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The Right Finishing Tool for the Job

(February 2007) posted on Mon Feb 05, 2007

Specialty equipment to keep those projects moving out the door.

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By Peggy Middendorf

The press is offered in two sizes: 36 x 46 in. (A-4000) and 22 x 26 in. (A-2000). Both sizes feature digital temperature control, digital timer with alarm, steel-constructed chassis, slide-out work tray, and adjustable pressing settings.


Grand grommeting

Speeding up the tedious job of adding grommets to a large banner can help move jobs out the door. To this end, Stimpson features its Model S-83 GW dual-feed, heavy-duty grommeting machine. The operator simply puts the material in place and steps on the foot switch; the machine cuts the hole, puts the grommet and washer into place, and sets them-all in less than a second, the company reports. It’s compatible with grommets/washers from sizes 00 to 4. The machine has a small footprint: 2.5 x 2.5-ft wide and deep, and 5.5-ft tall. Stimpson also offers a wide variety of grommets and eyelets for virtually any job.


Precision plus safety

If you make mistakes on the finishing side of things, a graphic may have to be reprinted-adding to turnaround time and cutting profits. One way to guard against shop mishaps: the new Guardian Knife Guide. Line up the straight-edge guide with the cut line; an Olfa knife fits in the bracket and both slip onto the guide to easily and accurately trim prints. Featuring non-slip rubber on the bottom to keep the guide from moving, the aluminum guide extrusion also has a lip to protect the "hold-down-hand" from getting cut.


Wedge welding

Instead of sewing PVC banners together, you can hot weld them. The Leister Uniplan Wedge-available for acrylics or billboards/coated fabrics/foils-is a portable unit with electronically regulated heating and digital display of air flow, temperature, and welding speed. Offering temperatures up to 420? C, the Uniplan Wedge can weld 20- or 30-mm (0.79 to 1.18-in.) seams at speeds up to 24.6 ft/min. Its automatic drive sensors and optional laser guide help make welding comfortable and precise. Weight: 25 lb.


Like a knife through butter