SMARTER CUT PROGRAMS
Scissor Hands adds artificial intelligence to guillotine cutters. It has two hardware components: a large touch-screen (mounted on the face of the cutter) and a small, model-specific connector between the touch-screen and the cutter. The touch-screen connects to the main software component: the cloud-based Scissor Hands AI.
The Scissor Hands AI generates a new cut program for each specific run, based on that run’s prepress JDF data, sheet count, substrate coatings, and packaging intent. These AI created cut programs intelligently share cuts across lifts to reduce the total cuts required to finish the whole run. Scissor Hands will even recommend the best-fit package for the product and ensure that specific quantities of product are finished together according to the print provider’s packaging inventory.
Scissor Hands loads the customized cut programs directly into the cutter - bypassing manual programming and any step-count limitations. It uses the cutter’s existing hardware by intercepting and injecting signals, rather than replacing motors or relying on manufacturer integration. Therefore, Scissor Hands is a completely auxiliary system – augmenting the cutter’s behavior while still retaining all functionality of the original machine.
The mounted touch-screen shows the cut program steps in progress. It animates an actual snapshot of the run, showing every cut, rotation, and backgauge movement. It also displays all intermediary paper handling, including how to stack partially cut sections.
Scissor Hands also handles data collection and reporting. It tracks the operator’s jobs, start time, end time, and blade drops. This data is then accessible by MIS systems or other reporting systems for tight integration or analysis.