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Horizon Smart Factory 2021 to Focus on Connectable Factory Automation

Connectable Factory Automation is the theme of this year’s Horizon Smart Factory 2021 (HSF2021).

The event will be held from October 18-22, 2021, at Horizon Innovation Park (HIP) in Japan.

HIP opened its doors in October 2020 and is the heart of print finishing innovation. The ideas and technologies it develops continue to revolutionize the printing industry. The 10,000m2 (108,000 ft2) two-story building includes an international showroom, training facilities, conference hall, R&D department, broadcasting studio, cafeteria, and print lab. All the devices in the spacious (1,500 m2/ 16,100 ft2) showroom are connected via Horizon’s bindery control system iCELiNK.

The Smart Factory concept is based on breakthroughs in machine automation and data collection which has resulted in the ability to increase productivity while reducing labour costs and turnaround times.

In collaboration with twelve industry leading companies, Horizon will create a working Smart Factory at HIP which combines pre-press, press, and finishing processes to create timesaving, streamlined production lines.

HSF2021 will also host the world debut of several new solutions developed by the participating companies that include Canon Marketing Japan, Inc. DAC Engineering Co., Ltd, FUJIFILM Business Innovation Corp, goof, inc, JSPIRITS Inc, KONICA MINOLTA JAPAN, INC, Miyakoshi Printing Machinery, Co., Ltd, RESOLOGIC Inc, Ricoh Japan Co., Ltd, RYOBI MHI Graphic Technology Ltd, and SCREEN Graphic Solutions Co., Ltd.

The event is also being held in cooperation with Value Machine International Co, Ltd.

Live broadcasts and unique online opportunities will be available for customers unable to physically attend the event due to travel restrictions.

Further event details will be announced via the official Horizon website and social media accounts.

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