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The Razor's Edge

(January 2007) posted on Tue Jan 02, 2007

Cutting systems and routers for wide-format printing.


AXYZ Automation (www.axyz.com): Manufactures CNC 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 5-ft wide; other routers have working areas up to 10-ft wide. Bed lengths extend up to 32-ft long.

Beam Dynamics (www.beamdynamics.com): Offers the laser-powered Lumen Digital Cutting Center, with a 4 x 4- or 4 x 8-ft cutting bed. The DCC-9000-PA is designed for unattended loading and cutting with its Automated Pallet Loader, Barcode Reader, and the Job Batch Software to read the job code and load the proper job specs.

BeDigital (www.bedigital.info): This Spain-based manufacturer sells the SuperCutter 210/320, a 70/110-in. machine for cutting heavy boards (up to 20-mm thick) such as Kapa Block or Gatorfoam. It uses a laser guide for precise cutting.

CAD Machinery (www.cadmachinery.com): Has an array of CNC router/cutters, including the AristoMat CL, SL, TL, and the large-format GL series (with beds up to 125 x 204 in.); also 3-D CNC Router tables.

Coda (www.codamount.com): Sells the CodaTrim 59- and 63-in. trimmers with a self-sharpening blade and optional roll-feed assembly.

Contech (www.contech-usa.com): Its DigiCutter is a large-format media trimmer.

Craftsman Cutter (www.craftsmancutter.com): Offers Easy Cut manual cutter with a dual in-line blade in 24-, 36-, and 48-in. models. Also has an air-operated Straight-Line Cutter for cutting up to 24-pt board in custom sizes.

Dahle (www.dahle.com): Produces a wide range of large-format cutters, available as both rolling trimmers (up to 51-in. long) and guillotines (up to 43-in. wide).

Eastsign International (www.eastsign.com): Offers 22 models of DingTec vinyl cutters, which cut materials as wide as 61 in. at speeds up to 31 in./sec.

Esko-Graphics (www.esko-graphics.com): The Kongsberg i-XL is equipped with MGE’s i-cut vision system, offers working areas up to 87 x 120 in., and provides a choice of FlexiHead and MultiCut toolheads. Options include a conveyer system to feed rolls or sheets. The i-XE10 is a smaller version (31 x 43 in.) of the i-XL, but it can be equipped with a pick-and-place sheet-feeding system. The Kongsberg DCM loads/unloads boards and cuts/creases them directly from a CAD file; it is particularly helpful for packaging and P-O-P displays.


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