The Eclipse LF330 from Impression Technology Europe (ITE) was unveiled at the Brussels show this week. It uses a customised Summa cutting system to cut label shapes without the need for dies.

The Nottinghamshire firm had already made a 220mm wide version of the system, but the new LF330 can handle web widths from 100-330mm and the wider width takes the solution into the mainstream label printing arena.

It can be fitted with single or double cutting heads, with the twin-blade version running at up to 10.2m/min depending upon the complexity of the shape being cut.

“The enquiries we’ve had about it at the show have been a little bit phenomenal!” said ITE managing director Roy Burton. “It’s exciting stuff. There’s nothing else like it.”

Although the device has obvious appeal to digital label printers, ITE has also experienced a lot of interest from conventional label producers.

“The trend to small volume printing means it’s becoming a must to have shorter-run production machines,” Burton added.

The Eclipse LF330 can cut most label stocks as well as paper, vinyl and synthetic substrates.

It has a lamination unit, waste matrix removal, slitting system and double reversible rewinds that can wind finished labels either inside or outside.

The device costs £22,500 for a twin-head version.

ITE was running a pre-production unit of the Eclipse LF330 on its Labelexpo stand (12T75) and is set to go into immediate production after the show.

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