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Industrial graphics finishing – Zünd offers modular solutions

Zünd Systemtechnik proudly presents the latest high-performance, ultra-versatile digital cutting solutions for industrial graphics production at InPrint 2015 in Munich (Booth C41, Hall A6, November 10 - 12). In conjunction with its modular flatbed cutters, Zünd is also exhibiting automation and productivity features that can be tailored to any application and production environment.

While industrial print service providers are continually increasing the efficiency and flexibility of their production workflows by integrating digital printing technologies, graphics finishing all too often remains a bottleneck; however, with the demand for ever shorter turn-around times, flexible, high-throughput automated digital cutting & finishing solutions are becoming an absolute necessity. This is exactly where Zünd comes into play with its lineup of high-performance digital cutting systems combined with advanced automation solutions tailored to the specific needs of the individual customer. With its à la carte automation offerings, the Swiss cutting system manufacturer can help customers automate anything from material loading to off-loading, picking, and stacking.

At the booth in Munich, Zünd will be demonstrating ways for print service providers to increase productivity while reducing labor costs. For efficient, reliable automation of the loading process, the Zünd automatic Sheet Feeder is an ideal solution. It is perfectly suited for continually loading sheets of printed vinyl, cardstock, carton, and foamcore materials. A key element in Zünd's fully automated digital workflow is the ability to capture QR-codes to automatically retrieve the appropriate cut files. The integrated camera system captures the QR-code preprinted with the job, and Zünd Cut Center ZCC automatically opens up the correct cut file for processing. Before cutting/processing begins, ZCC also automatically determines the exact position and orientation of the job at hand and, if necessary, compensates for any distortions in print or material. Another highlight of Zünd's exhibit is the new collaborative robot. The robotic off-load device is shown in conjunction with an S3 M-800, from which it automatically picks cut pieces and stacks them at a predefined location. The robot is designed to operate autonomously in production environments in which the human operator and robotic device are working together to accomplish a task.

Because of their modular design, Zünd high-performance digital cutters can easily be adapted to the specific requirements of industrial print service providers. This guarantees both exceptional productivity and an unbeatable ROI. Zünd cutters are equally well suited to function as stand-alone, semi-automated system or as fully integrated component of a completely automated digital production workflow. Their open architecture allows for easy integration of Zünd cutters in any existing production environment.
What distinguishes Zünd cutters is their unique functional versatility, unmatched reliability and build quality, as well as their ease of use and compelling cost-benefit ratio. No other digital cutting solution on the market can handle such a wide range of materials with the same efficiency and ease.

Caption: The new collaborative robot requires no safety cage and relieves the user of repetitive, mindless tasks.