Zünd at Fespa Print Expo 2024: making digital cutting pay off

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Zünd will be exhibiting at Fespa Global Print Expo in Amsterdam, March 19 to 22. At Europe’s leading trade show for digital, large-format printing, visitors will have the chance to discover how they can automate digital cutting in many different ways.

At Booth D40 in Hall 1, Zünd will demonstrate how powerful digital cutting technology – combined with intelligent software and a range of optional solutions for automated material handling – can make digital cutting efficient and cost-effective. Using Zünd cutting solutions, print service providers of all sizes can maximize their operating times while simultaneously lowering production costs. This, in turn, sustainably boosts the overall profitability of their cutting and finishing operations.

The Zünd product line is highly modular, which makes it possible to add additional tools and material-handling options quickly and easily as requirements increase or change. The ability to configure Zünd cutters to specific requirements makes them a secure and cost-effective investment in the future.

Semi-automatic board feeding during ongoing production
When it comes to further boosting cost-effectiveness with innovative solutions, Zünd’s new board-loading extension with UNDERCAM, is a case in point. It enables semi-automatic board feeding, job identification and registration, all while the production process is ongoing. The resulting efficiency and flexibility of the cutter operation saves both time and cost. The system consists of a cutter extension with a glass plate and UNDERCAM for registering jobs from below. This significantly increases productivity even with applications that involve cutting and creasing on the reverse (top) side of the material.

Smart cutting with software from Zünd
In Amsterdam, Zünd will also be exhibiting workflow-automation solutions for every requirement and application. PrimeCenter is one example: this software enables simple and automated print & cut file preparation. As de facto control center in prepress, it ensures a highly productive and efficient data workflow. Nested print & cut layouts that are ready to go can be created in just a few clicks.

Zünd Connect, the simple solution for production monitoring and analysis, plays a key role in identifying potential areas for optimizing the production process. By calculating the Overall Equipment Effectiveness of connected Zünd cutters, the monitoring and analysis software helps improve production efficiency and provides important indicators for sustainable production optimization. This, in turn, enables significantly improved machine availability and performance.

Efficiency, from ordering to shipping
Zünd will also be exhibiting various solutions for partial and fully automated material handling. These solutions offer huge potential savings to signage and graphics manufacturers of all sizes. What they all have in common is their ability to work without human intervention and ensure consistent, uninterrupted production. Such production cells are particularly effective at reducing labor costs.

Visitors to the Zünd booth will have the opportunity to see how they can use the completely revamped Zünd Cut Center – ZCC to also control robots and automatically pick & sort finished parts. Zünd will be demonstrating this process with the Robot PortaTable 130 from Zünd partner Robotfactory. This solution consists of a mobile off-load table equipped with a robotic arm, which can be flexibly set up and moved from one Zünd cutter to another. The Visualizing Option, with optical part marking and the use of printed QR codes, offers more ways to facilitate the production process and make it more efficient. The use of metadata enables end-to-end job tracking and guarantees smooth and efficient logistics throughout.