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of the routers. This meant certain jobs The AXYZ machine can be fitted with a we could not fail with this latest solution.’
involving, for example, foamed board had to choice of routing spindle (three, five or 10hp), Since installation, the new machine frequently
still be outsourced. enabling it to cope easily with the toughest runs continuously throughout the three shifts.
Senior Project Manager at Whitegyll, Richard materials. The tangential oscillating knife unit With an effective processing area of 2,440 x
Egan commented: ‘The time came for us to cuts lighter materials like cardboard, foamed 1,524mm, it handles everything that the VUTEk
look at purchasing an additional machine and board and rubber, while the camera platform can print. Significantly, it has also
one that would need to be capable of both registration system that works with both the solved all of the previous cut-to-print problems
routing and knife cutting as well as providing a router and the knife is based on the by virtually eliminating waste caused by
registration system for accurate cut-to-print industry-leading I-Cut software and is the misaligned cutting and by reducing labour costs
alignment. We looked at some of the only system that can compensate for both incurred as a result sub-contractual outsourcing.
conventional knife-cutting machines used linear and non-linear distortions of printed There is also less damage to materials due to a
within the graphics industry and found that sheets. Richard Egan added: ‘We were reduced materials handling requirement.
although these provided a fast knife-cutting confident about the performance of the
capability and camera registration they were AXYZ products installed and the service and For further information on AXYZ cut-to-print
also expensive, relatively lightweight and support provided by AXYZ International over solutions, visit www.axyz.co.uk or telephone
struggled with our primary requirement to cut the years at such a competitive price and felt 01902 375 600. llll
solid rigid substrates. Having been very
pleased with the performance of our existing
routers from AXYZ International, we decided
to evaluate the company’s latest machine that
provided integrated heavy-duty routing, an
oscillating knife-cutting capability and camera
registration in one very economical package.’
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