Detailed Equipment Information
M&R’s patent-pending Starlight ASO (Adjustable Spectrum Output) uses two independently adjustable nanometer ranges to increase screen-exposure flexibility. Each range can vary light output from 0%-100%, and operators can increase or decrease gain (intensity) to best match each emulsion. Operators can also fine tune exposure intensity on sensitive emulsions or emulsion that expose very quickly.
Starlight ASO has the same features as other Starlight models, and it can also be used as a tabletop or stand-mounted exposure unit, and it’s ideal for conventional exposures, and an optional CTS retrofit kit turns the Starlight ASO into a computer-to-screen (CTS) UV LED screen exposure system. Starlight ASO's UV LEDs save energy costs, reduce screen exposure time, speed up production, and operate at far lower temperatures than metal-halide lamps. And, unlike expensive metal-halide bulbs that require replacement every year or two, Starlight ASO's UV LED light source can last for decades. In fact, M&R is so confident in the longevity of Starlight ASO's screen-exposure LEDs that it backs them with a limited lifetime warranty against failure in normal use. And the high density of M&R’s screen-exposure LEDs (a total of 6840) provides the finest detail, the most uniform coverage, and the quickest exposures available. M&R’s Starlight ASOs have more than three times as many LEDs per square inch as some competing products.
Starlight ASO’s sophisticated digital touchscreen controller automates screen exposures. All the operator needs to do is select the appropriate exposure preset and press START. The entire process, including vacuum, exposure, and shutdown, takes place without further operator involvement. Starlight ASO allows the operator to walk away after initiating the process because Starlight ASO ensures that exposures will not begin until proper vacuum has been reached—and vacuum and exposure LEDs will shut off automatically upon completion of exposure. Vacuum and exposure times can be set between 0.1 and 999.9 seconds. And Starlight ASO’s Job Recall™ speeds processing and increases productivity by enabling operators to save and recall up to 24 vacuum and exposure profiles—and identify each with a unique name or description.
Starlight ASOs quickly expose direct, capillary, and indirect emulsions. They work particularly fast on photopolymer emulsions, which can be exposed in as little as three to five seconds (results will vary based on emulsion type and thickness). Starlight ASO UV LED screen exposure units can be located in areas housing unexposed screens because the ultraviolet light source and vacuum frame are enclosed, and the screen exposure lamp can't be turned on while the blanket frame is open. Starlight ASOs also incorporate several strips of yellow, non-exposing LED inspection lights for convenient setup. The Starlight ASO is capable of exposing screen frames up to 79 x 102 cm (31" x 40"). The Starlight ASO is compatible with most sizes of M&R’s Tri-Loc Registration System. If you're looking for blazingly fast quality exposures at an unbelievably affordable price, you'll find it all in the Starlight ASO.
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.