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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.


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.

TARA MATERIALS
www.taramaterials.com

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.

STIMPSON
www.stimpson.com

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.

SAW TRAX
www.sawtrax.com

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.

LEISTER PROCESS TECHNOLOGIES
www.leister.com

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