Sign & Digital Graphics

December '17

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D I G I T A L D I E C U T T E R S First Cut is the Deepest Today's X/Y digital die cutters offer shops great versatility to tackle intricate projects Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imaging industry for more than 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies includ- ing wide-format printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at THE advance in technology, flatbed cutters are able to keep up with an onslaught of new printable materials requiring fin- ishing, through enhanced, faster motion control, as well as adding new cutting modes, such as laser cutting, plus work- flow enhancements that improve both efficiency and ease of use," he says. Meeting a Variety Finishing Options Heather Roden, strategic account manager for Zünd America in Franklin, Wisconsin, says as the lines between X/Y table cutters—better known as digi- tal die cutters—have become an essen- tial tool for serious sign shops and com- mercial graphics print providers. With a number of recent technology improve- ments, applications for these machines are growing more varied than ever. In order to check the pulse of this boom- ing market, Sign & Digital Graphics spoke with some suppliers and end users to dis- cuss some of the latest advancements as well as the many projects that are pos- sible with theses versatile machines. "Over the past few years, this cat- egory is helping to change the land- scape of the finishing market," reports Steve Aranoff, vice president of business development and marketing for MCT Digital, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. "By continuing to DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • December 2017 • 33 B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R "The Kongsberg C tables can be configured for milling applications ranging from sporadic, light-duty routing to lengthy jobs working with heavy-duty materials—all with exceptional productivity," says Esko's George Folickman. (Image courtesy of Esko)

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