Esko has introduced a new Dual Heavy Duty Unit for its Kongsberg range of digital cutting tables, which is specifically designed for working with corrugated materials, primarily for point of sale retail applications.
Esko appears to have taken its Standard Heavy Duty tool with its large creasing wheel and added a second wheel for holding perforating disks so that there’s no need to change tools, which is a sensible addition. The two wheels are independent and the table’s software automatically selects the right wheel according to the job in hand. Both wheels can exert 50kg of downforce on corrugated materials from single to triple wall without compromising speed or quality. The Dual Heavy Duty Unit is said to offer good crease quality, even on materials with a high recycled material content.
Russell Weller, Esko Product Manager, commented: “The new Dual Heavy Duty Unit is perfect for corrugated point of sale and packaging jobs, allowing our customers to run without changing tools, delivering productivity boosts of up to 50 percent.”
Esko also offers a second tool, the CorruSpeed, which can be used together with either the Standard or Heavy Duty units to add cutting capability alongside the creasing. This uses a static knife in combination with a patented knife foot design – basically a curved foot with the knife cutting through the middle – to do the same as task as ejection rubbers in conventional die tooling. Esko claims that this produces cleaner, more accurate cuts, without burrs. It can cope with various corrugated board types up to 7mm double wall BC flutes. In combination, this can cut and perforate corrugated substrates with die-cut like quality at full machine speeds of up to 100m/min.
Both of these tools can be retroffited to all existing Kongsberg C, Kongsberg C Edge and Kongsberg XP tables running iPC 2.21 or above though the Dual heavy duty unit can’t be used with the XP Auto. You can find more details from Esko’s website here.