Paper Cutters — Honing a Competitive Edge
"We do offer programmable machines," Golde says. "Our Triumph 6550-EP, for example, has a 10-button electronic keypad and digital readout to preset measurements for the backgauge. There's also a memory key for repeat cuts."
When it comes to safety, putting infrared beam systems on smaller, lower cost cutters isn't a realistic option, Golde contends, but he believes some type of guard still should be standard. "The 6550 has a plastic shield that comes down over the knife, and the cutting cycle can't be activated unless it is in place." The machine also has safety guards on its front and rear tables.
Standard Finishing's 24˝ Horizon APC-M61 paper cutter is said to feature advanced programming capabilities that are easy to use. A highly polished, chrome-plated worktable provides a smooth surface for lift travel and virtually eliminates marking. Dual-speed induction-hardened backgauge screw and forged linear raceway deliver sustained cutting accuracy, according to the Andover, MA-based manufacturer.
For smaller jobs, Standard offers the Horizon PC-45 and PC-64II semi-automatic cutters. The PC-45 offers a 17.7˝ wide cutting capacity, illuminated cut line and a maximum lift of 2.7˝. The PC-64II knife features a precision-built backgauge lead-screw that enables trim cuts as fine as 0.019˝.
Cutronix Technologies recently introduced its new line of Five-star computerized paper cutters in sizes from 30˝ to 52˝. The machines feature infrared safety beams, full air tables, an overhead leadscrew with cylindrical guide and center-actuated clamping. The larger models have a double-pull arm for durability and accuracy in heavier cutting applications. The Markham, ON-based company says that knife changes are fast and simple via a crank-down elevator system, with the knife holder specifically designed to protect the operator.
Given these trends in product development, computerized, systematized, connected and automated may be the more important terms in defining the future of cutters.