A print provider's job isn't done when the graphic comes off the printer. To be competitive (and profitable) today, companies need to offer
a range of finishing services to their customers"?services that provide one-stop shopping for your customers and are profit centers for
your company. Besides the laminators themselves (see p. 60), finishing departments require a variety of other equipment and tools"?
from large-format cutter/trimmers and seamers, to routers, welders, and more. Below is a listing of some of the companies that manufacture
or are exclusive distributors of finishing equipment for wide-format applications.
Advanced Greig Laminators
Offers AGL Auto Trim II and III cutters in sizes
from 28 to 64 in. wide. The Auto Trim features
a self-sharpening rotary blade as well
as sealed-edge trim and bleed trim with
unlimited margins, and it automatically
adjusts speed to follow the laminator. Auto
Trim III also offers custom photo optics
capable of penetrating opaque materials.
Its 36-in. Roll@Blade 3615 Roto Trimmer
will cut media up to 2 mm thick.
Allen Datagraph Systems
The Allen DFS (digital finishing
system) laminates, digitally
die cuts, weeds, slits, and rerolls
labels or decals up to 16
in. wide and 250 ft long. Also
produces the i-Cutter with
SmartMark, which automatically
scans printed registration
marks and launches a
contour-cut process, accurately adjusting
for scale and skew, with cutters from 24 to
Makes several deckle and embossing tools
for adding an artistic edge to fine-art prints.
Manufactures CNC (computer numerically
controlled) routers, useful in finishing
graphics printed or mounted on rigid media,
including thick and dense materials like
wood or metal. The 4000 table series handles
materials up to 4 x 8 ft; other routers
have working areas up to 10 ft wide.
Offers a variety of Azon precision vinyl cutters
with widths from 25 to 49 in.
Manufactures the large-format Black Body
portable infrared dryer, available in several
sizes for image widths up to 90 in.
Offers the laser-powered Lumen Digital
Cutting Center, with a 48 x 48 or 48 x 96-in.