Sign & Digital Graphics

October '17

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20 • October 2017 • G R A N D F O R M A T the applications for which these materials are used. One process that all print dis- plays—banners, posters, point-of- purchase, murals, etc.—have in com- mon: the finishing step that involves cutting. The cutting process can be purely functional or provide a way to further enhance or embellish the product and opening doors to new customers. Automated finishing increases quality, speeds up delivery time, and adds to the bottom line for many PSPs. Automation Considerations PSPs that think they might require automation for their finishing depart- ment have to consider the following: Do I first tackle my flexible roll cutting or my board cutting? "Do both" is the easy answer, but many fast-growing shops have to allocate their capital carefully. X/Y cutters for rolled materials cut very fast, usually five to eight times faster for flexible media than a flatbed X/Y cutter. Reason: The flatbed cutter cuts with one knife, the X/Y roll cutter cuts with multiple knifes at the same time. They are capable of cutting a 150-foot roll in under 10 minutes, but they are only capable of cutting squares and rectangles up to 40 mil/1mm thick, like banners, posters, wallpaper, etc. If most of a PSP's workflow requires cut- ting both boards and rolls into shapes and rectangles, the choice is the flatbed cutter. Flatbed X/Y cutters are offered with the following choices: • Fixed table for manual loading of boards and/or manually pulling rolls over the table The Fotoba XLD320HS X/Y cutter paired with the JRU320 automatic roll feeder makes for an effi- cient roll-media cutting system. (Image courtesy of Colex Finishing) AirMark offers its Summa F-Series of flat- bed cutters in a range of table sizes. (Image cour- tesy of AirMark) ESKO offers a wide range of X/Y table cutters, includ- ing its Kongsberg C64 model shown here. (Image courtesy of ESKO) GRAND FORMAT

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