Milwaukee, WI - MCT’s VersaTech™ Digital Finishing Solutions, brought to the American market together with partner Blackman & White, took another step forward at SGIA 2014. The team debuted successfully its new fully automated Versa-Tech Laser™ solution that allows virtually any material to be finished in grand format print operations from fabric only to the fully variable materials capable of being printed with today’s wide ranging grand format printers. As expected, no other fully capable system to handle virtually any printed material was shown, making the MCT booth the finishing “Hot Spot,” at the show.
As planned, the system combines, besides laser cutting of fabrics and plastics, all of the elements of routing or tangential knife cutting and creasing of traditional materials. For traditional work it supports a fully automated conveying capability using non-woven conveyor materials. When used with the 140 watt liquid cooled laser, a patent pending second conveyor with an aluminum skin automates the laser cutting of fabrics. Available in both 1.6 m (5 ft) and 3.2 m (10 ft) widths and 3.2 m to 6.4 m lengths, this is the only such system available worldwide. In addition, through the MCT staff’s long history in the “cut to print” marketplace, starting in 1999, with the invention of the i-cut® vision software at MGE, MCT can provide significantly more application support for its print and cut customers than others who have been solely in the laser fabric cutting business.
Nikolai Mikkelsen, President of MCT says that “the investment in finishing equipment pays for itself many times over. With a life expectancy of 10 or more years, MCT’s early adopter customers are finding paybacks of significantly less than one year with these systems. This is a real bargain in today’s technology world. Increased accuracy, reducing waste, and improved efficiency add significantly to the savings.”
While not exhibited at SGIA, MCT/BW also sells flatbed MultiTech™ Systems – receiving the 2012 SGIA Finishing Product of the Year Award. This system is “uniquely is able to handle laser and knife cutting for larger cut requirements. Its uniqueness is also in its ability to be custom configured in a range of sizes up to 6 m (19.5 ft) wide and 100 m (325 ft) long.