Paper Cutters — Slicing Time, Not Fingers
The latest safety feature to adorn the Pro-Cut line of cutters is a full-length safety beam. Pro-Cut covers the rear table with a metal shield and uses a soft clamp foot pedal to enhance operator safety.
Safety is the No. 1 reason customers should look beyond the price tags of competing products and concentrate on the safeguards that are offered, stresses Rob Kuehl, director of postpress packaging and cutting systems for Heidelberg USA. Reliability, quality and automation are other hallmarks for consideration when purchasing a cutter.
Considering the vested time and money in the printed product, quality of cut is greatly underscored. "Typically, 80 percent to 90 percent of all costs are already in the printed sheets before it is to be cut," Kuehl notes. "This includes estimator and customer service costs, prepress time, press time, ink, paper, etc. It is imperative to have a high-quality cutter and a good operator who does not have to do too much physical work to ensure precision cutting and handling so the job doesn't have to be reprinted.
"A high-quality cutter may cost a bit more in the initial purchase cycle, but it is such a tiny cost compared to the 20 years that the cutter will last. Just one reprinted job often can be the difference in cost between higher quality and lesser quality cutters."
Plenty of Add-ons
Accessories such as joggers, stacklifts, counting scales, palletizers, banders, pile turners, turning grippers and system configurations each help move paper to and from the paper cutter quickly and efficiently without bending or lifting. That means operators can actually go home refreshed after their shifts," Kuehl says.
Mark Pellman, marketing manager for Baum Corp., notes that the Baumcut paper cutter line has included the infrared safety beam as standard equipment prior to the latest ANSI safety standard mandate. Maintenance is another variable to consider, according to Pellman.