Océ Previews Digital Folding Carton Press
While introduction is 12 to 18 months out, Océ is already working on introducing the digital press to potential customers, all household-name firms that can take advantage of the machine’s ability to support versioning, multiple languages, special runs, test products, last-minute changes in design, and more. It is designed to accommodate production runs of 10,000 to 14,000 sheets per job, which seems short in the context of consumer packaging, but it turns out that this range is pretty much the norm for many folding carton applications.
What struck me most about this device is that unlike some of the digital machines that are being rolled out at drupa, the InfiniStream platform is not a smoke-and-mirrors illusion, but a product that is approaching the point of being an early beta while a number of key details and features are being worked out.
Océ is making a big move with this effort, and entering a totally new market for the company, but if the success of its ColorStream and JetStream inkjet printers are anything to go by, I suspect this new technology could do equally well.
More to follow.