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Differentiate Yourself

Digital Cutting Stands Out

Part 1 of 4

By Gretchen A. Peck

During times of great prosperity print service providers (PSPs) strive to differentiate themselves, this means finding the right niche within the large format graphics segment and sticking to a core competency.

Print-and-cut technologies enable PSPs to differentiate themselves from competitors. The following is a roundup of available print-and-cut and standalone cutting technologies.

EskoArtwork offers three versions of its i-cut enabled Kongsberg i-XE digital finishing tables for signs and displays; the i-XE10, with a working area of 31.5x43.3 inches; the i-XE32, 51x63.75 inches; and the i-XE54, 62x120 inches. EskoArtwork’s Kongsberg XP—XP24 and XP44—finishing tables offer working areas of 66x126 and 87x126 inches, respectively.

GCC’s Gaia laser cutting system offers PSPs a laser-based cutting and engraving solution with a working area of 51x36 inches. GCC also developed the Jaguar and Puma families of cutting plotters to complement large format digital print systems.

Gerber Scientific Products, Inc. markets the Sabre routers to the sign and large format markets. Two iterations of this solution—the Sabre 404 and 408—are able to cut media up to 4.4 inches thick. The supplier also created the Gerber M Series flatbed cutter, capable of routing corrugated plastic, kiss-cut vinyl applications, and contour-cut digitally printed graphics for point of purchase displays.

Available in three widths, Mimaki USA, Inc.’s CG FX series II cutting plotters feature high-speed, continuous crop mark detection courtesy of an optical sensor. Mimaki’s proprietary half-cut technology enables the cutting of backing sheets, leaving appropriate connecting points, which may be detached in preparation for application. Mimaki also delivers an integrated print-and-cut solution with its CJV30 series, which prints at resolutions of up to 1,440 dpi and cuts at speeds of up to 30 centimeters per second.

Mutoh America, Inc. manufactures two standalone cutting solutions. The Ultima Series 1400 Multi-Purpose Cutting Plotter accepts media up to 55 inches wide—with a cutting width of 47 inches—and performs at speeds up to 39 inches per second. The Mutoh SC-PRO 1650 is a 64-inch wide cutter/plotter equipped with a drag knife, ideal for vinyl media. The device accepts roll or sheet substrates up to 72.83 inches wide.

More than 70,000 Roland DGA Corporation VersaCAMM and SOLJET printer/cutters are installed worldwide today. This Spring Roland announced new "i" versions of the VersaCAMM VP solutions. VersaCAMM VP-i features Roland Intelligent Pass Control to enhance productivity. The Roland product line also includes solutions that combine the VersaArt RS series of printers with the Roland GX series of cutters for customers that prefer separate devices.

Summa USA offers both integrated print-and-cut technologies—the Summa DC4sx and DC4 thermal transfer printer/cutters—and standalone vinyl and contour cutters such as the company’s S Class D Series. Available in four models—30, 48, 54, and 64 inches, this technology is for high-volume vinyl and reflective label cutting. New cutting devices in the S Class T Series include S140T and S160T contour cutting plotters, which use OPOS-CAM—a contour cutting alignment system.

Next week learn about cutting technologies out in the field, 858 Graphics of San Diego, CA shares its story.

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May2009, Digital Output

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