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Prime Cut

(February 2011) posted on Fri Feb 04, 2011

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

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Graphtec America
Its FC8000 series cutting plotter features a maximum cutting speed of 58.5 in./sec, 4.0g maximum 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, and other media types. Available in five sizes, from 30- to 72-in. (media widths). Also available: the CE5000 series (15-, 24-, and 48-in. versions).

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

Sooper Sign Saws are vertical cutting saws available in 50- to 74-in.-cut versions. All saws come with hold down bar, quick stop gauge, backer board, blade knife kit, and more.

The SmarTrac I/S is a wide-format sign cutter designed to handle a variety of rollfed materials and jobs ranging from vinyl signs to pouncing and sandblast mask. It features the company’s SmarTrac technology and a powerful servo motor, a high-speed processor with one-megabyte buffer, adjustable downforce pressure, pinchwheels, and more. Available in four cut widths: 25, 31, 41, and 49 in. Ioline also offers the rollfed 100 System for graphics and sports lettering; 25-in. maximum cutting width.

The SteelTrak is a vertical cutter geared for the sign maker and is capable of cutting rigid (including acrylic up to 6mm) and semi-rigid (including foam-centered board up to 13mm) materials; can also cut glass and aluminum with optional accessories. Available in 65- and 84-in. cut lengths. Also offers a range of cutter bars and its Arc Rotary Cutter in 42- and 52.5-in. models. Foster Manufacturing is the exclusive distributor in North and South America.

Ledco’s Automatic Cutter is designed for use with the company’s Thoroughbred Laminator, but it will adapt to fit other similar equipment, Ledco reports. Cuts up to 30-in. wide with a maximum cutting thickness of up to 50 mils.