Signs of the Times - June 2013 - (Page 36)
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.
Graphtec’s CE6000 Cutter Family
Right out of the box, you can start making signs.
Vany signshop for been the and,
inyl cutters have
in many ways, they appear to seldom
change, but here’s the clincher –
most were built to stand the test of
time. One of our cutters has operated
since we opened our shop. Out of
necessity, we’ve added one that’s
wider and, later, a printer and cutter
device. Our point is, cutters are
a signshop staple – although the
newer ones are faster, more accurate,
easier to operate and, of course,
have skew control.
Graphtec’s CE6000 family is a
grand case for cutter evolution. The
series comprises 15-, 24- and 48-in.wide cutters, each with a maximum
cutting width that lies 0.25 in. inside
the machine’s maximum media width.
For example, you can cut up to 47.5
in. wide on the 48-in.-wide model.
The cutters are quite fast. The
cutting speeds reach 24-, 35- and
40-in.-per-second respectively, for
the 15-, 24- and 48-in.-wide machines.
The downward cutting force ranges
from 300 to 450 grams, which is
based, again, on the machine model.
Further, these machines will cut
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such media as self-adhesive vinyl,
reflective films, paint mask, card
stock, and rhinestone-pattern and
Each cutter features Graphtec’s
fifth-generation, Auto Registration
Mark Sensor (ARMS) system, which
is an optical system that reads multiple, media-registration marks and
Specifications: Graphtec’s CE6000 Cutter Family
Maximum Cutting Area
CE 6000-40: 14.76 in. x 164 ft.
CE 6000-60: 23.5 in. x 164 ft.
CE 6000-120: 47.5 in. x 164 ft.
Compatible Media Widths
CE 6000-40: 2 - 19 in.
CE 6000-60: 2 - 28 in.
CE 6000-120: 2 - 53 in.
Maximum Media Thickness
25 mil (0.6mm)
Programmable Cutting Force
CE 6000-40: 20 - 300 grams in 31 steps
CE 6000-60: 20 - 300 grams in 31 steps
CE 6000-120: 20 - 450 grams in 38 steps
Maximum Cutting S peed
CE 6000-40: 24 in. per second/360º
CE 6000-60: 35 in. per second/45º
CE 6000-120: 40 in. per second/45º
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subsequently positions the cutting
blade over your selected cut lines.
No need to position your blade –
the ARMS system will find the
proper marks and register the knife.
The CE6000 family’s expansive
control panel eases control of the
eight, pre-set cutting modes, a
tangential-control mode, variablespeed controls and the blade-wear
A new, digital-servo motor and
the four-point, dual-axis, skewcorrection system, coupled with the
ARMS system, significantly improve
cutting accuracy, especially on
longer jobs. A system-compensation
tool considers and reacts to material expansion/contraction and
As we said – faster, more accurate,
easier to operate and, certainly,
with skew control.
Purchase the larger CE6000
cutters to receive stands with an
integrated media rack; the desktop
unit includes a rear media tray. All
units include Graphtec’s Studio
design software, along with plug-ins
for Adobe Illustrator® and CorelDraw®.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - June 2013
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The Reality of Your Surroundings
The Great ’scapes
Digital Printers at ISA
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Signs of the Times - June 2013