These 17 tools can help keep the production floor humming.
Too often, print shops strive to get by with less when it comes to finishing tools. While it’s easy to continue to utilize the same sewing machine or welder that’s been the shop’s mainstay for two decades, it just might be time to begin looking around for that particular tool’s replacement. Or, perhaps you previously outsourced all or some aspect of finishing and you’re now looking to bring these services in-house.
This month, we report on 17 specialty finishing tools that caught our editorial eye. Keep in mind that we’ve e avoided certain tried-and-true finishing categories only because they’ve appeared elsewhere within these pages this year (or will soon do so): laminates (January issue); cutters and routers (last issue); and laminators (July).
An Infrared Cure
Want your prints to dry more quickly? The Digi-Dry infrared digital print dryers from BBC Industries are designed to distribute uniform heat and fully cure inks without circulating air. Available in sizes from 54- to 108-in., the print dryers are safe with any inks and substrates, are portable from one printer to another, and can be adjusted 30 degrees (incline/decline). An auto shutoff is optional. A second heater can be added for high-speed heating. In 120- and 220-volt models. Also available: the Digi-Cure direct-to-garment conveyor dryer.
If you’re seeking a solution for frayed ends or just small cutting jobs, HSGM USA’s HSG-0 Heat Cutter with Polyamid housing and a Kevlar cord might be the answer. This hand-operated heat cutting tool is engineered to cut small quantities and short-time operation. It’s suitable for cutting and edge-sealing of synthetic fibers, cords, ropes, webbing, and belting. It also boasts a Kevlar covering on the cord, to prevent the user from accidentally severing the tool’s cord. Heat-up time of the blade is 6-8 seconds; blade temperature reaches 1100 degrees Fahrenheit (blade heat can be roughly controlled by depressing/releasing the trigger). 110V/70W; also available in 220-volt by special order.