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Cutting a path to profit

Cutting a path to profit

With the need to create vital new revenue streams, sign manufacturers are harnessing the capabilities of production equipment installed for core business activities to access new markets and in particular the potentially lucrative textile printing and print wear and promotional products sectors. With an already strong foothold in both, plotter/cutters from Graphtec GB are a classic example of how this can be achieved.

The range of plotter/cutters from Graphtec GB spans the entry-level Silhouette CAMEO and the latest Silhouette Portrait desktop machines through to the recently launched CE6000 and the upgraded flagship FC8600 larger format machines. All of the plotter/cutters incorporate Graphtec’s proprietary Advanced Registration Mark System (ARMS) that uses four rather than the traditional three-point registration to deliver unparalleled media plotting and cutting accuracy.

Providing the perfect cutting partner for large-format digital printers, the latest CE6000 series of plotter/cutters is currently available at 20 percent lower than the original purchase price due to favourable exchange rate fluctuations. It offers a host of new production enhancements and is supplied with a free version of Graphtec Studio cutting design software.

Significantly, the CE6000 offers a much wider and longer-length cutting area to the machine it has replaced, a dramatically increased cutting speed of up to 900mm/sec and a maximum cutting force of 500gf. Available in a choice of three models, with cutting widths ranging from 15 to 48 inches to accommodate different applications, the cutters enable a much wider range of materials to be processed, including not only those specific to the sign and graphics industry, but also those used in textile printing and for print wear and promotional products manufacture.

Other key enhancements include an automatic panelling function for longer-length tracking and cutting requirements, a choice of operating modes to complement the operator’s skill levels and a range of different tool settings. The cutters also feature an enhanced sorting facility to minimise the amount of movement in the media feed function, leading to shorter cutting times, as well as a LCD-powered VDU machine control panel.

The FC8600 is the latest upgrade for Graphtec GB’s FC8000 flagship plotter/cutter but is available at no increase in price. The machine now provides higher productivity levels via a maximum speed of 1,485mm/sec to sustain its status as the “fastest in class” plotter/cutter currently available. The FC8600 has a maximum cut area of 610mm x 50m, an enhanced cutting force of 600gf and an ability to cut media up to a thickness of one millimetre.

The Silhouette Portrait is the latest addition to the Silhouette range of desktop cutters. This also includes the larger Silhouette CAMEO machine that offers a number of advanced design features. These include a new cutting head to enable an even more diverse range of materials to be handled via an extended 12-inch cutting width and an ability to cut thicker and invariably more difficult materials that hitherto was not possible with conventional desktop machines.

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