Highcon teams up with Tilia

Highcon Systems has signed an arrangement with Tilia Labs to supply Tilia’s Phoenix automated planning and imposition system with Highcon’s range of digital post-production devices for corrugated and carton board converters.

Highcon’s Beam 2C is designed for corrugated converters.

Tilia Phoenix uses artificial intelligence to look at all the jobs in the print queue as well as the key parameters such as due dates, order quantities, and finishing to generate optimised combinations that in turn should reduce the number of production runs, makereadies and changeovers. Highcon is betting that this will allow its converting customers to process many more jobs per shift, increasing total throughput and revenue for both digitally printed and conventionally printed cartons.

For its part, Tilia Labs will also develop the capability to automatically place optimized nicks and stripping lines within the base version of its Phoenix software. That would reduce the number of makereadies and the amount of time that operators spend on every job.

Simon Lewis, Highcon’s VP of Marketing, explained: “We came to understand that Tilia Labs’ artificial intelligence is a key enabler to our digital manufacturing vision, changing the paradigm of production planning and increasing the value of Highcon’s solutions to packaging converters. The optimal imposition and the dynamic ganging abilities will enable substrate optimization and will greatly support the growing sustainability requirements which is part of the core value proposition of Highcon. We are delighted to have established this partnership and to know that our customers will be receiving the enabler to digital manufacturing with every system we deliver.”

You can find further details on the finishing devices from highcon.net and on the Phoenix software from tilialabs.com.



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