Paper Cutters — Slicing Time, Not Fingers
"Easy knife change using a knife holder tool that covers the entire sharp edge of the knife provides higher safety and easier changing on the Baumcut line. Waxing of the table creates more maintenance. Baumcut cutters have maintenance-free table surfaces that don't rust or require waxing."
Pellman adds that a stacklift or jogger can increase productivity by removing the stress on the operator. "Lifting large sheets from a pallet can be cumbersome and cause fatigue," he says. "Jogging the sheets on an automatic jogger provides better quality cutting and less damage to the lift of paper."
Safety is paramount to the end user, according to Lisa Hutchinson, marketing coordinator for MBM Corp., who notes that the Triumph line of cutters manufactured by Ideal fully addresses the issue. All Triumph models feature true two-hand operation, safety lock with key, and safety guards/devices on front and rear tables.
With automation a high priority, many customers are opting for the systems approach, adds Brett Stowe, managing director for Perfecta USA. Many Perfecta cutters are accompanied by a jogger and stacklift, or an unloader.
Among the standards on the Perfecta cutter is a Smart Clamp for increased productivity. Its backgauge uses a servo drive that provides optimum speed and accuracy.
While the mechanics of the actual machine haven't varied much in recent years, the brain behind it certainly has enjoyed significant advances, according to Jeff Marr, vice president of sales for Colter & Peterson. "We've geared our equipment to be more user-friendly," he says. "All of our machines are made in America with U.S. computer systems, which makes them simple to understand and easy to operate.
"At the same time, we're adding more and more of the features customers are seeking." Again, material handling equipment such as lifters, joggers and unloaders are the most sought-after complementary pieces, reveals Marr. "Some of the systems are more geared toward certain work," the industry veteran says.