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™ Euclid digital cutting and creasing machines were designed to solve just these issues.

Since its launch at drupa 2012, Highcon customers all over the world have been supplying the constantly growing requirements of hundreds of brands by leveraging digital finishing capabilities for a wide range of applications. As the result of the lessons learned from these customers, at drupa 2016, Highcon showcased an entire portfolio of digital solutions whose key focus is on enabling an even wider range of applications that address the needs of packaging and printing companies.

The drupa portfolio offers a full range of digital finishing products from entry level to top of the line production capability, all based on Highcon’s core cutting and creasing technology

Highcon Portfolio Comparison*

Beam250 EuclidIII 250 Pulse 250

Highcon Beam

Digital cutting & creasing for the mainstream

Highcon Euclid III

Application versatility by digital cutting and creasing

Highcon Pulse

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

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
Throughput** 5,000 S/H 1,500 S/H 2,000 S/H
Substrate Cartonboard and label
200-600 μ (8-24 pt.)Microflute N+F+G up to
1.2mm (47 pt.)Corrugated up to E flute 2 mm (78 pt.)
Cartonboard and label
200-600 μ (8-24 pt.)Microflute N + F + G up to
1.2mm (47 pt.)
Cartonboard and labels
120-600 μ (5-24 pt.)
Machine length 8.8 m / 28 ft. 8.6 m / 28 ft. 6.4 m / 21 ft.
Variable Data Cutting Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
Advanced Registration Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
CAD Light Editor Included Included Optional add-on
Highcon Axis (basic pack) Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
Highcon Integrated Digital Strippping Optional add-on Optional add-on Optional add-on
3D Modeling Optional add-on Optional add-on N/A
*see product brochure for full specification
** depends on layout imposition and substrate