Graphtec Automatic Sheet Cutter (ASC)
Automatic Sheet Cutter (ASC)
The Graphtec Automatic Sheet Cutter is designed to automatically feed and contour cut media size up to 13" x 19" without the need for an operator. Equipped with precision eye-mark CCD camera technology the CCD camera allows for quick reading of crop marks with a precision grade of 0.2 mm.
It can handle up to 200 sheets (depend on the thickness) of media in a continuous cycle but with the ability to add further sheets as required without interrupting the cutting process. This is a capability that we consider sets the Graphtec Automatic Sheet Cutter apart from any comparable sheet-fed system.
Continuous, HAND-FREE sheet media loading & processing
Dedicated software ensures ACCURATE alignment
CCD CAMERA quickly scans 2-point registration marks
CONTOUR AND PERFORATED CUTTING of printed graphics
Add additional sheets to the feeder WITHOUT RESENDING the job
INCREASE PRODUCTION EFFICIENCY BY AUTOMATIC RELOADING
The auto sheet feeder reloads the media to the cutting plotter automatically. The cutting process is executed repeatedly with replacing the media. It enables to significantly improve productivity in cutting a large number of media with the same patterns. The following steps are automatically repeated continuity until specified number of copies are made.
PERFECT SHEET ALIGNMENT
Perfect sheet alignment is achieved via crop mark reading for each individual sheet, with a camera equipped with Automatic Sheet Cutter technology performing the crop mark adjustments in a fraction of a second. Software algorithms compensate for any distortion from the printing process to enable precise cutting with minimal bleed. There is also an option to cut perforated lines during file creation.
AUTO SHEET FEEDER UNIT
An arm with air suction cups lifts the media from the supply tray and places it into the cutter.
It is able to place the sheet media including Super A3 to A4 and its equivalent in the supply tray.
It is able to stack up to 200 sheets of media or up to 35 mm high on the media supply tray.
(Number of sheet varies by the material, thickness and condition of media)
After cutting is completed, sheets are automatically placed in the tray.
Quickly detects 2-point reference marks for aligning the contour & printed images by the camera that is mounted on the top cover of the cutting plotter. The contour
cutting is able to perform with selected cutting method such as the half cuts, perforation cuts, dashed-line cuts and special cutting emulated crease. It enables to expand the type of products can be produced by supporting multiple cutting method.
The position of contour cutting line is adjusted in the dedicated software using the detected reference marks. The ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system) on the cutting plotter is not used for aligning the contour.
- The location of two reference marks as the solid square mark are located the left side of media.
- It is able to match the contour cutting to printed image even if printed images has the trapezoidal distortion.
The reference marks are detected quickly by the camera that is mounted on the cutting plotter.
- The mark sensor on the cutting plotter is not used.
DIGITAL CUTTING SOFTWARE (FOR WINDOWS)
Dedicated software controls the auto sheet feeding system and transfers contour cutting data to the plotter.
The system includes dedicated application software. After media is loaded, the attached camera quickly detects 2-point reference marks and corrects alignment before contour cutting data is transferred, giving you the perfect cut every time. The software configures cutting conditions such as number of copies, cutting force, cutting speed, offset, and number of paths, and it can import Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW EPS files as the contour data.
It is suitable for post-processing of the printed media created with the print-on-demand in small to medium production runs for producing various products such as labels, heat transfer sheets for custom apparel and the POP as table advertising.
HALF-CUTS (PLAIN CUT)
The magenta line is cut with the half cut method. The speed and cut force can be set. It is useful for creating a set of labels including different shapes. It is used with the die cut. The magenta line will be executed in half-cut as the contour of each label. Other color line is executed with the perforation cut as a line for separating to sheet contained a set of labels. It is shown in the preview window on the right screen copy.
Effective for cutting the media for labels, the heat transfer sheet, and others. The half cut works to cut only the upper layer of the media.
The paper or vinyl media that have release sheet (liner) is used.
Effective for creating the label, the dashed line cut works as to easily tear the sealing label of the bottle when opening. Also effective for creating the. POP signs. The dashed line cut works as folding line.
The magenta line is cut with the dashed line pattern. The length of cut and space of uncut can be set. It is useful for creating a tear line on the label such as the label to stick on lid of the bottle. It is shown in the preview window on the right screen copy. When it is used as the die cut to create the packing box, the line will be used for folding. It is shown in the preview window on the above screen copy.
Effective for cutting the media for labels, POP sign, paper container, and others. The cutting is executed with perforation pattern and works as the die cut for outline of shape or separator of label group.
EMULATING CREASING (BLADE CREASING)
The magenta line is cut by the blade with the special method to emulate the crease line. Cutting is performed on the backside of media. The speed, cut force, number of multiple line and spacing of multiple line can be set. It is useful for creating the package box when using with the die cut. The media is set with condition that the printed side facing down on the media supply tray. Then, the process is performed from reverse side that the reference mark is not printed.
The position of first reference mark is set on the software, and alignment is done without detecting the reference mark by the camera.
Effective for creating the paper container box, the special cutting line works as the crease lines.- The outline of box is cut with perforation cutting.
The plain paper that does not have release sheet (liner) is used.