Paper Cutters — Slicing Through the Competition
Safety is a primary concern for Perfecta USA, a division of Amatco. Len Rivett, division president, notes the Perfecta line boasts both CE and GS safety certification and features the HSCS high-security monitoring system that assures fail-safe software and cutting function. Rivett also points out that all cutters are equipped with a mechanical safety bolt to prevent the cutter from double cycling, and 16-channel infrared light guards with a self-monitoring electronic eye and shutoff mechanism to aid operator safety.
"Perfecta has developed the fastest and safest knife change— under five minutes without any risk of injury," he notes. "One of the biggest changes has been in the clamping requirements where the highest percentage of injuries on paper cutters have occurred. Previously, when clamping stock, the clamp would come down with full pressure. The industry requirements changed to a 'soft clamp' of approximately 60 lb. maximum clamping pressure, preventing any major damage should an operator carelessly have his or her hand under the clamp while mechanically bringing down the clamp by the foot pedal."
Safety issues also top the short list of Dexter Lawson Manufacturing. Terry Lee, vice president of marketing, notes that all covers and guards have been interlocked on the company's 60T and 70T models, to ensure safety. Should any covers be opened, the cutter shuts down automatically.
Cutting performance on thick reams of paper has been addressed recently as well, Lee notes. Dexter Lawson offerings now cut up to 63⁄4˝ in thickness, and converters find their ability to chomp down on 4˝ of lubricated aluminum plates a plus.
Accurate paper cutting is also a key goal for Swaneck Graphic Equipment, which markets the Pro-Cut series. Walter Gierlach, vice president of sales, notes that his company spent much of the past year concentrating on perfecting its products' cut accuracy, from sheet to sheet and lift to lift.