This is an excerpt from a Technology Focus on wide format and signage which featured in the August 2021 issue of ProPrint magazine. To read the full story, please click here.
Starleaton is a family-owned supplier of printing hardware and consumables and is also the Australian distributor of what is often referred to as the ‘Rolls Royce’ of digital cutters – the Swiss-built Zünd range.
It includes semi and fully automated options which are designed to increase automation and efficiencies. New robotic features and automation additions which use metadata from ERP and MIS systems to smooth out print and cut workflows were unveiled at virtual.drupa.
The metadata automation is based on Caldera’s Prime Center prepress automation software, which was developed last year in cooperation with Zünd.
The Zünd range is also built tough to cut through any substrate, with the exception of glass and solid steel. It can also be fitted with different blades as required for specific work.
Modular tooling offers flexibility and means the set-up can be changed, expanded and upgraded at any time. This means customers can start with a smaller investment and add extra tooling or other features as demand grows.
Starleaton CEO Ben Eaton says automation is crucial for increasing productivity.
“The Zünd range brings next level automation so manpower can be redirected to other parts of the business. The value of this cannot be underestimated,” Eaton said.
Starleaton recently installed two Zünd D3 2XL-3200 systems at Billboard Media, one of Australia’s biggest large format specialists.
Starleaton also stocks print options including the Epson V7000 flatbed and was recently appointed the Australian reseller for the Canon Colorado 1630 and 1650 large format printers.
The Colorado series prints onto roll lengths of up to 1625mm utilising Canon’s UVgel technology. The print is scratch-resistant, odourless and requires no drying time.
The Colorado produces rich, colourful, razor-sharp images and delivers unprecedented levels of automation including media loading and daily maintenance. The Colorados can print gloss and matte from the same machine (using the same ink) allowing printers to produce a broader range of products for a wider range of customers.
The company also stocks the Neschen range of laminating systems which increase automation and efficiencies.
“The Neschen lamination systems are fast, and they guarantee reliability. This is very important for printers because if you have a failure at the lamination point, this means re-printing is required so it is very important to have reliable equipment in use at the end of the production process,” Eaton said.
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