Semi-automatic screen coater from Vastex applies emulsions uniformly

The C-1000 in action
The C-1000 in action

Vastex International has launched the C-1000 Semi-Automatic Screen Coater, which comes with a foot-pedal control that lowers the screen at a constant rate.

This feature allows a scoop coater to be held still using two hands, producing stencils of greater uniformity than possible using manual methods.

A spring loaded screen holder securely holds wood, aluminium and retensionable frames from 60 to 90cm tall, with no reasonable width limitation. Maximum screen weight is 5kg.

The steady rate at which the screen travels during the downward coating stroke can be adjusted according to emulsion viscosity, screen mesh, emulsion thickness and desired output; the unit can coat up to 50 screens per hour, each with three coats of emulsion.

President of Vastex, Mark Vasilantone, said: “Allowing the operator to hold still at a comfortable position while the screen descends at a constant rate produces uniform stencils that can prevent blotchy screen exposures and inconsistent ink deposition associated with uneven stencil thickness.

“Screen making is one of the most important elements of a quality print job and the new C-1000 is perhaps the least costly way that high capacity industrial screen printers and entry level shops alike can boost quality, cut rejects and save time.”

The compact design mounts to the wall to free-up floor space, and is available in 110- or 240-volt models.

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