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The Pathfinder EasyLoader™ is a conveyorised table synchronised with the Pathfinder cutter, designed to increase productivity and profitability. Perfectly aligned spread fabric or sheets of material are delivered effortlessly into the cutting system, without any human intervention.
EasyLoaders are available in various widths to best suit your application. Widths at 2020mm and 2420mm are available as standard. Other widths are available on request.
For single-ply cutting operations requiring exacting control, the Pathfinder EasyFeeder™ enables direct roll feeding of material via a short conveyor system.
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The EasyLoader simplifies the delivery of rolled and multi layered spread materials onto the Pathfinder automatic cutting system.
After a multi-layered spread has been completed, it is necessary to move the spread along the table so that part of the spread is within the cutting zone of the auto cutter. The EasyLoader has a conveyorised surface that transports the spread material onto the cutting machine, reducing labour requirements and ensuring the spread is perfectly aligned.
In some applications, cutting directly from a roll or multiple rolls would be more efficient than cutting multi-layered spreads. The EasyLoader roll feeding device option will enable direct single roll or multiple roll feeding perfectly synchronised with the Pathfinder cutting system.
Synchronisation (with Pathfinder automatic cutters)
Perfect synchronisation will deliver even a single layer of flexible material without stretching or distortion. The synchronisation feature within the Pathfinder cutter eliminates the traditional ‘dancer bar’ which would not be possible with high spread lays.
Save time and increase productivity:
- Automatic delivery reduces the labour required to deliver the material to the cutter
- The operator does not need to remove vacuum and re-position the spread material
- Perfectly aligned edges reduces operator setup time for each job
Increase material yield:
- Material is delivered perfectly parallel, which means the markers generated can be made wider
Minimal reject pieces:
- When material is deliver parallel to the cutter misaligned pieces cutting into the selvage are eliminated
Easy Roll Feeding
‘Bar-less’ roll feeding devices are commonly designed with a ‘cradle’. Although effective, these systems often sit at floor level or on a table. This adds a certain degree of difficulty when loading and threading material, and may increase the risk of personal injury.
The Pathfinder EasyFeeder™ is designed at normal table height. This enables material rolls to be easily loaded without requiring an operator to bend down or lift rolls above a cradle. Heavier rolls can simply be rolled into the EasyFeeder™ from an adjacent table or trolley.
The EasyFeeder™ delivers material synchronised with the Pathfinder cutting system. This eliminates material distortion often a result of “stretching” when pullling from a roll.
Electronic Fabric Edge Alignment
When cutting directly from a roll using an automatic knife cutting machine, it is important that the fabric edge is straight.
This ensures all pieces are cut within the material width and eliminates the need for realignments.
The EasyFeeder is fitted with sensors (1) that detect the fabric edge and automatically makes lateral adjustments to ensure the fabric edge is delivered correctly into the cutting area.
When a roll is no longer needed, it can be easily re-wound at a press of a button and removed, ready for the next job.