size (Alternating Printheads)
      Maximum Print Length Image Area (Alternating Printheads)
      Maximum Print Width Frame Size (Alternating Printheads)
      Maximum Print Width Image Area (Alternating Printheads)
      Maximum Standard Frame Size 66 x 110 cm (26” x 43")
      Maximum Standard Image Area 50 x 70 cm (20" x 28")
      Shipping Weight 3892 kg (8580 lb)
      Standard Pallet Size 41 x 56 cm (16" x 22")
      Stations/Colors 14/12

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