Digital Technologies for Print

Boutwell Owens Installs Fist Highcon Beam in the USA
Yavne, Israel, October 10 2017; Living up to their slogan of  "130 years of innovation" Boutwell Owens & Co. Inc. have just completed the installation of the USA's first Highcon Beam digital cutting and creasing machine at their site in Fitchburg, Massachusetts. The top-of-the-line Highcon machine has taken its place in the company's highly successful digital packaging production suite alongside the Highcon Euclid II. The addition of the Highcon Beam, which brings digital  finishing to the heart of the mainstream folding carton production by addressing runs of up to 15,000 sheets, reaffirms Boutwell Owens' vision of leading the industry's digital transformation. 
According the Bill Lorenz, V.P Operations, "The Highcon Beam will take our existing capabilities to new heights. With the Highcon Euclid, our customers are already reaping the  benefits of production flexibility in terms of supply chain support and the ability to order just what is needed, when it's needed, not to mention the highly creative designs that were impossible before. With the Highcon Beam we will be able to extend those advantages to longer run lengths, and  bring these capabilities to market segments and customers that were beyond the Euclid's reach."
Ron Kukla, Highcon Sales Director, Americas, said "Boutwell Owens has proven to the market just what Highcon digital technology is capable of and made a name for themselves especially in the ability to deliver high quality short run packaging  with rapid turnaround. The addition of the Highcon Beam to complement their conventional manufacturing capability will allow them to apply the same benefits to high volume production."
With a speed of to 5000 sheets per hour, the Highcon Beam was developed as a robust solution to the challenges facing folding carton converters and print service providers, replacing the expensive and slow conventional die-making and setup process with a high speed digital technology, Once integrated into the mainstream folding carton production environment, the Beam will bring the responsiveness, flexibility and efficiency that has been missing in the conventional market and will allow Boutwell Owens to successfully meet the demanding requirements of their clients and brands.

Established in 1963, Ilan Print Ltd is a commercial printing company that combines offset and digital printing with web-to-print and VDP applications. Their expertise allows them to deliver a standard of quality, creativity and responsiveness second to none. Their reputation for innovation and adoption of cutting edge technology has kept them ahead of the market for years and together with unlimited design potential released by their recently installed Highcon Euclid they aim to strengthen their design creativity while streamlining the ordering process and further improving responsiveness to customers.

Since installing the Highcon Euclid, Eran Friedman, VP of Ilan Print, has made a point of introducing the new capabilities of the digital cutting and creasing technology to his customers. A loyal customer of Ilan Print who orders all kinds of marcom products from the company - books, brochures, catalogues etc. - asked if the Highcon Euclid they had heard about could produce a box for their upcoming book. The customer had no die cutting experience but the graphic design was already done. Although Ilan Print has strong graphic staff, they have no in-house structural designer with experience in packaging and up unitl now had outsourced large scale packaging design and production. 

By using the Highcon Axis, both the customer and Ilan Print were able to move ahead with no problem. Their designers could logon, go into the Axis library, chose the required dimensions they needed for their box and the dieline was automatically created. They sent the dieline to the customer to apply graphics and then uploaded it back to Axis for 3D preview with graphics. The uploaded file was sent to the customer the same day. The customer approved the design online and the entire order of 150 boxes was accepted, printed, cut, creased and delivered within 24 hours.

According to Eran Friedman: "The Highcon Euclid III offers us true versatility; the ability to extend the already wide range of commercial applications we offer our customers. The machine will not only complete an all-digital flow from our HP Indigo 10000 digital press but will also support our offset printed pieces on B2/30in. sheets and allow us also to produce highly differentiated pieces on unprinted B1/40 in stock. Together with Highcon Axis the service we can now offer our customers is incomparable".

The Highcon Euclid III replaces a complex, expensive and slow die-making and setup process, with an in-house controlled digital system, delivering improved responsiveness, design flexibility and enhanced efficiency. Based on Highcon's proven technology, the Euclid III addressed todays operational challenges and answers tomorrows growth needs by enabling a wide range of applications from packaging and commercial print applications to customisation with Variable Data Cutting and We-to-Pack.