Sunday, November 23, 2014

Gerber

EDGE FX™

 

The GERBER EDGE Production system is a matched system that includes: The GERBER EDGE FX thermal transfer printer, GERBER OMEGA Software, Gerber 15" sprocketed plotters, more than 30 EDGE READY materials and substrates, more than 75 GerberColor Foils, and Gerber Service and Support.

Features & Benefits

  • True spot color printing - GerberColor Foils
    Save time and generate better quality graphics with dedicated spot colors
  • SpectraTone™ Color Matching
    Lets you create over 3700 pure, vibrant colors
  • Advanced Foil System
    Smart GerberGauge™ RFID technology tracks exact foil usage
  • Process and specialty colors
    In addition to spot colors, Gerber process, metal and fluorescent foils allow you to create full color images
  • Durable output
    3 to 5 years outdoors without lamination
  • EDGE READY™ materials
    Fully compatible with Gerber OMEGA™ design software and a wide range of permanent, removable, semi-rigid substrates
  • Complete Print and Cut System
    Once printed on the EDGE FX, graphics are contour cut on a 15" EDGE-compatible cutter, adding value to output and saving time
  • Patented punch pattern
    Provides superior accuracy which reduces material shifting, cut time and waste due to cut errors. Enables long unattended runs of up to 50 yards without loss of accuracy
  • Easy material loading
    Load material onto the sprocket wheels for quick, accurate and unattended material feed
  • EDGE Ready™ materials
    Fully compatible with Gerber OMEGA™ design software and a wide range of permanent, removable, semi-rigid substrates
  • Easy maintenance
    Unlike solvent printers, no “wake up” or “put to bed” routines are required. EDGE resin-based foils create no mess and are ready to go immediately
  • Small footprint
    The EDGE FX print-to-cut system requires limited shop space allowing you to get started quickly and inexpensively
  • Intuitive user interface
    Easy for your staff to learn and operate

Specs & Requirements

  • Printing Technology
    Thermal transfer, tuned, and optimized
  • Colors
    Over 75 color foils available
  • Color Types
    Spot, Process, Transparent, Medal, LT Heat Transfer, Special Effects, and Finishing Series
  • Resolution
    300, 600 or 1200 dpi on material axis (1200 dpi requires OMEGA 4.0 or later and EDGE FX firmware update)
    300 dpi on head axis
  • Material Feed
    Patented sprocket feed
  • Material Width
    15" (38 cm) punched media
  • Max Printing Width
    11.8" (30 cm)
    Larger output sizes are automatically paneled and can be easily assembled into larger graphics
  • Overall Size
    36" (w) x 18" (h) x 17" (d)
  • Weight
    82 lbs
  • Production Capacity
    Base Speed up to 60" per minute per color at 300 dpi
    1 Color = 290 ft2/hr
    4 Color = 60 ft2/hr
    Higher resolutions are slower
  • Foil set
    GerberColor™ FX foil family and caddy.
    Not compatible with ColorSet™ foils
  • Outdoor Durability
    3 to 5 years without lamination in most applications
  • Communication Port
    Ethernet TCP/IP
  • Power Range
    100-240 VAC +/- 10%, 47-63 Hz, 10 A
  • Operating Temperature
    68-78° F
  • Operating Humidity
    50-60% relative humidity, non-condensing
  • Venting
    No special ventilation required
  • Materials & Substrates
    EDGE READY™ materials consiting of cast and calendered vinyl, magnetic, reflective, temporary & changeable films, Lexan®-based films, polyester label stock, and much more
  • Included Accessories
    • Power cable (14.5')
    • CAT 5 cross-over Ethernet cable
    • Thermal print head cleaning kit
    • Replacement foil squeegee
    • Replacement material squeegees (2)
    • Foil caddy
    • Roll holder
    • 10 yard roll of material
    • 15 meter foil insert

Tips & Tricks

How to get more spot colors from the EDGE
You can print different spot colors on top of each other to achieve thousands of new colors with the EDGE.  We call this GerberColor Spectratone and it’s included in Gerber OMEGA software which includes the ability to specify, display and print new colors automatically and easily.

How to tell if you have enough foil for a job
All GerberColor Foils have the GerberGauge feature.  GerberGauge is actually not a gauge at all, but small printed numbers in the margin of the foil that show the amount of foil remaining in meters and yards.  In addition, the EDGE FX will indicate on the keypad if you have enough foil to complete a job.

How to make gradient fills less grainy
Gerber OMEGA has a vector halftone setting called GerberTone Fine. This offers a smaller dot and little to no banding in fades/gradients. Select the vectors that need the halftone changed, and press 4 on the keyboard. Choose GerberTone Fine for the halftone type to be used. 

How to make pictures look less grainy
Newer versions of Gerber OMEGA have an image halftone type called GerberTone STC Photo.  This type provides smaller dots for images and does not show "banding" or "contouring" in the prints. Choose GerberTone STC Photo in the Image Fill dialog box and set the LPI to 70. You can also preference this halftone so it gets used automatically.

Creating Vehicle Graphics 
A list of ideas and market opportunities along with some of the EDGE Ready materials available to help you take full advantage of the growing vehicle graphics market. More...

Creating Labels and Decals
A list of ideas and market opportunities along with some of the EDGE Ready materials available to help you take full advantage of the growing label and decal market. More...

Creating Signs and Graphics
A list of ideas and market opportunities along with some of the EDGE Ready materials available to help you take full advantage of the growing sign and graphics market. More...

Creating Point-of-Purchase Graphics
A list of ideas and market opportunities along with some of the EDGE Ready materials available to help you take full advantage of the growing Point-of-Purchase market. More...

GerberColor Spectratone

Create THOUSANDS of rich solid spot colors with the GERBER EDGE® Series, GerberColor Foils, and Gerber OMEGA™ software. By printing one spot color on top of another, you create a new color result. Additionally, you can also print a single EDGE Spot color onto any colored vinyl color to achieve even greater color expansion. Gerber offers a preprinted sample book of GerberColor Spectratone colors, or use Gerber OMEGA to print a GerberColor Spectratone color chart based on the colors you have in your inventory or use the ColorID feature to cross reference to Gerber vinyl colors, PANTONE® Colors and other color palettes.

  • GerberColor Spectratone colors are created by printing a solid foil color on top of another foil over white vinyl. This capability multiplies the base set of GerberColor spot colors into more than 3,000 GerberColor Spectratone colors.
  • GerberColor Spectratone II colors are created by printing a solid foil color over a colored vinyl. This allows you to take advantage of both your foil and vinyl color gamut.
  • You can customize the Spectratone palette by creating an inventory to match your stock. This palette exists only in the ColorID program in OMEGA, and can be used in Composer to fill objects in the design.
  • You can also print a Spectratone chart using specific foils (or foils and vinyls) to see exactly what the finished result will look like, and use as a reference when coloring jobs. 

Making a Spectratone Chart
Streaming Video (Approx 2½ min)

Printer Downloads

    EDGE FX 293 .SRE Firefile

     

    (350 KB)
    June 11, 2012

    E3Fire_293_SRE.zip
    This EDGE FX SRE firefile loads onto the GERBER EDGE FX and adds Silver Medal II, Fireball Red and Electric Green Foils, Shiny Gold and Shiny Silver materials, improved 280i 300 dpi settings, and improved Arctic White on5 mil LexEDGE settings. All previous EDGE FX firefile settings are included in this 1 update.

     

    The above Material Update must also be loaded onto OMEGA.

     



    README files


    EDGE FX
    Firmware Update

    Rev-N (HiRez with OMEGA 4.0)

    (1.3 MB)
    February 24, 2011

    EDGEFX_N0_Build_8.zip
    This firmware update reduces the EDGE FX Syntax Error when printing from OMEGA systems running Windows 7. A new setting has been added to the firmware to compensate for thick material. It also allows for the use of HiRez mode with OMEGA 4.0. This firmware will not negatively affect the RFID firmware when loading. Can be used with pre-OMEGA 4.0 software as it also includes the Spectratint, Spectrashade and Abrasion Guard materials and firefiles. Consult the README before installing this version.



    README files

    Supplies

    EDGE READY™ is the term used to identify Gerber's line of materials for a wide range of markets and applications that have been specifically designed, performance tuned, and tested to provide optimal printing on the GERBER EDGE™ Series.

    Design-Print-Cut

    The EDGE FX thermal printer is part of the Gerber digital production system: a complete Print-to-Cut solution for durable graphics!

    Related Promotions

    Receive $5,500 in trade value for any EDGE or EDGE 2 toward the purchase of a brand new EDGE FX printer. Working or not! In addition, keep your current EDGE unit for 90 days to use up your remaining foil stock and get the most out of your trade! In addition, the following items are also available with your EDGE FX trade-in:

    • FREE: Upgrade to OMEGA 5.0 (CP) software
    • FREE: Four sets of GerberColor-to-FX foil conversion plugs
    • Add $500: Get 10 GerberColor foils and five foil caddies
    • Add $225: Get one additional year of Gerber Service Partners warranty coverage
    • Add $995: Get an OMEGA CP MIP (Multiple Installation Program; full seat of OMEGA CP software) 

    **EDGE FX units must be ordered for immediate release and must ship from Gerber to the customer to qualify for this program. See you local Gerber Distributor for full details. 

    Available through December 31, 2014


     

    Save over $11,000 off of the list price! We are pleased to continue this exciting new EDGE FX Package. This is the perfect step up program for those vinyl shops looking to go digital. Get the entire package for only $14,995!

    • EDGE FX thermal transfer printer
    • GSx sprocket plotter
    • OMEGA 5.0 (CP) software
    • UPDATED- Material Starter Kit (additional $750 value)
      Includes: 5 color foils, 5 foil caddies, and 3 rolls of material

    Available through December 31, 2014

    Save over $10,000 off the list price! We are pleased to continue this exciting new EDGE FX Package. Just like the GSx Bundle above but including the G15 sprocket plotter, this is the next step up. Get the entire package for only $17,995!

    • EDGE FX thermal transfer printer
    • GS15 sprocket plotter
    • OMEGA 5.0 (CP) software
    • UPDATED- Material Starter Kit (additional $750 value)
      Includes: 5 color foils, 5 foil caddies, and 3 rolls of material

    Available through December 31, 2014

    Save over $10,000 off the list price!
    We are pleased to continue this exciting new Plotter Package. This is the perfect step up program for those vinyl shops looking to go digital. This package includes all of the following for only $21,495!

    • EDGE FX thermal transfer printer
    • enVision 375 sprocket plotter
    • OMEGA 5.0 (CP) software
    • UPDATED- Material Starter Kit (additional $750 value)
      Includes: 5 color foils, 5 foil caddies, and 3 rolls of material

    Available through December 31, 2014