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World premiere for the intelligent knife

IntelliKnife is the first networkable knife to be launched on the market. The intelli-
gent knife plays a fundamental role in interconnecting the postpress sector as an
integral part of the Smart Print Shop. POLAR supported the development as tech-
nology partner.

IntelliKnife is the first networkable knife to be launched on the market. It was developed by
knife manufacturer hagedorn. Hagedorn will also distribute the innovation to the markets.
POLAR was involved in the development and implementation as a technology partner.
For the first time, the intelligent knife ensures full transparency in the cutting process. The
precise evaluation of cutting data promises a wide range of optimizations. For example, all
conceivable knife data is stored on an integrated RFID chip, such as its quality, grinding an-
gle, and the number of grinding processes. An RFID reader built into the cutting machine in
turn reads the information. The networkable cutting machine sends the collected knife
data, as well as errors, setup and run times, to the secure IntelliKnife Cloud. In the Cloud,
the data is collected and processed. A clear web-based user interface allows access to re-
porting and analysis of the machine performance and much more. With its modern inter-
face (API), IntelliKnife easily integrates into existing in-house BDE/MIS systems.
The use of IntelliKnife offers numerous advantages for various user groups. For printing
and finishing companies, the focus lies on cost benefits and the holistic transparency of op-
erating data. Operating data is also useful to identify optimization potential that leads to
cost benefits. IntelliKnife improves knife service life and cutting accuracy.
Knife grinding companies and print shops benefit with the use of an external hand-held
scanner to identify knives from outside the box – without having to open it. Relevant infor-
mation, such as the grinding angle, and condition, can be both read out and stored on the
knife chip.
IntelliKnife is also retrofittable to older machine generations. An IntelliKnife box and the
corresponding new knife can lift older POLAR cutting machines from generation E/ED into
the new technological age.



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