Boxes Inc. of Bridgeton, Missouri recently became the first company in the U.S. to install the flagship Highcon Beam 2C Digital Finishing System for corrugated earlier this year. The company added the Beam 2C to its digital workflow primarily to support their online, customized packaging web-to-pack site, Xceed – but is now also expanding usage to support other more traditional parts of the organization. Describing the install as “its easiest ramp-up ever,” Boxes Inc. benefitted most from the increased speed-to-market afforded by Highcon’s digital finishing technology.
This U.S. industry leader, together with subsidiary Mid-America Display, has been producing industrial shipping and packaging products, POP displays and signage for over 40 years. According to Jason Mueller, Senior Vice President and General Manager: “We’ve installed a number of new machines over the last few years, and this was by far the easiest ramp-up I’ve had the privilege of being part of. Within weeks we were routing and running 10 to 15 production orders a day on the Highcon.” Mike Ciaramella, Highcon V.P. Sales & General Manager, Americas added: “The close relationship between Boxes Inc. and our Highcon team has been key to their highly successful implementation of our technology. We look forward to continuing to support their business in the future.”
Boxes Inc. is currently running two shifts, substantially improving its overall efficiency “If I had to pick one benefit as the ‘key benefit’ I would have to say that we’ve benefited most from the speed-to-market improvements the Highcon system has provided,” Mueller added. “We no longer have the delay from ordering tooling. We’ve reduced our delivery time by more than 40%.”
The Highcon Beam 2C Digital Finishing System is available in two configurations – a pallet-based and a non-stop version with non-stop feeder, non-stop stacker and waste removal. The system was engineered to meet the stringent market requirements for corrugated packaging. These include non-crush processing, customizable to enable rightsizing and light-weighting of packaging, strong enough to allow product to be shipped in its own box, and at the same time providing a positive unboxing experience that supports brand owners.