i-IMAGE ST Computer-to-Screen Imaging System M&R’s i-Image ST Computer-to-Screen (CTS) Imaging System uses 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. And since i-Image ST generates the image directly on the screen, there’s no need for vacuum hold-down during the screen exposure process. This, coupled with the fact that light doesn’t have to penetrate layers of film and glass, can reduce exposure time up to half.
i-Image ST also benefits screen printers by eliminating 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. And i-Image ST CTS imaging machines are electrically operated so there is no need to locate them near pneumatic lines. The i-Image ST Computer-to-Screen Imaging System includes computer, monitor, and M&R’s proprietary RIP software.
By providing complete control of print parameters, the RIP software ensures high-quality screen images at production-level speed. It provides full image scaling and positioning, has presets for common applications, and can be user-customized for specific art types and various mesh counts. Three i-Image ST models are available: i-Image ST 1, with one industrial printhead capable of processing up to 150 screens per 8-hour shift; i-Image ST 2, with two industrial printheads for processing up to 300 screens per shift; and i-Image ST 3, with three industrial printheads for processing up to 400 screens per shift. In fact, i-Image ST 3 can create a full-size image in less than a minute.
i-Image ST 36 units process image areas up to 51 x 58 cm (20” x 23”) and accept most screen frames up to 66 x 91 cm (26” x 36”). i-Image ST 43 units process image areas up to 51 x 76 cm (20” x 30”) and accept most screen frames in sizes up to 66 x 109 cm (26” x 43”). All i-Image ST units are designed to fit through an 81 cm (32”) doorway. Because they reduce screen-processing steps, minimize screen handling, and produce greater image accuracy, i-Image ST models are able to deliver fast, accurate, and cost-effective screen imaging. Screens for multicolor jobs are quickly generated in perfect registration. Ruggedly designed, affordably priced, and backed by the world’s largest network of service and support, the i-Image ST Computer-to-Screen Imaging System is the ideal addition to any screen-printing operation. Since every CTS-generated screen is automatically pre-registered for M&R’s Tri-Loc registration system, on-press registration is blazingly fast. The entire process—from screen imaging to the first finished print—is dramatically shortened, with registration time reduced up to 95%. In fact, the combination of i-Image ST and Tri-Loc results in the fastest, most accurate way to generate and register screens.
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. Tri-Loc for CTS (Computer-to-Screen) Imaging Systems The M&R Companies M&R is the most respected name in the screen printing industry and the world’s largest manufacturer of screen printing equipment.
The NuArc line includes CTS computer-to-screen exposure systems, UV screen exposure units, lithographic imaging systems and free standing vacuum frames. M&R’s line of screen imaging and exposure systems are complemented by a wide array of ancillary screen printing machines and by the online M&R Store, which features genuine M&R OEM parts and screen printing supplies. All equipment from the M&R Companies is built with M&R’s unsurpassed attention to detail and commitment to quality, durability, innovation, and design excellence, and is backed by M&R’s unparalleled 24-hour access to service, support, and premium parts.
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