I mainly purchased the Summa with the intention of cutting banners and vinyl, I do not route much into foamex don’t have that much orders on the uv printer as would want to have so for most orders on foamex or correx are usually straight cuts so the amount I do its always quicker to use steeltrak although apparently could cut correx with the double edge without the need of changing to a router unit.
Foamex would create a lot debris, vacuum is quite good of sucking them up but there will be always some left and many users would recommend having a second vacuum next to the summa just to clean the bed after finishing cutting on foamex.
You don’t actually cut foamex directly on the belt as seen on the photo as there is a secondary mat that comes on the roll which is I think 2 mm and you let that on the belt and then put the rigid material and route so any debris would actually be on that mat so when you swap to vinyl cutting you will take that mat off so most debris will fall anyway of the main conveyor belt taking that you have not vacuumed them. If there is no second vacuum to quickly vacume them up there is a function on summa axis to automatically use the built in router vacuum to clean the bed, and it will clean the bed up and down from left to right but its rather slow and if you plan on doing much foamex best is to just get a second vacuum and before swapping just give it a quick clean.
To me getting summa was great decision, as I am a single person working so do not employ anybody else for help. you will cut quicker then you can print. I got 2 UV and one solvent printer and they can’t keep the summa working non stop, you get the times where summa will have to wait as there are no prints ready.
Longest roll I think I cut is something over 30 meters of banner, so printed all as one batch loaded on the summa few minutes later all cut into single banners from roll, as soon as first banner is cut I take the banner and go with it to the welder to hem the edges, to cut the 30 meter would only take literally few minutes to cut and accuracy over that 30 meters is spot on and what best you can walk away as its doing it and do something else for these couple of minutes.
Since I got the summa I almost never use a manual knife for cutting or a ruler anymore, I know its a lot of money, like in my case I had to add a 3 phase power nearly a grand to put it in in the place I needed then had to get onyx thrive another ££ and something nobody told me at the summa demo is to use a barcoding I had to purchase a barcoding license for goproduce summa which is ridiculously expensive if you think all it was just couple digits number to activate the function on the software.
I don’t know how I could go back now being without the summa now, I would cry and won’t come in 😛 Whatever brand you would get I am sure all would make you happy and behave just as well, you pocket may not be so happy but I am sure regardless whether its summa, zund or esko all would make your life easier. Go produce in my case as far as it goes a software I did not actually needed much training on it already as it was self explanatory and you get videos on youtube as well which I watched every single one prior ordereding summa.
Don’t cross summa of the list as its a good piece of kit in my opinion.