The CF22-1225 cutting plotter is based on the existing Mimaki CF2 platform first launched in 2005. The new, larger CF22-1225 features a work area that can accommodate oversized media and allows a full 4-foot by 8-foot maximum cut size. Mimaki explains this allows printers to move materials directly from a standard flatbed printer.
The CF22-1225 cutting plotter is compatible with FineCut8 and the new RasterLink6 Plus software. This new version of Mimaki’s RIP software includes an ID Cut function. Along with registration marks, RasterLink6 plus software will include a bar code on output from a Mimaki printer driven by this version. The barcode, read by the crop mark sensor on the CF22-1225 cutting plotter, contains cutting and rotation information enabling the CF22-1225 cutting plotter to automate the cutting process.
Mimaki explains this function is particularly useful when running nested print-cut jobs, as the cutting plotter continuously reads the data for both single and ganged jobs.
Users can choose from various cutting heads for a range of tool holders for cutting, creasing and drawing tools, depending on the application. Swivel knife, tangential knife, reciprocating knife, creasing wheel and pen options are available with a range of blade and creasing options.
The company explains the CF22-1225 provides for cutting a variety of materials like corrugate, styrene and foam up to 20-mm thick for packaging and POP applications, as well as rubber, resin materials and plastics for industrial applications.
Heidelberg’s Promatrix 106 CS die cutter will make its North American debut at Graph Expo in Chicago next month. The system will be showcased on Masterwork Machinery’s exhibit.
In August 2014, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG announced it was restructuring its postpress equipment manufacturing through a new OEM partnership with Masterwork Machinery Co. headquartered in Tianjin, China. The move excluded Heidelberg’s production of folding machines at its Ludwigsburg site, a city in Baden-Württemberg, Germany.
“Heidelberg offers a value proposition that is unique in the industry,” said Joerg Daehnhardt, Vice President, Postpress, Heidelberg USA. “Our strategic partnership with Masterwork enables Heidelberg to offer a broader portfolio than ever before to the converting market.”
The Promatrix 106 CS is designed to handle substrates from 65-pound text to 48-point board. It outputs 8,000 sheets per hour, and has a maximum sheet size of 29.92 x 41.7 inches, matching the format of Heidelberg’s flagship Speedmaster XL 106 press.
The Promatrix 106 CS is the first Heidelberg product manufactured by Masterwork, while the German company retains sales and support responsibilities for its postpress lines. The Promatrix CS 106 is a further development of an existing Masterwork platform, along with additional improvements and certifications (such as “GS,” a German seal denoting safe operation).
During its annual Packaging Days event in Germany, Heidelberger Druckmaschinen AG showcased its new Promatrix 106 CS die cutter and the new Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding-carton gluing machines.
These machines are primarily aimed at companies that manufacture folding cartons. More than 200 printing professionals attended the equipment demonstration, producing products like invitation cards, stand-up displays, posters, folding cartons, and CD jackets in Heidelberg’s Hall 11 at the Wiesloch-Walldorf plant.
The Promatrix 106 CS die cutter is designed for short to medium production volumes and performs die cutting and embossing at a speed of 8,000 sheets per hour.
Heidelberg’s Diana Smart 55 and Diana Smart 80 folding-carton gluing machines are comprise a new platform for medium volumes in the production of straight-line and lock-bottom cartons. The company states these products require less space than traditional systems and feature a modular design that can be adapted to suit specific customer requirements.
“In the medium term, we are going to continue to expand the product portfolio in die cutting and folding carton gluing machines,” said Dr. Frank Schaum, who now has overall responsibility for Postpress at Heidelberg, both commerical and packaging printing.
Highcon plans to launch the Highcon Euclid II series of digital cutting and creasing machines at Graph Expo 14 in late September. The company's second generation of Euclid machines incorporates a range of new features, including, perhaps most prominently, the Integrated Digital Stripping Unit (IDSU).
The built-in IDSU stripping mechanism automatically removes waste from internal cutouts, eliminating the need to buy, setup or store a separate stripping tool. Euclid II also now includes optical registration of the sheets, as opposed to mechanical only, which adds the ability to align creasing and cutting to the image.
New software for the Euclid II, described as the Fine Cutting Accelerator, is designed to provide more flexibility and speed for laser cutting and marking. At Graph Expo, Highcon will also demonstrate new Web-to-pack software that can be combined with the digital cutting and creasing of Euclid II.
The Euclid II also includes a new substrate handling system to work with substrates like paper, folding carton, labels and micro-flute. The system includes additional sensors for registration accuracy and sheet flow.
Highcon, founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, states it has also enhanced the quality of the crease line by developing a new polymer formula and implementing optimized rule geometry, which provides a new ability to produce curved lines. Cutting algorithms for laser power control have also been improved for Euclid II.
At the recent ExpoPrint 2014 in Brazil, Bobst launched its new Novacut 106 ER blank separating die-cutter, while also showcasing its folder-gluer line with Braille embossing capable of producing up to 115,000 boxes per hour.
The Novacut 106 ER system provides inline blank separation, for producing stacked bundles of blanks ready for downstream processing without a need for breaking out by hand. This system leverages the company’s Angle Lock blanking tool, which can either be supplied directly by Bobst or made in-plant using standard components.
Novacut 106 ER allows users to build up a portfolio of blank separating work as they run un-blanked jobs that are simply die-cut and stripped. The machine’s delivery section can be converted from single/double cut blank separating to full sheet delivery, and back, within what the company describes as a few seconds.
At ExpoPrint 2014, Bobst is also highlighting its Exportfold line with the newest generation Accubraille GT Braille embossing unit and a Cartonpack GT automatic packer. This configuration, which is particularly suited to pharmaceutical packaging manufacturing, can produce folded, glued and Braille embossed boxes at speeds of up to 115,000 per hour.
Less than a week after launching its new DC-616 machine, Duplo has released the UD-300 On Demand Die Cutter with a new separator and conveyor unit option.
The UD-300 Die Cutter produces a variety of toner-based print and packaging products, such as custom-shaped brochures and direct mailers, stationery, retail packages, labels and folded boxes in quantities as low as one.
Designed for use with flexible dies, the UD-300 performs multiple cuts, slits, slit-scores, kiss cuts, perforations, and window punches for single and multiple-up pieces on a range of paper stock of up to 14 x 20 inches at 3,000 sheets per hour.
The UD-300 comes standard with an exit tray and users can install the optional separator and conveyor unit, in place of the tray, to automatically remove the waste of each sheet as it is delivered. The photo-eye sensor is used to ensure only the finished pieces are neatly stacked onto the conveyor for more productivity.
Esko of Ghent, Belgium, added to its line of Kongsberg finishing tables with the new Kongsberg V series, described as entry-level machines aimed at packaging and sign and display markets.
The Esko Kongsberg V series is available in two standard configurations, including one earmarked for sign and display work based on a MultiCUT tool head for cutting and routing. The MultiCUT has various insert options with an air-cooled milling spindle of up to 45,000 rpm, suitable for acrylics and other synthetics.
The second Kongsberg V configuration for packaging focuses on sample making, short run production of mockups and other packaging-specific applications. It is outfitted with a FlexiHead for more demanding material cutting and creasing, such as folding carton and corrugated board. The FlexiHead is attached to a servo axis controlling the tool depth when cutting, creasing and routing. Three configurable tool stations accommodate a range of standard tool inserts.
Kongsberg V is available in two sizes, including the V20, with a format size of 1,700 x 1,300 mm (66 x 51 inches), and the V24, 1,700 x 3,200 (66 x 126). The new tables feature the i-cut Vision Pro camera system for registration accuracy. Tool changes on the Kongsberg tables are coordinated by unique barcodes for every insert.
“Esko began testing the market with this new family of cutting tables in Asia last year,” stated Marian Zincke, Vice President Digital Finishing. “Results clearly illustrated that there is a global need for a high-end digital finishing solution at an attractive entry-level price. That is exactly what the Kongsberg V brings.”
The Kongsberg V series joins the large format C series platform, as well the company’s longstanding Kongsberg X series of machines. The Kongsberg C series is designed for finishing a mixture of 3.2-metre wide flexible and rigid materials for sign, display and packaging applications. The Kongsberg X series includes the smaller format Kongsberg XE for production of sign and display items or folding carton samples. The Kongsberg XN platform is for product versatility, while the Kongsberg XP is geared toward continuous production.
Zünd, during Ipex 2014, introduced a new set of functions for its S3 cutting system, including an automatic sheet feeder and tandem vacuum system.
The S3 is a modular cutting system designed to handle materials of up to 25 mm (1-inch) thick. At Ipex, Zünd showed an automatic sheet feeder for high-volume production environments. The new option of a tandem vacuum system for the S3 is designed to enable the loading or unloading of materials on one side of the cutter as production continues on the other.
Zünd also introduced its new EOT 250 electric oscillating tool to better handle sandwich board/honeycomb materials and cardboard. The air-cooled EOT-250 features an extended 2.5 mm stroke and high oscillating frequency.
The company also highlighted its Zünd Design Center, an Adobe Illustrator plug-in to create three-dimensional designs for packaging and displays. Zünd Design Center provides a library of templated designs in folding carton and corrugated cardboard. The software includes a 3D preview tool to consider measurements, logos, patterns and other graphic elements.
Esko will also preview a new i-cut Production Console, a new front-end for its Kongsberg cutting tables. The company promises that the new table will be easier to use and is designed for all applications.
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