Entwine Launches 100% Consumer Guarantee Program

Entwine, a California wine portfolio from Wente Vineyards, the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in America, today launched a 100% Money Back Guarantee program. In collaboration with Nomacorc, the world’s leading producer of high-tech wine corks, the 100% Money Back Guarantee program ensures that all consumers who purchase a bottle of entwine wine will enjoy every sip or they will get their money back.

The 100% Money Back Guarantee program is driven by entwine’s new smart closure, Nomacorc Select Series, which eliminates the risk of wine faults, including cork taint, oxidation and reduction, and ensures consistency from bottle to bottle. In addition, Nomacorc closures are fully recyclable and do not break or crumble when removed from the bottle.

“The switch to Nomacorc wine closures allows us to be more confident in guaranteeing customer satisfaction and ensuring that all entwine wines are expressed the way our winemaking team intended,” said Karl Wente, fifth generation winemaker at Wente Vineyards. “This new partnership will help maintain Wente’s long tradition of producing high-quality wines.”

Initially inspired to make food and wine pairing more approachable, entwine offers a portfolio of food-friendly, high-quality wines in partnership with Food Network. The portfolio consists of four varietal wines: Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, each with its own distinct personality and flavor. Working with Food Network Kitchen, all entwine wines come with a diverse menu of food pairing possibilities ranging from comfort foods like macaroni and cheese to show-stopping recipes created by Food Network Kitchens.

entwine is a brand that is backed by exceptional quality and a strong passion for expressing a wine’s vibrant aromas and flavors,” said Lars von Kantzow, president and CEO of Nomacorc. “These same values are intrinsic to Nomacorc and our products. Our company’s entire reason for being is to offer consumers the chance to enjoy wine without worry.”

Beginning in October, all entwine wines will come with a 100% Money Back Guarantee, promoted through in-store point-of-sale. If a consumer is dissatisfied with his/her entwine wine purchase, they can submit their claim to the winery for reimbursement of the purchased wine. The guarantee will be offered through October 2015.

“In a crowded retail environment where thousands of wines are available, our 100% Money Back Guarantee program offers added assurance to consumers that our wines will taste exactly as we intend,” continued Wente.

About Nomacorc
Nomacorc is a worldwide leader in wine closures and the No. 1 closure brand for still wines in many countries including France, Germany and the United States. Dedicated to technological innovation, Nomacorc manufactures its portfolio of products using a patented co-extrusion process. As a result, Nomacorc closures provide consistent, predictable oxygen management and protect against off-flavors due to oxidation, reduction or cork taint. Nomacorc’s 100% recyclable products are available through a vast network of distributors and sales agents on six continents. With nearly 500 employees worldwide and state-of-the-art manufacturing facilities in the United States, Belgium, China and Argentina, Nomacorc produces more than 2 billion closures annually. Working with renowned wine research institutes worldwide, the company leads the wine closure industry in fundamental and applied research into oxygen management in wine.

About Wente Vineyards
Founded in 1883, Wente Family Estates is the oldest continuously-operated family-owned winery in the country, now owned and managed by the fourth and fifth generations of the Wente family. The winery draws from nearly 3,000 acres of Estate vineyards in the Livermore Valley, San Francisco Bay and Arroyo Seco, Monterey appellations to create an outstanding portfolio of fine wines. Wente Vineyards is distributed in all 50 states and in over 70 countries worldwide. In 2010, Wente Vineyards was among the first wineries to receive the Certified California Sustainable Winegrowing designation, and one of the only wineries to certify every aspect of its business. In 2011, Wente Family Estates was named American Winery of the Year by Wine Enthusiast and a top 30 wine company by Wine Business Monthly. The year 2012 marked the 100th anniversary of the Wente family bringing Chardonnay cuttings to California. Today the Wente clone of Chardonnay is the most widely planted in California. This year, the winery celebrates its 130th vintage.

Located just east of San Francisco in the historic Livermore Valley, Wente Vineyards is recognized as one of California’s premier wine country destinations. The property features wine tasting, world-class concerts, award-winning fine dining and championship golf.

About Food Network
FOOD NETWORK (www.foodnetwork.com) is a unique lifestyle network, website and magazine that connects viewers to the power and joy of food. The network strives to be viewers’ best friend in food and is committed to leading by teaching, inspiring and empowering through its talent and expertise. Food Network is distributed to more than 100 million U.S. households and averages more than 9.9 million unique web users monthly. Since launching in 2009, Food Network Magazine has tripled its rate base and delivers a circulation of 1.45 million. Headquartered in New York, Food Network has a growing international presence with programming in more than 150 countries, including 24 hour networks in Great Britain, India, Asia and Africa. Scripps Networks Interactive (NYSE: SNI), which also owns and operates Cooking Channel (www.cookingchanneltv.com), DIY Network (www.diynetwork.com ), Great American Country (www.gactv.com), HGTV (www.hgtv.com), and Travel Channel (www.travelchannel.com),  is the manager and general partner.

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iSys Label Exceeds Expectations at Labelexpo Americas

iSys Label, Canadian developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label printers, has announced a strong showing at the recent Labelexpo Americas. The tradeshow was held September 9-11th at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL., and had an attendance upwards of 16,029 visitors during the three day event. With iSys Label distributors and resellers joining from Canada, United States, Mexico, Australia and the Latin Americas and in the booth, there was a substantial amount of sales done directly at the show, and many to come in the forthcoming weeks.

With the recent announcement of “section 3” certification for printing BS5609-compliant drum and chemical labels on the EDGE 850, iSys garnered a large amount of interest from print houses and companies needing to comply with the upcoming January 2015 deadline. The full color die-cut labels being printed were done using polyester stock from MACtac, and deliver outstanding stability and resistance to water, chemicals, fading and smudges when exposed to the harshest of elements.  In addition to the EDGE 850 printing GHS labels, the same machine was shown printing on continuous stock from UPM Raflatac in preparation for cutting, stripping and matrix removal on finishing equipment for users needing more versatility and flexibility in their print shops.

Lastly, iSys Label displayed their flagship product, the APEX 1290 – a standalone digital label press for short to mid run production. During the exhibition, iSys demonstrated the printing of full bleed die-cut wine labels from Avery Dennison. With media print widths ranging from 3- to 12.9-in. wide, users were shown how they can print, slit and rewind production-worthy labels with ease.

Randy Rickert, director of iSys Label remarks, “With every year that passes, iSys Label sees a substantial increase in the amount of patrons who are interested in the digital label printing market space. People looking for this technology seem to be more knowledgeable than in the past and are actively seeking digital label technology to fill their needs, whether it be in a print production facility or as brand owners looking to print their own labels. At Labelexpo Americas, iSys had distributors from all over the world and were very successful throughout the show with many installs happening immediately in the next couple weeks, as well as near future. The Labelexpo shows are something we look forward to all year long and we are excited to be attending the upcoming show in Brussels next fall.”

About iSys Label
iSys Label is the innovative developer and manufacturer of short to mid run digital label presses that deliver production quality labels print after print. Our focus is on developing customized product configurations to fit our customers’ needs and provide effective solutions that meet their highest expectations.

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Digitally Printed Labels from Labeltronix Boost Premium Product Line by 10%

ORGANIZATION

3D Products makes professional detailing products for commercial use on cars, as well as a premium retail line for consumers—an A-to-Z array of auto care products. The Santa Clarita, Calif.-based company sells through 20 stores and distributors in the United States, exports to 25 countries, and markets through three websites: 3D products.com, HDCarCare.com and an auto detailing forum on Autopia.org.

CHALLENGES
Mismatched Colors, Wasted Labels

General Manager Juan De Rada was surprised to see that 3D’s premium HD line of car care products—which are marketed in classy black packaging—looked different from one another on store shelves. The color on the labels didn’t match precisely, from bottle to bottle. When he asked his printer about it, De Rada was told: “Unfortunately, that’s going to happen until we get a digital press—maybe a year from now.” Also, to keep costs down, 3D would order large quantities of labels, even when they didn’t need them, because the printer’s volume pricing required it. That led to waste when changes were made to the labels.

SOLUTIONS

De Rada discovered Labeltronix at a trade show in 2012. He decided to see whether the company could solve his color mismatch problem, and quickly got the results he wanted. “I gave them two labels to work on, and it was night and day the difference,” he said. The dramatic improvement prompted De Rada to make a major move. “Now we’re printing 80% of out labels with Labeltronix. I wanted everything under the same umbrella. The other 20% are small projects that we do in-house,” said De Rada. 3D received these benefits from working with Labeltronix:

  • Perfect color match, on black or white labels, regardless of the label size
  • Cost savings with digital printing, without charges for changing plates to change colors
  • Removing the cost, waste and storage requirements from left-over label inventory
  • Delivery on orders like clockwork
  • Outstanding customer service

“Before, we had to be on top of our printer about everything.  Now, things are handled well, and we can forget about the labels because Labeltronix does it all,” he said.

RESULTS

Happy with his labeling partner, De Rada identifies many streamlined processes and cost efficiencies. “But more than savings, Labeltronix has helped us increase our sales 24% in the HD premium line,” said De Rada. “It’s a combination of factors. We also introduced 7 new products, and growth is going to happen anyway. I would say, though, that at least 10% of that overall line has grown from our much improved labeling from Labeltronix.”

 

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Mohawk Chairman and CEO, Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., to be Inducted into Soderstrom Society

Mohawk, North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers, envelopes and specialty substrates for commercial and digital printing, is pleased to announce Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, will be inducted into the Soderstrom Society, the graphic communications industry’s most prestigious honors organization.  

O’Connor was nominated for the post by the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL), and is the first paper industry executive to be inducted in the Society in its 58 year history.

O’Connor will be one of twelve industry leaders honored during an induction ceremony at the University of Chicago Downtown Gleacher Center on September 27.

The Soderstrom Society is an honors organization named for Walter E. Soderstrom, one of the founders of the National Association for Printing Leadership (NAPL). The Society recognizes the contributions of industry leaders, including print company owners, industry supplier executives, educators, journalists and consultants.

“The Soderstrom Society honors only individuals who have significantly contributed to the development and progress of the graphic arts industry. Tom’s many accomplishments fits this criteria perfectly. Every Soderstrom member has the privilege of nominating prospective members. Many are nominated but not all are voted in by the board. I nominated Tom and was very pleased that the board unanimously approved his induction. To my knowledge, Tom O’Connor is the first paper company executive to be inducted into the Soderstrom Society,” says Martin Maloney, CEO of Broadford & Maloney Incorporated, and member of the Soderstrom Society.

“It’s quite an honor to be inducted into the Soderstrom Society, and I thank NAPL for this significant recognition. I look forward to working with the Society’s members to continue to celebrate the heritage and future of print, while creating new opportunities for our industry,” says Thomas D. O’Connor, Jr., chairman and chief executive officer, Mohawk.

The Soderstrom Society induction ceremony will take place Saturday, September 27, the evening prior to the start of the graphic communications industry tradeshow Graph Expo, held at McCormick Place, Chicago, September 28-October 1, 2014.

ABOUT MOHAWK
Mohawk is North America’s largest privately-owned manufacturer of fine papers and envelopes which are preferred for commercial and digital printing, photo specialties and high-end direct mail.  Mohawk fine papers and envelopes include the signature brands Mohawk Superfine and Strathmore, as well as proprietary treatments Inxwell and i-Tone. With a culture of innovation, Mohawk’s business model now extends beyond paper manufacturing into new areas of growth, including digital substrates and web-based software platforms, which connect designers and printers to new markets. 

As a leader in environmentally and socially responsible business practices, Mohawk was the first U.S. manufacturer of commercial printing papers to match 100% of its electricity with wind power renewable energy credits and the first U.S. premium paper mill to shift toward carbon neutral production. Mohawk’s portfolio of fine papers includes many grades that are certified by Green Seal and/or the Forest Stewardship Council (FSC).

Mohawk is a fourth-generation, family-owned and operated business based in Cohoes, New York, with global sales and operations located throughout North America, Europe and Asia.

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Epson Introduces First Industrial ColorWorks Label Printer with PrecisionCore Print Chip Technology

Private label branding, regulatory compliance and supply chain optimization are driving the increased use of product pictures, logos, color warnings and variable data elements. To help industrial manufacturers and label converters overcome these challenges, Epson America, Inc., is introducing the ColorWorks C7500 Label Printer with Just In Time Color (JITC) Labeling. Powered by PrecisionCore print chip technology, the durable, bench top printer will introduce greater efficiency, productivity and cost savings – up to 50% in total labeling costs – for higher volume industrial and manufacturing applications.

The C7500 system is designed to efficiently and cost-effectively meet the needs of industrial manufacturers fulfilling high mix label requirements and variable printing demands. Epson’s patented PrecisionCore technology is a critical feature that enables the new printer to deliver speed, economy and print quality to manufacturers. The modular print chip merges enhanced print speed, image quality, ink durability and color resolution with the flexibility to cost-effectively scale up production as needed.

 “Whether it’s chemical compliance or private labeling of hardware goods, manufacturers everywhere are facing new labeling challenges and rising costs,” says Andy Scherz, senior product manager at Epson. “The integration of PrecisionCore technology into our new ColorWorks printer will deliver improved performance, productivity and cost savings to a wider group of manufacturers facing these issues.”

The C7500 is Epson’s first ColorWorks industrial printer with a print head configured in a linehead configuration. This new linehead technology delivers a higher image resolution of 600 x 1200 DPI at faster speeds with very precise dot placement and high-speed media handling. The 4-color printer delivers the same low cost per label and high image durability of previous ColorWorks labeling solutions while increasing print speed by as much as 430% and ink capacity tenfold. The printer is constructed with an industrial grade metal casing for added durability in demanding manufacturing environments.

Enhanced operating features on the new system enable fast, easy transition from inefficient, legacy printers and existing pre-printed label stock. The ColorWorks C7500 comes equipped with ZPL II programming compatibility to allow direct plug-in replacement for manufacturers operating two-step printing with traditional thermal transfer printers. In this application, the printer can produce full color labels from blank stock by automatically merging “color pre-print” images in memory with existing monochrome data streams.

“Inventory and cost management is a central concern for plant managers and label converters looking to cost-effectively integrate multi-product, short run label production but the idea of switching to a new process may seem costly and daunting.” adds Scherz. “The ColorWorks C7500 makes this transition easier, enabling companies to realize the benefits of on demand color labeling sooner.”

Availability
The Epson ColorWorks C7500 and portfolio of ColorWorks label printers will be showcased at Labelexpo Americas 2014 (September 9-11; Donald E. Stephens Convention Center, Rosemont, IL), Booth #5813.

About Epson America, Inc.
Epson is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of highly reliable point-of-service technology, including printers, precision printing mechanisms, digital image scanners and mobile printing solutions. Founded in 1975 and headquartered in Long Beach, CA, Epson America, Inc. is the U.S. affiliate of Japan-based Seiko Epson Corporation, a global manufacturer and supplier of high-quality technology products that meet customer demands for increased functionality, compactness, systems integration and energy efficiency. The Seiko Epson organization is proud of its ongoing contributions to the global environment, and for the third year in a row is part of the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index – an indicator for leading companies in economic, environmental and social criteria. Epson offers the most comprehensive line of POS printers, as well as the widest selection of ENERGY STAR qualified models available today.

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Unlocking the Power of Package Design

REDUCING TOTAL INVENTORY COST
A Roadmap to Higher ROI

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
Inventory represents a significant investment at many companies. While effective inventory strategies can elevate a company’s performance, inventory is often misunderstood and under- measured. This paper identifies three simple questions that can be used to help reduce inventory investment without risking profit dollars. Thinking through these three questions – on inventories of raw materials, packaging, and finished goods – can yield improvements in inventory return-on-investment. 

INTRODUCTION
Businesses succeed by selling more products at better margins. The best companies fuel their growth and margins by mating outstanding market and consumer insight with effective product development and robust supply chain and operations practices. Inventory management and inventory strategy are key elements of these operational practices.

Inventory is a significant asset on the balance sheet of manufacturing companies. Depending on the industry sector, inventory can represent up to 20% to 30% of total assets, with inventory of packaging supplies often representing a sizeable portion of this value. Further, the effectiveness with which a manufacturing concern handles its inventory is closely tied to overall financial success. A 2009 study published in the International Journal of Operations & Production Management, for example, showed a significant positive correlation between financial performance and inventory performance.

Building the optimal inventory strategy is complex, but answering three simple questions can help illuminate ways to reduce inventory investment without risking profit dollars. Addressing these three questions – on inventories of raw materials, packaging, and finished goods – can yield improvements in inventory return-on-investment (ROI).

HOW MUCH DOES YOUR INVENTORY COST
Most of the time, the true costs of inventory are underestimated and incomplete. Many companies view the cost of inventory as the “cost of capital” of the inventory asset. So a company with $15 million in average packaging inventory and an 8% cost to raise money (the blended rate of the return needed to pay stockholders, bondholders, and/or private parties to borrow money) sees a carrying cost of $1.2 million per year. But the actual cost is far greater than just this cost of capital. Consider the following costs associated with holding and handling this inventory:

DIRECT INVESTMENT EXPENSES
• The cost of capital invested in the inventory (as discussed above) • Insurance on the inventory
• Yearly loss stemming from pilferage and shrinkage
• Yearly loss stemming from obsolescence

HOUSING THE INVENTORY

  • Depreciation or rent on the building holding the inventory (or the portion of the building used for inventory)
  • Heat and utilities on the building holding the inventory
  • Janitorial, security, and routine maintenance on the building
  • Taxes and insurance on the land and building
  • Cost of capital invested in the land the building sits on 

HANDLING OF THE INVENTORY
• Depreciation or rent of material-handling equipment (e.g., forklifts)
• Direct operating costs of material-handling equipment (e.g., propane tanks)
• Employee costs to receive, stack, and maintain materials
• Freight and transportation costs borne by the company

ADMINISTRATION AND MEASUREMENT EXPENSES
• Employee costs to account for and measure the inventory
• Top management time spent on solving inventory issues

COSTS OF SYSTEM FAILURE
• Lost business and profits or impaired goodwill from improper management or late delivery of materials

When these additional costs are taken into account, the total cost of holding inventory can represent 25-30% of the inventory’s book value. For the company with $15 million in packaging inventory, that translates into holding costs of $4.5 million per year – about four times higher than the cost-of-capital calculation. The bill can climb even higher if improper inventory management is involved.

Getting an accurate measurement of what inventory truly costs is a smart first step in enhancing inventory ROI. Then attention can turn to defining the right amount of inventory to carry in the system. 

HOW TO RIGHT-SIZE YOUR INVENTORY?
Finding the right stocking levels involves balancing many factors. Having too much inventory leads to unneeded costs, but having too little risks stock-outs and difficulty meeting customer demand.

Four elements are included in the calculus of how much inventory to carry. The discussion below uses examples related to packaging inventory, but the same logic applies to raw materials and finished goods.

EXPECTED DEMAND
Overall, how much of a package is needed in a year? Past history may be a guide, but the best efforts include a thoughtful forecast given the planned marketing or sales initiatives and a look at the latest demand indicators. Because this exercise should be done at the product-line or SKU level, this is a tricky but critical process. Getting it right defines the total buy, but not how much to carry at any one point.

ORDER FREQUENCY
The more frequently you can order, the less inventory you need to carry as you can replenish more regularly. But more orders can lead to higher piece-prices (as one large buy is broken up to many smaller buys) and more freight costs (as one truck-load receipt is turned into multiple LTL receipts) and may violate vendor minimums. On the other hand, the less frequently you can order or replenish, the greater the inventory level required to meet a certain demand. 

LEAD TIMES
If you can order a package on Tuesday and receive as much as you need on Wednesday, then lead times are simple and not a factor. But often lead times can be long and variable. Lead times may vary for many reasons: type of product (commodity vs. unique part), number of potential suppliers (few vs. many), locations of the suppliers (e.g., domestic vs. international), and buying power of the purchasing company (market mover vs. tiny player). Longer lead times require more precise planning, causing many companies to opt for higher inventory levels.

SAFETY STOCK
The more uncertainty there is in the supply chain, the greater the cost of failure and – therefore – the more likely a company will want to carry more inventory or safety stock. Uncertainty can come from many factors, including variability in supplier lead times as well as quality concerns or unevenness. Inability to manufacture due to input stock-outs leads to a “cost of failure” such as customer/retailer dissatisfaction, consumer loss of loyalty, and overall brand impairment. Safety stock is an insurance policy against risks in the supply chain or miscalculations in inventory planning.

Identifying the amount of inventory to have on hand does not mark the end of inventory optimization. There are still ways to drive down inventory on your balance sheet by finding other places to locate the assets. 

WHERE BEST TO PLACE YOUR INVENTORY?
Your own warehouses or manufacturing plants are certainly places to locate inventory. These locations offer the highest levels of visibility, control, and ownership. But they also come with the high carrying costs outlined earlier.

There are two other partners that may be able to accept your inventory and provide a better balance of costs and benefits. First, for finished goods, you may be able to push inventory downstream to your customers. For differentiated products in high demand and with little pricing risk, this may be a real option.

Second, for packaging and raw materials, you can look to your suppliers. Not all suppliers are adept at managing inventory; you need a supplier you can trust who also has operational expertise, financial stability, and the same goals as you. Indeed, a thorough vetting process is required.

But the right supplier can inventory your packaging (for example) and, with proven and reliable just- in-time delivery, substantially lower your inventory and subsequent carrying costs. With lower assets (less inventory) and higher profit dollars (lower carrying costs), your overall return on assets can improve dramatically. Take the earlier example of the company with $15 million invested in packaging inventory. What if a supplier can reliably take half that inventory, store it at a nearby warehouse, and ship it to the company in daily releases? With a 30% carrying cost, the supplier has just saved their customer over $2 million annually. This is real partnership and value creation. 

 

GETTING STARTED
Effective inventory management is a cross-functional issue. From finance to marketing, sales, procurement, manufacturing, and warehousing – touch points across the entire organization have a role in building and applying a system to improve inventory ROI.

This cross-functional team needs to consider three fundamental questions in regards to packaging, raw materials, and finished goods inventories:

1. How much does your inventory cost?
2. How to right-size your inventory?
3. Where best to place your inventory?

Each business has different dynamics and imperatives. Answering question #1 will help prioritize inventory optimization in light of other corporate needs. Then functional expertise can help unlock the savings opportunities presented in questions #2 and #3. But be sure to keep your mind open to new paradigms and opportunities for partnership across the supply chain. 

 

SUMMARY
Inventory planning and management are neither simple nor sexy, but they can play a critical role in a company’s success. Given the enormous amount invested in inventory (over $750 billion in the United States across all manufacturing firms as of Q4 2013) and the often-underestimated cost of holding this inventory, a company can elevate above its competition through smarter inventory strategies.

The actions outlined in this paper – quantifying your true carrying cost, defining the right amount of inventory to carry within the system, and then locating that inventory across your suppliers, you, and your customers – provide a simple roadmap to higher ROI. There are pitfalls along the way, but with vigilance and the help of experts and partners where needed, you will be able to capture profits and efficiencies that boost your bottom line. 

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Highcon Euclid II Series to Launch at Graph Expo

At Graph Expo 14 (Chicago, September 28-October 1), Highcon will be launching the Highcon Euclid II series of digital cutting and creasing machines. This second generation of machines incorporates several new features, the result of valuable production input garnered from Euclid customers around the world. The show will be the first public exhibit of the Highcon Euclid digital technology in the North American market, and the company will conduct live demos on the Highcon Euclid II+ machine, in booth #1262.

Aviv Ratzman, Highcon CEO & Co-founder: “With our slogan for the show of “Convert to Value” we intend to demonstrate our ability to deliver the innovation and differentiation that converters, printers, brand owners and retailers have all been waiting for. By transforming “finishing” into a value adding process, the Euclid II series can positively impact each user’s profitability.”

The Euclid II series of machines includes the following new optional add-ons, all of which are included in the top of the line machine, the Euclid II+:

  • Highcon Integrated Digital Stripping Unit: The built-in waste stripping mechanism automatically removes the waste from the smallest internal cutouts, eliminating the need to buy, setup or store a separate stripping tool.
  • Optical registration: In addition to the registration of the sheets mechanically on the machine, this new module adds the ability to align the creasing and cutting to the image.
  • Fine cutting accelerator: This advanced software module takes laser cutting and marking to new heights of design flexibility and speed.
  • Web-to-pack software: Highcon has collaborated with expert software developers to produce purpose built web-to-pack software, which will be on show at the booth. Combined with the digital cutting and creasing of the Highcon Euclid, this software will offer print service providers and packaging converters the ability to open customized on line stores with all the advantages of a digital process.

Other new features of the Euclid II series:

  • A new substrate handling system: The Euclid II can handle a wide range of substrates: paper, folding carton, labels and microflute. Additional sensors ensure registration accuracy and a smooth, uninterrupted sheet flow, increasing productivity and reliability.
  • Enhanced Creasing Quality: Highcon has enhanced the quality of the crease line by developing a new polymer formula and implementing optimized rule geometry that keeps a balance between strength and flexibility, allowing the production of sharp and accurate creases with a new ability to produce curved lines.
  • Cutting: Optimized cutting algorithms heighten the accuracy and control over the laser power while allowing higher production speeds to be achieved.
  • User-Friendly Interface: The latest version of the Euclid software offers user-friendly make-ready, new cutting and registration algorithms, efficient use of consumables, all of which contribute to provide improved productivity as well as enabling remote service.

At the show, Highcon will be displaying numerous packages, greeting cards and marketing or promotional items, all of which have been produced by the Highcon Euclid digital cutting and creasing machines. These samples demonstrate the intricate cutouts, marking, creasing and versioning that add increased value to finished products.

About Highcon
Founded in 2009 by Aviv Ratzman and Michael Zimmer, Highcon has developed a truly innovative digital cutting and creasing solution that is transforming the post-print market. The Highcon Euclid offers converters and printers design flexibility, and rapid speed to market, while eliminating costly production steps and reducing carbon footprint of paper, folding carton, label, and microflute production. Launched at Drupa 2012, the Euclid is installed at customer sites in the USA, Europe, Middle East and Africa. Highcon is represented by channel partners and a dedicated sales force.

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