Packaging design and workflow solutions provider Esko and converting specialist Highcon have entered into an OEM agreement to distribute, install and support the Esko CAD digital front end (DFE) software as complementary software to the Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine.

As per the agreed terms, the Highcon Euclid will offer an onboard software tool, the Highcon light editor, which will allow customers to take full advantage of the benefits of digital technology by editing crease and cut lines in the structural design at the production stage.

Esko’s CAD software is capable of converting packaging structures to the final format required by the Euclid, which receives its CAD cutting and creasing information from ArtiosCAD prepared or converted DFX files.

The software will also be able to introduce last-minute changes and enable optimisation of nicks by increasing or decreasing their size.

Highcon executive vice-president Eitan Varon said: "We are proud of the opportunity to partner with Esko, incorporating their industry-leading technology into our game-changing digital converting solution.

"We have been working with Esko since the beginning and are excited to extend this collaboration for the benefit of our existing and future customers.

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"We have been working with Esko since the beginning and are excited to extend this collaboration for the benefit of our existing and future customers."

"Flexibility is one of the key advantages of digital technology and by implementing the Esko CAD DFE our customers will be able to perform a wide range of last minute edits that ensure the proper production of the package, promotional item or greeting card that their clients require."

Esko structural design product manager Richard Deroo said: "This late-stage capability is especially important in an environment where run lengths and cycle times are compressed.

"Packaging converters accept files from a wide variety of sources and it is essential that they have the ability to control final structures at the point of production to ensure a consistent quality product with limited waste and downtime."

Image: Highcon Euclid with Esko CAD DFE. Photo: courtesy of Esko.