Highcon announced today the launch of the latest in the Highcon Euclid series, the Highcon Euclid IIIC. This latest machine extends the range of the 3rd generation Highcon Euclid cutting and creasing machines into the world of corrugated and fluted substrates from 1 mm up to 3mm/ 40-120pt.
The Highcon Euclid machine has been working with corrugated board at LxBxH in Switzerland since the end of 2015 and is now being made commercially available in the market.
According to Silvano Gauch, President of LxBxH “We have been using the Highcon digital cutting and creasing technology to produce high quality short run packaging on demand for our customers. The ability to produce small to medium size batches just-in-time with low entry cost, allows our customers to order what they actually want.”
Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO and Co-founder, added: ”We realized the potential of the corrugated market in B1 and B2 (42″ and 28”) formats and have been encouraged by the success that LxBxH have had in this market. Box Compression Tests that have been performed by comparing the digitally produced boxes with conventional ones have proven that boxes produced with the same substrate on the Euclid are stronger than those produced on conventional machines. This creates an opportunity to attain the same strength with reduced material usage and as a result, reduced costs. The potential of adding lamination and high quality print to the flutes also opens up a world of packaging that is both visually and structurally effective.”
The integration between the digital cutting and creasing and online ordering dovetails into the trend in the industry towards optimizing packaging size to reduce overpackaging and shipping costs.
The Highcon Euclid IIIC not only saves on the production and storage of die cutting forms but also adds the flexibility of digital technology which enables JIT production, short runs, customized perforations with cleaner edges and easier opening, and variable data etching for customization or personalization down to the level of serial numbers. The Euclid IIIC will handle single wall, laminated, N F G E and B-flute from 1mm to 3mm/ 40-120 points.
Yavne, Israel, January 31, 2018; Highcon Systems Ltd., announced today the sale of a Highcon Beam digital cutting and creasing system to Haubtmann, Autajon Packaging site located close to Saint Etienne.
Mr. Xavier Boutevillain, Managing Director of Autajon Haubtmann said: “Digital technology is really new for packaging and for the industrial products we supply, that require short runs and very quick lead times, we have seen an opportunity to improve efficiency and reduce bottlenecks with the Highcon Beam. We believe that the Beam will fit seamlessly into our conventional workflow and help us help our customers serve their markets more efficiently.”
Jens Henrik Osmundsen, Global VP Sales at Highcon said: “Autajon has a well-deserved reputation for their passion for packaging and for the relationships they build with their customers to ensure their successful go-to-market. With the Highcon Beam they will be able to streamline their supply chain responsiveness and deliver high quality products in the short turnaround times that their customers require. “
The Highcon Beam digital cutting and creasing solution extends the digital finishing revolution to mainstream production with a speed of up to 5,000 B1 sheets per hour, and will be installed at Autajon later this year.
Established in 1963, Ilan Print Ltd is a commercial printing company that combines offset and digital printing with web-to-print and VDP applications. Their expertise allows them to deliver a standard of quality, creativity and responsiveness second to none. Their reputation for innovation and adoption of cutting edge technology has kept them ahead of the market for years and together with unlimited design potential released by their recently installed Highcon Euclid they aim to strengthen their design creativity while streamlining the ordering process and further improving responsiveness to customers.
Since installing the Highcon Euclid, Eran Friedman, VP of Ilan Print, has made a point of introducing the new capabilities of the digital cutting and creasing technology to his customers. A loyal customer of Ilan Print who orders all kinds of marcom products from the company - books, brochures, catalogues etc. - asked if the Highcon Euclid they had heard about could produce a box for their upcoming book. The customer had no die cutting experience but the graphic design was already done. Although Ilan Print has strong graphic staff, they have no in-house structural designer with experience in packaging and up unitl now had outsourced large scale packaging design and production.
By using the Highcon Axis, both the customer and Ilan Print were able to move ahead with no problem. Their designers could logon, go into the Axis library, chose the required dimensions they needed for their box and the dieline was automatically created. They sent the dieline to the customer to apply graphics and then uploaded it back to Axis for 3D preview with graphics. The uploaded file was sent to the customer the same day. The customer approved the design online and the entire order of 150 boxes was accepted, printed, cut, creased and delivered within 24 hours.
According to Eran Friedman: "The Highcon Euclid III offers us true versatility; the ability to extend the already wide range of commercial applications we offer our customers. The machine will not only complete an all-digital flow from our HP Indigo 10000 digital press but will also support our offset printed pieces on B2/30in. sheets and allow us also to produce highly differentiated pieces on unprinted B1/40 in stock. Together with Highcon Axis the service we can now offer our customers is incomparable".
The Highcon Euclid III replaces a complex, expensive and slow die-making and setup process, with an in-house controlled digital system, delivering improved responsiveness, design flexibility and enhanced efficiency. Based on Highcon's proven technology, the Euclid III addressed todays operational challenges and answers tomorrows growth needs by enabling a wide range of applications from packaging and commercial print applications to customisation with Variable Data Cutting and We-to-Pack.