MBM Corporation (San Diego, CA), a leading U.S. supplier of paper cutters and finishing equipment for the graphics and printing industries, has unveiled two Triumph Paper Cutters equipped with advanced bindery technology from Scissor Hands – an award-winning cutting automation software. The paper cutters’ integration of the 2015 Must See ‘Ems Award Winner ensures a seamless cutting process, said the company. “It was only a matter of time before someone linked pre-press to post-press. Scissor Hands and Triumph made this connection,” said Rudi Baldwin, Training Coordinator at MBM. “Now, by following step-by-step visual directions, anyone can be a qualified cutter operator. This means the cutter is no longer the bottleneck in the shop, labour costs are cut, and a quicker job turnaround time is possible. This is the future of finishing products, and we at MBM are excited to be working with Scissor Hands to deliver these cutting-edge advancements to the market.”
A strategic partner since 2017, MBM offers the award-winning software on its Triumph machines – “the world’s most reliable and safest cutters.” Shown at Print 17 this year were the Triumph 6660 and 5260 Automatic Paper Cutters with patented Easy Cut electronic blade activation bars. Live cutting demonstrations of popular marketing materials, including bookmarks and 4” x 6” postcards, were processed throughout the four-day show. Cutter operators were fully trained within hours on how to follow Scissor Hands’ guided animations on the mounted touchscreen. Step-by-step animated instructions guided cutter operators of all levels through entire runs, cutting down on training time and lowering labour costs. Cutter operators also handled less product before finishing, reducing cutting errors with overall cutting times decreased by up to 60% said the company. “Scissor Hands’ advanced technology delivers optimized cut programs that maximize cutting efficiency and eliminate complex manual programming. Its innovative software augments existing guillotine, die cutters and laser cutters, making full use of the machine’s capabilities.”
Digital Sign Technologies (DST, Mississauga, Ontario) has released the newest model in its flagship Print Head Doctor print head cleaning machine. Print Head Doctor 14 (PHD14) comes with high-performance Swiss pumps by KNF Neuberger, allowing the machine to reach higher flow and pressure. The XL version allows it to clean up to 6 print heads at once. PHD14 can ‘recover’ several print heads at a time – for example, two Kyocera KJ4 series heads or six Dimatix S-Class heads. It also has reverse-flushing capabilities, electronically controlled pressure and fluid temperature, and two-stage filtration with a total of 6 filters. Adapters are available for most types of inkjet print heads, and the company offers a range of recovery chemicals for UV curable, solvent, eco-solvent and water-based print heads.
Digital Sign Technologies also supplies ink cartridges and ink bags, chip chargers, print heads, bulk inks and bulk ink systems, dye sub and latex inks, ink chips, maintenance fluids, accessories, ink degassing, printer recovery, 3D printing materials, and more. The company added that using its machines “can users save thousands of dollars associated with print head cleaning and replacement fees.” DST has over 15 years’ experience in the wide-format printing industry.
Contex unveils IQ Flex advanced wide-format scanner
Contex (Chantilly, VA), a leader of wide-format scanning and imaging solutions, has launched its IQ Flex Flatbed Scanner. “Pushing the boundaries in flatbed scanning,” the IQ Flex is the newest addition to the company’s IQ scanner series and incorporates the power of its robust technology into a flatbed. Customers can scan A2/C-size originals of any size or shape, or documents up to A1/D-size with unlimited thicknesses. With an accuracy of 0.1% +/- 1 pixel and six-second scanning speeds, the IQ Flex is the market’s most advanced flatbed scanner, said Contex.
The new scanner makes it easy to digitally capture books, fragile documents, textiles, artwork and more. It can save files in standard file formats or raster format for use in any CAD or GIS application – such as AutoCAD, Microstation, and ArcGIS. It also includes a 64-bit Twain application driver for use with EDM and other imaging software. Scanned images can be archived or shared via network PCs, email, cloud or USB. Customers can also send files to print using the pre-installed HP, Canon and Epson print drivers. The IQ FLEX is “the only WiFi-enabled large-format flatbed scanner with speeds up to 150 Mb/sec.” The scanner includes a built-in controller with a 7-inch touchscreen to operate, edit, annotate and markup scans, without the need for a CPU.
For more advanced scanning and editing options, customers can add a CPU with Contex’s NextImage scanning software. Users can also operate the scanner using their smart device with Contex’s rainforest365 app. “Contex is at the forefront of wide-format scanning technology, and now customers can benefit from these advancements in the newest flatbed to hit the market,” said Steve Blanken, General Manager of the Americas at Contex. “It truly incorporates our customers’ way of working, with the latest innovation in scanning technology.”