ArtSystems has introduced the heavy-weight Summa F-Series F2630 flatbed cutter to the UK, following its global launch at FESPA this year.
'Big brother' to the renowned F1612 cutter, the F2630 enables sign-makers and print providers to process even larger media. It also creates the possibility to process two media rolls at once on the roll support system.
With a working area of 2650mm x 3050mm it also has a wide set of tools and modules, plus those already featured on the F1612. This means high details in thin films can be cut with the kiss cutting tools. Cut-out tools are suitable for all kinds of plastics and thin cardboards. Oscillating tools (together with creasing wheels and v-cut knifes) will handle cardboard and foamboards. On top of that a1kW router is available for hard board material up to 25mm thickness, such PVC, acrylic, wood or aluminium boards.
The F2630 has been developed in response to market demands for a larger version of the popular F1612 cutter, whilst keeping the flexibility and diversity of the unit.
The working surface of more than eight square meters is split up into 12 vacuum zones, each of which can be automatically switched on or off individually. This way small as well as big boards, sheets or rolls can be processed. By using the front and rear zones alternating, tandem mode leads to significant increases in productivity. With the tandem mode the active working area on the flatbed can be divided into front and back processing areas. This enables the user to load and unload material on one end of the table whilst cutting material on the other end of the table. This will avoid idle periods during the processing of material, adding significant value to the overall workflow, says the company.
Andrew Edwards, Sign and Display Divisional Manager, said: "The original F1612 has been successful in moving many traditional sign makers into new markets and helping to boost their print finishing workflow enabling them to grow this side of their business. We're confident that the new F2630 will do the same but also give us the opportunity to move into the packaging, textile and leather markets in a more direct way. We're very confident that it will make a big impact in these markets."