The freestanding Red Chili DX™ quartz flash cure system has numerous sophisticated features that can be operated directly from newer compatible M&R presses (Challenger III, Gauntlet III & Stryker). Those features include flash duration, power level, temperature sensor, and programmed individual multi-function settings (recipes). Red Chili DX uses medium-wave sealed tungsten filament quartz lamps with adjustable intensity. Instant-on flash cure technology conserves energy by reverting to standby status when the screen printing press is idle. The curing lamps are divided into three flashing zones, which can be operated independently or in any combination. Using fewer flash cure zones on small screen print areas reduces ambient heat, lowers energy costs, and leads to faster substrate cooling.
Flash cure duration can be controlled by a digital timer or by M&R’s exclusive InkSense™ substrate temperature sensor. Co-developed with a major sensor manufacturer, InkSense™ automatically shuts off the flash cure unit when the substrate reaches operator-set temperature. That helps prevent over-flashing, a major cause of dye migration and synthetic garment shrinkage. An adjustable sensor switch can be positioned on either side of the flash cure unit, activating the flash when the printing pallet approaches. Red Chili also features a communication socket that gives operators two additional methods of controlling the flash: an optional communication cable can be used to control the flash directly from the press and an optional foot pedal control can be connected to the flash. The curing module is mounted on a height-adjustable floor stand which makes moving the flash fast and easy.