Highcon unveils drupa digital die cutting solutions

Above: Highcon Vulcan applications

Ahead of drupa, Highcon has launched a number of die cutting solutions innovations for the folding carton and corrugated packaging categories.

In Australia, Highcon is distributed by Kissel+Wolf.

In the folding carton category, the Highcon Beam 3 has been developed to digitally die-cut 10 folding carton jobs per shift with an average run length of 1000 sheets per shift.

“The Highcon Beam 3 is our game-changing solution for digital die-cutting of folding cartons and micro-flute,” said Highcon CEO Shlomo Nimrodi at a Pre-drupa press conference held at Messe Düsseldorf.

“The system offers a 50 per cent increase in productivity compared to the current solution, the Beam 2, when combined with the optional Beam Writer or about 25 per cent without it.

“The Beam 3 offers higher quality and workflow improvements and is incredibly user-friendly. Converters can now handle up to 10 jobs per shift, with an average run length of 1000 sheets, and achieve a rapid ROI of under two years.”

Highcon Beam 3

Highcon also announced a new product in development – The Vulcan – a next generation system for the corrugated packaging and display category with a 1.4 x 1.7m sheet size and can support boards up to 5mm., delivering the full benefits of digital die cutting to mainstream corrugated production.

Highcon sees The Vulcan as addressing a painful gap in the current solutions available in the market. Vulcan will combine true physical creasing with laser cutting, and will have a maximum throughput of 3000 full-size per hour or up to 7000 sqm/hr. It will have a job changeover time of 5-10 minutes.

At drupa, Highcon’s will showcase its customers and their work as well as Highcon’s new solution portfolio, together with samples from the breakthrough Vulcan prototype.

Highcon Vulcan

“In this challenging environment, Highcon’s customers are successfully using ‘the right tool for the right job’ to optimise their plant productivity, overcome capacity limitations, improve agility, cost-effectiveness and efficiency and better serve their customers – all while maximising their return on investment,” said Highcon CEO Shlomo Nimrodi.

“Inspired by our amazing customers, their feedback and how they’re using our solutions today – as well as inputs that we’ve received over several years – Highcon will be demonstrating how digital die cutting is becoming mainstream. The time to die cut digitally has arrived.”

Bruce Caldwell, sales manager ANZ for fibre-based packaging – sign and display at Kissel + Wolf Australia, was very excited about the Highcon announcements ahead of drupa next month.

“As the newly and proudly appointed distributor of Highcon Systems in Australia and New Zealand we are delighted but not surprised by the latest updates from Highcon,” Caldwell told ProPack.

“Highcon have always been at the forefront in the development of digital die-cutting technologies and solutions and have led the way in demonstrating the many benefits to converters worldwide. Their ability to listen and consult with customers is one of the key strengths in their product development.

“They focus on their customers challenges and needs and have an unmatched commitment to finding and delivering the solution. One of the key questions I am asked regularly is ‘what is the next big thing in digital?’ Well, at the top of the list is Highcon digital die-cutting systems. At times quotes can be overstated however the new technologies being launched at drupa really are a game changer,” Caldwell said.

Jamie Weller, managing director at Kissel + Wolf Australia, said Highcon is the leader in digital die cutting and with the announcement of the new solutions, they are going mainstream, addressing many of the challenges converters have.

“We at Kissel + Wolf Australia are excited to help converters transform into an agile finishing workflow. Allowing them to deliver their finished products faster, accurately and in a more sustainable way.”

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