Digital Finishing

The introduction of digital technology into the print and packaging industry has been gradual. When looking at the end to end process, prepress is now completely 100% digital. The uptake of digital printing is far less – but is growing at a rapid rate year over year. Only the post-press section consistently remained analog, retaining the need for highly skilled employees, high expenses, and a time-consuming, complex supply chain.

On the other hand, from the client perspective, market segmentation, whether by region, language, season, age or gender requires ever shorter print or packaging runs but at an even more demanding pace. Time to market is critical while the product lifetime gets continually shorter.The primary bottleneck in the finishing process – for printers, converters and trade finishers, is the creasing and cutting, because of the die-cutting forme – this slows the whole process down. The price of the die, the timing of delivery, the transportation usually all depend on an outside supplier. And if you should need any changes or repairs to the die – which is the case about 40% of the time – you have to go through the cycle again. And once it’s all completed, the setup time on the die cutting machine, not to mention the storage in vast warehouses is both expensive and not very friendly to the environment.

The answer is a digital solution which performs in-house, independent of an external supply chain, matches the quality of the analogue process, but is faster, cleaner, greener, and more profitable. The Highcon® Beam and Euclid digital cutting and creasing machines were designed to solve just these issues.

Highcon Portfolio Comparison*

Beam250 EuclidIII 250

Highcon Beam

Digital cutting & creasing for the mainstream

Highcon Euclid III

Application versatility by digital cutting and creasing

Highcon Euclid IIIS

Digital cutting & creasing in a B2/29 in. format

Highcon Euclid IIIC

Digital cutting & creasing for corrugated board

Format 760 X 1060 mm. portrait / 30 X 42 in 760 X 1060 mm. portrait / 30 X 42 in 530 x 750 mm. portrait / 21 x 30 in 760 X 1060 mm. portrait / 30 X 42 in
Throughput** 5,000 S/H 2,250 S/H 2,750 S/H 1,500 S/H
Substrate Cartonboard and label
200-600 μ (8-24 pt.)
Cartonboard and label
200-600 μ (8-24 pt.)
Cartonboard and label
200-600 μ (8-24 pt.)
Microflute N+F+G up to 1.2 mm (47 pt.) Microflute N + F + G up to 1.2 mm (47 pt.) Microflute N+F+G up to 1.2 mm (47 pt.) Microflute N+F+G+E+B***  1-3 mm (40-120 pt.)
Corrugated up to E flute 2 mm (78 pt.)
Machine length 8.8 m / 28 ft. 8.6 m / 28 ft. 8.6 m / 28 ft. 8.6 m / 28 ft.
Variable Data Cutting Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
Advanced Registration Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on (requires mark on top)
CAD Light Editor Included Included Included Included
Highcon Integrated Digital Strippping Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on N/A
*see product brochure for full specification
** depends on layout imposition and substrate
*** board type – single wall, laminated, Curviness range 40mm/1m (4%)