Detailed Equipment Information
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.
For over 30 years M&R has helped countless screen printers realize their dreams by supplying them with innovative screen and digital printing products that stand the test of time. We have the right solutions, from pre-press to product finishing, for shops of all sizes. M&R equipment is designed and built with a commitment to quality, durability, and innovation, and is backed by unrivaled 24-hour service and support. With efficient systems integration from start to finish, it’s no surprise that year after year, print after print, M&R’s hard-working equipment is the choice of professional printers around the world.