Delga Group installs Highcon Euclid III

UK-based Delga Group consists of Delga Press, CSP, Martin Paper Sales, Six Sides and Scarbutts, with each bringing their own specialisation, be that print process or market served. The group already had an established footprint in packaging and print, which was bolstered this year with the addition of Delga Labels.

Flexibility in the face of a global health crisis has been evident elsewhere in the group, such as with installation of a Highcon Euclid III within Delga Press’ packaging operations.

Euclid III is a digital cutting and creasing system designed to facilitate on-demand production and converting. Highcon’s proprietary DART technology sees DXF or PDF files uploaded to the machine, then translated into digital data that is written onto a foil using a special polymer. These digital rules are then used to crease sheets, which then move onto laser die-cutting to be cut, perforated or etched using precise CO2 lasers and optics. This permits precise cutouts and cuts, which Paul Tracey, chief operator of the Euclid III at Delga Press, describes as allowing ‘clever, intricate designs. What we can do with this machine is a fantastic capability to have.’

“The company is looking forward to finding a window of opportunity to experiment with and explore what can be done with the machine. Rather, it is already occupied producing customer jobs. Previously these would have been converted using the company’s B1 machine but are now processed using the Euclid III, before diverting back to conventional onward processing and shipment,” said Scott Terriss, Operations Manager.

Terriss continued, “We can take the PDF, convert it into a PDF file and process rush jobs. We do not have to wait two days for a die to be produced, which has brought added flexibility to our production. The next 12 months are difficult to forecast, but technologies such as the Highcon Euclid III and having Delga Labels will allow us to pivot and adapt quickly to the market and the needs of our customers.”

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