Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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36 • June 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 upgraded. Also, we're constantly adding new features, func- tions, and performance enhancements to our TigerVision software and customers can quickly find out if they're on the latest version and contact us about upgrade paths," he explains. Expanding Capabilities Beatrice Drury, director of marketing and communica- tions at Zünd America, Inc., Franklin, Wisconsin, says that applications in packaging and fabric printing are changing the landscape of the finishing sector market. "As PSPs seek additional ways to expand their offerings and capture more revenue, we see a lot of activity surround- ing packaging and digital textiles." She says because Zünd offers finishing systems that are continually upgradeable, they establish ongoing partnerships with PSPs, continually assisting them as their needs change by expanding their capabilities with additional tooling, software and workflow automation in these areas. Important Features When asked about important features to have on a machine she notes that today it's rare to see a system that doesn't necessitate a drag knife, so the Universal Cutting Tool is practically a mandate. "Beyond that, the Zünd sales and support specialists are always engaged in making sure they understand the materials the customer is using and can offer recommendations for the ideal configuration. The user interface of Zünd Cut Center, which offers tooling recom- mendations based on media selection, makes the system user friendly in a way even a novice user can be confident. While Zünd G3 3XL-3200 can cut virtually any shape on rigid materials such as plexiglass, aluminum and foam core as well textiles including vinyl and fabric. (Image courtesy of Zünd America, Inc.) it's not a feature of the cutter, lifetime phone support with every Zünd cutter allows a lifeline to operators whenever they are unfamiliar with a new material." Tool Options She adds that for shops looking at pos- sible tool options, "PSPs should examine both the power of the tool, for example how strong a router do they really need for processing the majority of materials they are working with, and the power of the workflow behind it, i.g., how easy is it for the operator to work with the tool and the machine and what automation features are available for setup or tool/ bit changes to minimize having to rely on experience or trial and error."

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