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TECHNOLOGY REVIEW By Chris and Kathi Morrison Chris and Kathi Morrison own and operate The Image Specialists, a full-service graphics company based in Clements, CA. Chris is also a Microsoft-certified systems engineer. Summa’s Intelligent, F1612 Flatbed Finisher/Cutter A very-versatile cutter and finishing table It’s not a lightweight. Summa’swill intelligent, F1612 flatbed cutter cut sheet and rigid materials, as well as roll stock. For example, it will contour-cut roll-stock vinyl or up to 1-in.-thick, rigid MDF, Sintra PVC board or acrylic. Further, it performs creasing, v-cutting, milling or oscillating work. Want features? The F1612 has a multifunctional, gantry-mounted head that holds up to three cutting tools in a multi-module holder; it also features an automatic, toolrecognition system that, combined Key Information Summa USA 10001 Lake City Way NE Seattle, WA 98125 (800) 527-7778 Contact: Drew Groshong, VP of sales (206) 527-1050 Ext 105 with digital (wireless) pressure and mechanical-depth controls, ensures precise cutting on many materials. Specifications: Summa F1612 Cutter Dimensions (W x D x H) Media Width Cutting Area Accuracy Speed Acceleration Connectivity Requirements 92.5 x 76.3 x 43.3 in., without roll-support system attached Up to 65 in. 63 in. wide x 47.2 in. long; up to 164 ft. long, in multi-panel mode 0.05 % of move; or 0.05mm, whichever is greater Up to 39.4 in./sec. Up to 1G USB 3-phase, 208V+N; or 3-Phase 230V; or 3-Phase 400V+N For roll-vinyl cutting, the gantry system holds both drag and tangential blades. The roll-stock vinyl system, designed for unattended cutting, can also be equipped with an optional catch basket. The rubber meets the road on the OPOS-guided, automaticregistration, finishing system because OPOS accurately detects printed navigation marks to bull’s-eye set the machine’s contour-cutting system. Summa located the vacuum pump in a sound-muffled box, so operational noises are reasonably quiet. Other multiple, material-handling systems ensure optimal workflow for roll, sheet or board materials. For example, an air-controlled, media-advance system allows continuous workflow for extensive jobs; similarly, media flanges assist roll-media loading. We’re especially keen on the motion-detector safety-pack system that slams the brakes if motion is detected around the flatbed perimeter. It stops cutting instantly, even at full-production speed. In all, the F1612 is a flexible-use – thin and delicate cuts to robust millwork – machine. Here, Summa has built a versatile, wirelessly controlled workhorse that sweetly installs into even small shops. If you want to contour cut more than a pretty face, see Summa’s F1612. ■ 36 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / NOVEMBER 2012 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - November 2012

Signs of the Times - November 2012
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Design Matters
New Products
London 2012
The Rules of Attraction
Extreme Weather
An Icon Looks at 80
The Value of Signs
Enter ST ’s 2013 Intl. Sign Contest
Industry News
Industry News
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - November 2012