i-cut, a division of EskoArtwork, kicked off its European launch by exhibiting at one of the print industry’s leading trade shows, Viscom 09.
i-cut specializes in software development and materials automation for digital cutters, and will run live demonstrations of its new Vision Pro 7.0 software at the event. To support its launch the company has established a European sales team and created an online store – www.icuttools.com– where customers can order the new Vision Pro software, obtain technical information and product support, and buy cutting consumables, such as bits, blades and conveyor belts. Viscom 09 is being staged on October 1-3, 2009 at Exhibition Centre Düsseldorf, and the i-cut booth is in Hall 8a at stand C20. At the event, the company held a draw for a free i-cut Vision Pro 7.0 upgrade, and were handing out €20 discount coupons for its online store.
Vision Pro 7.0 offers full non-linear distortion correction, a simple and intuitive user interface, and full prepress and RIP integration, ensuring jobs are prepared quickly and sent to the cutting device without errors. Print runs from just one sheet to thousands are contour-cut reliably, precisely and economically.
Using the software, print material specifications are taken from the work stream – including cutting keys that supply operators with optimized tool settings and blade/bit recommendations – and are processed with preset cutting parameters. This makes the finishing set-up even easier and simplifies the tasks necessary for starting each unique job. Subsequently, set-up times are minimal – and in many cases, virtually eliminated.
The solution is ideal for commercial printers, digital printers, sign makers and screen printers that digitally finish their products using any of the popular XY cutting tables from companies such as Esko-Kongsberg, Zund, Mécanuméric, MultiCam, Axyz and more.
The new i-cut online store, icuttools.com, has been created to give printers in Europe the opportunity to equip themselves with the best possible cutting software and consumables. With more than 15 years’ experience in the sign, display, advertising and packaging markets, i-cut has conducted extensive research into all materials common in these markets, and has created tools specifically for each type of material.
The store carries accessories for many of the i-cut enabled cutting machines on the market, as well as consumables for printers’ everyday cutting needs – from blades, router bits and conveyor belts through to i-cut software upgrades.
In addition to sales, the icuttools.com store offers excellent advice and support. Users can contact the Tool Support Helpline, which takes the guesswork out of cutting speeds for new materials. Also, the Materials Testing Service lets users test their material in i-cut’s facility for free – the company tests different tools and speeds before providing users with a detailed report on how it should be cut. Plus registered users can take advantage of the new Resource Center, which allows them to download software, updates, documentation and guides.
Steve Bennett, Director of New Business Development, i-cut, comments: “Viscom 09 was the perfect backdrop to introduce ourselves to the European market, and gave us an excellent platform to demonstrate how Vision Pro 7.0 can streamline a printers’ set-up.
“One of the best things about the software is that it’s so easy to use. Operators with limited or no computer skills can produce precision-cut graphics after only a few hours’ training. Meanwhile, owners and managers can bank on the efficiency and reliability of the solution, and never need worry about costly mistakes or missed deadlines.”