Summa launches new large-format finishing flatbeds for the textile market

Summa, a leading Belgium-based manufacturer of high-end cutting plotters (with offices in Beverly, Massachusetts), has unveiled two new sizes of flatbed finishing systems. The new F3232 and F3220 are based on the proven technology of the OEM’s Summa F Series. “Through the expansion of our flatbed series, Summa strives to improve the synergy with the large-format digital printer market and to meet the needs of their customers,” said the company. The new flatbeds are expected to be ready for shipment early next year.

The new Summa printers cover a working width of 3.2 m (10’ 5”), making them ideal to process common wide-format print sizes.

Within the world of large-format digital printing, most common sizes of textile printers are equipped with a working width of 3.2 m (10’ 5”) to be able to print large rolls of textiles. Both new Summa flatbed cutters, the F3232 and F3220, also cover a working width of 3.2 m (10’ 5”), making them “the ideal companion to process common, popular print sizes with utmost ease and accuracy.” The manufacturer added that the matching working-area sizes of textile printers and Summa’s new finishing cutter sizes will “lead to a print-and-cut workflow, fitting seamlessly into each other and offering endless solutions to the flourishing textile printing market.”

Geert Pierloot.

Geert Pierloot, Summa’s Product Development Manager, added: “The new sizes of flatbed systems enrich Summa’s platform with advanced finishing solutions, especially within the textile industry. Together with the recent launch of a more powerful High Torque Rotary Module (HT RM), both the F3232 and F3220 are the ideal workhorses to serve the textile market in the processing of all sorts of mesh fabrics, flags and banners. Also, both flatbed sizes are perfectly suited to cut the increasingly popular board sizes of 3 m x 2 m (9’ 10” x 6’ 6”).”

The F3232, with its working area of 3.2 m x 3.2 m (10’ 5” x 10’ 5”), also includes Summa’s Tandem Mode. This feature will increase productivity of a user’s workflow by utilizing the front zones and rear zones alternately. The Tandem Mode is ideal when processing board sizes of 1.5 m x 3 m (4’ 11” x 9’ 10”). All existing tools and models within the F Series gamut are designed to fit each size of the flatbed range, including the F3232 and F3220 sizes. “This ensures the highest versatility to process all kinds of material, and offer numerous high-end solutions to the sign-making, textile and digital print industries,” the company added.




Tony Curcio is the editor of Graphic Arts Magazine.