Signs of the Times - June 2013 - (Page 42)
By Darek Johnson
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Product Showcase: Laser Cutter/Engravers
Kern Lasers HSE Line
Kern Lasers’ (Wadena, MN) large-format, HSE laser
cutter-engravers feature moving gantries and work
areas that range from 52 x 25 in. to 80 x 120 in.
Standard table height is 36 in. The machines feature
a CO2-based, flying-optics beam (the cutting laser
moves on both the X- and Y-axis, which speeds
processing times), precision-motion systems, highspeed servomotors, a downdraft-vacuum system,
plus head-chilling (on all systems of 100 W or
more) and a computer and monitor with operational
software. The HSE series engraves at speeds up
to 150 in. per second, with 5G acceleration. Kern,
operational since 1982, says its recently updated
X-axis gantry and communications system eases
operation and maintenance tasks.
(218) 631-2755; www.kernlasers.com
Vytek’s L-Star 450 Series Cutter/Engravers
Vytek (Fitchburg, MA) features its L-Star line of largeformat, laser-cutting and engraving machines with numerous
options, sizes and laser powers. For signmakers, Vytek
recommends its L-Star 450 series, high-performance,
laser-engraver in 4 x 4-, 4 x 8- and 6 x 10-ft. sizes. Each
machine will cut up to 1-in.-thick acrylic, and a metalcutting option will cut 0.1875-in.-thick steel. The systems
feature an integrated lift table; an AC servo-drive system;
and precision-ground, helical, rack-and-pinion drives.
Other features are 32-bit, motion electronics; a beamalignment kit; air-assist plumbing; a handheld pendant;
and an optic cleaning and maintenance kit. A live Z-axis
is optional. Vytek has manufactured laser technologies
since 1989; it offers laser machines from 35 to 3000W.
(866) 701-5678; www.vy-tek.com
Universal Laser VLS6.60 Cutter/Engraver
Universal Laser Systems’ (Scottsdale, AZ) VLS6.60
cutting-engraving laser features a 37 x 23 x 9-in.
engraving area, a Rapid Reconfiguration™ laseralignment system and a Laser Interface+™ print
driver. Recommended for signshops, the VLS6.60
also features High Power Density Focusing
Optics™ and 1-Touch Laser Photo™ software that
converts photographic images for laser engraving.
Further, you can select from six laser-cartridge
options (10-60 W), five lens sizes and other
options. Universal says
its interchangeablecomponent laser platforms are field upgradeable. The firm began
building laser devices
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Trotec’s Speedy 400
Trotec Laser Inc.’s
(Canton, MI) Speedy 400
features a 39 x 24-in.,
with a work-piece
height of 12 in., that
allows quick changes
between jobs on most
standard material sizes. The Speedy 400 can be equipped
with a CO2 or fiber laser, or both systems. Its Trotec IPC™
(intelligent-path control) system controls and improves
module speed and acceleration. Other standard features
include an air-assist system (which enhances the cut quality
and protects the laser lens), InPack Technology (to protect
your machine from dirt and debris), JobControl software
and bi-directional communication between it and the PC.
(866) 226-8505; www.troteclaser.com
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - June 2013
Signs of the Times - June 2013
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Sign Museum News
Enter ST’s 7th Annual Vehicle Graphics Contest!
The Reality of Your Surroundings
The Great ’scapes
Digital Printers at ISA
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Signs of the Times - June 2013