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(June 2013) posted on Thu Jun 27, 2013

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

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Graphtec America
Its FC8000 series cutting plotter features a max. cutting speed of 58.5 in./sec, 4.0g max. acceleration, and 20 to 600g selectable cutting forces; can process self-adhesive vinyl as well as high-intensity reflective film, sandblast resist rubber, automotive window and paint-protection films, Amberlith and Rubylith masking films, and other media types. In five sizes, from 30 to 72 in. (media widths). Also available: the CE6000 series cutting plotter, in 15-, 24-, and 48-in. versions.

Image Edge Cutting Systems
The Image Edge substrate-cutting system can cut up to 10 ft in length. Its cutting mechanism is pressure-activated and automatically retracts when not in use; the system can cut vinyl, banner material, magnetic media, PVC, foam boards, Coroplast, and other materials. The system includes four edges, two cutting heads, stabilizer dowels, and blades.

The SmarTrac I/S is a wide-format sign cutter designed to handle a variety of rollfed materials including vinyl, heat-transfer film, Rubylith, and more. It features the company’s SmarTrac technology, a powerful servo motor, a high-speed processor with 1-megabyte buffer, adjustable downforce pressure up to 500g, tangential blade control, and more. In three cut widths: 25, 31, and 41 in. Ioline also offers the rollfed 100 System that creates heat-transfer designs, vinyl decals, signs, banners, and vehicle graphics; 25-in. max. cutting width.

The SteelTrak is a vertical cutter geared for sign makers and is capable of cutting rigid and semi-rigid materials; can also cut glass and aluminum with optional accessories. In 65- and 84-in. cut lengths. Also offers a range of cutter bars and its Arc Rotary Cutter in sizes 42- to 120-in. models. Foster Manufacturing is the exclusive distributor in North and South America.

Kern Laser Systems
The HSE (High Speed Engraving) Laser System is geared toward sign makers and can process acrylic, metal, wood, stone, foam, and more. Features a moving gantry with high-speed servo motors, a solid-steel frame, lasers from 30 to 400 watts, and KCAM laser software. Models available in 52 x 25-, 52 x 50-, 52 x 100-, 60 x 120-, and 80 x 120-in. widths.