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Give Your Shop an Edge

(June 2013) posted on Thu Jun 27, 2013

More than 50 sources of cutting systems, routers, and trimmers.

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When printing graphics, you’re most likely going to need a tool that will cut the almost-finished product to its final size or shape. To get this job done, consider: Do you need a tool that can handle a wide range of rigid substrates – from foam to aluminum to wood? Or will a tool that only cuts flexible materials suffice? Are you interested in a machine that only produces straight cuts? How important is contour cutting in your current operation? Is there a certain cutting speed you must have, or a particular cutting head or software that you deem necessary to the work you take on? Will purchasing a laser system provide your shop with added benefits?

If you’re in the market for a piece of equipment that can provide you with cutting and/or routing capabilities, you’ve come to the right place as your first stepping stone. In this sourcelist, we’ve assembled more than 50 companies that produce cutters, cutting systems, routers, and trimmers designed for wide-format graphics, and highlight some of the products they have to offer (to view all of a company’s available products, visit its website). Note that printer-cutters are not included in this list.

Advanced Greig Laminators
The AGL Auto Trim 3 is an inline automatic web trimmer and sheeter that utilizes a self-sharpening rotary blade. Capabilities include flush-edge, sealed-edge, and bleed-edge trimming; plus a program to trim step-and-repeat sheets. An optional “Graphics Registration” package allows trimming of individual sheets from continuous rolls of printed media. Available in 27-, 38-, 50-, and 63-in. cutting widths. Other slitters and trimmers also available.

Akiles Products
Its Roll@Blade 64 is a 64-in. rotary trimmer featuring a tungsten rotary blade (self-sharpening), an extra-rigid steel guide bar, an ergonomic metal blade carriage, a transparent clamping bar, an extra-wide working table, and more. It can trim materials up to 2-mm thick. Metal stand and waste catcher included. Other cutters and trimmers available.

Allen Datagraph Systems
Offers several cutters specifically designed for signage and graphics, including: the i-Tech cutters (in 24- to 60-in. sizes), which feature an EZ-Run Interface, precision motion control, and six programmable job setups; the Model 230 Vinyl Cutter, a 30-in. portable friction-feed, vinyl system; and the i-Tech Traffic Cutter line, specifically for materials used for highway and traffic signs including prismatic reflective materials (24- to 60-in.).