Detailed Equipment Information
M&R’s i-Image KX is an all-in-one large format computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and UV LED exposure system. By combining CTS imaging and UV LED screen exposure in one machine, the KX dramatically reduces the time and effort required to prepare imaged screens. A shuttling gantry design minimizes floor space, while a wide single printhead provides fast imaging speeds and tremendous detail superior to traditional film positive processed screens. After imaging, the KX scans the imaged screen with a high-output UV LED array, exposing the emulsion, producing screens that can be taken directly to washout.
In order to ensure proper screen image placement, M&R designed the Tri-Sync™ System. The system’s PRINT button illuminates when the contact indicators determine that the screen has been properly locked in place, ensuring that every CTS-generated screen is correctly pre-registered for M&R’s Tri-Loc registration system. In fact, the Tri-Sync System prevents images from being printed if the screen frame has not been properly loaded (this feature can be turned off). Every i-Image KX model also includes a Tri-Sync pallet. The pallet’s contact indicator lights up when the screen is properly positioned on the press, giving users the same confidence when registering screens on the press that they have when loading screens onto an i-Image unit. M&R’s Tri-Sync System virtually eliminates operator screen-loading errors on the i-Image KX or registration errors on the press.
i-Image KX uses specially-formulated, water-based UV-blocking ink and advanced high-resolution CTS inkjet printer technology to quickly generate opaque images on emulsion-coated screens. CTS imaging eliminates the cost, space and labor of traditional film, while delivering greater detail, smoother halftone transitions, and virtually eliminates exposure undercutting. And because the image information is digital, it’s easy to store and quick to retrieve.
The i-Image KX streamlines workflow and increases productivity, delivering fast, superior exposures with exponentially lower energy costs. Not only do UV LEDs use far less energy, they’re only on during the exposure process. M&R’s UV LEDs run cooler, save energy costs, reduce screen exposure time, and speed up production. And, unlike expensive metal-halide bulbs that require replacement every year or two, i-Image UV LEDs can last for decades. M&R backs the screen-exposure LEDs on the i-Image KX with a limited warranty against failure in normal use. i-Image KX, i-Image STE I and i-Image XE are covered under one or more of the following patents: 10,245,823.
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.