Colex Cut Center 8

  • Supports industrial automatized workflows
  • Minimizes share of rejects because of
    – optical recognition system
    – print divergency compensation
  • High-End lens/OS Camera combination allows
    – Usage of miscellaneous video marks (also colored
    – High speed mark recognition

Cut Center 8

What is it?

  • Modular optical recognition software system for multifunctional flatbed machines for industrial usage.
  • Finishing software for outline-exact cutting with or without camera-controlled orientation.

  • Vectorization – automatic raster to vector conversion
  • Text editor with single line font support
  • Serialization – creation of non-identical multi-copies with
  • Bitmap tools
  • Drawing tools like polygon, square, line, curve, gradient fills
  • Node editing tools
  • Object Manager
  • Clipart Manager
  • Job Calculation and Job Info
  • Option for OS Front-End and OS Production
  • Users, who want to edit job data before output
  • Job preparation on design clients without direct output option
  • Note: Only soft code (no dongle)

Prepare 8 (Two Licenses)

What is it?

Graphical vector software for creating and editing job data without Plot Manager functionality. Colex Cut Center Prepare is made for job preparation and not for the output on a cutter, laser, … (no post processor)

  • Professional design tools
  • Direct graphical data transfer via plug-in from CorelDRAW or Illustrator
  • Direct CAD-data transfer via AutoCAD plug-in
  • Import filter (AI, EPS, PDF, DXF, HPGL, …)

  • Saving and retrieving the correct method when editing a particular material
  • Each material can be assigned to one or more – also
    different – devices
  • All parameters are set to the values
    that are required for a perfect material handling
  • New materials can be added anytime
  • A production profile that controls the entire
    production process
  • Working with a material database is faster and more reliable than rule of thumb method
  • Minimization of rejects while maintaining process quality
  • High, consistent product quality
  • Output file contains inherently all technology data for a frictionless production
  • Access to the database locally on the client computer or alternatively to a production computer / server via LAN
  • Industry 4.0 Production

Material Database

Industry 4.0 ready

What is it?

The material database is at the center of the realization of a production process automation. The contents of the material database can already be accessed at the stage of job preparation: Material, machine, tool and method are already known in the pre-production phase and can be taken into account during design – errors are thus avoided at an early stage. Goal is the inventory of all materials, methods, machine and tool parameters. Ideally, the experience gained in the practice of all production processes of a company is incorporated in the material database.

  • Macro Player reduces the operation to the essentials
  •  Automatic file search with job import
  • Image processing profile contains all relevant data for image processing
  • Output profile inherently contains all technology data for a smooth production
  • Access to the appropriate job file is done via QR code
  • Start by mouse click
  • Individualized serial production
  • Flatbed machines with camera (cutter, milling machine, laser)

Production Workflow QR Code (optional)

What is it?

Software module for macro-controlled finishing processes on flatbed machines (cutter / milling machine / laser) with built-in CMOS camera for detecting QR codes on the medium to be processed. The QR code transmits relevant production data, such as the location of the medium on the table.The goal is the realization of a fully automatic finishing workflow. The code is used to assign the matching job file, which is automatically loaded into the user interface.

Network Ability

When cut finishing different machines from different manufacturers are often used. Colex Cut Center 8 can handle several machines parallel either single or combined. The individual technology data are read from the material database and used in production. This results in a very high degree of flexibility on the cut-device sector.

RIP Interface OXF 2.0

The RIP reads material and method from the material database and stores this information in addition to the cutting contours in an OXF file – for further processing in Colex Cut Center 8.

List of supported RIPs: Compatibility Partnerships

Heterogeneous Machine Parks

The central material database can supply several production machines via LAN. This provides device-specific data at the production site.


4K High Resolution Monitors

The support for high-resolution monitors allows the use of current hardware.

User Interface

The functionally designed user interface can be adjusted by individual profiles. The so-called sidebar was extended by the production tab. Complex workflows can be defined and started using production profiles. This tab is a further step towards automatic automation of production processes.

The Hand Mode

The hand button

The hand mode allows you to move the entire Colex Cut Center 8 desktop, including all objects on it and facilitates handling of large jobs significantly.

Newly Structured Dialogs

In the endeavor to optimize the usability of each new release this time important dialogues were put to the test and restructured. Great attention was given this time to intuitive use.


Universal Placing Tool

Use this command to enable the mode for defining any – even non-geometric – character styles. These shapes or objects can be placed with the mouse anywhere on the Workspace.

Note: This function takes any object from the clipboard (vectors, text blocks and bitmaps).

Job Preparation

Pre-Settings for Import Filters

The settings are independently configurable for the individual file formats. In particular, macros can be executed before and after the import, duplicate lines can already be removed during import, axes can be mirrored or the size factor can be changed.

Import Filters

Colex Cut Center 8 has a wide variety of file import filters – vector and bitmap formats. That means nearly all data can be imported and given out.

*.PDF, *.AI, *.EPS, *.WMF, *.EMF, *.DXF, *.IK, *.GTP, *.JTP, *.JOB, *.HPGL, *.CMX, *.GBR, *.ISO (Gerber), *.SVG

*.PCX, *.TIF, *.BMP, *.GIF, *.JPG, *.CMP

*.DMPL Summa DMPL files with OPOS markers

These filters are necessary for data exchange with other Finishing Systems:

*.CUT    I-Cut Vision (up to Version 6)
*.ZCC    Zünd Cut Center
*.ACM   Esko
*.OXF    Colex Cut Center 8

Special features: When importing, special operations such as Mirroring and Insert at position can be set.

SVG Import

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG) is an XML-based vector image format for two-dimensional graphics with support for interactivity and animation. The SVG specification is an open standard developed by the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) since 1999.

(Source: Wikipedia)

Note: The free non-portable vector graphics software Inkscape must be installed for this filter

Gerber ISO Import

Colex Cut Center has 2 new import filters: * .GBR, * .ISO.

The Gerber format is a standard file structure in ASCII format that allows data exchange between CAD (development) and CAM (production).

(Source: Wikipedia)

Separating Cut (Cut Off Line)

This function inserts cuts in the X axis – at a definable distance to the cutting objects -; Distance, length and variant (1 cut, 2 cuts outwards) can be set individually.

A separating cut can be inserted automatically or manually.

Assignment to Layer and Tool

When inserting a separating cut, a so-called “Cut Off Layer” is automatically appended. If the layer already exists, then the cut off line is placed into the already existing layer.

Step 1: Select cut off tool for the cut.
Step 2: Start output when output device is ready

Weeding Lines on the Workspace

Weeding lines serve for the better processing of big jobs. Material lengths of several meters in length or width are difficult to handle, so you can insert weeding lines when cutting the film into smaller, handier parts.

Important note: When using so-called weeding lines, the object contours are not cut when given out – they are spared.

Milling Tool Radius Correction - Interactive and Dynamic


Any change in tool diameter and rotation is performed immediately and shown on the working area. The milling objects are displayed with transparent fill and full-colored radius correction.


At every scaling of the milling objects a recalculation is performed.

Optimal Workflow

If the data are prepared in a way, so that the color matches that of the corresponding milling layer, then immediately after the data import an output-capable job is created automatically. Tool, tool diameter and material are predefined in the Quick Layer.

Automatic Bridges

Bridges prevent falling out of milled parts. Parameters such as length, distance and number can be specified individually. With manual bridges, the position can also be changed.

Dynamic Lead-In / Lead-out - Milling

Lead-in and lead-out flags are indispensable for high-quality results when milling. In Colex Cut Center 8, you can use manually or dynamically set flags. The dynamic flags change with each change to the object, eg when moving individually object nodes – in particular the object start point (see figure).

This function can be assigned to a layer in conjunction with a suitable device driver. The flags are then assigned dynamically to all objects located in this layer and are adapted to changes to the object.

Cleaning Path - Milling

The cleaning path is an important function in high-quality milling. When the individual milling depths are executed, ridges or clearly visible traces are formed at the milling object.

In order to optimize this, a so-called cleaning run is carried out, which trims and smoothes at the end of the process.

This function can be assigned in Colex Cut Center 8 to a layer in conjunction with the device driver. The cleaning run is then carried out automatically for all objects located in this layer.

View and Edit Sequence of Objects

With this function, you can display the order of the objects first, and then interactively change them by clicking the object contours one after the other, in the desired order.

Note: This manual form of sorting is particularly useful when milling.

The hand mode allows you to move the entire Colex Cut Center 8 desktop, including all objects on it and facilitates handling of large jobs significantly.

Job Property - Keep Sorting

With this option, pre-sorted jobs are not sorted again before output. This can prevent the sorting sequence from being changed during the import of external data.

True Shape Nesting (Optional)

“True-Shape” nesting places and nests objects saving material before output – on rolls or plates.

What is new is that the whole part spacing can be defined as a minimum distance or exact distance. In addition, the handling of residual panels has been improved.

Quick Layer / Device Switch

The quick-layer control element has been extended by a device switch, which allows a fast machine change. All connected devices can be directly selected from a list.


Updated and Optimized Drivers

Each released Colex Cut Center 8 version contains new and optimized device drivers.

For example, the alignment methods (Best Fit, Fit to Job, …) can now be directly selected in the output dialog.

Output Dialog

The figure on the right shows which output device, which mode, which tool / material, and which settings – during the output – are used.

New is the direct access to the Sorting settings.

Note: For a simplified machine operation this dialog can be skipped with the help of presets!

Smartfeed with Video Marks

This feature extends the classic Smartfeed. It takes into account the segment boundaries calculated using printed video marks as well as the segment boundaries based on object sizes that exceed the table length. Smartfeed ensures that – except in exceptional cases – no cutting object is separated.

The red-bordered object will not be considered in Phase 1 (First Cut) because it exceeds the maximum table length.

The segmentation is based on table, segment and object lengths, as well as the printed video marks, with the result that objects which are no longer than the maximum table length and can not be completely cut in the current segment, will never be split.

It is cut after the feed in phase 2. The same applies to the two uncut objects above it.

Overcut Elongation

What is the Benefit of this Feature?

A so-called overcut elongates the cutting contours.

As a result, it facilitates the weeding of vinyl. For thicker or flexible materials, a burr at the start point is avoided.

Production Data Acquisition (PDA)

Production Data Acquisition (PDA)

Logging of PDA Data

Important note: Only if Module Material Database is available and licensed / activated.

Logging is the automatic creation of a log from the output of a finishing process. The PDA data can now be written independently of one another in a CSV file or in the material database.

For each cutting job data such as start time, machine operator, status, machine name, material name, cutting length, cutting time and material consumption are recorded.

Production Data Acquisition (PDA)

Reporting and Evaluation

For the evaluation of the production data our Production Information System (PIS) is responsible.

In connection with the Material Database the following technical operating data is provided in a database: runtimes, interruptions, jobs, devices, worker, material, material thickness, cutting path length, empty runs, cutting time, material consumption.

A connection to Manufacturing Execution Systems (MES) is possible.


Interface for News and Support Messages

A message interface in Colex Cut Center 8 ensures that the user is informed about new software versions and live updates. This function can be disabled if required.

Colex Cut Center 8 RIP Software Compatibility

RIP Manufacturer QR Code PrintDB Layer NamesMaterial Database Access File Format
Onyx YesYesYesOnyx XML
Caldera YesYesYesOXF
EFI FieryNoYesYesOXF
Caldera YesYesNoZCC / PDF