Reprodux Toronto Installs Kongsberg XN
Reprodux has installed an Esko Kongsberg XN24 finishing table at its main production facility in Toronto. Established in 1963, Reprodux is now one of Canada’s largest reprographers with locations across Southern Ontario.
In February 2013, Reprodux merged operations with Entire Imaging Solutions Inc., specializing in a range of document services with an emphasis on project collaboration, inkjet printing, scanning, and archiving for architectural, engineering, manufacturing, and construction firms. This partnership allows Reprodux to offer new services like 3D modeling and rapid prototyping.
“[The Kongsberg XN24] is able to handle larger 66 x 126-inch sheets of material,” stated John Duke, Manager of Reprodux’ main production site in Toronto, when describing the operation’s choice of Kongsberg models. The Kongsberg XN table is available in seven different sizes from 66 x 50 inches to 87 x 258 inches. “Also, the 3kW high-power, water-cooled milling tool allows it to make larger, longer and deeper cuts.
“We’re cutting signs and displays, cutting odd jobs that are tough for a guillotine, and kiss cutting for vinyl applications," continued Duke. "We’re even taking 12 x 18-inch press sheets, placing multiple-ups and cutting them.”
Reprodux is using its milling tool to cut 6-mm Sintra, 1-inch gator board and aluminum composite panels. They also use the milling tool to cut pieces for 3D modeling, in which models of buildings are printed on a flatbed printer and the odd shapes are cut with the Kongsberg XN table. Milling is delivered by the system’s three-kilowatt MultiCUT-HP spindle and through Esko’s i-cut workflow suite.
“The Kongsberg XN has replaced some of the jobs we used to cut by hand, making cutting tasks faster and more accurately,” stated John Gentle, Reprodux’ Manager of Wide Format Print. “We used to manually cut 10-foot panels that were 45 inches wide because we did not have a table to handle them. A job that used to take four hours now takes 20 minutes. We also used to cut 30 to 40 posters by hand in about two hours. Now it takes 30 minutes.”
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