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October '17

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G R A N D F O R M A T • October 2017 • 21 • A table with a conveyor belt to facil- itate automatic loading of boards and roll media. The automated board loaders and the roll feeders are optional. Flatbed cutters can handle a wide array of media in thickness up to two inches and more. They are the univer- sal tool in the finishing department. The X/Y cutter does specific jobs very fast. If the shop prints on rigid mate- rial or requires contour cuts, the correct choice is a digital flatbed cutter. The PSP should look for versatility of the equip- ment and its ability to cut a wide range of media. Flatbed cutters can cut materials like paper, foamboard, Coroplast, PVC, acrylic and DiBond. PSPs generally know what their needs are today. And they are often able to guess their short-term needs. But when it comes to long-term—it is difficult to foresee changes in their business and the demands of their customers. This is a great reason to select a cutter that allows adding cutting tools for future workflow needs. The ability to add packaging and 3 D cutting software in the future should also be considered. Focus on Value It is time to put digital flatbed cutting equipment into proper focus as a method for adding value and creating perfectly finished products. The benefit of imple- menting a router/knifing system into a print business replaces manual labor and avoids the expense of outsourcing. Print businesses can achieve on time and faster delivery and preserves confidentiality. In the past, the market was built of knife-cutting machines with limited routing capability or routing machines with limited knife capability. Routers were typically slow at knife cutting and knife cutters too lightweight for high- demand routing. Recently however, the knife-cutting machines have been increasing their routing capabilities by increasing the power and robustness of their spindles. A flatbed cutter with both router and knifing capability will allow a PSP to offer many products and materials to their customers. Some manufacturers X/Y Table Cutter Resources Company Models Website AirMark (Summa USA) Summa F Series www.airmark.com Canon Solutions America Océ ProCut Series www.oceusa.com/odgs Colex SHARPCUT Series www.colex.com Digital Graphic Systems DYSS V-RPO Series www.dgs-usa.com Esko Kongsberg (XE/V/XN/XP/C) Series www.esko.com Mimaki USA CF/CFL/CG Series www.mimakiusa.com MCT VersaTech Series www.mctdigital.com MultiCam Digital Express www.multicam.com Zünd America G3/S3/Eurolaser Series www.zund.com Zünd's G3 cutter series is available in 11 different sizes, and front/rear table extensions are available. (Image cour- tesy of Zünd America) 201-265-5670 • www.colex.com Colex Flatbed Cutter: • 5' X 10' Work Area • Triple Interchangeable Tool Head • Vision Registration • Router, Fixed Knife & Oscillating Knife & Many More • Installation and 3 Day Training On Site Included • Models/Options Available: 5' x 5' , 5' X 10', 10' X 10', Conveyor Belt Available for all models, Automatic Roll Feeder, Automatic Board Loader

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