New SPYDER 3 CTS system unveiled

The SPYDER 3 is due to be shipped in the autumn

EXILE Technologies European sales office has confirmed the unveiling of the new SPYDER 3 computer to screen system.

The all new SPYDER 3 DTS is a natural evolution of EXILE’s already proven SPYDER II DTS system, which, over the last few years has revolutionised screen stencil making by creating the ‘digital screen room’ concept of direct computer to screen imaging and automated image placement and digital registration.

The SPYDER 3 uses a completely new Xerox industrial inkjet print-head design and a new water-dispersible black ‘phase change’ ink which offers a high optical density for excellent UV blocking. The ink is solid at room temperature and is therefore mess-free… but it is also completely water-soluble for quick and easy washout with no residual waste solids. The dye-based ink formulation avoids problems of pigment settling in the print-head and ink solidifies on the screen immediately after printing to produce a clean high density dot with minimal dot gain making it vastly superior to conventional water-based ink jet CTS solutions.

The SPYDER 3 applies the artwork digitally, with absolute accuracy, directly on to a coated screen. This eliminates the need for a film mask and streamlines the entire screen preparation process. Becayse the stencil is printed directly on the coated screen no vacuum is required for the exposure. Pin-holing is therefore almost completely eliminated.

The new Xerox print-head produces a much smaller physical dot size than previous phase change print-heads and so produces much better edge definition. Two print mode setting are supported – a standard pitn setting of 900dpi for typical textile screen print applications and a high resolutions 1200dpi option for superior image quality with industrial screen print applications in mind.

Both print modes support bi-directional printing so that the SPYDER 3 can print a typical T shirt screen image in well under a minute… over 0.5sq m per minute which is about 50% faster and with twice the dot resolution of the celebrated SPYDER II model. Even at 1200dpi the SPYDER 3 will boast an imaging speed of approximately 1.7sq ft per minute on to any type of screen emulsion.

The SPYDER 3 is available with a conventional tri-lock, or an optional MHM compatible registration system. This eliminates human error with manual placement of film separations on multiple screens and translates into significant reduction in press setup times and dramatic increases in screen-room productivity.

European shipments of the new SPYDER 3 are scheduled to commence in the fourth quarter of 2019.

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