3 Workflow Bottlenecks You Can Solve with a Summa Laser Cutter

L1810 laser cutter with finished fabric

Within the industrial printing, cutting, and finishing industry, a well-thought-out production workflow is key. It increases capacity, reduces costs, and establishes a rapid throughput. In the last couple of years, the pressure to deliver more results in less time while still maintaining the same high quality has significantly grown. To achieve those high-quality results, it’s crucial to identify bottlenecks in your workflow.

Don’t know where to start? Summa’s here to help! Here are three possible workflow jams to watch out for and tips on how to turn them around:

Obstacle 1: Low production throughput

Printers are generally faster than cutting machines. Knife-cutting technology, but also many laser brands, can barely keep up with the speed of traditional printers. This leads to cutting jobs queuing up.

Summa laser cutters can meet printer speed thanks to a unique advantage: our Vision Camera. The camera detects shapes automatically and cuts them on-the-fly. In other words, while the laser cutter is cutting, it’s simultaneously scanning and transporting the fabric.

Make our Summa laser cutter an essential part of your production workflow! Avoid a loss of time and increase your production capacity to one that, at minimum, equals your printing capacity.

Solution: Increase your yield using our cutting-edge Vision System

Software and output of the laser cutter

Obstacle 2: Insufficient cutting quality

Whether you’re processing a very intricate design or keeping things plain and simple, it’s the quality of the result that matters. Mistakes, like fraying or distortions in the fabric, are not acceptable.

More traditional methods, like knife cutting, contain more risk of deforming your materials due to the friction produced when the knife comes into contact with the material. This will not be a problem with a laser cutter as a laser beam has no mass, so it won’t push, pull, or displace materials.

Cutting textiles has never been more qualitative and easier than with a Summa laser cutter. Cutting the edges of the synthetic fabrics results in perfectly clean and thinly sealed edges.

Maintaining the same high quality over a longer distance and in longer production runs is possible thanks to the highly stable laser beam a Summa laser cutter produces. Thanks to the stability of the laser, the beam stays focused from start to finish.

Solution: Level up your quality standards with our highly stable laser beam

L1810 laser cutter front view

Obstacle 3: inefficient and time-consuming cutting processes

When comparing the production efficiency of traditional cutting methods with that of the Summa laser, these points stand out:

  • Efficiency in the use of space and speed:
    Manual cutting methods take up lots of time and effort, which is not beneficial for production efficiency and is directly reflected in higher costs. In addition, using long cutting tables takes up a lot of space.

    The compact and fast Summa laser cutters are a true game-changer here. They’re not only fast but can also produce high volumes of the same cut, which saves on costs.
  • Efficiency in the cutting process:
    Manual cutting and other traditional cutting technologies have more steps in the process. Initially, large spreads are segmented into smaller sections. Following this, rough cutting of the components can be carried out, leaving a fabric margin around the contours of the components. Finally, the precision cutting is performed.

    Laser cutting makes the cutting process shorter and easier, from loading the materials to automatic cutting and efficient picking of the finished materials. And no matter if you are cutting 10 or 1000 pieces, Summa laser cutters will do it faster, and every single piece will be identical and constant (no tool wear).

    This way, laser cutting technology will help you get more control over your production output. 
  • Overall cutting efficiency:

    In particular, the contactless process, the increased speed, and the high degree of accuracy are decisive arguments in favour of using Summa laser technology for textile processing.

    Both high-volume productions and shorter production series benefit from our laser technology. Even one-off pieces can be produced efficiently! The investment in a laser system quickly pays itself off.

Solution: Optimise the cutting process with Summa’s compact and fast laser cutters


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Do you want to know more about how the Summa laser cutters can help your business solve workflow problems? Visit our laser cutter page or contact us!