Following its unveiling at drupa, the brand new Zünd D3 digital cutting table will be installed at point-of-sale (POS) specialist Wilmot-Budgen.
Surrey-based Wilmot-Budgen invested in a Zünd G3 XL3200 with Board Handling System earlier this year, making it the first business in the UK to have the complete system. However, the company was keen to push its production even further and installed the Zünd G3 on the basis that it could be upgraded to the even more productive Zünd D3 following its launch on May 31st.
The company – a specialist supplier of print and POS to major retailers and leading brands – already used an older Zünd G3 XL1600 for the creation of prototypes, but was impressed by the increased automation offered by the newer models and the Board Handling System, so ordered an additional Zünd G3 table for its production department.
"We were the first business in the UK to have the Board Handling System and are really pleased with it," says Peter Burford, Operations Director at Wilmot-Budgen. "It feeds, cuts and delivers material automatically allowing for longer runs to be unattended.
"We had been keeping an eye on Zünd's R&D and when we were told about the new Zünd D3 we made the purchase based on having it installed after its launch."
Originally designed for the leather-cutting market and now re-engineered for display graphics and other applications, the Zünd D3 features two beams to significantly increase productivity while retaining the highest levels of automation, accuracy and safety. Four models are available – Zünd D3 L3200, Zünd D3 XL3200, Zünd D3 2XL3200, Zünd D3 3XL3200 – to cater for many different applications.
Wilmot-Budgen will be swapping out its existing Zünd G3 XL3200 for the new Zünd D3 XL3200, but keeping all of the Board Handling System elements at either end. This is possible thanks to the flexible, modular design of Zünd cutting tables, which allows expertly engineered tools and systems to be changed and replaced as users' needs evolve, retaining the table's performance and value over time.
"The new Zünd D3 is an extraordinarily efficient machine," says Peter Giddings, Sales Director, Zünd Plotting Systems (UK) Ltd. "The dual beam system multiplies production while retaining high levels of automation, meaning even more output for less effort.
"Many of our customers use their Zünd cutting machines on double shifts and even 24/7 operation, so we needed to meet demand for increased automation and productivity. Therefore we were delighted to unveil the new Zünd D3, alongside our colleagues at Zünd Systemtechnik AG, at this year's drupa event. Wilmot-Budgen will be sure to put it, along with the Board Handling System, through its paces."
[Picture caption: The Zünd D3 was revealed at drupa.]