MultiCam Celebrates 30 Years of Innovative Cutting EquIpment
To celebrate its 30th year in business, MultiCam invited PRINTING United attendees to a post-show birthday party on Oct. 23 in its manufacturing facility near DFW airport. While enjoying food, fun, and music, guests saw live demonstrations of MultiCam’s programmable cutting equipment, including routers, digital finishing knife systems, and plasma, waterjet, and laser cutting systems.
Since the company opened for business in 1989, MultiCam has built and installed more than 13,500 programmable cutting machines. In addition to finishing digital graphics, MultiCam equipment is used to fabricate custom exterior signs, trade-show displays, architectural products, and prototypes for automotive and aerospace parts.
The versatile Celero flatbed cutting-and-routing systems can handle both rigid and flexible substrates and are available in models for both small and large businesses. A variety of software is available, including a program for designing packaging and displays.
On the show floor, MultiCam is demonstrating its new Celero 5153 high-speed finishing system. It can cut at speeds up to 6,000 inches per minute, or about 35% faster than its Celero 5153c model. MultiCam’s top-of-the-line series of digital finishing equipment, the Celero 7 Series, has cutting speeds of up to 7,800 inches per minute.
Proud of the speeds of its units, MultiCam CEO Dave Morse said one Celero 7 machine can keep pace with the output from two digital flatbed printers. “We don’t ever want to be the bottleneck,” in a wide-format graphics company, he said.
The high speeds are made possible not only by the company’s long history of engineering computer cutting devices, but also because the company that owns MultiCam owns a motion control company. That expertise in motion control ensures smooth and accurate cutting and routing.
Software upgrades on the MultiCam devices ensure the cutting equipment can continue to be used, even as the shop adds new types of printing devices. According to Morse, some customers still use cutting systems installed in the 1990s.