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Spanish digital print specialist Master Rótulo has invested in a Kongsberg C64 cutting table from Esko to ensure it delivers unequaled finishing quality, boosting its overall production capacity and speeding time to market.

Established in 1997, the Madrid full-service digital print provider had already installed an Esko Kongsberg XL 44. With this latest acquisition of a Kongsberg C64, the company has confirmed its confidence in the ability of Esko’s solutions to help it satisfy customer demand and differentiate itself from the competition.

Master Rótulo has 23 employees at its 1,200 square meter site. The digital print operation, specializing in label manufacturing, has recently expanded its sign and display and POS presence as well. Today, the company works with a broad range of clients including advertising agencies, stand builders and architects, managing the entire production process from order to completion.

Vicente Adán, manager, says, “We needed a digital cutter to produce random shapes to support different market demands. We have three digital Rho printing machines from Durst and needed a solution that could flexibly and efficiently address our finishing needs.”
As part of its due diligence, Master Rótulo investigated other systems before making this investment. Adán comments, “We looked at finishing solutions from other vendors that we have used in the past, but there were a number of reasons we chose the Kongsberg.
“We liked the productivity of the 100-meter-per-minute system and its ability to cut a wide range of materials from textiles, vinyl, rigid materials and flexible materials to cardboard and corrugated cardboard. Its cutting width of 3.2 meters means we can adapt cutting capacity to complete production from our three Durst printers.

“The Kongsberg platform is also easy to use, and the Corruspeed tool allows us to cut cardboard at 100% speed. The tool heads’ downward pressure of 500 Newtons is unique in the market and truly makes a difference in quality finishing of heavier materials, while the 3kw milling router assures high quality milling results for the heaviest materials like wood, aluminum and plexiglass.”

He continues, “The ability to print and cut higher volumes will allow us to expand our production capabilities and guarantee our delivery commitments. We have a feeder and a roll feeder with the Kongsberg C64 to help us deliver jobs more quickly. We can also balance the work load and material options between the XP44 and C64 to maximize productivity.”
The company also values its relationship with Esko and expressed its trust in Esko solutions. Master Rótulo invested in its first Kongsberg XL44 in 2007, and the Kongsberg C64 is its third finishing table. Adán states,: “The fact Esko is so committed to quality service and innovative development was important to us. And we have been impressed with Esko’s technical service support. Their technicians are highly skilled and very responsive to our needs.”

He adds, “Our next planned project is to review how to improve and optimize cutting processes and create a global vision for planning and production. We would like to minimize material waste and errors and look at ways to improve lead times. We are confident we will be able to achieve these goals.”

The Kongsberg C64 is a state-of-the-art, 3210mm x 3200mm digital cutting table that offers the highest possible performance. Precision and productivity are guaranteed thanks to the carbon-composite traverse beam, which is unique to Esko. The Kongsberg C64 also incorporates a 3kW continuous duty high-performance milling unit.

Adán concludes, “We are hoping the return of investment will be as fast as we were able to achieve with our previous Kongsberg investments.”