The Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machine (Booth 1262) offers printers and converters a digital solution for folding carton converting with no need for a conventional die.
The machine handles cartonboard from 10-24 pt and microflute up to 39 pt. The two processes of cutting and creasing are separated.
The creasing is carried out by the Highcon patent-pending, Digital Adhesive Rule Technology, DART. The creasing data from a DXF file is sent to the special DART canister which releases polymer onto a Highcon DART foil in the form of rules that once cured, will produce hard raised lines. The entire setup process takes only minutes.
The cutting is done by an array of high-powered CO2 lasers combined with scanners and advanced optics, which perform the cutting design laid out in the software. The laser can produce marking effects, variable cutouts, perforations (like zipper tears), scoring and numerous other effects.
In production, sheets pass from the feeder along the conveyor to the DART station. Underneath the DART upper drum on which the foil has been wrapped and written, is a second drum, covered with a blanket-like counter. As the sheets pass through between the two drums, the crease is made.
Each sheet then passes automatically along the conveyor to the cutting station and then continues to the stacker. The Euclid handles up to 1,500 B1 sheets per hour (double for B2 sheets) depending on the crease line length, type of substrate and job complexity, and jobs are simply stored on a memory stick, not in a warehouse
This digital process enables flexibility of design and process.