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ESKO cutters earn their stripes during Lockdown

ESKO cutters earn their stripes during Lockdown
 Between the Lockdown period of May to the end of July, CMYUK has experienced a 30 percent upsurge in sales for its ESKO digital cutting tables.  

The reason for this has undoubtedly been the huge demand in social distancing signage for floors and walls. The functionality of the Esko digital cutters and their modular toolsets enabled many customers to expand beyond their volume signage finishing to producing vital PPE equipment such as visors, facemasks, and aprons.  In fact, many customers used the ESKO’s dedicated 1Kw router tool extensively to produce a variety of clear protection sneeze screens and countertop guards that are now appearing in myriad retail outlets.

During Lockdown, customers were using the conveyorised bed to automatically load substrates in order to minimise the amount of human contact between the operator, material, and final product.

As ESKO tables are modular and come with the Multi-Cut Tool Head as standard, customers can buy extra tools as and when required and can adapt very quickly from servicing their traditional markets to producing much more specialist items.

ESKO cutting tables have enabled many CMYUK customers to tackle new applications that would have been unimaginable four months ago. For example, the creation of the 2D football crowd is a good example of this new spirit of innovation. This is where individual life-sized corrugated cardboard cutouts of the heads and shoulders of football fans have been used to fill stadiums.

CMYUK ESKO customers have also reported an unprecedented demand for floor graphics during the lockdown period and the ESKO i-Cut Suite software has been invaluable in handling this. Regardless of the type, source, and variety of job information, it tackles all workflow bottlenecks, from pre-flighting PDF files, prepping graphics, creating layouts, and minimising wastage, printing, and finishing in perfect registration.

In addition, the rotary cutter tool is designed to cut fabrics, including the porous, breathable materials commonly used for PPE aprons and facemasks. These materials are challenging for traditional knife cutting as they are susceptible to snagging, but a rotary cutter pins the material down while it quickly and accurately cuts.

Robin East, Group Director at CMYUK said, “CMYUK is the exclusive distributor of ESKO Kongsberg digital cutting tables in the UK. This finishing equipment has almost gained iconic status and for good reason.   Regarded as the ultimate in precision engineering, the impressive functionality of these cutters makes them an exceptionally versatile piece of equipment. Throughout Lockdown ESKO equipment has been repeatedly acknowledged not just as a lifesaver, but as a business enhancer. Sign and print companies are investing in them because they are vital to the future well being of their businesses.

“We are receiving a number of enquiries now from businesses which are taking advantage of the last weeks of the government-backed CBILS Asset Management facility to invest in ESKO cutting technology to ensure maximum business resilience and flexibility in the months and years to come.”

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