Parallel to the printing area, there is another segment that should not be underestimated, as it is a pillar in the development of new markets. This is another kind of machinery that is designed to give a better service to the final product and to increase workflow productivity, saving time and money in the production line.
Once you have a flatbed printer you will quickly understand the need to have a flatbed cutter to finish many of your printing jobs. You may need a cutter to trim your prints, or you may need to contour cut a figure, such as a beer bottle, or a human figure.
During FESPA Mexico 2018 we had the opportunity to talk with the CSO of ARISTO, Michael Hock. Who gave us his point of view of the importance of the CNC machinery and its markets.
Q. What’s the importance of CNCs as finishing equipment and its advantages?
Finishing equipment is all about the quality, the repeatability and precision that you can only reach with machines and not manually. Having a printer is not enough, it’s actually the CNC machine that improves business and earns the money and adds the value to the product that you are manufacturing.
Q. How can a CNC help us in the in the signage market?
In the signage market its meant to be there to finish the product to the highest level. Quality from printing side is very important, but on the other side if you don’t have a clean cut, if you don’t have the cut in contour in shape then you wouldn’t have the product that you are actually requiring for your market, for your customers.
Q. Beside signage and digital graphical industry, what other applications can the CNC equipment have?
It’s a wide market there. Printing industry and packaging go almost hand in hand, nowadays it’s definitely important for printing industry and packaging together.
There are a lot of technical applications; anything can be cut with CNC cutters if they are running with the right tool heads. At ARISTO we are not only working in graphic and packaging industry, but also in technical applications. Floorings, carbon fibers, aviation, automotive industry, all of everything. For a lot of airlines we cut carbon fiber and cut window frames for airplanes, doing the flooring for aviation’s in kitchens and way more. Skiing industry is also going into CNC for a long time already. Fuel cells, special members, solar energy, wind energy all the new alternative energy’s are markets for all the CNC cutters
Q. What can we expect for the future of the CNC?
Upcoming markets are definitely soft signage markets (banners). The 3-meter wide markets become more and more important all over the world. We are building machines with a working area up to the 5.2 x 7.2 meters, so for really big banners and other kind of materials. Important is also the strength of the tool head that allows you beside to routing (what its always a little bit dirty application) to knife cut materials with the blades. We launched ultrasonic cutting devices for cutting on ceilings and we are going to launch laser heads for cutting and sealing textiles and all of the tool heads required for the industry.
The market offers a wide variety of brands and types of machines, including CNC cutters (Computer Numerical Control) and XY flatbed cutters that provide automation in cutting and folding in the different materials on the digital printing market increasing the workflow. These cutters can accurately perform hundreds of precise cuts in minutes with only one operator; the final product quality depends on the accuracy of the cutter, as well as the media that is being used.
Today they are one of the biggest German manufacturers for large format, computer-controlled flatbed machines for use in sign making, digital die cutting as well as in the packaging, textile and leather industries.
The machines are developed and manufactured solely in Hamburg and sold worldwide with sales and service points all over the world.