Second-generation automated digital die-cutter

ColorCut FB8000
The ColorCut FB8000Pro features a refined auto-sheet feeder

Intec Printing Solutions has launched a new version of its ColorCut FB8000Pro automated digital die-cutter.

Building on and superseding the machine that the company first launched at Fespa in Munich last year, the updated device features a dual tool head that delivers 1kg of pressure, and enables printed sheets to be cut and creased using lines drawn from vector graphic design applications.

New features include intelligent cutting algorithms that enable up to 40% faster cutting than the previous model, a refined auto-sheet feeder that stacks up to 2,000 or 25kg of printed sheets, and improved quad pneumatic pick-up fingers that allow for wider media handling.

Additionally, the new air pulse knock down, which works in harmony with the feed table, is said to provide “unparalleled” anti-double feed control by firing pulsed air to control stray media.

The QR code reading Job Library has also been enhanced to enable the FB8000 to achieve instant job identification and retrieval of associated cutting file from the ColorCut server’s job library for unattended job cutting.

The ability to scan every single sheet has also been added, allowing the system to detect if sheets in the feeder contain a variety of jobs and, according to the manufacturer, enabling “true unattended operation” by accepting a mixed stack of different jobs in the same session.

Intec product development director Mark Baker-Homes told Printweek: “We learnt a lot of lessons with the first generation FB8000Pro and got a lot of feedback from customers about what they liked and what they wanted.

“So this second generation has some significant changes; we basically rebuilt it from the ground up and what we’ve got is something that is much quicker, handles a much wider range of media and looks much more modern.”

He added: “The target customer is typically somebody in digital print and generating sheet sizes of 335/340mm by 500mm or smaller, however the machine has a manual mode which means that customers can also cut larger sheets.”

Supplied with ColorCut Pro3 software, the second generation machine is commercially available with immediate effect for £12,999. It will be shown by Intec at Fespa in Madrid in March.