Esko launches larger C66 cutting table

Esko has announced a new cutting table, the Kongsberg C66, a highly automated device designed for short run production of corrugated applications.

The Kongsberg C66 cutting table comes with i-cut Production Console.

Esko says that it developed this device in response to market demands as part of Kongsberg’s robotics program. The C66 has a large 3210mm x 4800mm bed and can run at 100 m/min. As with other models in the C-series, it uses a carbon composite traverse, which gives good stability with relatively low weight, allowing for high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing with minimal deflection.

The bed can be used for large 2.5m x 4.8m corrugated sheets or split into multiple zones taking 2.2m x 3.2m sheets, meaning that one sheet can be cut while the other zone is loaded and unloaded. As such it’s said to be suitable for applications like the production of protective packaging corrugated containers made from HD double-wall or triple-wall corrugated and packaging and POP displays. It can also handle other packaging materials such as foam cushioning.

It comes with the i-cut Production Console, a graphical interface with colour-coded alerts that includes capabilities such as camera control, machine set up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. It allows the operator to follow progress from a distance, so that they can prepare one job while producing another.

Tom Naess Esko’s Senior product manager, says that it’s aimed at finishing for rigid materials, adding: “It boosts productivity and, when combined with robotics, ensures non-stop production. This allows for fast, efficient completion of heavy-duty packaging and shorter runs without compromising on quality. By moving shorter runs to the Kongsberg C66, operations can eliminate the time and cost associated with conventional diecutting solutions that become unwieldy when dealing with short runs and compressed cycle times.”

The first installation has gone to the French printing and packaging specialist, Cartonéo, where it’s paired with a new press for packaging and displays.




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