Having undergone further development, the new cradle feeder 100 from the producer of flatbed cutters Zünd Systemtechnik AG, Altstätten/Switzerland, now comes with an integrated cut-off system, intelligent controls, and smart roll-off features.
The upgraded machine is capable of advancing stretch fabrics from rolls completely without tension and resulting distortions. The integrated unwind-control system continuously monitors the rate in which the material is fed onto the cutter and manages that process with even greater precision than the previous model.
At the heart of the technological advances that come with new feeder is the optional integrated cut-off feature. It slices through the material at the end of a marker even while the cutter is still busy cutting. This makes it possible to switch rolls and prepare for the next job without interrupting the production process. The cut-off function can be initiated manually by the user or set to occur automatically in the cutter software.
The control panel has a larger touchscreen as well as the ability to operate the cradle feeder from either side. In addition, it is now possible to pre-set, save, and manage parameters for different textiles. A dancer roller continuously registers fluctuations in web tension. If necessary, the cradle feeder automatically regulates the feed speed. In addition, the movement is synchronized with the cutter, which further minimizes material stretch and distortions.