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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 Thermocutter Zetz-9, from A-Z Formen-und Maschinenbau, can cut fabrics, as well as synthetic ropes and material up to 5-in. thick (depending on density), including rubber, PVC, polyethylene, polypropylene, ABS (acrylo-nitrile butadiene styrene), polystyrene, polyamide, fiberboard, and styrofoam. Producing minimal smoke and no burned edges, the Zetz-9’s blade heats up fast and has an adjustable temperature up to 565? C. The Thermocutter is designed for continuous use and offers a wide variety of blades for various jobs and media. Weight: 2.5 lb. Abbeon Cal ( is the exclusive US distributor.


It has a bent for plastic

When putting together P-O-P displays for customers, print providers often have to be creative. Some shops find that a strip heater comes in handy to bend acrylic plastics for display units-and for prototype packaging. The 43-in. EMX-1 strip heater from Kidder is designed to heat acrylic thermoplastic to 2007171? C where it will become soft and pliable. The tool is capable of bending acrylics from 1/16- to 1/2-in. thick; its heating times range from 1 to 30 min, depending on the thickness of the material to be bent. Also offers 48-in. EMX-2 model.


Industrial sewing

Banner finishing can be speeded along with an industrial-strength sewing machine. Designed for use with heavy materials, the Juki DNU-1541 is a 1-needle, unison-feed, lockstitch machine. Its rectangular feeding motion, walking foot, and unison feed mechanism help consistently feed heavyweight materials of all thicknesses. Offering sewing speeds up to 3000 RPM, the machine also features a stitch dial to select stitch length, a knee-lifter mechanism which raises or lowers the presser foot allowing the operator’s hands to stay on the material, and a lubricating mechanism to reduce maintenance time.


Peggy Middendorf is the managing editor of The Big Picture magazine.

Keep It Simple, but Finish and Display with Flair

Some projects may not require heavy-duty finishing, even though the customer is seeking a professional look. A few innovative companies have come through with simple solutions that provide a finished look and an easy install, without a lot of fuss or money. By offering one or more of these options to customers, you can help them solve a display problem, while increasing your bottom line.