Extreme precision with Esko’s Kongsberg C digital finishing platform


The Kongsberg C finishing platform with a rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam for precision milling.Answering the trend of faster turnaround times on an ever increasing variety of materials in the wide format digital printing world, Esko has introduced the completely new Kongsberg C digital finishing system.

The C64 model works with 3.21mm by 3.2mm materials, perfectly fitting modern wide format printers. Also available is the Kongsberg C60 model, accommodating 3.21mm x 1.6mm sizes. Covering more than 10 feet across the table, a unique, extremely rigid, carbon-composite traverse beam assures excellent precision and supports high speed, fast acceleration, high quality creasing and exclusive powerful 3kW milling capabilities.

‘We wanted to make sure that it was designed for 24/7 production and semi-industrial environments. Along with substantial flexibility, the new, wider format perfectly fits modern 3.2-meter wide format printers, working with wide rolls and wide sheets,’ comments Tom Naess, Esko Product Manager CAM. 

Another Kongsberg, the XP Auto digital cutting table was recently installed at HP’s Demo Centre in Barcelona, Spain. This fully-automated, corrugated cutting machine for POS and short run production of packaging will run alongside HP’s latest portfolio addition, the HP Scitex FB10000 Industrial Press.

The HP and Kongsberg pairing demonstrates how customers in the corrugated packaging sector can achieve a seamless, end-to-end workflow that enables them to be efficient, productive and profitable.

The Kongsberg C benefits

  • Capability – it processes the widest variety of materials of any super-wide finisher, working with an extensive range of finishing applications and substrates from paper and textiles to corrugated up to triple-wall thickness, fluted board, plastics and aluminium composites.
  • Capacity – it has one of the highest throughputs of any super-wide digital finisher. It’s the only super-wide finisher to offer a 3kW continuous duty high-performance milling unit.
  • Consistency – the C series delivers the same performance consistently, even on demanding materials or complex jobs.
  • Choice – there’s no need to choose between size and productivity. The Kongsberg C offers both, eliminating the necessity of owning dedicated digital finishers for different applications.
  • Complete – Esko offers a full solution consisting of hardware, software, bits and blades and services. It brings high versatility with four ‘power’ tool units and a full assortment of ‘speed’ tools. The table can be upgraded to fit production needs as a business grows with additional tooling, a conveyer feed system and roll feeder unit.

Design and ergonomics

The new solution has been reengineered and the design reworked to apply to high standards of industrial design and meet the operator’s needs for ergonomics and safety. The new workstation mounts on any corner of the machine. A new manoeuvring concept places an integrated joystick and operator panel on the traverse. It can be mounted on either side of the table.

‘We have consulted our customers before and during the development of this new table and we are convinced they will appreciate to see that Esko now has the fastest, most productive solution at a super-wide width, with the greatest versatility in its size class,’ concludes Steve Bennett, vice president of Esko’s Digital Finishing Business.

‘The new Kongsberg C leapfrogs competitive tables on many ways. It simply enables us to provide the best value solution in this category.’

Esko resellers in South Africa include Antalis and GSW- Graphix Supply World.


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