Kongsberg launches Ultimate cutting table

Kongsberg has announced a new large format digital cutting table, the Kongsberg Ultimate, which appears to have evolved from the existing C-series and is primarily aimed at the corrugated production industry.

There are four sizes, with the first three having widths of 1680 mm, 2210 mm and 3210 mm, all with a table length of 3200. The largest 66 size has a work area of 3210 x 4800 mm. They all take materials up to 30mm in thickness, and all have eight vacuum zones with the option to split the table in half to work on one side while loading or unloading boards on the other. 

The new Ultimate uses a high torque Infinite linear motor drive system combined with a rack and pinion set-up, which gives a maximum linear speed for all models of 167.5 m/m. The two largest models use a carbon fibre beam, which gives a good balance between low weight and high stiffness for more precise cutting, while the smaller models use an aluminium beam. The larger models can produce 50Kg of downforce from the beam, which should ensure more precise cutting,

The larger tables can manage linear acceleration on the XY axis up to 2.5G, which translates to 24.5 m/s2, with the smaller tables being slightly faster since there is less distance to cover. On the Z axis the fastest tools move at 45m/m with the heavy duty modules managing 15m/m. 

The head unit has three specific positions set aside for creasing, cutting and perforating type tools so that there’s no need to stop during a job to change from one to the other. The Ultimate tables come with i-cut Production Console v3, which uses an algorithm to work out the fastest cutting solution.

All four models in the Ultimate series can be used with or without a conveyor belt while the largest two models can also be configured with a automated feeder and stacker for either simultaneous or sequential production. There’s also a robotic material handler option.

Kongsberg PCS President and CEO, Stuart Fox, commented: “Engineered with our deep understanding of corrugated and display converters’ needs for precision, the Kongsberg Ultimate promises to redefine standards and usher in a new era of productivity and innovation, delivering a fast return on investment for convertors of corrugated board.”

Kongsberg says that it has added a new safety system that detects people approaching the cutting table. This has two zones, slowing down when operators pass the first zone, and then stopping if anyone enters the second zone. This system should offer a good balance of safety without stopping production every time someone wanders near the machine. 

Fox added: “Enhancing operations and providing a significant competitive advantage, the platform sets a new industry benchmark and is set to drive the future of corrugated production for years to come.”

You can find further details on the new Ultimate cutting tables from kongsbergsystems.com.


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