Esko to unveil two new hardware solutions at FESPA 2019

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Esko to launch two new solutions for sinage and digital print at FESPA 2019.
Esko to launch two new solutions for sinage and digital print at FESPA 2019.

Esko, a provider of integrated hardware and software solution for digital printers, is set to display its latest innovations at FESPA 2019 taking place in Munich between 14-17 May 2019. Keeping in mind the requirements of high flexibility, efficiency, and accuracy in operations of sign and display producers, Esko will display two new hardware solutions launched earlier this year – the new Motorized Roll Feeder for soft signage applications and the Kongsberg C Edge, the upgradable digital cutting table – along with its latest version of integrated software range Esko Software Platform 18.1 at their booth, A5-G10.

Russell Weller, Esko product manager, stated, “These latest launches at FESPA demonstrate our commitment to innovation in hardware and software, enabling our customers to unlock long term production flexibility and profitability.” The Motorized Roll Feeder is said to be the only solution in the soft signage industry that delivers great cutting results on tensile materials from the very first cut through to the end of the roll. Eliminating inaccurate cuts on soft signage jobs due to wrinkles, stretch distortion or imperfectly rewound rolls, the new roll feeder incorporates an active material feed to avoid stretch by actively feeding the material to the Kongsberg C64 digital cutting table, rather than pulling it.

Kongsberg C Edge

The new upgradable Kongsberg C Edge delivers high-speed production capability of up to 75 meters per minute at an acceleration of 1G, designed to keep up with the demands of today’s wide-format digital print market. The table is complemented with a range of customizable fittings, including a conveyor feed system, a new Fast Tool Adapter to reduce downtime and maximize performance, a heavy-duty unit for high-quality corrugated crease lines, and the CorruSpeed tool which is a non-oscillating device for high quality cutting even at high production speeds. Weller adds, “At Esko, we believe in connecting from design to finish to boost our customers’ productivity and efficiency. At FESPA, we will demonstrate our latest hardware innovations backed by our comprehensive portfolio of software solutions including ArtiosCAD 3D constructional design software, iCut Suite for sign print finishing and true shape nesting, Device Manager for job management optimization and Automation Engine, our prepress workflow automation software. Visitors to our FESPA booth will experience first hand how Esko is investing in innovation for their success.”

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