Highcon brings agile production with digital finishing to drupa 2020

January 22, 2020
Highcon Beam 2C Nonstop Configuration Highcon Beam 2C Nonstop Configuration

At drupa 2020 (Hall 9, Booth C50) Highcon® will be demonstrating just how far the digital revolution has come! At this third appearance at the print & packaging Olympics, Highcon will be introducing a portfolio of field proven products supporting different speeds, format and substrate requirements for the folding carton and corrugated markets.

Highcon will be showing the latest versions of the enhanced Highcon Euclid and Beam platforms, named the Highcon Euclid 5 and Highcon Beam 2.

Undoubtedly, the star of the Highcon booth at drupa will be the highly anticipated Highcon Beam 2C machine targeting the corrugated board market.

Already installed at sites across the globe, the Beam 2C has proven its worth, allowing two industry leaders, Orora Fibre Packaging Australasia (www.ororagroup.com) and THIMM Group (www.thimm.com), to answer the emerging requirements of their customers for digital finishing.

We have been working with Highcon on digital finishing for corrugated for three years and are constantly discovering more benefits of this innovative technology. We are seeing great Interest and excitement from large brand owners in the potential of digital finishing which will offer them far more capabilities than normal diecutting both in terms of the cutting and also the ability to produce both short and long runs rapidly without waiting for a die cutting tool, thus substantially improving overall manufacturing efficiencies.“

Martyn Johnson, General Manager, Technical at Orora Fibre Packaging Australasia

Highcon Beam 2C Nonstop Configuration

Our goal is to always provide customers with the best solution, whether for packaging or displays. We are convinced that digital technology is affecting the entire industry, and everyone should be taking advantage of the benefits. We are definitely excited about the new machine and the impact it will have on increasing the overall efficiency of our different businesses.”

Leoš Máslo, POS & POP project manager at THIMM pack’n’display

With Highcon Euclid and Beam digital cutting and creasing machines installed worldwide, digital finishing is gradually becoming truly accepted in the marketplace. Several Highcon customers have already acquired second machines to cope with supply chain challenges when utilizing conventional die cutting, increased demand by brand owners for rapid turnaround for campaigns and promotions and reduced working capital requirements that only digital finishing enables.

Customer feedback has resulted in significant advancements in the technology, in terms of efficiency, reliability, quality and predictability. Highcon also continues to invest in its Euclid product platform. One of the most visible developments of the new series of Euclid machines is probably the User Interface adopted from the Beam machines. The modern, user-friendly appearance reflects the inherent agility of the digital cutting and creasing solutions.

Digital technology by definition implies flexibility: adjust the laser cutting depth for full cutting, half cutting, perforation, or etching; adapt the crease height to suit the substrate thickness and stripping to suit the layout. These are just a few of the benefits of the digitally driven physical creasing and the laser cutting that are at the heart of Highcon solutions.

After 7 years in the field, the Highcon technology has gone through substantial improvements as reflected in the increase in the number of jobs per machine by 35% year over year from 2016 to 2019, many of which were delivered to major brands. On the drupa 2020 show floor in Hall 9, Booth C50, (same site as drupa 2016) visitors will be able to see Highcon machines working at full production capacity, as well as witness firsthand testimonials from leading customers around the world.

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