Hunkeler to Serve Up Education and Innovation at Switzerland Event

Standard Horizon finishing equipment will be among the solutions presented by more than 70 companies at Innovationdays, Feb. 14-15.

Pack your bags—there’s an amazing event going on next month in Lucerne. Over 5,000 international experts and professionals in the areas of print-on-demand, data center, direct mail and web finishing are expected to gather to see live demonstrations of real-world workflows utilizing the latest in digital print and paper processing technologies.

At an event appropriately named Innovationdays, host Hunkeler will prove that there is tremendous momentum in the fast-growing continuous-feed inkjet and digital color markets. This ninth bi-annual showcase is considered to be the most anticipated in the event’s history, offering solutions from more than 70 industry leaders in digital print, inserting and print finishing. Canon, HP, InfoPrint Solutions, Kodak, Nipson, Screen, Océ, Xeikon, Xerox and Horizon will present their solutions, among many others.

“The uniqueness of Innovationdays is the fact that we show real-world workflows and applications,” says Hans Gut, Hunkeler’s director of marketing. “All major players in the realm of digital production printing—including the necessary suppliers—will be on site and under one roof to showcase the latest solutions. We will also see several European and World premiers from different partners.”

Trish’s picks: Here’s just a sneak preview of what I would consider to be some of the most intriguing solutions you’ll see on the showroom floor:

Xerox: New high-performance production system for full color printing on a 20˝ wide paper web. Roll-to-roll processing with UW6/RW6 at a speed of 500 fpm. Inline quality assurance of a transpromo application using the Web Inspection WI6 from the Hunkeler Control Platform.

Horizon: Mailing production from UW6 to the Folder Merger FM6 with combined plow folding and merging function at a production capacity of up to 590 fpm. Cross cut with chip-out in CS6-II for bleed-off mailings and folding process on the Horizon AF-566F folding machine. Cross-linking of the JDF/JMF system pXnet by Horizon with the monitoring module of the Hunkeler Control Platform.

Trish Witkowski is Chief Folding Fanatic at, and president of Rock the Mailbox. An educator, author, speaker and award-winning designer, Trish has a specialized expertise in creative solutions for direct mail and marketing, and is the curator of the world's most exciting collection of folded print and direct mail samples. Trish is the creator of the FOLDRite folding template system, and has authored many resources, most recently Direct Mail Simplified, and Paper Folding Templates for Print Design. She also hosts a popular weekly e-video series "60-second Super-cool FOLD of the WEEK", and is an instructor at Trish holds a MS in Printing and a BFA in Graphic Design from RIT.
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