Choosing the Right Cutters and Laminators to Grow Your Business

Are you expanding your business in 2023? As the new year approaches, the finishing equipment you need to optimize print production should be top of mind. Investing in the proper cutting and laminating equipment is an essential part of any growing print shop, which may require research to decide which options will help you reach your goals.

Some important things to consider in your search for the right cutter and laminator are how much space the equipment will require, the cost of the initial investment, and what new services can be offered to your customers with the latest finishing equipment.

Cutters

LexJet offers multiple cutting solutions from decades-old industry leaders like Graphtec and Summa to help speed up production and expand your product line with equipment that can handle all your complex contour needs. Adding a cutter to your shop’s workflow will allow you to create custom decals, signage, promotional products, and corrugated packaging- all of which can expand your reach to many new markets.

Graphtec Cutting Solutions

Graphtec offers multiple solutions, from the FC9000 Series, their most advanced and versatile roll-fed cutting plotter, to the CE7000 Series. High precision cutting capabilities with printed and unprinted materials are possible with the FC9000 Series- the ultimate finishing solution for the wide format signage, apparel, and automotive industries. You can confidently cut anything from delicate window tint to rigid magnets and high-intensity reflective.

Graphtec provides a Cutting Master 4 plug-in for Adobe and Corel users, Graphtec Studio for Mac, and the popular Graphtec Pro Studio software for design and cut graphics. The CE7000 Series works with both PC and MAC platforms, or you can use the handy USB thumb drive port.

Summa Cutting Solutions

Summa offers various options as part of their SummaCut Series, with refinements like the newly designed drag-knife cutting head. SummaCut can read registration marks for contour cutting not only on standard materials but also on reflective, holographic, or mirrored materials, as well as through the many different types of laminates being used today. The SummaCut Series features highly complex algorithms to compensate for any deformation of the print, using reliable sensor technology. Summa cutters include GoSign cutting software cutting software.

Laminators

Printing is the first step in meeting your customers’ needs, but durability, longevity, and additional protection are also essential. UV and fading protection, flexibility, and enhanced colors are some benefits of investing in a high-quality laminator.

When searching for laminators, you will discover that not all laminators are created equal. There are many options, like top heat, dual heat, cold, thermal, and more. With cold laminators, the laminate is added to the print, whereas heat lamination completely encapsulates the print.

Some things to consider when choosing a laminator are if the laminator can keep up with the pace of your printer, which one works best with your media, and how much you want to invest.

GFP Laminators

GFP machines are simple to operate, and some models include installation and training. The laminators are ideal for finishing professionals who need versatility, quality, and economy in one machine. Various options are available, from cold to top heat to dual heat.

Royal Sovereign Laminators

Royal Sovereign offers many options, from economically priced cold laminators to smaller laminators better suited for graphic shops with limited space availability. All solutions are specifically designed for users to efficiently and professionally finish wide-format graphics.

Royal Sovereign Laminators at LexJet

Section 179- Don’t miss out on tax incentives!

Consult with your accounting professional to find out the best way to utilize the tax deduction when purchasing capital equipment before the end of the year. To get an idea of your deduction, check out the Section 179 Calculator. To claim the deduction for 2022, the equipment must be installed on or before December 31.

To learn more or purchase new finishing equipment before the end of the year and take advantage of the 2022 tax deduction, please contact a LexJet Customer Specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit lexjet.com.

 

Shop GRAPHTEC Now and Save!

Just in time for the holidays, GRAPHTEC announces a cornucopia of savings and extended warranty coverage. From Nov. 14 through Dec. 30, receive an extra year of coverage on any CE7000 purchase. That’s three full years of protection!

In addition to the extended coverage, receive $200 cash back on the purchase of a CE7000-60 (24-in cutter) or $250 on the purchase of a CE7000-130 (50-in cutter). Simply scan the QR code to submit your rebate information.

The Graphtec CE7000 Series cutting plotter is the perfect solution for increasing production with greater efficiency for signage graphics, print & cut, point-of-purchase, packaging, automotive markets, and many more.

The CE7000 Series comes complete with the full complement of Graphtec Software and features Ethernet Connectivity. Software includes Cutting Master 4 plug-in for Adobe & Corel Users and the popular Graphtec Pro Studio software for design & cut graphics. The CE7000 series works with both PC and MAC platforms, or you can use the USB Drive Port.

CE7000 Features:

  • 8.0 arms for fast and accurate print & cut applications
  • DATALINK bar code feature for maximum productivity
  • USB drive connectivity – no computer needed

The CE7000 Series also boasts the popular cutting channel feature to allow easy perforated or through-cut operations.

For more information, contact a LexJet Sales Specialist at 800-4-LEXJET or visit us at LexJet.com.

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Making the Cut: 3 Ways to Get Creative with a Graphtec Cutter

Printers and laminators are standard equipment for PSPs, but often overlooked is the cutting plotter. Adding a Graphtec cutter to your print shop provides your customers with additional ways to explore their creativity.

We explore three ways that a cutter can increase your versatility:

  • Decals – Creating decals involves two different types of cuts: a perforated (perf) cut in the release liner that pop out the decals for easy resale and a kiss (die) cut for the sticker image that will easily separate from the release liner at the time of install.
  • Packaging and labels – The great thing about inkjet printing is the ability to offer personalization for small quantities. If you have a customer requesting a short run of stickers to personalize water bottles, notebooks or any other items, you can easily die cut the labels and send the labels to your client for the final step in the customization project.
  • POP Graphics – Perf cutting cardstock or other media gives you the opportunity to create POP/POS graphics with fold lines for easy display set up.

While cutters work with all types of media, there are some types like high gloss, reflective or highly textured surfaces that can sometimes be difficult to kiss cut or perf cut with accuracy. If you work with those types of substrates and have trouble with registration marks, the Graphtec cutter has Intelligent Scan Mode (ISM) technology that improves the detection for more accurate cutting.

If you would like more information about Graphtec cutters, contact a sales specialist at 800-453-9538 or visit LexJet.com today.

Thesis Exhibits Get Graphic with LexJet Print-N-Stick

When designer Nathan Lambert of Full Color, Inc., a professional printing lab in Dallas, needed to put together his master of arts thesis exhibit along with a handful of his peers, he opted for an easy-to-use product that would work on all surfaces, floor to ceiling.

“For these big final presentations, we used LexJet Solvent Print-N-Stick Fabric everywhere,” Lambert says. “We printed all the wall graphics, and used it for floor graphic and pedestals, too.”

Throughout the exhibit hall, Lambert and his peers put together elaborate displays that featured topics like color therapy, gender identity, mobile fresh markets and superhero archetypes. Lambert’s thesis discussed the benefits of contemporary middle school uniforms.