Israeli firm Highcon has introduced a new direct-to-pack solution for folding cartons for converters looking to extend the digital technology into the finishing process.
The digital folding-carton cutting and creasing solution complements the Xerox automated packaging system, which includes the Epic CTi-635 in-line coating system, the Stora Enso Gallop Buffering Stacker line and the DC58 die cutter.
Highcon said it has been working with Xerox to perform cutting and creasing on carton packages printed on the Xerox iGen4.
The Highcon Euclid, powered by the company's digital adhesive rule technology (DART), will convert cutting and creasing from an analogue to a digital workflow by using precision laser optics and polymer technologies.
Highcon sales and business development vice president Chris Baker said the company is convinced that the Highcon Direct-to-Pack solution will be a game-changer for the folding carton package printers.
The new technology offers brand owners and converters faster delivery, increased versioning, shorter run lengths and creative designs.
According to the company, the system eliminates costly production steps, reduces the carbon footprint of packaging production and will transform the existing folding carton market by increasing speed to market.
Highcon is set to launch the first production speed digital converting machine using its technology at the DRUPA exhibition in May 2012.