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NEW PRODUCTS By Darek Johnson Send information about new products to: 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; 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; 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 machine-enhancing options. Universal says its interchangeablecomponent laser platforms are field upgradeable. The firm began building laser devices in 1988. (800) 859-7033; 42 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / JUNE 2013 / Trotec’s Speedy 400 Laser Engraver Trotec Laser Inc.’s (Canton, MI) Speedy 400 laser-engraving machine features a 39 x 24-in., multi-functional table, 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;

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - June 2013

Signs of the Times - June 2013
ST Update
Tech Update
Profiling Media for Purpose
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Electric
LED Update
Software Update
Technology Review
Technology Review
Sign Museum News
New Products
Enter ST’s 7th Annual Vehicle Graphics Contest!
The Reality of Your Surroundings
The Great ’scapes
Digital Printers at ISA
It’s a Jungle in Here
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - June 2013