Intec Printing Solutions has launched the ColorCut SC5000, a new sheet cutter which the company says will fill a ‘massive gap in the finishing marketplace.’

The SC5000 offers high-volume automatic feeding and boasts a dual tool head for both cutting and creasing, something that Intec claims is unique in the marketplace. Blending flatbed and sheet-fed technologies, the SC5000 is being marketed as ‘perfect for fast, automated production of both die-cutting and creasing light-weight card for packaging and POS, paper and polyester projects, as well as kiss-cut sheet label production’.

The new machine, which has been developed by Intec ‘from the ground up,’ boasts a new suction-operated belt-feeding mechanism that feeds from its 1000 sheet media stacker. Its digital cutting head can apply a force of up to 750g of pressure and cut and crease simultaneously at speeds of up to 960mm/sec.

Mark Baker-Homes, Intec director of product development, commented on the new product: ‘The SC5000 is quite simply, a stunningly cost-effective automated sheet fed digital cutter, for cut-through of any shape on lightweight card, paper and even the kiss-cutting of sheet labels,’ he said.

Other key features of the cutting system include that it is fully automated, with high capacity and ‘ultra-reliable’ feeding. It has been developed for automatic cut file retrieval, whereby with the arrival of a printed sheet at the cutting strip, the live CCD video camera automatically reads the QR coded sheet and retrieves the associated cut file. The predetermined cutting tasks are communicated to the cutting head for execution, removing the need for a highly skilled machine operator.

Intec adds that the SC5000 is able to offer ‘unparalleled’ production capability for cutting mixed batches of jobs and that it has been designed to save space; the unit is free-standing and mobile with a retractable media catch tray that slides away when not in use. It uses Intec’s ColorCut Pro software that integrates with Adobe Illustrator or CorelDRAW via plug-in support.