Esko launches largest digital cutting table for non-stop production

Esko Kongsberg C66 Digital Cutting Table.
Esko Kongsberg C66 Digital Finishing Table is aimed at short-run corrugated applications.

Esko, a leading global supplier of integrated solutions for the packaging, labels, sign and display industries, has launched the Kongsberg C66 – a digital finishing table designed for short-run production of corrugated applications. Built on decades of Kongsberg table innovations integrated with Esko software solutions, the Kongsberg C66 “is the largest digital cutting table for heavy-duty corrugated production.” It was developed based on market demand as part of Kongsberg’s robotics program. Its combination of size, speed and precision on heavy-duty rigid materials, such as corrugated cartons, make it “a flexible and effective alternative to conventional die-cutting equipment” for short-run corrugated production of packaging and POP displays. The Kongsberg C66 can run at 100 m/min. an handle either manual multi-zone production of large 2.2m x 3.2m (87in x 126in) sheets, or single-zone production of large 2.5m x 4.8m (98in x 189in) corrugated sheets. This makes it ideally suited for the production of protective packaging with a maximum sheet size of 2.5m x 4.8m, corrugated containers made from HD double-wall or triple-wall corrugated, and packaging and POP displays. The Kongsberg C66 is also capable of processing other materials required in the protective packaging environment, including foam-cushioning materials.

Its 3210mm x 4800mm (W x L) work area supports both large-format and multi-zone production. Its Carbon Composite Traverse is extremely rigid, enabling high-speed, fast-acceleration, high-quality creasing with minimal deflection. It also delivers up to 40% higher performance than other 3-metre-wide XY finishers, said Esko. The Kongsberg C66 can run at full production speed on much larger materials without losing accuracy. The larger Kongsberg tables can be set up for MultiZone production, which maximizes production efficiency by ensuring non-stop material processing. While one zone of the table is in action, an operator can set up the other zone by clearing the finished piece and loading a new sheet. While the operator works and prepares one zone, the machine works at the other zone, with automatic zone-change based on a simple operator ‘handshake.’

Tom Naess.
Tom Naess.

The i-cut Production Console (iPC) drives the table’s functionality, and includes capabilities such as camera control, machine set-up, tool recognition, calibration and tool adjustments. Designed to guide and support the operator, it incorporates a number of logical, user-friendly features including an icon-based graphical interface with colour-coded alerts and updates. Combined with Device Manager, it offers the ability to follow production progress from a distance. Operators can prepare one job while producing another, increasing efficiency even more. The i-cut Production Console also allows estimation of cutting time based on job characteristics, for more efficient scheduling. There’s a wide variety of optional tool units available as well. These can be quickly mounted and prepared to cut and finish a specific job, assuring exceptional quality and prompt delivery. “The Kongsberg C66 was designed to meet market demand for larger format solutions for finishing rigid materials,” explained Tom Naess, Esko Senior Product Manager. “It boosts productivity and, when combined with robotics, ensures non-stop production. This allows for fast, efficient completion of heavy-duty packaging and shorter runs without compromising on quality. By moving shorter runs to the Kongsberg C66, operations can eliminate the time and costs associated with conventional die-cutting solutions that become unwieldy when dealing with short runs and compressed cycle times.” The Kongsberg C66 is available through Esko and its resellers.



Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.