29 Jan 2020

Graphics One and Kala Finishing Systems announce a strategic alliance

Kala Mistral

Graphics One LLC has announced its new collaborative effort with Kala Finishing Systems of Nouvoitou, France. The Graphics One-Kala strategic alliance brings all the Kala product line distribution to North America and South American markets.

Kala is a European manufacturer of cold and hot laminators which offer new ideas and design friendly performance. Starting at $3,995 for a 30-inch printer and with the most expensive high end advanced system for less than $20,000. Additionally, Kala is the manufacturer of GO's Kala direct-to-fabric and dye sublimation 67-inch calender system.

According to Laurent Bouchard, Managing Director, Kala, "We are pleased to partner with Graphics One as they launch our product line in the Americas. With our outstanding success in over 50 other countries, we are pleased to now offer leading price and performance laminators to markets in the Americas."

"The partnership is great for the overall wide format printing industry with pricing which allows outstanding quality with very competitive performance and pricing. The GO / Kala collaboration offers an immediate opportunity for our customers to take advantage of the high quality and cost effective solutions offered by Kala," added Dan Barefoot, President of Graphics One LLC.

 

Colex brings Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 to Dscoop

Colex Fotoba

Colex will have the Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 on display at the upcoming Dscoop conference in Orlando.

Designed to work with both rolls and sheets, it is the perfect solution to cut and trim all flexible media output up to 67-inches wide and 35-mil thick. It is capable of handling the output of several printers. Imagine cutting a 150-ft media roll in less than 15 minutes. Regardless of any feed misalignment, the Dreamcut XLD-170 will automatically realign to the edge of the printed image. It will always produce square-finished images even if the printer fails to print parallel to the media edge or if the printer fails to wind up the rolls squarely.

Colex also offers a CNC Flatbed Cutter/Router powered by i-cut software and compatible with most industry RIPs. This economic Flatbed Cutter features a router spindle, fixed knife and oscillating knife tool holder, vacuum table and dust-removal system. A video of the Flatbed will be running continuously in the Colex booth.

The Fotoba Dreamcut XLD-170 is the most versatile of all Fotoba cutters; however, Colex offers a choice of Fotoba cutters sized from 44 – 126 in. wide for various finishing applications.

See more Colex/Fotoba finishing solutions in action on the Hewlett-Packard Booth 714. H-P is running its high-speed mega-size roll HP/Scitex Turbojet with the Colex/Fotoba inline workflow solution. The Colex Automatic Alignment Table receives the printed sheets and feeds it correctly into the Fotoba X-Y Cutter for automatic cutting and trimming while the printer continues to print.

 

Zund UK launches trade-in part exchange programme

Zund G3

An exciting new programme has just been launched by Zund UK where existing owners of Zund flatbed cutters can apply for a trade-in value against their old cutter when they purchase a new Zund G3 flatbed cutter.

As expected from a company with a first class reputation in customer service, Zund is going one better than a simple trade-in and is also offering to take away your old cutter at the same time as your new installation, ensuring minimal disruption and maximum efficiency.

Peter Giddings, sales director of Zund UK explains why they came up with the idea; “We know that changing or upgrading any large piece of equipment can be a stressful and anxious time for a customer. Anything could go wrong in terms of delivery times, installation problems and issues with staffing and job deadlines. We can take these headaches away and ensure a smooth safe de-commission of your old cutter with delivery and installation of your new G3 cutter all at the same time with minimal fuss and disruption. Our engineers are used to dealing with all manner of issues and they take this kind of work in their stride.”

The new Zund G3 flatbed cutter and router eliminates all bottlenecks in your finishing department by automating all cutting and trimming options. The one machine has many functions and is truly a multifunctional production system. Since tools and modules can be added at any time, upgrades are easy and cost effective.  You can freely combine up to 3 modules. Module and tool changes are quick and easy, keeping change-over times to a minimum. In applications that require processing preprinted graphics, the laser pointer or optional ICC camera facilitate perfect registration.

“The real noticeable difference in the Zund G3 is the flexibility of the Universal Module’” continues Giddings, “which allows users to change techniques and jobs with the simple change of tool as opposed to buying a completely new accessory which in the past has been quite an investment. This leads to proven results of 20% - 25% in increased productivity in addition to the unit being so much more energy efficient using less power than its predecessor due to technical advancements with the vacuum system. We hope that our existing customers that know and love the old Zund systems will want to check the new G3 out now, especially with this new incentive.”

Atech launches Handy Eyelet tool for banner repairs

Atech Handy Eyepress

Most signmakers will at some stage or other have found themselves in a position where they have to repair a banner on site when a simple handheld eyelet tool would do the job. This has been a bit of a nightmare to sort at times – until now! Atech is proud to bring to the UK the most sought after tool a signmaker can buy – the Handy Eyepress.

Winner of the Viscom Innovation Award in 2009, this clever little tool has been selling like hotcakes across Europe and Atech has been awarded the UK distribution rights for it. Allan Ashman managing director comments; “We’re constantly searching for new and innovative tools to make the signmaker's life easier and his business more efficient. The Handy Eyepress fits this mould perfectly – as does its sister products from the Emblem range of manual and pneumatic eyelet presses. We’ll be showcasing them at Sign & Digital UK this year on our stand so you can see for yourself just how easy they are to use and how much time they can save you and your business.”

The Handy Eyepress is the first of its kind, its ideal for making on-site repairs to installed banners.  It is available in two sizes – one for 9.5mm eyelets and another for 11mm eyelets.

Mutoh launches Kona Apparel

Mutoh Logo Noeye

Cutting plotter and large format piezo inkjet printer manufacturer Mutoh Belgium nv announces availability of a new series of garment pattern marking / cutting plotters, called Kona Apparel.  Specifically developed for the garment industry, Mutoh’s Kona Apparel series are high speed professional output devices for use with apparel CAD systems.    Available in two models - Kona Apparel 1400 (cutting width 1365 mm / 53.7”) and Kona Apparel 1650 (cutting width of 1615 mm / 63.6”) - this new plotter series will ensure accurate long-length plotting of marker lines on design templates and cutting of garment patterns.

The new Kona Apparel series integrates an innovative set of application and comfort features specifically meeting the needs of today’s garment professionals in starting or established businesses.

The Kona Apparel tool head offers a dual functionality.  Two different tools (knife holder & pressurised ball point pen) can be loaded simultaneously. Switching between plotting (marking) and cutting is possible without any operator intervention.  A sheet-off system with four-sided cutting blade is also integrated in the machine.
 
A full-colour multi-language 3.5” LCD touch screen enables the user to change settings in a trice.  Up to 8 sets of user-specified tool setup parameters (speed, force, ...) can be retained in memory of the plotter, for quick recall, in function of different media types that are used.

A high-precision grit axis ensures reliable long-length output as typically required by garment professionals.   Repositionable pressure rollers with adjustable pressure ensure accurate feeding of a wide range of apparel papers, from 80 g/m² to 225 g/m².

Made in Belgium, the Kona Apparel machines are built cost-effectively thanks to advanced manufacturing techniques.  As an example, the entire frame of the Kona Apparel is robot-welded, a technique which is also used in the car manufacturing industry.

The loadable media width on a Kona Apparel 1400 amounts to 1640 mm / 64.5”.  Kona Apparel 1650 accepts media widths up to 1890 mm / 74.4”.   Off-cuts down to 104 mm (4”) can be accommodated.   The cutting force is stepwise adjustable from 20 – 450 g to guarantee optimum marking / cutting results on the widest range of materials.   Cutting/marking speed goes up to 1000 mm/s, at a maximum acceleration of 2.5 G (24.5 m/s²).  Media thicknesses up to 0.5 mm can be loaded.

Competitively priced and offered with a two years’ warranty, Mutoh’s Kona Apparel series plotters include a stand on wheels, a media basket and media support rollers for media rolls up to 30 kg.  The plotters are compatible with Windows, Mac and Linux computer platforms.

More information on the Kona Apparel can be found on: http://www.mutoh.be/page.aspx/5920

Graphtec America releases two new flatbed cutters

Fc4500

Graphtec America has added the FC4500 series flatbeds, to its extensive family of roll feed and flatbed cutters. The FC4500 flatbed cutting plotters are available in 2 table sizes. The FC4500-50 has a cutting area of 23.2x16.9 inches and the FC4510-60 has a cutting area of 33.8x23.6 inches.

Both cutting tables come standard with a dual head configuration allowing pens, cutting tools, and creasing tools to be loaded simultaneously. A new reverse creasing function allows alignment and creasing on the reverse side of the printed cardstock to prevent traces of the creasing operation from appearing on the printed surface.

The FC4500 series also features Graphtec's ARMS (Auto Registration Mark Sensor) for cutting pre-printed graphics. The FC4500 series are perfect for designers and prototyping in the offset printing, digital printing, packaging industry, fashion industry, as well as road sign making, stone & glass sandblasting/etching, the electronic film industry, and architectural model building.

Graphtec's Cutting Master 2 plug-ins are included with the cutters ensuring compatibility with Adobe Illustrator for Windows and Macintosh and CorelDraw for Windows design software.

The FC4500 series come with a standard one-year warranty and Graphtec America also offers annual Service Choice and On-Site service programs to ensure customer satisfaction.