Grafisk Maskinfabrik (GM) has launched LC350, a compact finishing unit featuring laser cutting technology to replace traditional die-cutting with its associated costs and tooling storage.
The LC350 joins GM’s expanding portfolio of 350mm web width converting lines and is a compact and fully digital laser finishing machine offering varnishing and spot varnishing with the SmartFlexo semi-rotary module, as well as lamination, cold foil, web slitting and dual rewind. Other options include corona treater, a SmartSlit slitting module with automatic knife positioning system and a barcode reader for fast job change or quick recall of existing jobs.
The LC350 is built on the foundation of its predecessor, the LC330, with the new wider width and more powerful laser heads, available in 250 and 350W versions. It also features a new electronic platform and a larger touchscreen.
‘By combining the latest laser cutting technology with a wider web width, the L350 increases productivity and meets the demand for faster delivery, especially of short run print jobs,’ said GM’s CEO Uffe Nielsen. ‘Laser cutting has come a long way since it was first introduced in label converting, and it now offers an excellent and sophisticated alternative to conventional die-cutting, particularly for digital labels.’
The new finishing unit can be supplied with full connectivity through GM’s VPN Gateway for remote diagnostics, service and support using a secure internet connection established through the firewall of the existing wired network infrastructure.
The LC350 works either off-line or in-line with all major digital presses. The laser module on its own can be also used in hybrid configuration and be added, for example to the GM DC350 fully integrated converting line.