Sign & Digital Graphics

June '19

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • June 2019 • 39 Production and our customer portfolio have grown considerably," reports Aarts. Look for Versatility Maureen Damato, sales dealer account manager at Colex Finishing Inc., Elmwood Park, New Jersey, says one of the most important things to look at when searching for a new flatbed-cutting table is versatility. "It doesn't matter if you are searching for your first flatbed or an additional one to expand productivity. The question you need to ask yourself is 'Can this new flatbed cutter process all of substrates you need it to?' Asking this question while shopping around for a flatbed cutter will narrow down the selection. Things to look for are the vari- ety of cutting tools and which of these tools will process your current and future materials. A machine with all the 'bells and whistles' doesn't always mean it can manage your workflow." Software She adds that the second most impor- tant thing is the software that runs the cutter. "Is the software compatible with your design software? How user friendly is the software for your operators? If there is a problem in the cut file how easy is it to address? These are all questions you should be asking yourself when consider- ing a new flatbed cutter. There are many different flatbed cutters on the market. For the most part they all will do the same thing. Some may route better while others are better at knife cutting. What really sets them apart is the software that runs the cutter and the customer support for that software package." Damato reports that flatbed cutters are getting faster and faster just like wide-format printers. "The newer flat- bed models coming out on the market are faster than their predecessors. There are new features like QR codes and mate- rial databases that reduce job setup time as well. Overall, the machines on the market today are faster and more pro- ductive than the machines of yesterday." Colex Sharpcut Damato says that the Colex Sharpcut excels at being one of the most versatile and user-friendly machines on the mar- ket. "Our software is very intuitive and compatible with a wide range of design software and RIPs. Our flatbed cutter has the ability to cut paper products, foam, plastics, composites, aluminum, cop- per, adhesive vinyl, and much more. We take great pride in our polished edges on routed acrylic. Unlike our competi- tors who need to make multiple passes using a diamond-polishing bit, the Colex Sharpcut is capable of getting a polished edge on the first pass with an inexpensive carbide bit. This not only saves you time but also money on consumables." One of the most important things to look at when searching for a new flatbed-cutting table is versatility.

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