Since Labelexpo Americas 2014 ABG has been busy developing more world leading label converting solutions, and visitors to the Donald E Stephens Convention Center on 13th – 15th September 2016, Booth #3223, will see these in action.
“The label and packaging market has changed a lot in recent years and we monitor it closely, trying to predict what will help label converters grow their businesses,” says Tony Bell, Sales Director for ABG.
“Since the launch of the Digicon Series 3 two years ago, we have seen phenomenal uptake for this technology, in particular high end specifications with emphasis being placed on time saving/automation modules.”
Visitors will be able to see the newly launched FAST Track die, the fastest semi-rotary die cutting system in the world, running at 150 metres per minute (International Patent Application PCT/GB2016/000102).
“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 higher speeds and we are incredibly proud of this world first,” says Tony.
Alon Bar-Shany, General Manager of Indigo Division, HP said: “As brands continue to choose HP Indigo, and volumes of digitally produced labels continue to grow, more and more converters want to expand capacity in Indigo end-to-end converting environments.
“We are proud to integrate with A B Graphic on the launch of the FAST Track die for the Digicon Series 3, enabling digital converters higher flexibility and reaching new levels of productivity when running inline or offline with the HP Indigo WS6800 and 8000 digital presses.”
Also on Booth #3223 will be a full beverage specification Digicon Series 3 with ABG’s Big Foot 50 Ton hot foiling/embossing module. Here visitors can see the full range of ABG’s full automation modules – Auto die load/unload, Autoslit and Iscore – plus a second hot foil unit and flatbed screen printing unit. In addition, visitors to the Booth will be able to see more ground breaking technology – a JDF/JMF management information system supplying job information directly to the machine from pre-press, and relaying job information directly back into the customer’s MIS. This is going to be shown both on a Digicon Series 3 and a Digilase Laser Die Cutting Unit.
There will also be a Digicon Lite 3, ABG’s user friendly, compact digital finishing solution.
ABG’s Vectra, their market leading brand of turret rewinders, will also be on show, featuring automated set-up in the glueless models, saving hours of set-up each week. Here a job can be set up in seconds, also through JDF/JMF files, without compromising their unique tension control and functionality. These will be demonstrated as an integrated solution on a Digicon Series 3, and also as a stand-alone unit with ABG’s compact unwind, bowl feeder and automatic core loader – demonstrating the flexibility of use for label converters.
Their German manufactured SRI, Inspection Slitter Rewinder, will be on display featuring their own inspection camera – making them the only company to offer a totally integrated solution all from one supplier. These machines will be showing a semi-automatic turret with Autocut system, and Autoslit with label gap sensor for full automation of the slitting process.
With quality of labels being paramount to a label converter’s success, one way to achieve consistency is installing an inspection camera on the printing press, also available from ABG. Manufactured in Germany, their FleyeVision professional inspection control system allows operators to be confident of that “extra pair of eyes”, contributing towards reducing waste, resources and overall production costs. The FleyeVision provides a full production and process control solution for 100% web inspection quality control requirements on presses, digital presses, rewinder and finishing systems. Varying specifications of the FleyeVision system will be showcased on the Digicon Series 3 and SRIs.
ABG have already had a lot of interest on machines being exhibited at Labelexpo Americas, from both customers and distributors alike, so visitors are encouraged to pre-book demonstrations and meetings well in advance of the show on firstname.lastname@example.org.