Duplo has launched a B2+ version of the PFi Blade digital cutting table, offering a maximum format of 800 x 400mm and the inclusion of an oscillating knife that allows thicker and heavier substrates to be cut, as well as software for automation.

The new model supports a range of functions, from simple cut to kiss-cuts, creasing and perforation on a range of substrates that includes paper, laminates, boards, self-adhesive and synthetic materials. A wide range of applications for intricate short-run finishing is envisaged by Duplo, from irregularly-shaped greetings cards to paper bags and luxury packaging.

The oversize B2 format allows some of the long sheet sizes supported by cut-sheet toner presses to be handled in addition to B2 work from any source, while the oscillating knife allows materials such as 6mm Foamex or thinner acrylic and plastic boards to be cut.

Automated processing of jobs is made possible by support for barcodes, which enables access to a materials database for cutting information and cutting templates. A range of industry standard file format is supported, allowing cutting instructions to be embedded within document artwork files as a separate layer, or for cutting templates to be imported from online sources, allowing the print to be designed around the template. A roll-feeder for labels and other options for producing luxury rigid presentation boxes are also in development.

The PFi Blade B2+ is available immediately and first UK installations have begun.  Duplo is running virtual launch online events on 15 and 29 April.