Morgana Systems has introduced two new flatbed cutting tables to the UK market from the Italian supplier Valiani, both of which can be used for producing short run packaging and prototyping.
This includes an entry-level addition to the Optima range, the Valiani Optima V50, which is mainly aimed at short run work such as mock-ups, prototypes, and small production lots without the need for die cutting. It’s a compact unit able to cut a wide range of substrates in thickness up to 20mm. It can hold sheets up to 55 x 80cm, which is slightly larger than B2+.
It features a single-head cutting system capable of swapping from one tool to another in less than 10 seconds without any adjustment. It comes as standard with a tangential cutting tool for cutting material up to 5mm thick, a creasing tool and a camera, which in combination with OptiCrop software allows users to detect printing crop marks and perform contour cuts. An optional oscillating cutting tool will allow substrates up to 20 mm to be cut expanding the range of applications.
It comes with a basement workbench, a vacuum bed for easier media holding, and a fold-away-pins system to aid easy alignment. The creasing tool comes with a set of nine different creasing and perforating wheels that can handle cardstocks and corrugated cardboards.
The second of these tables is the Valiani Omnia, which comes complete with an automated feeder. It boasts a newly designed sheet feeder and optical register system, meaning that the system can be set to run repetitive tasks without requiring an operator. It takes sheets up to 600mm x 800mm and can handle folding carton and business cards as well as heavier materials such as corrugated cardboard, chip board or thin plastic sheets.
It features automatic crop mark detection that allows a hands-free cutting process while a status indicator will notify the operator when the feeder has dropped to the minimum quantity and needs to be reloaded. The feeder can stack up to 500 sheets of 300gsm card stock. Its camera can read QR codes and call up the appropriate cut details without needing a cut list. Morgana estimates the average speed per sheet as 45 seconds, assuming A3+ sheets with a medium complexity package design.
Ray Hillhouse, VP Sales & Marketing for the Plockmatic Group Offline Business Unit, commented: “These two new units further enhance our range of cutting tables. The Optima V50 addresses the entry level sector, where a small but highly versatile device is an essential ingredient. It’s an ideal starting point for those seeing the need for a cutting table. The Omnia breaks new ground in automating cutting table processes. For those businesses with a growing demand for repetitive tasks, Omnia can produce a great many tasks without the need for an operator to stand over the machine, including “lights out” production of work overnight.”
The Omnia costs around £45,000 though Hillhouse says that the final price depends on the tools and software options chosen. The Optima 50 is around £19,500 fully featured with all the tools and software. Hillhouse points out that Morgana already has an extensive base of Valiani users in the UK and takes care of the servicing and support itself. You can find further details from morgana.co.uk.