Blackman & White has handed a world premiere to its new Genesis-Z multi-function cutting system at Fespa.
Like the UK manufacturer’s existing Genesis-V range, the new device features interchangeable laser, router and knife tooling. It can be configured with a conveyorised or flatbed cutting table.
Director Eiko Ichikawa-White said the firm had brought the specialist know-how developed during the production of bespoke products into a standard machine range.
“It’s been in development for a year, we’ve got a lot of smart people working on software and hardware,” she said.
New features include the ‘Virtual Fence’ dual zone safety system, which will automatically slow down and then pause the cutter if “anyone or anything” gets too close. The job will then re-start where it left off without the need for operator intervention.
Also new is ViZeo registration mark scanning, which makes pre-production “significantly faster”.
1.6m, 2m and 3.2m cut widths are available, with a 1.6m or 3.2m length. Linear speed is 2m/sec.
The burgeoning textiles sector is key target market for the Genesis-Z.
“We think the textiles is particularly relevant for these machines, because of the sealed edges we produce and the versatility of the roller system,” Ichikawa-White added.
The firm is also looking to expand its distributor network.
Pricing for the Genesis-Z starts at £100,000 and Blackman & White is taking orders at the show. Blackman & White is on stand B5-F12 at Fespa.