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Below you can find the answers to the most commonly asked questions about the Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing solutions.

General

  • Highcon is an Israeli company, founded in 2009, that has invented the first digital cutting and creasing machines for folding carton finishing and commercial applications – the Highcon Euclid series.
  • The Highcon Euclid is a revolutionary digital converting solution for printers, converters and trade finishers.
    The Highcon Euclid incorporates Highcon’s ‘DART’ (Digital Adhesive Rule Technology). The Euclid transforms cutting and creasing from an analogue to a digital workflow, dramatically streamlining the finishing process.
  • Printers or Print Service Providers - Innovative printers looking to extend their product portfolio or to gain a larger share of their clients' print spend frequently have to outsource folding carton work, losing time, money and control.
    By bringing the Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing solution in-house, printers can not only regain control of folding carton work but can also offer new products to their existing customer base and attract new customers. Promotional items, greeting cards, marketing collateral and even labels can all be digitally converted and add value to their product offering.

    Converters and trade finishers that are looking to differentiate with sophisticated packaging designs will discover that the digital cutting and creasing process enables new, complex cutouts and apertures and variable packaging.
    Also Converters and trade finishers who do a lot of short runs or find themselves turning away short run work for their clients because it is unprofitable will also find that the Highcon Euclid will bring advantages for runs that are under 10,000 sheets.
  • We believe that it will be used in addition to conventional die cutting and creasing equipment as a complementary process.
  • We have direct and indirect channels.
    We sell in the regions in which we have either built our own infrastructure, or have our channel partners in place.
    To see all our channel partners visit: https://www.highcon.net/channel-partners or contact our sales team:
    Highcon EMEA - Mr. Jens-Henrik Osmundsen, VP Sales, Tel: +32 478 334745, Email: HighconEMEA@highcon.net
    Highcon NA - Mr. Vic Stalam, President Highcon Inc., Tel: +1 (844) 442-66701, Email: HighconNA@highcon.net
    Highcon APJ - Mr. Kazem Samandari, Director Asia Pacific & Japan, Tel: +91 9910 400 263, Email: HighconAPJ@Highcon.net
  • Yes, in 12 patent families

Performance

  • The maximum run speed of the Euclid is currently up to 1,500 sheets per hour for a sheet 76cm x 106cm; 30” x 42” or double sheets from 320 x 457 mm / 12.5 x 18 in., to 760 x 470 mm./ 30 x 18.5 in., in one machine cycle, thus doubling productivity.

    The number of jobs per hour will depend primarily upon run length of the jobs, unlike current analogue systems which are determined by the unproductive die set-up time.

    Taking into account all the factors, including the speed and all costs, from the data we have this equates to a highly competitive run length (compared to the conventional process) of up to 10,000 sheets. Use of the Euclid for creative short-run jobs will be particularly cost-effective
  • Up to 20,000
  • We expect that on average, it will take around 15 minutes, which is a fraction of the current conventional process. The Highcon concept of splitting the cutting and creasing processes means that the set up become much easier and shorter.
  • There is an initial calibration of the cutting and creasing systems according to the job requirements and substrate, followed by a process designed to sync between the two stations.In addition to the registration of the sheets mechanically on the machine, the new optical registration module adds special optical sensors to identify registration marks and align the creasing and cutting to the image.
  • The speed is set automatically on the machine but the operator can adjust the speed according to requirements
  • The creases are consistent up to 20,000 sheets
    The crease varies according to the type of substrate, like conventional die-cutting.

     

Highcon Integrated Digital Stripping Unit

  • Activated by a press of a button the stripping optional add-on module moves fine decoration cutting waste as small as 2x2mm (0.078 X0.078 Inches) can handle text, signs, small and complicated shapes.

Substrates

  • The Highcon Euclid can cover paper, labels, cartonboard and microflute.
    Label & Paperboard thickness 0.2-0.6 mm. (8-24 pt.), N + F Microflute up to 1.2 mm. (47 pt.)
  • No. The software will adjust the DART die creation per the substrate ink / coating properties in order to achieve optimal results
    We currently support most types of enhancement / (varnish, UV curable coating, lamination) but of course there is always room to test new and different coatings
  • The Highcon Euclid uses a number of new technologies and designs to optimize productivity and quality. For example, we optimize the speed of the laser, control the air regime under the conveyor belt and have developed a special needle belt, all of which reduce the effects of the laser heat and produce results comparable or better than other laser cutting devices.
    We continue to test and improve the range of substrates handled, and have had great feedback from customers and prospects.

Technology

  • We use an array of high power CO2 lasers combined with the most advanced scanning system and unique optics design. This enables high quality cutting as well as the unique capabilities of intricate shapes and personalized cartons.
    Partial cutting is also simple and can be performed by defining in the software. It is also possible to do perforation, etching and, of course, because of the digital technology, you can cut on a crease and produce kiss cuts.
  • These lasers are built to last and perform efficiently for several years without maintenance – they are sealed. Customers can be completely covered within the service options.
  • Highcon uses completely new and unique DART (Digital Adhesive Rule Technology) to rapidly lay down or place high quality crease lines. The lines are created using a sophisticated writing head and polymer.
    The writing head velocity is 8.5m/min (27.9 ft./min) and then the foil is cured with UV light, making this an extremely fast process, especially in comparison to anything that exists.

Consumables

  • There are only 3 consumables required to create the DART:
    1. The DART polymer which creates the crease lines
    2. The DART Foil onto which the crease lines are written
    3. The DART Counter substrate which supports the high quality creasing and is replaced only after approximately 500,000 impressions
  • No, you may encounter registration issues, and lose DART foil flexibility
  • Temp - between 15°C - 30°C ( 59-86°F)
    Expiry – if stored according to recommended conditions, the polymer will last for six months from delivery date.
    The foil and counter will last for 24 months as of delivery date
  • You only need one polymer, making the process very simple, quick and reliable.
  • The written DART Foil and the DART Counter can be disposed of in the municipal garbage as defined by the local regulations. The DART canister and the purge container of the writing system must be treated as chemical waste and disposed of as required by the local regulations regarding disposal of chemicals.

Workflow

Quality

Operation & Installation Requirements

Pricing

  • You can learn more about the price of the Highcon Euclid from our salesmen:
    Highcon EMEA - Mr. Jens-Henrik Osmundsen, VP Sales, Tel: +32 478 334745, Email: HighconEMEA@highcon.net
    Highcon NA - Mr. Vic Stalam, President Highcon Inc., Tel: +1 (844) 442-66701, Email: HighconNA@highcon.net
    Highcon APJ - Mr. Kazem Samandari, Director Asia Pacific & Japan, Tel: +91 9910 400 263, Email: HighconAPJ@Highcon.net
  • The DART cost will vary depending upon crease line length. Additionally the cutting length and complexity will not increase the cost, plus it will be available in minutes rather than days and will take a fraction of the time to set up on the machine.
  • The machine hourly rate is similar to other cutting and creasing machines as is the power.
    The die production is dramatically less as is the cost associated with set up time.
    Then the logistics and storage costs are removed.
    Finally the labour costs are likely to be less given that the digital technology replaces the many on-going decisions required by an operator working with an analogue system.
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