Signs of the Times - August 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.
Esko Kongsberg XN Finishing System
Finishing tables to suit your shop’s needs – today and in the future.
We’ve seen customer expectations of signmaking technologists
801 Geneva Parkway
Lake Geneva, WI 53147
evolve from requests for basic vinyl
letters to choosing from the countless digital-print items available
today. You’ve surely seen it, too. In
comparatively few years, signshop
products have leaped from stickyback letters to digitally printed
building swaths, vehicle wraps
and life-size, dimensional displays.
Essentially, the entrepreneurial spirit
of signmakers – sign technologists
– has created this graphic-demand
monster. Thankfully, if we position
ourselves as full-service providers,
Contact: Bill Hartman,
VP business development, digital finishing
and finish the digitally printed
graphics we create, the demand is
both controllable and profitable.
Esko’s versatile Kongsberg XN
flatbed finishing systems are the
company’s wide-format product
line for signmakers. Available sizes
begin at 66 x 50 in. and range up
to 87 x 258 in. Each selection offers
various heads and tools that will
cut signboards, thin aluminum, PVC
boards, adhesive-back vinyl, paper,
banners, flags, carpet and more.
The company customizes its
finishing tables to suit your shop’s
needs, today and in the future. Its
rack-and-pinion drive systems, built
to last on a 24/7 production schedule,
Specifications: Esko Kongsberg XN24 and XN44
66 x 126 in.
87 x 126 in.
+/- .0078 in.
+/- .012 in.
+/- .0019 in.
+/- .0023 in.
1, 2 optional
2, 4 optional
Field Upgradable to
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provide extreme accuracy. You may
choose from five, finishing tool heads
and various insert tools.
Esko also offers design, print and
cut software – i-cut and ArtiosCD
– for its various processes, and
training at your shop.
The multipurpose XN design
allows future growth via upgrades
to a more industrial tool head. You
may also choose to expand the table
to accept larger work, and install an
conveyor-feed system or a roll-andsheet feeder. All such items may
be initial purchase choices or field
The XN finishing systems accept
numerous materials. Its recently
introduced, air-cooled Multicut and
liquid-cooled Multicut-HP tool heads
allow various applications – the slower
speeds assist general material cutting,
and the higher speeds permit you to
process acrylic sheets, wood, MDF
and composite-aluminum materials.
Esko also offers its advanced and
more production-capable XP series
finishing systems for high-production
The Esko Kongsberg XN finishing
system will positively affect your
shop’s entire finishing workflow. It
allows you to produce flat or dimensional displays for tradeshows or
POP displays. If your digital-print
shop needs a profitable, professional
finishing station that provides many
future options, take a good look at
Esko’s Kongsberg XN.
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Signs of the Times - August 2013
Cloud-based signshop software
Technology Review - Esko Kongsberg XN finishing system
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Signs of the Times - August 2013