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Esko’s VariAngle cuts at any angle

Esko’s VariAngle cuts at any angle
Esko has released its innovative VariAngle tool for the Kongsberg C and XP range of digital finishing tables. VariAngle enables cutting at any angle from 0o and 60o at high speeds, thus delivering freedom in the design of 3D creative displays while also resulting in faster setup times and an uplift in cutting speed.

“Fitting the new VariAngle tool makes existing Kongsberg C and XP tables completely self-sufficient and capable of delivering most any creative design,” said Digital Finishing Product Manager, Knut Johansen. “Furthermore, using VariAngle removes the need to stop production when changing tools, reducing setup time and increasing cutting speed.

“Rather than cutting with a fixed angle blade, which means it’s necessary to change tools n order to cut at different angles, VariAngle is a single tool that cuts straight lines at any angle selection in half-degree increments between 0o and 60o and at up to 100m/min, thus representing a breakthrough innovation for the industry.”

He continued: “In conjunction with the new 3D design features of Esko structural packaging design software ArtiosCAD, the intelligent, automatic VariAngle tool delivers a new level of creativity.

“Importantly, as well as delivering excellent cut quality at the highest possible speeds, the tool behaviour is defined from within the Esko ArtiosCAD structural design software so no operator input is required at the cutting table itself, boosting productivity by a further 25 percent.

“The unique combination of the new tool and the supporting functionality in ArtiosCAD delivers true design freedom. `Now, for the first time ever, converters can make 60 degree V-notch cuts enabling the creation of triangular pillars, something which has been impossible until now as no machine on the market can cut at an angle greater than 45 degrees. It can also cut angled curves, dependent on radius size.”

“The obvious efficiency gains, when coupled with the huge level of creative freedom afforded to designers and the fact that it can be retro-fitted to existing Kongsberg C and XP machines, means that VariAngle has the capacity to provide the cutting edge for sign and POS converters in an increasingly competitive sector.”

For further information on VariAngle, visit the new Esko Innovation Hub at: innovation.esko.com

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