Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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DIGITAL PRINTING AND FINISHING DIGITAL GRAPHICS C utting and finishing continue to be vital elements in the overall print/pro- duction process for sign shops and print ser- vice providers (PSPs). With the vast array of digital printing equipment and media choices currently on the market, many print provid- ers are now finding that cutting and finishing solutions are no longer a one-size-fits-all deal anymore. Depending on the application and sub- strate being utilized, shops can now choose from a wide selection of routers as well as the growing crop of digital flatbed cutters with various cutting heads. In addition, automation and physical handling of the final product is also being looked at more closely since each product and system provides a different set of workflow possibilities. Over the past few years, the rise of the flat- bed cutter segment has become an important Cream of the Crop Flatbed cutters give shops innovative, cutting-edge solu- tions that help get the job done B Y B I L L S C H I F F N E R Bill Schiffner is a freelance writer/ editor based in Holbrook, New York. He has covered the imag- ing industry for 29 years and has reported on many evolving digital imaging technologies including wide-format printing and newer electronic digital signage. He was the editor for a number of imaging publications and websites. He can be reached at bschiffner@optonline.net. Gerber Technology's Lenny Marano says that the Gerber MCT excels in laser cutting, routing, and knife cutting in sign and graphics, packaging, and industrial textile applica- tions. (Image courtesy of Gerber Technology) S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • June 2019 • 33 F L A T B E D C U T T E R S

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