Finishing touches

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Nessan Cleary

So far we've mostly covered various print processes and vendors from this year's Drupa show. But it’s time to turn our attention now to the digital postpress sector.

Postpress covers a multitude of different processes but for the purposes of this story we’re mainly considering digital processes, which are perhaps better termed enhancement and decoration rather than finishing. Several companies are active in this sector, which is mostly aimed at short run packaging, mirroring the general lurch towards packaging that we saw with the digital printers that were shown at Drupa. There is, of course, more to the finishing sector but we’ll cover the various folders and book binders that are aimed at digital printing in a separate story.

Highcon showed off three new digital finishing machines, which essentially offer creasing and cutting optins. This included the Beam, very much the flagship in the Highcon range. It’s a B1 device aimed at packaging printers and capable of running at 5,000 sph. It takes substrates from 120 microns up to 2mm corrugated e-flute. It should be available later this year. It also includes variable data cutting and automatic registration.

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