M&R introduces the Starlight ASO UV LED screen exposure system

Starlight ASO

The new patent-pending Starlight ASO (Adjustable Spectrum Output) from M&R uses three 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.

Starlight ASO can be stand-mounted or used on a table top. It’s ideal for conventional exposures, and an optional CTS retrofit kit turns the Starlight ASO into a computer to screen 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.

Starlight ASO’s 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.

Starlight ASO quickly exposes direct, capillary, and indirect emulsions. The Starlight ASO is capable of exposing screen frames up to 79x102cm (31x40in). The Starlight ASO is compatible with most sizes of M&R’s Tri-Loc Registration System.

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