17 May 2021

ArtSystems and Summa to showcase range of cutters at Sign & Digital 2012

Summa F Series Flatbed Cutter

ArtSystems and Summa will be showcasing the productivity and staying power of the Summa range on stand L30 at Sign & Digital UK 2012.  A comprehensive selection of Summa products will be on show - from the groundbreaking Summa F Series and the unique DC4SX to the entry level Summa D60.

Visitors will get the chance to see the breadth of solutions available with on-going demonstrations and applications experts on hand to answer users' questions.

Andrew Edwards, Sign & Display Divisional Manager at ArtSystems, comments, "We are continuing the theme of the Marathon that launched our 24-hour trial of the recent F Series. Though we put the F Series to the test on that occasion, the truth is that all Summa products are designed and built for intensive production level output. Sign & Digital UK gives us another opportunity to show the wide range of print finishing applications that the Summa range is more than capable of tackling."

For more information on the Summa range of cutters, please visit www.artsystems.co.uk.

[photo shows Summa F Series cutter]

MicroGraphics Colour Imaging to install VHF ActivePro digital cutting table

Vhf Activpro Cutter

MicroGraphics Colour Imaging has announced that it will soon be taking delivery of a 3m x 2m VHF ActivePro digital cutting table with installation scheduled for March.  This will be the first VHF ActivePro cutting table installed in the UK to feature VHF's new-generation Multi Cutting Head.

The VHF ActivePro has an impressive range of capabilities including a very high powered router, oscillating tangental cutter, creasing unit and bevel cutting.  Working alongside MicroGraphics’ existing machines, an Arizona 350GT flat bed printer, Mimaki JV33 and Canon roll-feed printers, the ActivePro will enable MicroGraphics to radically diversify the range of services offered to clients.

MicroGraphics Director Mike Ormond says,  “MicroGraphics has an extremely varied client base and produce a diverse range of large format output. It has always been our policy to invest in machines that offer great flexibility and allow us to adapt to client requests. The VHF ActivePro fits this criteria perfectly, it has the capability to handle a variety of materials including card, ACM, acrylic, aluminium and even wood. This flexibility, combined with a 160mm tool height and engraving functions, makes the machine a perfect fit for our needs."

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

Zünd to show new S3 line of cutters at FESPA 2012

Zund S3 Static2

Zünd is presenting its new S3 line of cutters on stand P10 at FESPA 2012. Following the introduction of G3 in 2008, Zünd Cut Center Software in 2010, and the fully automatic Board Handling System in 2011, Zünd continues its string of new releases at Fespa.

S3 – ground-breaking and super fast

With a revolutionary direct-drive system, the S3 is built for speed. The new cutter excels with unprecedented price/performance as well as exceptional productivity.  S3 is capable of processing a wide range of materials, including textiles, vinyls, films, thinner plastics, and cardboard, with the modularity and quality typical of Zünd.

The S3 features smaller, space-saving footprints and ultra-fast Z- and T-axis control. Altogether, the characteristics of the S3 make it the perfect all-round cutting system whose capabilities can be extended even further with creasing tools and a 300W router insert.  Zund Cut Center, Zünd’s multiple award-winning design-to-cut software suite, completes the new S3 cutter line.

Efficient processing of textile rolls up to 3m wide, routing of softer aluminum, and 3D routing of materials up to 50mm thick can all be seen at the Zünd Stand P10 at Fespa Digital in Barcelona. In addition, several monitors will be showing various unique features of the Zünd Cut Center software.

Zünd Fespa 2012 - highlights at a glance:

  • S3 – the latest Zünd cutter generation
  • Zünd Board Handling System – fully automated, unattended digital cutting
  • Zünd Cut Center Software – digital cutting has never been easier
  • Center-winder roll-off unit – simple handling, flawless advancing of extra-wide, printed roll materials
  • Twin Cutting – cutting with two blades simultaneously
  • 3D routing – producing 3-dimensional designs
  • Efficient routing of aluminum


Solent launches range of sewing machines for banner perimeter finishing

Solent Bannersew

One of the enduring headaches of the small to medium UK banner printer is finding a professional finishing solution for banners that does not involve all the problems of handheld welders or taping.

New for 2012, Solent Sewing has launched a range of sewing machines that have been specially modified in the company's Portsmouth workshop to provide the ideal low budget solution for perimeter finishing - including special folders for hems and pockets.

In addition there is an optional puller feed mounted behind the sewing head to help guide work and assist fabric feeding on larger banners.

Two options are available, the Bannersew Pro and Bannersew Eco:

Solent Bannersew Pro

A high performance 1 or 2 needle lockstitch sewing machine for sewing hems and pockets on banners at speeds up to 18 metres per minute. The Bannersew Pro also has auto sewing functions for faster production and easier handling.

The Bannersew Pro twin needle version will sew on both edges of a hem to sew completely flat and offer the extra security of a second row of stitching. It is also ideal for sewing reinforcement webbing or Velcro. The single needle version will sew the edge of the fold.

  • Max sewing speed 3000 spm
  • Fully automatic lubrication for low maintenance
  • Large capacity hook(s)
  • Custom hemming tool

The special labour saving benefits of the Bannersew Pro include an automatic thread trimmer, automatic tacking to secure stitching at seam start and end and an automatic footlift.

The Bannersew Pro comes complete on stand with castors, table and electronic motor for speed control and needle positioning.

Solent Bannersew Eco

A medium performance solution for perimeter sewing of banners with guides available for hems and pockets - also available as single or twin needle.

  • Speeds up to 10 metres per minute.
  • Max sewing speed 1800spm
  • Semi-automatic lubrication
  • Manual tacking by lever to secure stitching at seam start and end
  • Manual footlift by knee lever
  • Large capacity sewing hooks
  • Custom hemming tool

Complete on stand with castors, table and electronic motor for speed control and needle positioning. Optional puller feed mounted behind sewing head to help guide work and assist fabric feeding on large banners.

One of the first Bannersews customers - Gordon MacDonald of Digital Sign Services, is pleased with the solutions and comments, "We often don't have much time to finish our work so when I need to sew, I need to sew better, faster. With more and more fabrics required by specific jobs, Solent have supplied the ideal solutions over a range of machines."

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

Watch the Summa F Pro Flatbed series 24 hour cutting marathon!

Summa F Series Flatbed Cutter

The latest Summa F Pro Flatbed Series has changed the market of flatbed print finishing today.  It claims flexible productivity and low cost of ownership, all backed by Summa’s high quality engineering.    So ArtSystems decided to see how these claims on paper stand up in reality.  To see just how far they could push the F series they subjected it - and two of the ArtSystems team - to a 24-hour cutting marathon!

The Summa F Series 24 Hour Cutting Marathon stated at noon on 21st November and ended at 12 noon the following day.  Andrew Edwards, Sign and Display Manager and Bruce van Greunen, Applications Specialist had the job of keeping the Summa F series fed with jobs over the 24 hours.  They ensured a full range of finishing jobs were fed through the F Series continually, including roll to roll vinyl, cardboard, foam board and standard card materials.

The full range of jobs can be seen in the video where 24 hours are compressed down into 4 minutes.

"We wanted to demonstrate not just the wide range of applications that the F Series can handle but also at the same time reinforce the Summa reputation for excellent manufacturing quality. The fact that we ran the F Series totally trouble free for 24 hours straight we think proves that. Bruce and I struggled in the early hours of the morning so only the flow of double Espresso’s and the promise of a bacon butty kept us going!" comments Andrew Edwards, Sign & Display Divisional Manager.

The video is now live on ArtSystems' website, YouTube, iSignTube and SignLinkTV sites and its release marks the start of the campaign leading to Sign & Digital in March 2012 where the F Series will be centre stage on the ArtSystems/Summa stand.

ArtSystems website link: http://www.artsystems.co.uk/fader-vpr.asp

YouTube link: http://youtu.be/zLOMi1_68Xo

Tekcel CNC Solutions launches GFX system


Tekcel CNC Solutions has announced the availability of a new addition to its range of CNC routers.  The new Tekcel GFX model provides a comprehensive solution to the so far unanswered demand for a heavy duty CNC router that also has the capability to deliver cutting and creasing across a wide range of digitally printed sheet and roll materials.

Tekcel CNC routers are highly regarded across a broad range of industries and have become a common sight in hundreds of sign, display and exhibition companies throughout the UK over the past 10 years.  The ranks of this ever increasing ‘Owners Club’ have recently expanded with the addition of a second Tekcel 3m x 2m ATC (Auto Tool Change) router for Blaze Neon; this time at its factory in Broadstairs, Kent.  Following the completion of its move to substantial new premises in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear, Jon Signs also installed its second Tekcel 3m x 2m ATC router.  Meanwhile,

Hampshire-based manufacturer, Camberley Signs has recently replaced two old Gerber models with one high production Tekcel 3m x 2m ATC router.
The new Tekcel GFX system combines the uncompromising CNC routing capabilities necessary to machine all manner of metals, plastics, woods and composites used daily by sign, display and exhibition companies, with the cut/print registration, knife-cutting and creasing tools required to cut the materials popularly fed through large format digital printers.  Unlike other systems on the market, where either the routing or knife-cutting utility is a bolt-on component often requiring manual removal and replacement, the Tekcel GFX fully integrates routing, registration and cutting tools into a comprehensive, Auto Tool Change, high production system.  In addition to the ability to switch between the routing, bevelling or folding tools traditionally associated with CNC routers, the Tekcel GFX also enables the operator to choose between oscillating knife-cutting, tangential knife-cutting and steered wheel cutting or creasing – all at the touch of a button and all with the benefit of an easy-to-use, ‘cut to print’ digital camera system on board.

As with all the models in the Tekcel router range, the Tekcel GFX has been designed to deliver the precision, productivity and reliability long associated with the Tekcel name and offers it to a much broader audience.  In keeping with the Tekcel manufacturing ethos of ‘only the best will do’, the new Tekcel GFX features advanced ballscrew drives on every axis, complete with digital encoded servo motors that deliver smooth, accurate, motion control at speed.  Providing the cutting power for the Tekcel GFX is an equally impressive, 8kw spindle fitted with ceramic bearings and electric fan cooling to ensure a long service life.  This versatile motor provides exceptional performance throughout its 6-24000 rpm range.  The Tekcel GFX also benefits from automatic tool indexing that can accurately measure the length of each and every cutter, knife blade or tool  for precise cutting and creasing depths, particularly essential for dealing with Point of Sale print work, inlays and folding aluminium composite trays.
According to Huw Davies, Marketing Director at Tekcel CNC Solutions, the introduction of the new Tekcel GFX is a direct response to market research and industry feedback.  “The convergence of the sign, display, exhibition, shopfitting and print industries through the widespread adoption of large format digital printing has given rise to the need for a heavy duty CNC routing and cutting system that’s capable of machining anything from stainless steel to self-adhesive vinyl … and just about everything in between.  The new Tekcel GFX is that system.”

Other features of the new Tekcel GFX include fully automated vacuum bed and dust extraction systems.   The ‘hole and pocket’ vacuum bed design effectively provides hundreds of suction cups to hold material in place and can be skimmed to provide an absolutely level surface for accurate routing, cutting and creasing.  The underlying aluminium slat profile and manifold system delivers exceptional hold down suction across all areas of the bed.  A high pressure dust foot ably assists vacuum extraction systems to remove swarf efficiently when routing and can be easily removed when not required. The Tekcel router range is available in a range of popular bed sizes all the way up to 4m x 2m as standard.  Tekcel CNC Solutions is also capable of delivering custom solutions for companies with specific requirements that fall outside its current model range.