New CHALLENGER III D Automatic Screen Printing Press


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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
  • Countdown program indicates when operator-set index count has been reached
  • 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
  • Multiple (1-9) print stroke capability
  • Onboard self-diagnostics
  • Production speed monitor ensures more accurate job costing
  • Stopwatch feature enables users to capture elapsed time for setup, runtime, shift time, or any other screen printing operation
  • Teach Mode allows operators to apply one printhead’s front and rear print-carriage stop settings to all other active printheads
  • Test print setting turns individual printheads on/off during test print cycle
  • Touch-Screen Print-Mode Display includes features like Stopwatch, Ink Dip™, Ink Dam™, Multi-Print Reset, and All Heads Off
DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
  • Built of heavy-duty steel and premium components
  • Printheads and pallet arms provide the stability necessary for exceptional screen print quality
  • Scanner-based safety system won’t allow the press to index when it senses people or objects in its field of view
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 DAM SYSTEM
  • Positions squeegee at the end of the print stroke in way that prevents screen printing ink from flowing in front of the blade or back into the image area
INK DIP SYSTEM
  • Electronically adjustable ink retrieval system keeps ink in the print area
  • Includes control over distance and interval
  • Individual settings can also be accessed at each printhead
JOB RECALL
  • Controls all screen printing parameters, including print and flood lengths and speeds; front or rear carriage-stop positions; Ink Dip™ and Ink Dam™ settings; flash cure programming; and M&R’s new digitally-variable squeegee pressure control system
  • Stored jobs can be electronically sent to similarly-equipped screen printing machines, including those in remote locations
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
  • DynamicPrintstroke™ (U.S. Patent No. 9,150,041) gives users the ability to adjust print pressure stroke by stroke
  • Independent print and reset buttons on each printhead
  • Park Position feature lifts both squeegee and floodbar for easy change out
  • Teach Mode allows operators to set a print carriage’s front and rear stop positions via the printhead’s touch-screen HMI
  • Touch-screens at the end of each printhead provide convenient control over numerous functions
REGISTRATION
  • Compatible with M&R’s Tri-Loc® Rapid Registration System
  • Enhanced front and rear micro-registration adjustments with visual guides
REVOLVER PRINT PROGRAM
  • Automatically operates individual printheads in programmed sequence and allows multiple flashing without losing a screen printing position
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 control over squeegee/floodbar speeds and squeegee/floodbar stroke lengths
  • Digitally-variable squeegee pressure control system
  • Front or rear print carriage stop position allows operator to leave screens clear or flooded (great for water-based inks)
  • 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
  • Visual reference marks every 5 degrees simplify squeegee/floodbar angle adjustments
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
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

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Air @ 6,9 bar (100 psi) 609 l/min (21.5 cfm)
Diameter 550 cm (216")
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

Customer Reviews


Thursday, Jun 27, 2013
David Filip, Production ManagerBimm RidderCedar Rapids IA, USA
I want to let you know how happy we are with our new Challenger III D automatic screen printing press. I guess I might rephrase that: how happy my press operators are with us for the new press. It’s the perfect addition to our business. We were challenged to increase our throughput close to twenty percent over last year. Not only did we do that, but by bringing in the Challenger III D press, our throughput went up nearly 40 percent! (This press replaced a Challenger II.) We absolutely love the digital controls for the press. Adjustments aren’t operator guesses anymore. They are precise adjustments (squeegee speed and pressure and flood stroke speed and stroke length). Not only can we make precise adjustments, but we can also save and retrieve this information when do repeat orders using the Job Recall program. Adjustments can be made at each printhead or on the panel.

Jobs are almost always in register on initial setup. The biggest reason? It’s because the Tri-Loc registration system is the link between our computer-to-screen imaging system and the Challenger III D auto press. Having all three pieces of equipment integrated into our operation makes setup times extremely fast. I can’t begin to tell you how nicely it all works. I can have “rookie” operators set up entire jobs by themselves. Even our newest employees can now set up jobs with minimal guidance. It is so easy you could almost do it blindfolded! Load the screens in the press and register using the Tri-Loc. Recall the job from original setup and all the parameters are there. No guessing on what speed or pressure was used last time. We are setting up 8, 9, and 10-color butt register jobs in under 10 minutes. It is not uncommon to have jobs in register on initial setup, needing no micro registration. Time savings? Hell, yeah! This press is, without a doubt, the wisest investment we have made.

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