Finishing World

Huddersfield-based Swiftprint can now offer their customers a truly bespoke foiling service with its recent purchase of a Matrix Digital Foiling & Laminating System.

Increased growth at Leeds-based Marshall Print had resulted in bottlenecks in the finishing department that were resolved by a fully automated Esko Kongsberg X24 digital cutting table with conveyor belt – sourced from and installed by CMYUK.

The display print market is going through a fundamental change, and to thrive and survive in this changing market, many successful sign and display print businesses are making the move towards higher productivity to meet ever-increasing customer demands.

With volume steadily increasing for printed glass manifestation, wallpaper, vinyl and CAD cut graphics, Surrey-based architectural sign specialist Signbox has invested in a Zünd S3 L1200 precision cutting system to replace hand-finishing with digital cutting to increase precision, speed of turnaround and consistency in production.

Here is an easy-to-use Adobe Illustrator plug-in that lets the user create packaging and displays with just a few mouse clicks. It is available to download from Zünd who has released Version 3 of its Zünd Design Centre ZDC, Zünd's plug-in for Adobe Illustrator. This new plug-in makes this already easy-to-use design software even more user friendly and provide users with even greater design choices.

CMYUK, the leading independent supplier of digital print technology and materials, has signed a significant UK agreement with Esko, the manufacturer of the highly-regarded Kongsberg digital cutting systems, and developer of an extensive suite of workflow, automation and production-efficiency software.

On Stand L10, Zünd UK is showcasing a new Zünd G3 3XL3200 fitted with the new 3.6kW Router, a powerful spindle featuring a pneumatic clamping system capable of routing materials at depths of up to 50mm and working with bits with shaft diameters of up to 10mm.

Roland DG will use Sign & Digital UK to launch its new GR-640/540/420 professional vinyl cutters, the latest additions to its CAMM-1 series.

On Stand D50, Graphtec GB will demonstrate the new FCX2000 series of flatbed plotter/cutters. They are available in three sizes (920 x 610, 920 x 1,200 and 920 x 1,800mm) and a choice of either a vacuum suction or electrostatic material hold-down facility, with the former being more suitable for heavier and thicker materials and the latter better suited to the processing of lighter-weight media. The plotter/cutters have a maximum cutting force of 9.8N (1Kgf) and a maximum cutting speed of 400mm/sec.

Cardboard cutting and creasing is a key way for sign and display companies to differentiate themselves and their services, and as such Blackman & White will use Sign & Digital UK to showcase the almost limitless options for packaging and display using its flatbed Versa-Tech laser/router/knife cutter together with its own Tiger Pack workflow software.

Curtis Packaging has installed a Zünd S3 M1200 digital cutting table at its new Redhill premises. The company has invested some £1.3m in the move, along with other capital equipment purchases.

Hull-based packaging and POS specialist Garthwest has invested in a Zünd G3 L2500 automated cutting system with camera recognition that reads registration dots printed outside the main printing area and cuts accordingly.

The UK's largest Minuteman Press franchise, based in Bath, has invested in a Valiani Optima V 250 flat-bed cutting table from Morgana Systems to provide a quality short-run in-house cutting facility.

I have come to the conclusion that printers are for printing and cutters are for cutting. Yes, there are some great bits of kit that will do both in one go for you but, and let's be honest, that is only about convenience as opposed to volume production. Why? Because 99% of the time your lovely contour cut graphics will also need laminating, so the printed matter has to be removed from the printer and laminated offline, then reset once more into the printer for cutting. Because of this, your production speed has dropped off straight away.

Point-of-sale specialist Wilmot-Budgen has doubled production speeds on two-sheet cutting processes following the installation of a brand new Zünd D3 XL3200 digital cutting table, combined with its existing Zünd Board Handling System.

If you didn’t make it to Drupa you would have missed Esko launching its new CorruSpeed tool, a brand-new tool for its Kongsberg family of cutting tables designed for high-speed cutting of corrugated board without oscillating. The result is cleaner, more accurate cuts comparable to conventional die cutting, bringing the highest quality of digital finishing to the corrugated market. Tools are available for Kongsberg C Series, X Series, XP and XE cutting tables.

Bobcat Digital has installed a Zünd G3 L2500 from CMYUK following a visit to Sign & Digital UK 2016 earlier this year. The investment will enable the company to keep pace with print production from a recently installed EFI VUTEk wide-format printer by automating the finishing process.

Vivid Laminating Technologies has launched a smaller footprint double-sided duplex laminating system able to laminate, foil and create spot UV-style effects on SRA3 portrait sheets.

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