M&R machine assembly competition beats the clock

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M&R, the North American screen printing machinery manufacturer which enjoys setting record-breaking challenges for the efficiency of its equipment, has run an installation contest.

Eight randomly-selected teams of two (four teams per day) competed earlier this month to see who could assemble a mechanised screen printing press in the fastest time.
Each day’s winner took home a brand new Kruzer manual press.

The winners of Friday’s competition were Victor Delgadillo and Jose Maldonado of American Printworks in Los Angeles, California. Saturday’s winners were Luan Dinh Le and Gil Tibayan of X-Press Tees in Honolulu, Hawaii. Victor and Jose assembled their Kruzer in an impressive 46:32, while Luan and Gil posted the phenomenal time of 36:28.

M&R CEO Rich Hoffman was at the show to congratulate the winners. Said Hoffman, “Team members were given the opportunity to watch our Kruzer assembly video and browse the manual before assembling the press.”

“The video covers every aspect of the process, so we fully expected fast assembly times. Even so, we were all amazed that two people new to Kruzer could assemble one in just over half an hour. It speaks both to the design of the press and the speed and talent of Luan and Gil of X-Press Tees.”

“It was an exciting event and tremendously fun to watch,” according to event host and M&R General Manager Mike Sonera, “Rich Hoffman and I would like to thank all those who participated, as well as those who worked so hard to make the event such a great hit at the show.”

Kruzer is M&R’s entry-level manual press, and includes tapered-roller-bearing-supported upper and lower carousels, a micro-registration system, machined centre shaft, and three-point pallet leveling system.

The machine’s lever-adjusted off-contact system operates vertically, eliminating the need for a separate angle adjustment. Kruzer is available in a 6-color/4-station model, and is designed to fit through a 78 cm (31″) doorway when disassembled. Side screen holders and solid aluminum, low-profile, rubber-coated pallets are standard.

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