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Highcon and Tilia Labs partner to improve productivity for converters


March 29, 2022
By PrintAction Staff
The Highcon Beam 2C.

Highcon Systems and Tilia Labs announce a partnership that will build the software capabilities of Tilia Phoenix into every Highcon system going forward.

As part of this partnership, Tilia Labs will develop functionality to automatically place optimized nicks and stripping lines within the base version of Tilia Phoenix, their flagship planning and imposition application. The application employs artificial intelligence (AI) technology to enable optimal imposition and dynamic jobs ganging. These capabilities will reduce the number of make readies and operators’ time on every job and allow Highcon customers to produce more jobs per shift with maximum efficiency and reduced waste.

“Highcon’s digital manufacturing vision dovetails perfectly with the benefits Tilia Phoenix’s artificial intelligence brings to our industry.  Alongside Highcon’s focus on material optimization and short run production, Tilia Phoenix is the perfect solution to continuously feed the machines quickly and efficiently. We are excited about this partnership and look forward to transforming corrugated and folding carton manufacturing,” said George Folickman, global sales director for Tilia Labs.

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Tilia labs and Highcon already have several mutual clients providing the hypothesis that combining a larger pool of orders in production planning leads to reduced manufacturing costs and gains in overall throughput.

“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,” said Simon Lewis, Highcon’s VP-marketing.