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Drupa to see world’s fastest semi-rotary die

Launched at Dscoop Israel and USA in March, Drupa visitors will be able to view ABG’s FAST Track die (UK Patent Application No. GB1509471.7). Running at speeds of up to 150 min per metre in semi-rotary mode, this is by far the fastest semi rotary die in the market place.

“Customers were amazed when they saw it running at full speed at Dscoop,” says Tony Bell, Sales Director for A B Graphic International.

“The original concept was born to create a semi-rotary die that could run in line with faster digital print engines. Once we started designing it, we discovered we could achieve much faster speeds and we are incredibly proud of this world first.

“Visitors to Drupa can view this revolutionary technology on the HP Booth in Hall 17, running in line with the newly launched HP 8000. We will be demonstrating the FAST Track die offline at the end of each day and if anyone would like to arrange a private demonstration, please get in touch with hellent@abgint.com.”

ABG are also showing a SRI 430 (Inspection Slitter Rewinder) with a semi-automatic turret rewinder and fully integrated fleyeVision inspection system. This can be viewed on REA Elektronik’s Booth, in Hall 4, B31. It will be demonstrating back side sequential numbering using an inkjet cartridge system, which is of particular interest to customers producing pharmaceutical labels.

“The SRI was specifically designed for high speed slitter inspection applications and includes a 100% print face inspection camera imbedded into the control. As both the camera and rewinder are manufactured in the same plant it offers seamless integration of the FleyeVision system which is particularly noticeable on set up and waste removal,” continues Tony.

“This particular machine will also show our AUTOSLIT system with auto label gap sensor. Setting the slitting knives is one of the most time consuming jobs carried out on a slitter rewinder. Now the operator simply presses a button, a scanner passes across the web identifying where the gaps are and automatically positions the slitting blades, saving hours of make-ready times each week on short run jobs.

“This machine will also be fitted with a semi-automatic turret rewinder allowing labels to be wound directly onto small rolls, taking out another costly and time consuming stage in the converting process.”

For those customers interested in a wider web width finishing solution for digitally printed labels and flexible packaging, they will be able to see the Digicon 3000 on the HP Booth running in line with the HP20000.