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 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 to Bill Lorenz, Boutwell Owens 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 up to 5,000 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 have been missing in the conventional market and will allow Boutwell Owens to successfully meet the demanding requirements of their clients and brands.
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