Fespa Live Day 3: Esko launches cutting upgrades
Esko is launching two new hardware solutions at Fespa: the Motorised Roll Feeder for soft signage applications, and the Kongsberg C Edge, the upgradable digital cutting table.
The latest version of its integrated software range, Esko Software Platform 18.1, is also on show.
The new hardware comes as Esko recognises that sign and display producers today require more flexibility, efficiency and accuracy in operations. Russell Weller, Esko product manager, said: “These latest launches at Fespa demonstrate our commitment to innovation in hardware and software, enabling our customers to unlock long term production flexibility and profitability.”
Esko claims the Motorised Roll Feeder is the only solution in the soft signage industry that delivers great cutting results on tensile materials from the first cut through to the end of the roll. Eliminating inaccurate cuts on soft signage jobs due to wrinkles, stretch distortion or imperfectly rewound rolls, the new Motorised Roll Feeder incorporates an active material feed to avoid stretch, by actively feeding the material to the Kongsberg C64 digital cutting table rather than pulling it.
The new upgradable Kongsberg C Edge delivers production capability of up to 75m/min at an acceleration of 1G. The table is complemented with a range of customizable fittings, including a conveyor feed system, a new Fast Tool Adapter which Esko says is to reduce downtime and maximise performance, a heavy-duty unit for high quality corrugated crease lines, and the CorruSpeed tool, a non-oscillating device for high quality cutting even at high production speeds.
Weller added: “At Esko, we believe in connecting from design to finish to boost our customers’ productivity and efficiency. At Fespa we are demonstrating our latest hardware innovations backed by our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions including ArtiosCAD 3D constructional design software, iCut Suite for sign print finishing and shape nesting, Device Manager for job management optimisation, and Automation Engine, our prepress workflow automation software.”