The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter is a high speed, heavy-duty, programmable cutter slitter featuring proven reliability and outstanding crosscutting and slitting accuracy.
Running business cards, for example, the Zip-A3E Pro runs 2.3 to 5.3 times faster than throughput speeds advertised by competitive models.
Unfortunately, advertised “speed” doesn’t necessarily mean much in the real world.
Low capacity feeders and tray/bin deliveries can dramatically decrease productivity while increasing operator workload.
With the Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter, customers get the highest throughput speed combined with a high capacity feeder and delivery conveyor as standard equipment.
The Zip-A3E Pro is a unique production machine that is ideally suited to finish a wide range of multiple up digitally printed products quickly, accurately and reliably.
The Zip-A3E Pro is the only cutter slitter that offers the combination of features and capabilities required to maximize the profit potential of your business.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter can be programmed to quickly and accurately crosscut products from sheets using a “scissor” or variable width “gutter” crosscut.
The Zip-A3E is the fastest cutter slitter in the world.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter uses gutter cut style slitting blades. Gutter cut slitting blades are ideal for finishing products that have been printed with bleeds and create a gap between finished products to improve product delivery and collection. Various width gutter cut blades are available.
Gutter cut slitting blades are mounted in spring loaded hubs to maintain optimal contact pressure between the cutting edges of the blades.
THERM-O-TYPE gutter cut slitting blades are exceptionally durable and come with a unique “chip proof” blade guarantee.
The Zip-A3E Pro can slit products as narrow as 1” wide with standard tooling.
Semi-slitting, scoring and perforating rotary tooling is available for the Zip-A3E Pro.
All Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter rotary tooling is made to high precision standards and tailored to provide consistent results. Anvil perforating and penetration perforating tooling is available to meet customer requirements.
Creating, storing and recalling programs, as well as, machine operation is controlled through a Windows touch screen computer with a 10.2” full color display.
Up to 500 individual programs can be stored and retrieved.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter features the most advanced control system available.
The Zip-A3E Pro uses an offset press style suction feeder with a 13.5” capacity paper lift tray. Additional features include; “Big Foot” suckers, double sheet detect/interrupt, pile height control, blower to float sheets in the feeder, adjustable suction, “express down” feature to lower the feed tray and easily adjusted paper guides.
While competitive models use a fan/belt style feeder with a 4” to 6” paper capacity, the Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter provides a high quality feeder capable of feeding a wide range of uncoated/coated and laminated sheets with maximum efficiency and durability.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter uses a full length alignment table with micro side-to-side and skew adjustment. Using the full length alignment table, the Zip-A3E Pro can consistently and accurately register each sheet before it enters the cutting/slitting section of the machine.
It is virtually impossible for any competitive model, which lacks a full length registration table, to consistently match the side registration accuracy of the Zip-A3E Pro.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter can register from the lead edge of the sheet or from a lead edge registration mark.
Registering from a lead edge registration mark, the Zip-A3E Pro can automatically compensate for up/down imprint variations without affecting throughput speed.
The Zip-A3E Pro can compensate for accumulative positioning errors along the length of the sheet. This important feature insures that the image on the first and last product on each sheet are uniformly positioned vertically.
Precision machined upper and lower metering rollers accurately advance sheets through the guillotine cutting section of the Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter. Heavy-duty guillotine cutting blades are exceptionally durable and the blades are spring loaded to maintain optimal contact pressure.
A pneumatic system ejects narrow lead, tail and crosscut gutter strips from the guillotine cutter.
Some competitive machines use guillotine cutting blades that cannot be re-sharpened. These machines require expensive replacement parts whenever the guillotine cutter blades become damaged or dull.
THERM-O-TYPE provides a low cost re-sharpened guillotine cutter blade exchange program, significantly reducing machine life cycle costs.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter features a programmable waste eject gate.
Competitive models require that oversize waste pieces are crosscut into narrow strips so they can fall into the waste collection tray. Requiring additional crosscut cycles, to remove this waste, decreases productivity and increases wear on the guillotine cutting mechanism and blades.
Using the Zip-A3E Pro waste eject gate, oversize waste pieces can be ejected into the waste collection tray intact. This feature reduces un-necessary crosscut cycles, increasing throughput speed and decreasing wear.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter can be run with fixed blade position or Auto Adjust rotary tooling cassettes. While some customers use their Zip-A3E Pro machines to finish a limited range of product sizes and formats, other customers require more product size flexibility.
THERM-O-TYPE can provide fixed blade position and/or Auto Adjust rotary tooling cassettes tailored to meet individual customer requirements.
All cassettes can be removed/installed in less than a minute, without tools.
The feeder, paper alignment, crosscutting and inline slitting features on the Zip-A3E Pro have been designed to easily handle paper thicknesses up to and including 18 pt.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter can crosscut and slit products as small as 1” x 1.7” using standard tooling. This is significantly smaller than competitive models.
The ability to run smaller product sizes can be an important factor, especially for customers producing tickets, tags, mini-business cards and similar products.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter features a delivery conveyor as standard equipment. The delivery conveyor ensures non-stop collection of finished products and allows the operator to separate individual orders while the machine is running.
The Zip-A3E Pro cutter slitter can also be equipped with an extended length delivery conveyor.
Many competitive models use bins or even a flat tray to collect finished products. Bins/trays are inherently inefficient for three main reasons; they require the operator to stop the machine to collect finished products, they make it impossible for operators to easily separate individual orders while the machine is running, smaller products often do not stack neatly causing delivery jams.
|Business Cards (square corners)||X||X||X||X|
|- Fold over (square corners)||X||X||X||X|
|- Round corner||X|
|- Sq./Rnd corner cards over 16 pt. (up to 30 pt)||X|
|- Fold over w/round corner||X|
|- Fold over w/emboss||X|
|- Fold over w/die cut||X|
|Round corner playing cards||X|
|Tickets (2" x 2" or larger)||X||X||X||X|
|Tickets (smaller than 2" x 2")||X||X||X|
|Post cards (square corners)||X||X||X||X|
|Post cards (round corners)||X|
|Greeting cards, 2-panel (5" x 7"/127mm x 178mm)||X||X||X||X|
|- w/decorative die cutting||X|
|- w/round corners (before folding)||X|
|- w/round corners (after folding)||X|
|Greeting cards, 3-panel "Z" fold (5" x 7") with up/down crease||X||X|
|- w/die cutting||X|
|- w/round corners||X|
|Accordion fold products (=/< 18" long) with up/down crease||X||X|
|- w/holes punched for snap closure||X|
|Direct mail pieces (w/"T" perfs)||X||X||X|
|Direct mail pieces (w/"L" perfs)||X||X|
|Direct mail pieces with "perimeter perforations"||X|
|- w/perf stub||X|
|- w/perf stub||X|
|Display tents, horizontal (w/lock tabs)||X|
|Display tents, vertical (w/lock tabs)||X|
|Feeder pile capacity||13.5"/343mm||13.5"/343mm||13.5"/343mm||6"/150mm|
|Delivery||Delivery conveyor||Delivery conveyor||Delivery conveyor||Tray bins|
|Minimum finished piece length||1.7"/443.18mm||1.7"/443.18mm||1.7"/443.18mm||1.96"/50mm|
|Minimum finished piece width||1.0"/25.4mm||1.0"/25.4mm||1.0"/25.4mm||1.88"/48mm|
|Maximum crosscuts in one pass||26||20|
|Maximum paper thickness||Up to 18 pt.||Up to 27 pt.||15/16 pt./350 gsm|
|Warranty - Mechanical/Electrical parts (Limited)||1 Year / 1 Year||1 Year / 1 Year||1 Year / 1 Year||1 Year / 90 days|
- 4-up Post Cards
- 8-up Post Cards
- 10-up Post Cards
- 24-up Business Cards
- 25-up Business Cards
- Mini Business Cards