Cut Your Run TimeSeptember 2002
by Chris Bauer
Speed isn't everything—not when you're talking about paper cutters. With this equipment, safety comes first, leaving features like speed and productivity to take a back seat.
"Safety was really important when we were looking at cutters," remarks Carl Zalaznick, supervisor of Printing Services for Holy Cross Hospital in Florida. "Before the [Swaneck] ProCut 235, we had a really old Challenge. Except for cutting my finger once, we were really lucky that we didn't have any accidents."
He says his shop's new cutter makes up for the lack of safety features on his earlier model.
"Now, the one we've got has two safety light beams, and you've still got to press the two buttons," he says. So far it's working great; he hasn't sliced his finger yet.
Safety, according to leading paper cutting manufacturers, is the number one priority.
"Safety standards for paper cutters have evolved over the years, forcing manufacturers to incorporate many different elements such as photo eyes, redundant circuitry and special guarding," remarks Jeff Marr, vice president of sales for Colter & Peterson.
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The BaumCut 26.4 programmable paper cutter from Baum is hydraulic and stores 99 programs with 6,464 cut steps. Features include infrared safety beams, two-hand timed cut release, a covered rear table, a built-in table light and an optical cut line indicator.
Challenge Machinery's Champion programmable paper cutters come with up to 37˝ cutting widths. 305 XT and 370 XT models feature a 10.4˝ color touchscreen, using a Windows-based system and has a 47,000-cut position memory capacity. XG models include dual LCD displays and a 9,801-cut memory.
Colter & Peterson offers Prism paper cutters from 30˝ to 61˝, and Saber paper cutters from 37˝ to 62˝. The Maxima Plus line of cutters comes in 78˝, 102˝, 126˝ and 149˝ sizes, and Schneider Engineering cutters come in 72˝ and 87˝ sizes.
Dexter Lawson offers 47˝, 52˝, 60˝, 60T80˝, 70T80˝ and 70T100˝ models, which feature microcomputer control. Backgauge speed is 8˝/sec. Clamp opening is 7˝.
Duplo's 660 cutter stores up to 72 cut locations with nine job selections. It features an illuminated optical cutting line, a foot-powered clamp for difficult stock, false clamp plates to protect sensitive stock and an anti-friction surface. An eye-level readout shows paper position in inches or millimeters.