A larger version of the F-Mark automatic digital die-cutting machine has been introduced by Graphtec GB. It shares many of the design features of the original cutter but provides enhanced production capabilities including a dedicated creasing tool that will enable a wider range of applications. The F-Mark Plus will die- or kiss-cut sheets of printed material up to 700mm long x 500mm wide including thicker and heaver materials up to 400gsm via an increased 450gf cutting force. The machine can cut from the reverse of the sheet to ensure that the printed surface remains unaffected by the score/fold lines of the cutting process.
Because this process is automatic there is no need for expensive cutting dies. Up to 200 sheets of pre-printed material (including laminated formats) can be loaded into the integrated Graphtec CE6000-40 Plus cutting head simultaneously using the auto sheet feeder facility; further sheets can be added as required without interrupting the cutting cycle. A built-in CCD camera equipped with F-Mark technology detects the two-point registration marks for precise alignment of the contour and the printed image, in addition to compensating for any distortion of the material during printing. The cutter is equipped with an internal vacuum compressor, removing the need for an external air supply connection.
The cutting parameters set by the dedicated F-Mark software allow for the use of crop marks as small as four millimetres, enabling maximisation of the sheet size and minimal material wastage.
Contingent upon the kind of material being processed and complexity of the image outline, the cutting speed for each printed sheet is on average 30-40 seconds. Typical applications include digitally printed vinyl-based signs and graphics, print wear and promotional products customisation and markings and PoS.