Pin Registration System for Side Clamp Presses
ALLENTOWN, PA — A new Vastex VRS pin registration system for side clamp screen printing presses allows film positives to be registered onto screens off-press, and each screen to then be aligned in register on-press in about 2-1/2 minutes.
The system consists of a free-standing 21 x 26 in. (53 x 66 cm) pin board with two precision positioning pins and layout graph with guidelines, and a separate standard pallet jig that fits on pallets with side clamps. Both components are constructed of durable, heavy-gauge steel with anti-rust treatment.
The VRS system allows an operator to align all film positives in registration on the pin board, and maintain that registration
when transferring positives onto each printing screen held in position against rubber screen stops.
The pin board indicates standard and oversized shirt outlines, pocket placement, distance from neckline, and the central 12 in. (30.5 cm) "sweet spot" where most T-shirt art is placed.
Once screens are exposed, the pallet jig is secured to one pallet of the press, allowing each screen to be held against stops before being secured to the side clamp of each respective print head, maintaining screen-to-screen registration.
According to the company, the system eliminates virtually all of the trial-and-error time associated with registering
screens on press, minimizing set-up time and increasing accuracy, especially on multi-color jobs.
The VRS system accommodates wood, aluminum or retensionable screens up to 23 in. W x 31 in. L (58 cm W x 79 cm L), pallets 14 to 21 in. (35 to 53 cm) wide, and fits side-clamp presses of most makes and models.
Additional VRS systems are available for rear clamp manual presses and automatic presses, as well as a "VRS Lite" combination pin board/pallet jig version that is ideal for small shops looking to save space.