FC8600 Series

FC8600 Series

FC8600 SERIES HIGH PERFORMANCE CUTTING PLOTTER

Product Information

Best performing Cutter in its class

FC8600 series premiere cutting plotter providing higher productivity and greater ease of use

The FC8600 series high performance cutting plotter is an industry leader for sign makers, graphic artists, automotive aftermarket professionals, countertop installers and other related users.The FC8600 series features a maximum cutting speed of 58.5 in/sec, 4.0G maximum acceleration, and 20 to 600g selectable cutting forces, allowing users to process diamond grade, high-intensity reflective film, sandblast resist rubber, automotive window & paint protection films, self-adhesive vinyl, Amberlith™ and Rubylith™, among other media types.

The FC8600 has Added Features

3 inch wide user-friendly LCD control Panel, a Dual configuration function (two-user set and save customized conditions), included Ethernet capability (run multiple machines from one location), and an option for additional push rollers with 3 tension settings and the new 5th Generation ARMS system (automatically detects registration marks with color variants).

Graphtec’s next generation ARMS system adjusts for several types of potential print distortions, allowing for accurate contour cutting of pre-printed images and decals.

 

New Features of the New ARMS

  • Optical Sensor for Auto Alignment
  • Sensitivity adjustment for registration mark detection on various media and colors.


 

PERF CUT ENABLED high performance cutters finish the job!

With its included perf cut enabled custom tool settings—you have the ability to perforate cut all the way through your pre printed vinyl media for pop-out full-color stickers and decals without damaging your blade or cutting plotter machine.


 

The New FC8600 Series is Available in Five Model Sizes

FC8600-60 24″, FC8600-75 30″, the FC8600-100 42″, the FC8600-130 54″, the FC8600-160.

Maximum compatible media widths for each model are 30.3″, 36″, 48″, 60″, and 72″ respectively.

New manufacturing technologies, along with the latest engineering advancements, have allowed Graphtec to make an unprecedented move forward in the industry. High performance features have been added to the new series yet its competitive pricing remains.

With the world’s fastest throughput performance and superb accuracy, the new FC8600 series ACCOMMODATES the most demanding cutting and plotting projects and provides users with the versatility needed for a wide variety of applications.

 

FC8600 Cutting Applications Include (but not limited to)

- Perf Cut Through Vinyl Media
- Cut Window Tint Film
- Cut Automotive Paint Protection Film
- Cut Etching and Sandblast Resist Stencils
- Cut roll fed media up to 59.1 mil thick!
- Cut High-Intensity Reflective (1)
- Cut Diamond Grade Media (1)

Fastest cutting speed in its class

1485 mm/s maximum cutting speed for the higher productivity.

Highest cutting force in its class

5.88 N (600 gf) maximum cutting force for a wide variety of applications. Expands the range of
possible cutting media such as thick film.

Reliable long-length tracking

Guaranteed 15m tracking and accuracy. (*1)
Includes basket and push rollers with 3 different pressure settings (*2) to provide a more stable media feed and to support a wider range of media.

*1: Operated with Graphtec specified media and conditions.
*2: The center push rollers have 3 pressure settings, the end push rollers have two pressure settings.

Five sizes to match all requirements

The series includes cutting widths of 61 cm (24 in.) to 162 cm (64 in.)

Five sizes to match all requirements

Expand the range of possible cutting applications

 

Window displayWindow display
(Indoor signage)
Window display with graphicsWindow display with graphics
(Print & Cut in large size)
SignboardSignboard
(Outdoor signage)
Labels/StickersLabels/Stickers
(Print & Cut in small size)
Custom clothingCustom clothing
(Heat transfer)
Apparel pattern paperApparel pattern paper

Vehicle decoration/restyling

Vehicle decoration/restyling

Vehicle aftermarket

Vehicle aftermarket
(Tint car windows, Protection film)

Traffic sign

Traffic sign
(High-intensity reflective film)

Engraving / Monument

Engraving / Monument
(Sandblast resist rubber)

   

Enhanced functions for higher productivity

Copy with ARMS

It supports the copying of the cutting data including the ARMS control command for making multiple copies of the downloaded data. This allows multiple copies to be created without a PC, significantly improving work efficiency. The media can be also separated by each row with the cross cutter when the cross cut function is enabled. It provides high-productivity and highprecision print & cut.

Copy with ARMS

 

Built-in network interface

Built-in network interfaceThe USB 2.0 (Full Speed), RS-232C and Ethernet (10BASE-T/100BASE-TX) are built in as standard. Multiple interfaces enable various connections such as a single PC to single plotter and multiple PCs to multiple plotters. The Ethernet connection also allows sharing of the cutter over a network.

 

 

 

 

Built-in network interface

Perforation Cutting

Perforation cutting is performed by controlling the cutting force instead of blade up/down movements, increasing throughput. This is perfect for cutting separation lines for tearing out labels, fold lines for POP signs, and others.

Perforation Cutting

Auto-paneling

Auto-panelingAuto-paneling is a new feature that automatically splits long-length jobs into smaller pages that are cut sequentially but without any gaps. The result is a seamless, long-length finished job. Media movement is limited to the smaller page being cut, improving accuracy and tracking.

 

 

 

 

  

Intuitive operation

Settings can be easily set up using the large 3-inch LCD and tactile control panel. It is icon driven and supports multiple languages.

Intuitive operation

Dual configuration

Dual configuration

Save two (2) user settings with eight (8) condition settings for each user. A fast access key allows quick switching between users. One cutter can be shared by multiple users or for multiple purposes.

 

 

 

 Dual configuration

 

2 tools configuration for cutting & plotting (Option)

It holds both a pen for plotting and a blade for perforated cutting. The tool is automatically switched for cutting and plotting as needed.

 

2 tools configuration for cutting & plotting (Option)

 

ARMS (Advanced Registration Mark Sensing system) to fifth generation enhanced ARMS, improved precision cutting and productivity in Print & Cut application

 

Auto mark detection  

Auto mark detection

The first registration mark is automatically detected within a wide search area; this eliminates the need to manually move the sensor near the registration mark position. Subsequent marks are automatically located which improves the operation of the registration mark searching.

 

 

 

 

 

  Expanded cutting area  

Expanded cutting area

The new ARMS 5.0 expands the cutting area to include the area outside the registration marks. This increases the production efficiency by reducing media waste.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

4-point axis alignment 

4-point axis alignment

This feature compensates for any direction on the X-axis and Y-axis using sophisticated algorithms. This leads to more accurate registration and improves the reliability and quality of Print & Cut.

 

 

 

 

Segment area compensation  

Segment area compensation

A 4-point axis alignment is performed for each segmented area.In Normal Mode, this is performed by reading the marks in the middle of the feeding direction for the entire graphic and then cutting the entire graphic, providing high-precision alignment for long length Print & Cut applications.In the new Sequential Mode, contour cutting is performed sequentially in each segmented area. Media movement is limited to the smaller area being cut, improving accuracy and tracking for heavier media or media that has been laminated.

*  Normal mode is available when Graphtec Studio, Cutting Master 2/3, or Plotter Controller software is used.

*  Sequential mode is available when Graphtec Studio (ver. 2.1.200 or later) or Cutting Master 3 (ver. 2.1.211 or later) is used.

*  This function is available in firmware version 2.10 or later.

 Multiple-mark compensation 

Multiple-mark compensationWhen the design is printed with the matrix copy function, the action of reading the marks and contour cutting is repeated for each copy. It significantly improve productivity for Print & Cut.

* This function is available when the Graphtec Studio, Cutting Master 3 or Cutting Master 2 software is used.

 

 

 

Auto sensitivity adjust

The sensitivity of the registration mark sensor is automatically set by measuring the reflective level of the mark and the background of the actual media. The mark can be detected when the colour of the mark has a reasonable contrast against the background. For example, a white mark can also be detected on a coloured background.

Auto sensitivity adjust

ISM (Intelligent Scan Mode) 

The ISM incorporates a new scanning algorithm that not only expands the cutting range of compatible media, but also reduces scan times and increases mark scanning success.  Registration marks are also detectable on colored media and textured media, such as glossy laminated materials that were difficult using the conventional method.

*  Media must be within the specification in range.  Marks may not be detected due to poor print quality or media surface.

*  This function is available in firmware version 2.10 or later.

Supports ARMS commands

Cutting Master 2 / Cutting Master 3
Graphtec Studio / Plotter Controller

The special command for controlling the registration mark sensing system (ARMS) is also supported. The setting parameter for ARMS can be set from the PC using the software.

Improved application software

Including improved design application software (Graphtec Studio) and plug-in software for Illustrator and CorelDRAW (Cutting Master 3)

Design application software (Graphtec Studio)  

Graphtec Studio

This is an easy-to-use application software for creating original designs. Images can be easily created by using the program icons that are arranged around the drawing area. It has enhanced features such as auto-shapes, shading, and editing functions. It can also configure the cutting conditions and other functions on the plotter.

Graphtec Studio

Importing EPS 

Graphtec Studio

It now supports the importing of files in EPS format. In addition it is possible to import files created with popular design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel DRAW into Graphtec Studio.

* This function is available in ver. 2.1.200 or later.

< Main Features >

  • Creating designs using auto-shape, various line types, etc.
  • Editing the characters using rotate, mirror, fit-to-shape, etc.
  • Auto-trace (supports bmp, tiff, jpeg, etc. image formats)
  • Supports the connection and switching of multiple plotters
  • Import EPS, DXF format files and other raster format files

< Supported OS (*) >

Windows 8/ 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.8

Plug-in software for Illustrator & CorelDRAW

Cutting Master 3 

Cutting Master 3

 

This plug-in software sends the cutting object created by Illustrator or CorelDRAW to the plotter, and can also be used to control the plotter. It has a variety of features such as registration mark creation, matrix copy, tiling, weed settings, tool conditions, cut job settings, and others. It is easy to use and enables you to get the best performance from your plotter.

 Cutting Master 3

 

< Main Features >

  • Editing the position, expansion, and reduction directly within the preview window
  • Creating an outline of the character, recognizing a line width and an overlap
  • Output by a layer or color, and inserting a line for weeding (horizontal, vertical)
  • Splits an object into small pieces by the tiling function
  • Supports the connection and switching of multiple plotters

 

< Supported OS (*) >

Windows 8/ 7/Vista/XP, Mac OS 10.5.8 to 10.8

< Supported software (*) >

Adobe Illustrator CS6/CS5/CS4, CorelDRAW X6/X5/X4

 

Plotter control software

Plotter Controller 

Plotter Controller

This software can control various settings of the FC8600 from a PC, improving work and operating efficiency. This controller can be started from the plotter driver when the print operation is executed by the Print menu of the application software. It can be run concurrently with the design software so the design and cutter control windows are open to smoothly run a series of tasks from image design to cutting media.

 Plotter Controller

 

< Main Features >

  • Configuring the cutting conditions
  • Executing the test cut
  • Setting the parameter for the ARMS and executing the ARMS functions
  • Setting the rotation of the data (to match the direction of loaded media)
  • Moving the tool position
  • Setting the origin of the plotter
  • Operation with the short-cut keys

 < Supported OS (*) >

Windows 8/7/Vista/XP

 

ITEM

FC800 Series

Maximum Cutting Area

24 in x 164 ft (610 mm x 50 m)

Compatible Media Widths

2 in to 36.2 in (50 mm to 919 mm) 

Maximum Media Thickness

 59.1 mil (1.48 mm)

Maximum Cut Speed

58.5 in/s (1485 mm/s) diagonal 

Programmable Cutting Force

20 gf - 600 gf in 48 steps 

Sheet Cutter Max Thickness

 11 mil including media release liner (backing)

Programmable Resolution

GP-GLTM : 0.1/.05/.025/.01 mm; HP-GL®:0.001 in (0.025mm);

GP-GLTM : 254,508,1016,2540; HP-GL®1016

Compatible Media Types

 Windows tint film, automotive paint protection film, self - adhesive vinyl, paint mask

Interface

USB 2.0 High Speed / Serial RS - 232C / Ethernet interface 

Command Modes

GP-GLTM,HP-GL®1016 (selectable in command menu or auto detection)

Display Panel

3" graphic LCD with comprehensive icon-corresponding soft keys 

Shipping Weight with Stand

106 lbs (48 kg) 

Unit Dimmensions with Stand

52.3 x 28 x 48 in (1328 x 711 x 1219 mm) 

Warranty

Conform 

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