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Summa DC5 Printer Cutter (DC5 Printer Cutter)


Summa DC5: The ultimate all-in-one print-and-cut powerhouse. Now, more versatile and easier-to-use than ever.

Say goodbye to the harmful fumes, clogged print heads, expensive daily upkeep, messy inks and complicated contour cutting routines other thermal printers can saddle you with. And say hello to Summa's seventh-generation DC5.

Nearly 30 years after thermal transfer revolutionized sign and label making, the technology is still producing graphics far superior to anything inkjet printers can generate. Thermal's ability to produce instantly dry, installation-ready graphics with an outdoor durability of up to five years (without lamination) makes it the go-to technology for industry experts.

The go-to printer for all those projects: the Summa DC5 – the one and only thermal transfer printer that still reigns supreme. No other competing model even comes close.

The user interface has been completely redesigned on this version to accommodate a full-color, strikingly vivid, touch-sensitive display. The included printer-control desktop program gives users the power to remotely change settings and save custom user configurations directly to the DC5.

State-of-the-art mainboard technology delivers seven-times faster data processing. Plus, the DC5 supports multiple printers via USB, which enables as many as four DC-series machines to be connected to a single computer. Meanwhile, Ethernet connectivity allows for advanced networking and super-fast, long-distance data transmission speeds.

Summa DC Series is available in two sizes to suit any spatial requirements. The 54-inch (137 cm) model is the industry's largest wide-format thermal transfer printer, operating at over four times the width of its nearest competitor. The DC5sx is the more compact and affordable alternative, yet retains all the top-of-the-line features of the DC5 (equipment durability, print quality, production speed, tracking and cutting features), assuring the same spot-on accuracy Summa owners have come to expect.

An eight-station ribbon-changer (on the DC5) eliminates the tedious change-outs common on competing thermal transfer systems, allowing for unattended printing of up to 625 square feet (58 m2). The DC5sx is capable of handling as many as 5 cassettes.

Variable-width media handling supports all the most popular material widths. The DC Series prints and cuts on a wide variety of media in 20-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, 40-inch, 48-inch or 54-inch widths (20-inch, 24-inch, and 30-inch on the DC5sx). Using the automatic tiling feature found in Summa's ColorControl™ 8 RIP software, images as small as tiny labels to those as large as massive fleet graphics can easily be reproduced.

The DC series includes power take-up rollers (a factory option on DC5sx), media baskets, 8 universal ribbon cassettes (5 for DC5sx), a full set of CMYK ribbons, and a 54-inch (137 cm) by 50 yard (45 meter) roll of high-performance Summa 3M vinyl (30-inch roll with DC5sx).

If you're in the market for a printer that's equally adept at delivering both single- and long-run graphics, offers odor-free, zero-maintenance printing that outlasts inkjet, and prints durable print-and-cut graphics instantly, Summa DC Series is by far your best option. Just plug it into a computer and get ready for some serious outdoor graphics production.



PRINT / CUT WIDTH54-inch (137 cm)
PRINT TYPEThermal Transfer
PRINT SPEEDPrinting (standard mode):
93 Ft2/hour (8.7 m2) — Spot;
34 Ft2/hour (3.2 m2) — Process CMY Printing (high-resolution mode):
67 Ft2/hour (6.2 m2) — Spot;
25 Ft2/hour (2.3 m2) — Process CMY Printing (double-density mode):
58 Ft2/hour (5.4 m2) — Spot;
22 Ft2/hour (2.0 m2) — Process CMY
CUT SPEED24 inches-per-second (600 mm/sec) max
Thermal transfer, using outdoor-durable process and/or spot color resin ribbons, and; stunning mirror metallic ribbons (indoor use)Cutting:
Drag knife, using standard Summa D-Series blades
609 x 304 dpi (24 x 12 dpmm) maximum hardware; 609 x 609 apparent dpi (24 x 24 dpmm) softwareCutting:
0.001″ (0.025 mm), 0.005″ (0.1 mm) selectable
MEDIA WIDTHVariable width using 20-inch, 24-inch, 30-inch, 39.37-inch, 48-inch or 54-inch wide media (50cm – 137cm)
Up to 50.2 inches wide (127.5 cm)DC5 Cutting:
Up to 50.2 inches wide (127.5 cm)
MEDIA HANDLINGMotorized media supply rollers; built-in motorized media take-up system (available as factory upgrade options on the DC5sx)
MEDIA DRIVESumma OptiTrac™ active-steering drive with variable-position traction-feed pinch rollers
MEDIA TRACKINGBuilt-in optical laser tracking system
MEMORY64 MB print processing RAM; 2 GB reprint storage
FILE SUPPORTEPS, PDF and all generic PostScript
POWER REQUIREMENTSConnection: standard USA power outlet; Requirement: 100-240 Vac, 48-62 Hz, 85 VA max
OPERATION ENVIRONMENT60°F to 80°F (15°C to 27°C), 30% to 75% relative humidity, non-condensing
100.8″ x 35″ x 63″ (256 x 88 x 160 cm)DC5 Equipment:
90.6″ x 24.8″ x 51.2″ (230 x 63 x 130 cm)
WEIGHTDC5 Shipping:
800 Lbs (360 kg)DC5 Equipment:
550 Lbs (250 kg)
Print & Cut plug-in for CorelDRAW and Illustrator, 8 SmartRibbon cassettes (DC5), C, M, Y, and K Ribbons (1 each), 54” x 150’ White 3M Vinyl (DC5), Media Guide Flanges (set of 2), 1 OptiPrint™ Cleaning Roller Refill, Standard 36° Blade Holder, 2 Standard 36° Drag Blade, Cut-off Knife (with 1 spare blade), Media-Handling Gloves (1 pair), Printhead Cleaning Swabs, Power Cord (grounded 110v), USB Cable (15 foot), 1 Spare Fuse, CD w/ Manuals and Drivers, Quick Start Guide.
One-year parts and labor limited warranty, toll-free technical support

Up to 5 years, outdoors, without lamination; restrictions may apply for desert areas or exposure to harsh chemicals or abrasives.
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