Global OEM Inkcups (Danvers, MA) newest laser platemaker, the Cobalt PRO, is an advanced CO2 laser platemaker equipped with a 40-watt ceramic core laser, making it the highest wattage laser power available in Inkcups’ Cobalt line. The Cobalt PRO can be used to etch plates – including DuraLaze and exposed polymer. In addition to creating plates for pad printing, it can also be used for engraving a variety of substrates such as plastic and wood. The Cobalt PRO is designed for small shops that need both a laser-etching machine and a platemaker. With CO2 laser technology and an etching area of 440mm x 620mm (17” x 24”), it can produce large and bold high-resolution images of up to 1,500 dpi on a large variety of plates, or on multiple plates at once, offering businesses a diversity of options and time savings. Maintenance is also easy with regards to cleaning optics and moving parts.
One key feature on the Cobalt PRO is its closed-loop DC servo motor which “ensures greater continuous shaft power at higher speeds than competitive lasers,” said the company. This feature provides greater accuracy (0.254 mm or 0.1%) due to the continuous movement, rather than constant starting and stopping. The AutoFocus operations control feature works to adjust the Cobalt PRO to the precise focal point on the engraving area, giving highly accurate results. It also features a 4-line LCD display panel showing current file name, total working time, laser power, engraving speeds and more. Compatible plate materials include DuraLaze, CrystaLaze, Laser Aqua, Laser Red and Laser Orange.
Additional features include:
• Marker – for quick and precise positioning of artwork.
• Job Queue – save etching parameters with unique names for quick call-up.
• Guidelines – drag-and-drop function for easy registration.
• Repeat function – done simply with one push of a button.