Highcon has introduced HighConnect, a Cloud-based data information platform that allows users to monitor their digital finishing system’s production performance.

The platform is designed to enable users to keep track of key performance indicators and improve manufacturing efficiencies from their Highcon digital cutting and creasing systems.

Specifically, HighConnect automatically collects and monitors productivity and utilisation data from Highcon system(s), including status, speeds, and job set-up times, in order to give a full overview of the production process. Reports are displayed in a dashboard, providing the user in-depth insights in a fully connected digital platform. This provides a visual overview of production data-driven trends, on-demand, from any PC or handheld device. Indications of key performance metrics help keep track of production, with in-depth insight into near real-time production data can be analysed by job types, substrate type and time periods. The platform also reports on actual production versus planned, to help improve planning and decision making, and drill down into set-up times to identify areas for self-improvement.

Haim Veig, head of products at Highcon Systems, said, ‘HighConnect is the next step in performance reporting for digital finishing, significantly reducing the amount of time needed to run analysis and enabling operators to accelerate productivity. It supports our vision for a digital manufacturing strategy, providing total control of the multiple data points collected from our systems.

‘Customers already using the platform have increased productivity and efficiency. We intend to continue to expand HighConnect to offer customers a wider range of capabilities including maintenance management and productivity control.’

Linney is once such customer to have had hands-on experience with HighConnect, and the converter’s continual improvement manager, Jean-Paul Wheater, said, ‘[It] gives us all the data we need to evaluate our investment in our Highcon Beam 2. It’s great software and eliminates manual data collection, showing us run rates, and make ready times to make sure we are running as efficiently as we can.’