Big Picture - October 2017 - 26
AT T H E
7 new finishing tools -
because the work
doesn't end when the
printer stops running.
Every day, the world of inkjet becomes more complex: New, surprising
verticals embrace the age of customization while standard, go-to
applications become saturated; manufacturers of production tools from
end to end respond in turn, shaping increasingly specialized technology;
and the modern-day customer is more demanding than he or she has
ever been. In the middle of it all, PSPs face the task of adapting to these
new niches and opportunities while preparing their shops to say "yes"
to any request.
It's a given that this growing list of applications, from fashion prototyping to imaging on glass to day/night backlit graphics, has spawned a
growing list of available media and, often, the need to upgrade printers
to accommodate those materials. But what happens after the roll (or
corrugated package or upcycled wood) comes off the press?
"Materials like metals and wood have different finishing requirements
than textiles or vinyl, and it's also important to consider the ultimate
location of the finished product," reads ISA's April 2017 "Market Opportunities for Digital Printing" white paper, prepared by InfoTrends and
sponsored by Esko. It seems like a no-brainer, but when putting one's
money on the line, it can be easy to overlook the need for finishing
technology that's as versatile as the rest of the shop. The result may
often be that dreaded phenomenon: a bottleneck.
The report reiterates: "Finishing is no longer an option; it is a must for
digital printing to march forward." So, if you're taking a hard look at your
business, be sure to take in the whole picture, including cutters, routers
and laminators. To help find the right machines for your shop, we've
compiled a list of some of the newest finishing tech on the market.
BY KIERSTEN FEUCHTER
Andes | CET COLOR | cetcolor.com
CET Color's new 5 x 10-ft Andes flatbed cutter features a multifunctional head for quick tool
changing. Available functions include oscillating, creasing, cutting, drawing, kiss cutting,
routing, V-cutting, rotary cutting for fabric, and foam oscillating. The machine is compatible
with materials more than 2 in. thick, such as Dibond, corrugated, foam, vinyl, fabrics, styrene,
decals, honeycomb board, and more. The Andes also features an automated conveyor system.
Camm-1 GR Series | ROLAND DGA | rolanddga.com
Roland has expanded its large-format cutter offerings with the release of the Camm-1 GR
series. Available in 42-, 54-, and 64-in. widths, the GR series is engineered to cut at speeds
up to 58.5 in./sec. Roland reports the cutters feature an L-shaped integrated machine and
stand design for stability, a tangential emulation function for corner cutting, a built-in media
basket, and more. A dual-position tool carriage allows users to switch between functions
such as kiss-cutting and perforation, while a media feeding system features electronically
adjustable pinch rollers, enabling the pressure to be adjusted to 10 preset levels. The cutter
also offers overlap cutting up to 10 times for difficult substrates. Finally, the machine can
read crop marks and can be paired with a range of large-format printers.
Roland CutStudio software, which offers functions such as perforating cutting, cut-bycolor, and automatic creation of weed lines, is included.