The Side Stories from Hunkeler Innovationdays

Pat McGrew
Mar 7, 2019

By now you have read about the highly capable printing equipment that supported the Hunkeler Innovationdays demonstrations of Hunkeler, Horizon, Meccanotecnica, Kern, Bowe, Muller Martini, GUK, Sitma and others. You have probably read about the Agilox Intelligent Guided Vehicle that traveled the floor among the attendees moving paper and finished work among the stands.  But what you may not have read about are some of the other solutions worthy of your attention. They range from real-time shop floor monitoring to service, to accessibility, and all have a place in print production environments.

Agilox IGV getting ready to pickup finished work at Hunkeler Innovationdays.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence

The first one I want to call to your attention is Kobayashi, who came from Japan with their translator (on the left) to offer a service they call Uni-Voice. This is an accessibility tool that uses a printed code on a document to access an app that provides the information via audio recordings. Their pitch is that their service helps elderly and visually impaired people to understand information, and can even be used to provide multi-lingual options. Their solution has been used on pension communication from the government and insurance companies in Japan. Accessibility solutions have been in the industry for some time, and all have setup requirements. This solution seemed elegant and easy to implement.

The Kobayashi team came from Japan to show their accessibility solution.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence

Inkjet ink solutions were on display from Kao Collins and Diversified Nano Solutions Corp. The Diversified Nano team caught my attention with an interesting security solution that uses biomarkers combined with online tracking. I have been fascinated by their inks for many years, so I asked about compatibility with the inkjet presses that were running in the halls. They say that their inkjets are generally compatible with all of the most common devices and head manufacturers – of course you would want to test for your environment. This technology opens the doors to a wide range of brand authentication solutions, from pharma to retail. With the addition of industry veteran George Promis to their team, this will be a solution to watch.

Using the Diversified Nano Solutions Biomarker application seemed easy to do.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence.

One of the interesting functional demonstrations tucked away in a corner stand in Hall 1 came from the Spencer Metrics team, in association with the Xeikon team in Hall 2. If you took the time to stop and talk with David Spencer, what you learned was that they had teamed with Xeikon and were showing real-time data from the machines in the Xeikon booth. The value to the story was showing why the information was valuable. It was almost more interesting because it wasn’t sitting next to the machines that the Spencer Metric solution was monitoring. The image below shows the monitoring while I was standing there.

The SpencerMetrics Connect screen showing live data from the Xeikon stand.
Source: Keypoint Intelligence.


An event like Hunkeler Innovationdays provides a unique chance to see a wide range of applications that many printers might miss in online searches or in the giant shows like drupa. Innovationdays for 2021 is already on the schedule and should be on your planner.


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