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Jun 1, 2010 12:00 AM

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No pit stops for this jogger

Woodward (East Rutherford, NJ) introduces six jogger models: four new “no pit” models and two hand-truck models. The joggers offer solid side supports to improve the jogging of a wide range of substrates. Add complete hands-free, full automatic turning and jogging to any Woodward machine or partial automation.


Compact cutter keeps operators safe

Baum's (Sidney, OH) Baumcut 26.4 heavy-duty hydraulic cutter stores up to 99 programs with 6,464 cut steps automatically. The cutter offers high-productivity precision cutting with maximum safety in mind. The motor runs only during cutting operations. Knife changes are easy, with a front adjustment. A built-in table light and optical cutting line indicator yields more precise cutting. The Baumcut 31.5 features automatic and manual cutting modes, push-out programming steps and a membrane touch keypad.


Capacity for digital cutting needs

The 5222 Digicut is the latest addition to MBM's (North Charleston, SC) Triumph line. The 20.5-inch cutter features a programmable backgauge module with digital display capable of storing 99 programs (up to 99 steps each) and frequently used measurements. The control module also features a memory key for repeat cuts (manual) and programmable eject function. A bright, LED optical cutting line ensures perfect paper alignment by indicating exact position of cut. An innovative “SPS” safety feature offers protection during operation and maintenance.


Mighty big cutters

Colter & Peterson's (Paterson, NJ) Saber line of heavy-duty cutters combines mechanical design — manufactured to ISO-9001 standards — with state-of-the-art electronics. Incorporating the knowledge gained in over 20,000 microcut installations worldwide, the system offers a wide array of programming options and features. Highlights include a microcut system with 15-inch touchscreen, automatic knife setting (patent pending), a hydraulic system, cut optimization and an automatic waste removal option. Additional features include backgauge control and multilingual, active matrix touchscreen guides. The Saber X15 is available in 45 and 54-inch sizes; the Saber XXL series is offered in models up to 116 inches.


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Super cuts

Polar, distributed by Heidelberg (Kennesaw, GA) offers an extensive array of high-performance cutters and cutter models in widths from 26 to 69 inches. New options for cutting and paper handling include a swivel/tilt backgauge, Fix-o-Mat for correct alignment of irregular lifts, PowerMonitor, CountMonitor and AntiStick knife. Interface connectivity to prepress is supplied by the CutManager via JDF or CIP3 data. Polar also offers a new range of label systems with specific emphasis on counter-pressure diecutting (DC 11 label system), together with a variety of peripheral equipment, including the BM105 fully automated, multistation speedbander.


Size matters

Established in 1912, Hammer Packaging (Rochester, NY) specializes in labels and premium packaging including cut & stack, in-mold, shrink sleeve, roll-fed, pressure-sensitive, foam labels and premium packets for the horticultural market. The $100 million company has >400 employees and three facilities spanning 400,000 sq. ft.

With three printing divisions (web offset, sheetfed offset and narrow-web flexo), Hammer cuts more than 24 billion labels a year and operates a wholly owned sheeting subsidiary, J. MacKenzie, Ltd.

“We have so many types of cutting equipment [that] we have accumulated to constantly improve efficiency, for example, auto cut lines that have been engineered to handle strips from our larger presses,” explains Lou Iovoli, vice president, sales and marketing. “Big sheets require modifications to the guillotine.”

With its mission to lead the industry in innovation, in 2008 Hammer expanded its finishing division with a proprietary automated sortation system.

“We had the system engineered based on a pharmaceutical model that is an enclosed cell. Our system will guillotine cut, strip chop, sort and case pack, so that we can have a mix prevention strategy that accommodates our Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) plan,” says Iovoli.

Iovoli says the successful implementation of the sortation system encouraged Hammer to push things a bit further: “We wanted to be able to sort more items, so we expanded its capability. We didn't feel comfortable with the existing technology that was out there for sorting because it's basically built on barcodes only. We have taken our system to another level that uses a unique matching process that combines vision detection and barcode scanning.”

Inline economics

As we've previously noted, Hammer was among the first large-format printers to embrace inline sheeting (see “Roll goals,” June 2007). For its long-standing cut & stack label operation, the company recently added a KBA Rapida 162 64-inch, 8-color sheetfed press with a custom configured Grafech Engineering inline sheeter.

“When you bring a sheeter inline on a press, it gives you the ability to custom cut the sheet to the layout without going through a secondary operation, which includes [more] labor,” says Iovoli. “It makes the process much more efficient.”


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