New Alpha 8 Oval automatic textile press from M&R.
Alpha 8 is M&R’s exciting new take on the oval-shaped 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 presses, it makes more efficient use of available production area. Its oval shape also allows the Alpha 8 to fit into spots where no carousel press could. The 8-station Base/Drive Module supports up to 6 printheads, while M&R’s Plug & Print modular design provides for virtually limitless expansion in six-station increments.
Alpha 8 print size is 50 x 70 cm (20” x 28”). Alpha 8’s digital touch-screen control panel with icon-based labeling can display information and commands in numerous languages, simplifying press operation and training anywhere in the world.
Alpha 8 incorporates a sophisticated servo-drive indexing system that combines extremely high 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 to 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 users to change the placement of load/unload stations for maximum efficiency. No textile press is more flexible. Unlike most previous oval machines, Alpha 8’s design leaves the front of the pallet and the pallet arm assembly free of obstruction, allowing it to easily handle almost any type of item. Hooded sweatshirts, pant legs, cut pieces, T-shirts, and most other types of textiles can be easily loaded and properly located on the Alpha 8, maximizing production and flexibility. Alpha 8 is also an ideal press for M&R’s All-Over-Print (AOP) Pallets. AOP Pallets give operators oversize and all-over-print capability, and are available in a range of sizes.
Alpha 8’s printheads are driven by fast, reliable variable-frequency AC drive motors, and include simple print-stroke adjustment, allowing very high 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. Alpha 8, with its expandable, changeable configuration; efficient design; and high production speed is the most versatile press on the market today.
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