Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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38 • 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 intelligent software database, combined with tool modularity and fast, accurate cutting possibilities are definitely key- requirements a flatbed cutting system must contain." He says that large format flatbed cutters, merging perfectly with popu- lar printer sizes are indispensable in the sign making, textile and other industries. "Combine this with a large choice of material handling options, such as con- veyor extensions, roll-supports, baskets, etc., to ensure a smooth workflow, a clean environment and high-productivity at all times, and you are set to provide the utmost efficiency, speed and accuracy to anyone's workflow." Features to Consider Budwit says some important fea- tures to look for include a Conveyor System and Media Advance Clamps. "The Conveyor System allows users to cut, crease and annotate large lengths of (flexible) material to large produc- tion runs. Pneumatically driven media advance clamps hold the material down while pulling it forward to work con- tinuously in panels or multiple jobs. In combination with the Conveyor System and the Media Advanced Clamps, the Roll Support System is ideal for processing roll material on all the Summa Flatbed Systems. The Roll Support System on our F2630 consists of two parts, so two smaller rolls can be loaded next to each other to maximize the workload of the machine." Working Area Budwit points out that within the world of large format digital printing, most common sizes of textile printers are equipped with a working width of 3.2 meters to be able to print large rolls of textiles. "Both new Summa flatbed cutters, the F3232 and F3220, also cover a working width of 3.2 meters, making them the ideal companion to process common, popular print sizes with utmost ease and accuracy." Zünd America, Inc.'s Beatrice Drury says Zünd's powerful 3.6kW high-performance router with ARC tool changer is a good option to have. "The RM-L module features a robust routing spindle that delivers 3.6 kW of processing power and a maximum torque of 0.7Nm. Especially combined with the automatic 8-position tool/bit changer and minimal quantity lubrication, the RM-L routing system is perfect for processing acrylics, polycarbonates, aluminum/ACM materials, MDF and other wood products." (Image courtesy of Zünd America, Inc.) He says that the matching work- ing area sizes of the textile printer and Summa's new finishing cutter sizes will lead to a print-and-cut workflow, fitting seamlessly into each other and offering endless solutions to the flourishing tex- tile market. "However, not only the textile market will benefit from Summa's two new sizes of flatbed finishing systems. Both flatbed sizes are also perfectly suited to cut the increasingly popular board sizes of 3 x 2 meters. Additionally, the F3232 with its working area of 3.2 x 3.2 meters, has the inclusive feature: Summa's Tandem Mode. This feature will increase pro- ductivity of the customer's workflow by using the front zones and rear zones alternately. The Tandem Mode will be most beneficial when processing board sizes of 1.5 x 3 meters." He adds that all existing tools and mod- els within the F Series gamut are designed to fit each size of the flatbed range, the F3232 and F3220 sizes inclusive. This ensures the highest versatility to process all kinds of material and offer numerous high-end solutions to the sign making, textile, and digital print industries. Lastly, he says the need of great soft- ware is not something to underestimate. "The Summa GoSuite software platform has been developed to enable users to make the most of their print and cut workflow." Success for Printsquare Budwit says that one of their custom- ers, Haarlem, Netherlands-based large format print company, Printsquare, has accelerated its productivity and opti- mized its workflow since it installed a Summa F1612 flatbed finishing system two years ago. The unit is working in tandem with their Mimaki printers. According to Ronald Aarts, owner at Printsquare, the constant accuracy offered by the F1612 is a true game changer. "Customers are aware that we have a lot more potential now than before the purchase of the F1612. The possibilities are endless since the arrival of the Summa flatbed finishing system.

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