Esko Launches Entry-level Kongsberg V Series

PrintAction Staff
May 26, 2014
By PrintAction Staff



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.

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