Sign & Digital Graphics

January '19

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38 • January 2019 • S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS that will need to be applied before the contour cutting. A shop can accomplish that task anytime and cut any time with a separate cutter and printer workflow. And the cost to have two machines verses an all in one is about the same now but you have much more productivity with two machines," he explains. He says that print and cut devices are certainly convenient and for a new user can seem to eliminate the registration skills required when contour cutting. "However, we have found that many users of these devices, eventually get a separate cutter anyway when they rec- ognize the possible workflow and main- tenance issues. In addition, if the printer should need repair, it can make the cutter unavailable as well and that could result in a workflow stoppage in the shop." Rugen adds that a separate printer and cutter allows for devices to be maintained separately. "In addition, when the time comes for upgrades, or if the shop wishes to purchase a different printer, they can still make use of the separate cutter." Razor Sharp Mutoh Solutions Rugen says for vinyl applications, he recommends the Mutoh ValueJet 628, which is a 24-inch wide printer and when combined with their Mutoh ValueCut 600 30-inch wide cutter, a shop can print and cut almost anything for a number of applications. He adds if a shop needs a wider solution, then the Mutoh ValueJet 1628 X alongside the Mutoh ValueCut 1800 cutter can give them up to 64 inches of print and cut capabilities. "Keep in mind, the ValueCut driv- ers include a special feature called 'Cut Through' that allows for perforations cutting without the need to determine the cut pattern, making the contour cut- ting and then perforation of an image to form a product that could be given directly to the customer for installation," he concludes. Mimaki's UCJV300 Series Another major player in this area is Suwanee, Georgia-based Mimaki USA. The company offers the UCJV300 Series devices are said to provide more than a simple print and cut experience, which goes beyond extraordinary to deliver a wide range of applications and versatility. The line features new additions: UCJV300-75, UCJV300-107 and UCJV 300-130. These three printers are smaller footprint models with the same opera- tional features of the larger, widely-suc- cessful UCJV300-160. "Mimaki has introduced more cutting-edge technology with the UCJV300 Series printers. These versa- tile printers not only feature Mimaki's original UV-LED inks for a wide range of applications, but they also print and cut. The combination of the UCJV300 Series printers with UV-LED inks, open a world of unlimited versatility for Mimaki customers. UCJV300 Series operators can now create anything from general signage, decals, and vehicle wraps with industry defining warranties to more expansive products, such as canvas prints, flags, banners, back-lits and static clings using layered print technology with white ink," says Michael Maxwell, senior manager at Mimaki USA. Each of the print-and-cut machines include the newest version of RasterLink6 Plus software, featuring a four-layer print preview and an ID Cut function that gen- erates registration marks, barcodes with cutting and rotation information and more. SDG Mutoh's Mark Rugen recom- mends for vinyl applications the Mutoh ValueJet 628. The Mutoh ValueCut 1800 cutter can give shops up to 64 inches of print and cut capa- bilities. (Images courtesy of Mutoh America)

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