Alpha 8 is M&R’s exciting new take on the oval-shaped screen printing press. It’s modular and expandable—and can be configured for almost any production requirement. Since Alpha 8’s oval shape takes up less floor space than comparable carousel screen printing presses, it makes more efficient use of available production area. Oval shape also allows Alpha 8 to fit into spots where no carousel screen printing press could. Alpha 8 is available in three models: Alpha 8 5070, Alpha 8 6080, and Alpha 8 80110. These offer maximum image areas of 50 x 70 cm (20″ x 28″), 60 x 84 cm (24″ x 33″) and 80 x 110 cm (31.5″ x 43.5″), respectively. Double-index mode on alternating print heads can produce screen print images up to 99 cm x 70 cm (39″ x 28″) on the 5070, 109 cm x 84 cm (43″ x 33″) on the 6080, and 114 x 110 cm (45″ x 43.5″) on the 80110. The 8-station Base/Drive Module supports up to four print heads, while M&R’s Plug & Print™ modular design provides for expansion—in six-station increments—up to 62 stations on Alpha 8 5070 & 6080, and up to 50 stations on Alpha 8 80110. Alpha 8’s digital touch-screen control panel with icon-based labeling can display information and commands in numerous languages, simplifying screen printing press operation and training anywhere in the world. The Alpha 8 automatic screen printing press incorporates a sophisticated servo-drive indexing system that combines extremely high screen printing speed with smooth operation and precise control. It also incorporates multiple-indexing capability, which allows virtually unlimited load/unload scenarios. Alpha 8’s design allows users to start with as many—or few—print heads as they need, and add more as their needs change. Other than the end stations, there are no restrictions on print head placement. All other stations can support print heads—and any station can be left open. Alpha 8 even allows screen printers to change the placement of load/unload stations for maximum efficiency. No screen printing press is more flexible.