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The Razor's Edge

(January 2007) posted on Tue Jan 02, 2007

Cutting systems and routers for wide-format printing.


Flexible cutters include the manual Power Trim Plus with a cutting width up to 98 in. for materials up to 0.07-in. thick; the Electro Power Trim Plus cuts graphics up to 142-in. wide; and the Electro Super Trim cuts heavier non-ridged substrates up to 10-mm thick and up to 205-in. long.

Neschen Americas (www.neschenamericas.com): Seal cutters and trimmers include: the AccuCut Table Mount system (60 or 100 in.) for media up to 3/8-in. thick; the 63-in. MultiCut Wall Mount system for Sintra, foamboard, aluminum, and glass up to 0.5-in. thick; EasyCut 40- or 60-in. models for foam-centered or rigid media up to 0.5-in. thick; and the 60-in. rotary EasyTrim.

Orca Photonic Systems (www.laser-cutting.com): The Conveyor Feed Laser (CFL) system is designed for outline cutting, kiss cutting, and fast web-based slitting, up to 60-in. wide. Orca’s Flat Bed Laser System (50 x 50 in. or 60 x 50 in.) can be upgraded to the CFL system.

Roland DGA (www.rolanddga.com): Roland features the GX Pro (up to 47 in.) and the CAMM-1 Servo GX-24 (up to 24 in.) vinyl cutters.

Rollem International (www.rollemusa.com): Offers a variety of slitting, scoring, and perforating machinery. The Champion 990 ETR System, available in 24- and 30-in. models, can be used with up to 20-pt board and coated materials.

Rosenthal Manufacturing (www.rosenthalmfg.com): Smartrim converts printed graphics (up to 60-in. rolls) into finished sizes.

Rotatrim (www.rotatrim.com): Cut flexible or roll materials with: Professional manual cutter (24- to 54-in. wide; 3-mm thick); DigiTech manual (61- to 99-in. wide; 0.75-mm thick); Technical manual (26- to 99-in. wide and 4-mm thick); Mastercut A manual (up to 48-in. wide and 1-mm thick); and Powertech electric cutter (26- to 99-in. wide and 4-mm thick).

SignWarehouse (www.signwarehouse.com): Features Vinyl Express Q-series vinyl sign cutters from 30- to 64-in. wide; 24-in. vinyl cutters include Qe, Lynx, Panther, EnduraCut, and EnduraCut Plus. Also Trim62 rotary trimmer.

SpeedPress Sign Supplies (www.speedpress.com): Offers Double Wheel Print Trimmer (24 to 48 in.); Tec 2000 Board Cutter (40 to 120 in.); and wall-mounted Bull Dog Board Cutter.

Summa USA (www.summausa.com): The 24-in. SummaCut D is a vinyl cutter; vinyl/contour cutter SummaCut D60 SE has models from 24- to 54-in. wide. The Summa S Class offers 30- to 54-in. wide contour cutters; the D and T series feature OPOS X contour cutting alignment. Additionally, the T series also offers TrueTangential motor-controlled blade rotation.

Universal Laser Systems (www.ulsinc.com): Universal Laser offers an XL series of laser systems for cutting, engraving, and marking with work areas up to 48 x 24 in.

VyTek (www.vy-tek.com): Routers in its Rebel series cut up to 6 x 10 ft; the EX laser cutters offer a cutting area of up to 36 x 51 in.; and the G/X laser cutting system has a 51 x 51-in. cutting area. VyTek’s F/X Laser series offers work areas up to 51 x 51 in. and can cut and engrave a wide variety of media from paper to metal. The i-cut Laser FX (a VyTek base with an MGE i-cut vision system) offers a registration system to detect materials that may be askew, offset, stretched, or shrunk.

Zund (www.zund.com): Offers several table sizes (from 31 x 31 in. to 118 x 86 in.), a choice of cutting tools and technologies-from camera-controlled MGE i-cut cutting, to laser, to knife cutting-and optional automated feeder/unloading systems.

Roll Slitters

Just like buying a 30-lb sack of rice is more economical than buying 30 1-lb packages, print shops can save money if they purchase bulk orders of larger rolls of paper. If printers are narrower than the wide bulk roll, it must be cut to the proper width to fit the printer. However, an X-Acto knife and a truckload of perseverance are no match for rolls that weigh hundreds of pounds and are up to 20-ft long. One company, SmartSlitters (www.smart-slitters.com), offers a solution: roll slitters. A division of Rosenthal Manufacturing, SmartSlitters offers a variety of manual and automatic single knife slitters (also called log slitters or baloney slicers) and roll rewinders up to 74 in.


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