22 Sep 2020

EskoArtwork to demonstrate comprehensive portfolio of finishing solutions at SGIA


EskoArtwork will demonstrate a comprehensive portfolio of end-to-end workflow and digital finishing solutions at booth 2433 during SGIA Expo 2011, October 19-21, in New Orleans, LA.  Solutions to be demonstrated include the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the Kongsberg i-XL 24, and the Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto finishing systems.

Workstations will offer demonstrations of i-cut Suite, a collection of pre-production tools that streamlines the workflow for narrow format and large-format printers alike, from prepress to finished product — highlighting new automated capabilities offered by i-cut Automate.

i-cut Automate helps complete the i-cut Suite workflow

i-cut Suite offers companies that drive narrow or large format digital printers and/or digital finishing systems professional tools to streamline their workflows — the first workflow offered sign & display shops a complete, integrated solution. Introduced in 2010, the i-cut Suite has seen rapid popularity throughout the world.

Launched at SGIA Expo 2011 is i-cut Automate the latest addition to i-cut Suite, built on EskoArtwork's highly successful Automation Engine.  i-cut Automate ties the pieces of the i-cut Suite together, automating the entire production process from design to print to cut. Users can build dynamic workflows that will automate repetitive prepress tasks, thereby enhancing productivity, reducing operator intervention and errors, and saving valuable time, money and materials in the production process.

i-cut Suite components include:

  • i-cut Preflight handles efficient preflighting and editing of incoming PDF files, ensuring that jobs will RIP and print correctly. It also lets users make any corrections working within the PDF file.
  • i-cut Layout is a module for interactively building and editing sheet layouts, ensuring that jobs are set up to make the optimum use of the substrate through intelligent true shape nesting and tiling. It also enables file preparation for printing, through adding grommet marks, and creating cut paths and bleeds.
  • i-cut Vision Pro makes sure that die-less cutting contours match printed images perfectly. Often, slight distortions between printed graphics and contour cut may cause unacceptable results. i-cut Vision Pro registers the actual dimensions and positions on the printed result. Then, finishing is adapted to the shape of the graphics. Added to i-cut Vision Pro earlier in the year was patent-pending Adaptive Registration, a feature that intelligently reduces the number of registration marks read throughout production, increasing productivity without sacrificing accuracy.  Another new feature is the ability to automatically eliminate overcuts in sensitive materials such as foam, Reboard and PSA film, by cutting away from inside corners.

With i-cut Automate, all of these functions can be automated in a single workflow, with less operator intervention required and fewer potential manual errors. Through Mac or PC based clients, operators can easily monitor the workflow and interact when necessary through a comprehensive checkpoint. Repetitive tasks are far less time-consuming through dynamic workflows that are easy to set up and operate in a client-server environment. i-cut Automate can also be integrated with Management Information Systems, enabling automatic job creation and the submission of job parameters to the workflow via XML data.

Users with more specific requirements can easily add supplementary modules: a structural design module to allow integration with all standard structural design programs; a graphics preparation module to create the cutting contour on both vector files and images; and a true shape nesting module offering a powerful, true shape nesting solution, particularly for irregular shapes.

The Kongsberg i-XP24: the world’s fastest digital finishing system

On display at SGIA is the Kongsberg i-XP 24, the world’s fastest digital finishing system. The i-XP helps turn short-run POP / POS displays work into profitable, value added jobs, helping sign and display shops offer their customers on-demand production with just-in-time delivery. The Kongsberg i-XP series provides a fast, flexible and highly reliable solution for short run production.  With a maximum working area of 87”x126” and a maximum speed of 66” ips (inches per second), the i-XP series can convert a wide range of board, sheet and roll materials. Demonstrated at SGIA is an optional conveyor extension is available that can work with rolls or sheets/boards with an Auto-Feeder with scissor-lift and transfer cart system, expanding the quantity of print runs that can be pre-stacked. The seamless workflow no longer requires an operator to restack or transfer materials.

Kongsberg i-XL 24: Perfect for signs and displays

The Kongsberg i-XL 24, the workhorse of the product line and best-selling Kongsberg finishing system among sign and display companies, offers a comprehensive finishing solution for the widest range of materials, providing automation, high productivity and outstanding precision. The i-XL family, with a maximum material size of 87” x 120”, can also be delivered with an optional conveyor extension, along with the Auto-Feeder and scissor-lift system.

Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto digital finishing system

AT SGIA, the Kongsberg i-XE 10 Auto is equipped with a fully automated sheet feeder and off load stacker, specifically designed for finishing small-format, prototype, sample and short-run digital printed materials – rolls or sheets can be processed. The sheet feeder system automatically loads and places printed materials on the table. The ‘Pick and Place’ automated stacker enables non-stop sorting, neatly stacking finished pieces. The system also automatically separates waste from the finished items. As a result, the machine can run virtually unattended, delivering significant savings on man-hours. The Kongsberg i-XE10 Auto opens opportunities for creative, new applications with irregular shapes or finishing structures. It can handle a maximum sheet size of 35” x 47” at a maximum speed of 52.5 ips.

Kongsberg tables on display at partner booths

EskoArtwork partners Agfa Graphics (booths 935, 945) and HP (booth 919) will both demonstrate complete print and finishing solutions. Agfa Graphics will exhibit the Kongsberg i-XL24 finishing system, while HP will operate the Kongsberg i-XP24 finishing system.

“The best way to add value — and margins — to a sign or display business is to offer 3D capabilities,” comments Bill Hartman, EskoArtwork Vice President, Sign & Display Solutions. “Exciting opportunities are becoming available for companies wiling to invest in workflow systems that offer some of the designing, printing and cutting steps that are unique to us. These software solutions let print providers get to grips with understanding the steps needed for a workflow. And a starter system needn’t break the bank, nor disrupt the production process.  On the contrary, they can add exceptional productivity efficiencies, from the designer’s workstation all the way through to the finishing table. It gets even better with the option to fully automate the process. The future for workflows in sign and display companies is certainly gaining momentum.”

For more information about EskoArtwork Sign & Display products, please visit http://www.esko.com/SignandDisplay


Drytac introduces new film laminator to product range

Drytac Logo

Drytac has added the JM55Fuzion to its successful line of film laminators.  The new product has many of the features of the JM63Pro, but in a two-part construction and at a lower price point.
The JM55 Fuzion will come equipped with five shafts, two supply, two take ups, and a rear rewind; a heat assist top roller is standard.  The Fuzion is perfect for laminating vehicle wraps, window decals, and mounting graphics to substrates.
"The market was screaming for an economic laminator that could laminate roll to roll without skewing," says Jerry Hill, Drytac VP of Sales and Marketing.  "JM55 Fuzion is the answer."
Drytac will be offering onsite demonstrations at the upcoming SGIA show in New Orleans at booth number 1631.

Drytac is a worldwide manufacturer and distributor of mounting, laminating, framing and finishing materials and equipment. Its display division also offers an extensive range of banner stands and portable displays. For more information about the portable display line or how to become a Drytac banner stand dealer, visit www.drytac.com.

ImageOne Impact introduces clear grommets for digital printers and banner makers

Image One Clear Grommets

ImageOne Impact has introduced Clear Grommets.  According to the manufacturer, they are 'stronger than a hurricane and disappear when the banner or graphic is hung up'.  They are ideal for banners and graphics as the grommets don’t distract from the message and are suitable for applications including banners, fabrics, clothes, banner stands, corrugated plastics and foamboards and much more.

The new grommets have UV inhibitors in them for long term outdoor usage, withstand any weather conditions and are completely recyclable.

For more information on local distributors, visit www.image1impact.com

Solent Sewing and Welding teams up with HP for 'ultimate finishing' open days

Miller Weldmaster T3

Solent Sewing and Welding is joining forces with HP to present 'ultimate joined-up finishing solution' open days at Solent's Portsmouth premises on the 4th, 5th and 6th October 2011.  These open days will provide a unique opportunity for end-users to see for themselves the variety of output that can be created by combining the Miller Weldmaster range with HP Latex Designjet printers.

The organisers say that the open days represent a great opportunity to see the latest in print and print finishing in the outdoor promotional signage and banner market.  Ian Jenkins from Solent Sewing & Welding Solutions comments, "We want our customers to see the fullest range of print output to work with our sewing and welding equipment and the HP Latex technology has been one that we are keen to get in front of our customers. It’s a technology more and more of our customers are starting to use so having the open days with a HP Latex Designjet there made perfect sense to enable them to see the both the quality of the output and the print finishing options the Miller Weldmaster Range offers.”

The open days are free of charge and there will be special promotional offers each day. 

Summa announces handy 'basket' tool for F1612 cutting table

Summa Basket Pic

Summa has announced the imminent release of a handy tool for its F1612 cutting table: the Basket.  The Basket has been developed to capture the cut-out samples and the waste material from the F1612 in order to keep the workspace clean.

The F1612’s Basket is a separate unit mounted on sturdy rollers, so it can be easily moved around. It includes also magnets to keep the trolley in position when placed in front of the cutting table.

The Basket can be placed in different positions. The front part can be tilted to make the cutting table easily accessible for the operator and the Basket’s front bar can be moved to a lower position. This way the content of the basket moves up and can be easily reached. To carry and idle it completely, the Basket can also be taken out.

The Basket will be presented for the first time at the Viscom France show in Paris (Paris Nord Villepinte) from 27 until 29 September.

Print Designs invests in Zund cutter from Robert Horne to ease finishing bottleneck

Zund Cutter Print Designs1

Stafford-based Print Designs Limited has invested in a Zund G3XL3200CVE cutter from materials expert Robert Horne. The solution has been purchased to ease a bottleneck created when the organisation upgraded to a Vutek QS2000 UV flatbed printer back in February 2010.

With its automated cutting and trimming functions, the Zund cutter helps Print Designs avoid bottlenecks in the finishing department. The technology avoids many of the costly pitfalls of manual cutting such as potential mistakes and lack of efficiency, meaning the Zund G3 boosts productivity. The Zund G3 is very flexible and cuts materials up to 50mm/ 2” thickness and can operate 24/7 due to heavy-duty construction and state of the art technology for accuracy. The machine comes with a two-year warranty as standard.

Mark Thompson, Print Designs Limited comments: “We are investing in new machinery to ensure we stay one step ahead of the competition and can offer our customers a high quality streamlined service - we all know in today’s fast paced business arena everyone wants something yesterday."

He continues, "When we bought the new flatbed printer we saw a dramatic increase in output, but found work was grinding to a halt, as we just couldn’t convert the projects quickly enough. The new cutter has allowed us to increase our channel of work on standard product conversion such as Opaljet for roller banners and pop up stands. In addition we now have the capability to look at new areas such as point of sale display stands and have ordered new products such as revive Honeycombed Board from Robert Horne for cut outs.”

For more information, please visit www.roberthorne.co.uk