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M&R i-Image STE II

CTS System

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M&R’s i-Image STE is the world’s first all-in-one computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and UV LED exposure system (patents pending).

On the inward pass, i-Image STE 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. On the outward pass, the built-in high-output scanning UV LED light source exposes the emulsion. i-Image STE II has all the imaging and exposure features and capabilities of i-Image STE, but adds a secondary UV LED light source after the inward pass for ultra-fast exposures (patents pending).

I-IMAGE STE CTS

Computer-to-Screen Imaging & Exposure System

I-IMAGE STE II CTS

Computer-to-Screen Imaging & Exposure System

The touchscreen control panel includes Job Recall™,

which enables users to store exposure settings for specific emulsions and quickly recall them later

LED light

i-Image STE II features a secondary LED light source for dual-cure and other slower-exposing emulsions

Registration points

on i-Image STE & STE II precisely match the stop points on Tri-Loc pallets for blazingly fast registration

Facts at a Glance

  • Three-printhead models can generate and expose full-size images in less than a minute
  • i-Image STE exposes emulsion with a scanning UV LED light source on the outward pass i-Image STE II exposes emulsion with a secondary UV LED light source following the inward pass, with a scanning UV LED light source on the outward pass—or with both light sources in the same imaging/exposure cycle
  • The high density of M&R’s UV LEDs ensures the quickest exposures and the most uniform coverage available

Overview

M&R’s i-Image STE is the world’s first all-in-one computer-to-screen (CTS) imaging and UV LED exposure system (patents pending). By combining CTS imaging and UV LED screen exposure in one machine, M&R has dramatically reduced the time and effort required to prepare images for screen printing. On the inward pass, i-Image STE 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. On the outward pass, the built-in high-output scanning UV LED light source exposes the emulsion, producing screens that can be taken directly to washout. CTS images are superior to traditional film positives, delivering greater detail and smoother halftone transitions. i-Image STE eliminates 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.

i-Image STE’s onboard UV LED exposure system 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 STE’s UV LED light source can last for decades. In fact, M&R is so confident in the longevity of i-Image’s screen-exposure LEDs that it backs them with a limited lifetime warranty against failure in normal use. The i-Image STE computer-to-screen imaging & exposure system includes computer, monitor, and M&R’s proprietary software. By providing complete control of print and exposure parameters, the software ensures high-quality screen images at production-level speed. It provides full image scaling and positioning, has 16-exposure presets for common applications, and can be user-customized for specific art types, various mesh counts, and types of emulsion. And the high density of M&R’s UV LEDs ensures the quickest exposures and the most uniform coverage available.

i-Image STE is available in two sizes and three printhead configurations. i-Image STE 36 models 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 STE 43 models 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"). Both i-Image STE 36 and i-Image STE 43 are available with one, two, or three industrial printheads. One-printhead models can image and expose up to 150 screens per 8-hour shift; two-printhead models can image and expose up to 300 screens per shift; and three-printhead models can image and expose up to 400 screens per shift. In fact, three-printhead models can generate and expose full-size images in less than a minut.

i-Image STE II has all the imaging and exposure features and capabilities of i-Image STE but adds a secondary UV LED light source after the inward pass for ultra-fast exposures (patents pending). The secondary light source dramatically accelerates the exposure of dual-cure and other slower-exposing emulsions. i-Image STE II can be used with either exposure method, with both exposure methods in the same imaging/exposure cycle, or without exposure.

Since every CTS-generated screen is automatically pre-registered for M&R’s Tri-Loc registration system, on-press registration is blazingly fast. In fact, owners report imaging and exposing screens in as little as 40 seconds—and washed out and registered on the press with Tri-Loc in less than 8 minutes! 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.

Standard Features

    CERTIFICATION
  • CE Certified: Built to specifications established by the European Committee for Standardization® (CE)
  • UL Listed: Built to specifications established by Underwriters Laboratories® (UL)
    COMPUTER-TO-SCREEN IMAGING
  • Can be user-customized for specific art types, various mesh counts, and types of emulsion
  • Digital workflow simplifies the imaging process
  • Eliminates the need for costly film
  • Improves image quality
  • Produces exceptional screen-to-screen registration
  • Promotes faster on-press setup and registration
  • Provides complete control of print parameters
  • Provides full image scaling and positioning
  • Reduces processing steps
  • Three-printhead models can generate and expose full-size images in less than a minute
  • Virtually eliminates pinhole touchup
  • Workflow can be customized for specific customer needs
    DESIGN & CONSTRUCTION
  • Designed to fit through an 81 cm (32") doorway
  • Includes computer, monitor, and M&R’s proprietary software
  • Self-contained design speeds production by allowing placement in light-safe screen-coating rooms
  • Ships fully assembled and ready to deploy
  • Touchscreen panel with alphanumeric display
    LIGHT SOURCE FOR SCREEN EXPOSURES
  • Combines CTS imaging and UV LED screen exposure in one machine
  • Dramatically reduces exposure time
  • Eliminates the need for a separate screen exposure unit
  • i-Image STE exposes emulsion with a scanning UV LED light source on the outward pass
  • i-Image STE II exposes emulsion with a secondary UV LED light source following the inward pass, with a scanning UV LED light source on the outward pass—or by with both light sources in the same imaging/exposure cycle
  • Job Recall™ allows storage and recall of numerous screen exposure values
  • The high density of M&R’s UV LEDs ensures the quickest exposures and the most uniform coverage available
  • UV LEDs use far less energy than metal halide lamps and are only on during the screen exposure process
    WARRANTY, SERVICE AND SUPPORT
  • 24-hour hotline is staffed 365 days a year
  • Access to M&R’s Training Center
  • M&R OEM parts—including genuine M&R pallets & platens—and screen printing supplies are available online at store.mrprint.com
  • One-year limited warranty
  • The screen-exposure LEDs used in this equipment carry a limited lifetime warranty against failure in normal use

Specifications

i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 36-1 i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 36-2 i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 36-3 i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 43-1 i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 43-2 i-Image STE, STE I & STE II 43-3
Electrical Requirements (STE I) 1, 2, 3 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 9.1 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.1 kW
Electrical Requirements (STE II) 1, 2, 3 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 10.5 A, 50/60 Hz, 2.4 kW
Electrical Requirements (STE) 1, 2, 3 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW 208/230 V, 1 ph, 7 A, 50/60 Hz, 1.6 kW
Industrial Printheads 1 2 3 1 2 3
Maximum Image Area 4 51 x 58 cm (20" x 23") 51 x 58 cm (20" x 23") 51 x 58 cm (20" x 23") 51 x 76 cm (20” x 30”) 51 x 76 cm (20” x 30”) 51 x 76 cm (20” x 30”)
Maximum Screen Frame Profile 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63") 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63") 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63") 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63") 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63") 4.1 x 4.1 cm (1.63" x 1.63")
Maximum Screen Frame Size 66 x 91 cm (26" x 36") 66 x 91 cm (26" x 36") 66 x 91 cm (26" x 36") 66 x 109 cm (26" x 43") 66 x 109 cm (26" x 43") 66 x 109 cm (26" x 43")
Minimum Screen Frame Size 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18") 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18") 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18") 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18") 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18") 30 x 46 cm (12" x 18")
Overall Size (H x W x D) (STE I & II) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”) 125 x 142 x 287 cm (49” x 56” x 113”) 125 x 142 x 287 cm (49” x 56” x 113”) 125 x 142 x 287 cm (49” x 56” x 113”)
Overall Size (H x W x D) (STE) 125 x 142 x 213 cm (49” x 56” x 84”) 125 x 142 x 213 cm (49” x 56” x 84”) 125 x 142 x 213 cm (49” x 56” x 84”) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”) 125 x 142 x 254 cm (49” x 56” x 100”)
Screens per Shift 5 150 250 350 150 250 350
Shipping Weight (STE II) 635 kg (1400 lb) 635 kg (1400 lb) 635 kg (1400 lb) 658 kg (1450 lb) 658 kg (1450 lb) 658 kg (1450 lb)
Shipping Weight (STE) 612 kg (1350 lb) 612 kg (1350 lb) 612 kg (1350 lb) 635 kg (1400 lb) 635 kg (1400 lb) 635 kg (1400 lb)
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Product Reviews

We believe M&R equipment is the best in the world. But don't take our word for it. Read what owners and operators have to say. If you'd like to submit a product review, or send comments to our CEO, click on the link at the bottom of the page.

"It’s taken us over 20 years to make the move to M&R, and now that the equipment [Challenger III, i-Image STE & Tri-Loc] is installed and operating, we are thrilled with the decision and the tremendous support we have received from Cyrus Sethna and the entire M&R team."

"We have been using our new I-Image STE for about 2 weeks now and it works great. Installation and training was a breeze, could not have been easier. It is the biggest time saver we have ever added to our process. We are printing and exposing screens in less than 90 seconds. Not only does it eliminate film cost completely, it produces screens faster and reduces setup time at the press. On top of that we are holding greater detail than ever before.
Once again M&R proves why they are the leader when it comes to printing equipment. Great job guys!"

"With i-Image STE and Tri-Loc, we can print and expose an image in 40 seconds—and have it washed out and registered on the press in less than 8 minutes.
It isn’t a machine, it’s a system. It’s revolutionized the way we make screens, and it alone made it possible for us to add a second shift.
i-Image STE is one of the best pieces of equipment we’ve bought in a long time."

THE DIGITAL SCREEN ROOM

Fast, high-quality screen printing starts with high-quality screens, and M&R’s Digital Screen Room concept is dedicated to dramatically reducing screen-production time while making substantial improvements to image quality and consistency.