Kongsberg XP Auto: 24/7 production
The Kongsberg XP Auto is a fully automated dieless finishing machine for packaging and point-of-purchase displays.
Based on the successful Kongsberg XP series, the most productive digital finishing devices in the world, Esko has now expanded its range of automated finishing units with the XP Auto. The XP Auto comes loaded with functionality that boosts productivity and
The XP Auto:
- Eliminates cost and turnaround time for dies
- Permits jobs to be run overnight, unsupervised
- Enables fully digital workflow for POP displays and packaging
- Turns short-runs into a profitable business
- Offers on-demand production with just-in-time-delivery
- Enables increased design complexity compared to conventional die cutting
- Automatic tool identification
by special circuitry integrated in each tool.
- Automatic knife tip sensor
With a programmable interval the knife tool drops down on a measuring pad to check that the knife blade is intact. The check only takes a couple of seconds. The sensor saves time and prevents mistakes whenever a knife blade or milling bit is changed.
- Sheet separation
To ensure dependable operation the Kongsberg XP Auto’s suction grippers can be programmed to shake and bend the sheet that is picked up from the stack to make sure the material is appropriately separated.
- Job queue function
The job queue function makes it possible to work continuously on consecutive jobs in a queue.
- Safety first
Naturally, the Kongsberg XP Auto comes with state of the art safety mechanisms. First of all, the operator and bystanders need to be safe at all times. All movable parts of the machine that can present a safety hazard are safeguarded by light beams or other sensors that will, if triggered, stop motion and leave the machine inert.
- Remote Alert System (optional)
The Kongsberg XP Auto can send text messages with status information to the operator’s mobile phone during unsupervised operation. “Job is completed” or “Stack is empty”, the machine will tell you when it’s finished, or why it has stopped.
- Optical registration (optional)
Optical print-to-cut registration ensures perfect alignment and saves setup time. It also reduces the amount of extra printed sheets required for perfect print-to-cut registration. Register marks on both sides of the material can be read by combining two different cameras. A camera in the tool head registers marks when the printed side is up. Another camera system below the table top registers the marks when the printed side is facing down.
Fully automatic production
Thanks to the automatic loading and unloading, the XP Auto runs completely automatic. Unattended operations are aided by the XP Auto’s automatic tool calibration and a camera system for accurate print-to-cut registration. This saves time and brings down production costs. Let it run through lunch brakes and through the night without the extra cost of an operator.
No need for a die
The Kongsberg XP Auto cuts packaging and POP displays directly from the CAD designs. This way you can start production right away and you can eliminate the expense of manufacturing a cutting die. The Kongsberg XP Auto turns shortrun and special request converting into a profitable undertaking.
Wide range of materials and applications
The XP Auto can handle a wide range of materials. It has been optimized for run sizes of several hundreds of sheets of corrugated or other heavy duty paper sandwich materials and will also be efficient with foam, foamboard and plastic corrugated. When equipped with a milling tool it can also handle rigid material such as MDF, Dibond, acrylic panels and foamed PVC.
Large format digital printers get faster. These devices demand a higher capacity automatic finishing solution for printed packaging and display materials. The Kongsberg XP Auto is the perfect finishing answer.
The Kongsberg XP Auto also gives the possibility to accept small-run orders which may secure high volume business from companies that prefer one-stop shopping.
The Kongsberg XP Auto does not need a cutting die. This means that die cost savings alone guarantee a fast return on investment. What’s more: you don’t need to wait for the dies, you can start production right away. And, less operator intervention means reduced labor cost.