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Gerber Technology Launches GERBERcutter Z1 Automated Cutting System for Composites

13 September 2011

Gerber Technology has introduced the GERBERcutter Z1, their computer-controlled, single-ply cutting system designed to cut a wide range of challenging composite materials.

Gerber explain that their GERBERcutter Z1 is controlled using Axis software, a Windowsbased system that is easy to use and delivers significant productivity enhancements. These include comprehensive reports that help users analyze total cut time, idle time, jobs completed, material utilisation amongst others; a job queuing function that enables simultaneous loading of all jobs to be cut during an entire shift or day’s work; and job recovery functionality that initiates cutting at the precise point the job was interrupted.

Gerber President Marc Giles said, “The new Axis software platform enables Gerber to solidify its position as a total solutions provider, in fact, redefining the value of the GERBERcutter system. No longer is it merely a device to cut material but, instead, is an integral part of the user’s entire workflow. It accommodates an extensive portfolio of tools that automate non-value-added tasks and improve efficiencies up and down our customers’ manufacturing value streams.” 

According to Gerber, the GERBERcutter Z1 is built upon a new distributed control system, the foundation upon which many options like inkjet-printed part identification can be added. They say that by distributing the intelligence away from the main controller, the system is more modular and flexible, installation is simplified, processing power is significantly improved and system uptime is maximised.

With GERBERconnect software resident on a customer’s cutting system, Gerber say their service personnel are able to diagnose systems remotely when necessary, and, for matters that require a Gerber technician to be on site, issues can be resolved swiftly because the technician has the information needed to thoroughly troubleshoot the issue beforehand. Because customers experience higher system uptime, satisfaction improves.

Hal Osthus, President of Gerber’s Composites and Automations Solutions business, said, “Gerber is proud to serve the world’s largest public aerospace companies and to have contributed to the manufacture of parts for the Boeing 787, Bombardier C-series, Learjet 85 and Airbus A350 programs. Based on customer acceptance testing, I am confident that the GERBERcutter Z1 system will be a welcome addition to our proven suite of automation solutions for composites nesting, cutting, kitting, layup and measurement.”






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