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Dual ABG Digicon 3 installation at online print house

Dual ABG Digicon 3 installation at online print house 

Leading print finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has supplied two of its Digicon Series 3 finishing machines to German business, etikett.de, a leading online b2b label manufacturer. The investment will help the company supplement production and expand capacity, while furthering their market penetration ambitions.  

Both machines were installed at the company’s premises in early December 2020, in-line with the German government’s pandemic guidelines and restrictions. 

Established in 2011, etikett.de aims to become Germany’s market leader for online label production, due to their competitive pricing. Benefitting from lean work processes and efficient technology, the company’s state-of-the-art equipment and 70-strong team provide a high quality and reliable offering.  

Being modular in design, both of etikett.de‘s new Digicon Series 3s have been configured to meet their production requirements. One of the machines features ABG’s Fast Track die-cutting module; ideally suited for large jobs of 1500 linear metres or more, the world’s fastest semi-rotary die cutting system can run at 150 metres per minute. Also included on this machine is an auto-slit module, which features a time saving label gap sensor and automatically setting knives.  

etikett.de‘s second machine includes ABG’s Big Foot 50-ton capacity hot foil and embossing module. Featuring a rotatable foil head that can foil across and along the web, allowing a wide choice of foil options, together with much deeper embossing and debossing, the module also includes a special coating unit for imprinting with UV coatings. ABG’s die-cutting module and a 100% camera inspection unit are also included. 

Klaus Nordlohne, sales manager for Germany, said: “etikett.de‘s investment in two high-specification Digicon Series 3s provides a good insight into their ongoing market ambitions. And in testament to the resolve of the ABG team and our customers that, despite the challenging circumstances, we are delighted that we can continue to push forward with important machine installations.” 

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ABG investment creates expansion options for Print-Leeds

Leading print finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has recently supplied a Digicon Series 3 to Leeds-based print house, Print-Leeds. The move will provide the privately-owned printer with added impetus to target the self-adhesive label market. 

Established in 2001, Print-Leeds provides label, packaging, UV litho and digital print. Their label division prints wet glue labels – wrap-around, square cut, punched and tube wrapped – which can be hot foil stamped or embossed, the company prints paper labels using UV or conventional inks with a gloss or matt varnish, which are destined for the beer, water and food industries. 

In positioning itself as one of the most technically advanced printers in the UK, Print-Leeds sees investment in new machinery as the route to open up new markets and better serve its customers. Starting life as a repro house, before going into printing in 2001 and then into labels in 2013, a move into the self-adhesive market is seen as further evolution” by Leeds-Print managing director, Rod Fisher: Given our impressive infrastructure, experience and expertise, we are ideally placed to make good in-roads into the self-adhesive label market. The investment in Digicon Series 3 is an important factor in making that happen, allowing us to create a clear and competitive advantage from the outset. 

Being modular in design, Print-Leeds Digicon Series 3 is bespoke to requirement and features a number of options. These include a flatbed screen printing module to add value with relief varnishes or vibrant screen inks, a delamination/relamination module for peel and reveal’ labels and an autoslit module to keep time consuming make ready times to a minimum. With the Digicon Series 3 using fewer parts to increase manufacturing efficiency, the PC based system allows for remote access monitoring and improved servicing capabilities. 

We are delighted to supply Print-Labels with the Digicon Series 3. As a new customer,  hopefully this will be the first of many items of ABG finishing equipment. We fully share their drive and commitment to always delight the customer and we look forward to following their progress in the future,” added Mark Hyde, ABGsales manager. 

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A B Graphic’s Digicon 3 dominates in Russia

A B Graphic’s flagship Digicon Series 3 continues to be a hugely popular finishing option for print businesses worldwide, following an installation at Russia-based flexo print-house, Optiflex. 

Based in the city of Lipetsk [SW of Moscow], Optiflex initially established its digital offering in 2019 by installing a Konica Minolta AccurioLabel 190 press, alongside a GM DC330MINI finishing line. Having gained experience working with digital technology, preparing digital layouts and extending its reach into the short-run market, the company created an opportunity to attract customers in new markets separate to their flexo interests. 

As its digital enterprise quickly developed, Optiflex upscaled their capability by investing in an HP Indigo 6900 in March this year, closely followed by the Digicon Series 3 in June. Both installations were carried out by ABG’s Russian distributor, NISSA Centre. 

Commenting on the investment, Optiflex’s Aleksey Golubykh, said: Optiflex is a young and dynamic company. We have been operating since 2012, expanding and updating our equipment almost every year. To further develop the digital side of the business, we spent some considerable time analysing our long term print and finishing requirements – ABG’s Digicon 3 is by far the best fit for our future needs.” 

With over 30 Digicon lines installed in RussiaABG’s finishing equipment continues to dominate the digital segment.Able to work faster, and capable of adding an even wider range of valuable finishes to labels, packaging and shrink sleeves, the Digicon 3 has a modular design, allowing it to be tailored to meet specific needs, creating a clear and competitive advantage for any print business. 

Matt Burton, ABGs global sales director, added: “The growing market in Russia is very exciting for ABG, providing us with some real opportunities for us to expand our portfolio. Clearly Optiflex has untapped a rich seam of business for its digital initiative and we look forward to seeing the result of their new purchase going forward. 

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Abbott Label expands capability with ABG ECTR turret rewinder investment

A B Graphic International (ABG) has supplied Abbott Label, a US-based family-run trade-only label manufacturing company, with a Vectra ECTR 4 spindle turret rewinder – their first equipment purchase from the leading finishing specialists. 

Established in 2001, Abbott Label consists of four strategically located manufacturing facilities based in Dallas, Georgia, California and Illinois. Operating an HP Indigo WS6900 and a Domino N610i, the company runs a digital print production centre alongside its head office at its 100,000 sq ft Dallas facility. Additional capabilities at its other sites include running Mark Andy flexo presses, up to 20 inches wide and up to eight colours. 

With customer service very much at the core of the company, Abbott Label base their entire business model on getting information and products to their customer base faster and smoother than their competition. The Vectra ECTR 17in (440mm) supplied to Abbott Label can run at a top speed of 150m/min, thereby helping the company to increase workflow efficiencies and reduce lead times. It is also fully upgradable with a wide range of options, including automatic core loading, finished roll closure with print and apply label application, and ABG’s fleyeVision 100% camera inspection system. 

Commenting on the investment, Abbott Label managing director, John Abbott, said: “As we are always looking for ways to strengthen our service offering, the turret rewinder is a sound investment. ABG has been great to work with – a family-run company that shares many of our values, including strong customer service ethics. Abbott Label prides itself in selecting only the best vendors to partner with.” 

“We are delighted to supply Abbott Label with hopefully the first of many items of ABG finishing equipment. We fully share their drive and commitment to always delight the customer and we look forward to following their progress in the future,” added Matt Burton, ABG’s global sales director. 

ABG investments create added-value for Stratus Packaging

Leading print finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has recently supplied long-standing customer, Stratus Packaging – one of Europe’s leading packaging companies in the self-adhesive label, shrink sleeve and IML market, with an impressive 5 new finishing machines. The move will allow the award-winning French firm to increase capacity and quality, improve lead times and continue to provide its customers with the very latest innovations in label manufacture. 

Both ABG and Stratus Packaging have a long 20-year history of collaboration that has resulted in multiple equipment purchases, including 7 Digicon digital finishing machines. Their ongoing relationship has resulted in extensive research and development in new technologies and, as a result of feedback from Stratus Packaging’s customers, ABG has been able to better align product development to evolving requirements. 

This latest round of investments includes a Digicon Series 3 with a flat bed hot foil and embossing module with rotating head (unwind and rewind for foil); the new fast set up cassette for tooling and a high speed screen module; 2 Omega SRIs - high specification and configured to meet the requirements of the pharmaceutical industry; and 3 fleyeVision camera inspection systems. 

Commenting on the investment, Isidore Leiser, Stratus Packaging’s CEO, said: “The Digicon Series 3 with Big Foot and silk screen modules will allow us to offer our customers increased finishing and effects, while the SRIs will provide a focus on cost-efficient finishing of pharmaceutical labels to meet the increased demand in this market. And by integrating the fleyeVision camera systems, we will be able to deliver 100% print inspection to our customers, thereby guaranteeing them perfect results and quality.” 

With the machines scheduled to be installed in 4 of Stratus Packaging’s 6 manufacturing sites in late 2020, the company envisages that they will be able to link the new purchases with their MIS systems, to help further increase productivity and efficiencies. 

“Our ongoing collaboration with Stratus comes as a result of a long and fruitful association, based on our shared values of offering customers the very latest innovations in finishing technology, together with a joint passion for quality. We look forward to continuing to support Stratus Packaging’s ongoing growth in the European self-adhesive label market,” said Mike Burton, ABG’s managing director. 

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ABG investments create production efficiencies at StrongPoint

A B Graphic International (ABG) has recently supplied Norwegian retail technology specialist, StrongPoint, with a range of finishing solutions for their Malmö-Sweden production facility. The move will allow the firm to increase production efficiencies and quality, improve lead times and continue to provide its customers with the very latest innovations in self-adhesive label manufacture. 

With its headquarters in Raelingen-Norway, StrongPoint has two business areas: retail solutions and label solutions. Reliant on a speed to market capability, their labels subsidiary produces a wide range of labels to various vertical markets including food and beverage, health and beauty, chemical products and the manufacturing industry.  

Having previously invested in a Digicon Series 3, the latest round of investments have included ABG’s glueless turret rewinder, the Vectra SGTR 430, featuring autoslit and bowl feeder options, the Omega SRI 430 label finishing system and ABG’s proprietary fleyeVision camera inspection system, which will be retrofitted onto a third party piece of the equipment.  

Commenting on the investments, Joakim Marcusson of Convertec Graphic Technics AB, ABG’s Scandinavian distributor, said: “I am delighted to see more ABG machinery being installed in Scandinavia and I am very excited to see how it will enhance Strongpoint’s production efficiency and creativity. I think this is an important step in the continued growth of the relationship between ABG and StrongPoint.” 

As the sales and service contact for finishing equipment in Scandivania, Convertec has more than 30 years of experience in distributing converting and printing machinery and equipment in the Nordic graphic industry and has worked with ABG for several years 

“Having a distribution partner such as Convertec is critical to ABG,” said ABG’s business development manager, Dave Casey. With the skills, knowledge and expertise they have of our machines, they are one of the best in the business in providing a truly world-class service to Scandinavia. We are proud to have them as a partner.” 

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ABG launch DigiJet branded digital embellishment module

Leading print finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has expanded its range of modules for its Digicon Series 3 with the launch of their latest, newly branded digital technology – DigiJet (JetFX). 

Opening up a new world of high quality digital embellishments techniques, DigiJet gives an online or offline fully digital system, allowing for multiple processes in one pass, including spot varnishing, cold foiling and tactile screen on any size of print run. Its main features include two inkjet heads with UV pinning and UV curing, automated cold foil throw-off, a shuttle system for inspection and waste reduction, chill rollers for sensitive materials, pre-press software and food compliant fluids. 

Available in single bar or dual bar configurations, DigiJet technology allows the quantity of varnish to be easily adjusted to a depth of 225 microns, thereby varying the required finish. Jobs can be automatically changed on the fly and the DigiJet module can be integrated with workflow and MIS options as preferred.   

With module training and service backed by ABGs global service offices, the DigiJet module has been installed in a number of Digicon Series 3s internationally, as well as being retrofitted to existing machines with notable success. 

DigiJet is a revolutionary module for the digital market,” commented Matt Burton, ABGs global sales directorWith technology improving all the time, digital embellishment is where the future is –  perfect for short runs, no tooling costs, the ability to change jobs quickly, variable data, personalisation and dramatically reduced lead times. DigiJet will undoubtedly be a game-changer for many of our customers. 

ABG has produced an explainer video to accompany the launch of their DigiJet embellishment module – the insight can be viewed at https://youtu.be/9l7PvFTVCXA. 

With manufacturing facilities in the UK and Germany and a global network of sales/service offices, ABG has been manufacturing innovative print finishing equipment for over 65 years, during which they have installed over 12000 finishing machines throughout the world. 

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ABG’s JetFx - DigiJet module opens doors for Springfield

Hull-based Springfield Solutions, a leading brand managementdigital print and media business, has recently taken delivery of a JetFx – DigiJet module from print finishing equipment specialists, A B Graphic International. 

Initially purchased at LabelExpo Europe last September, the installation was delayed due to COVID-19 restrictions, but has since been successfully integrated with Springfields existing Digicon Series 3 finishing press. The module helps extend Springfields range of label embellishment options. 

Commenting on the investment, SpringfieldMatt Dass, joint managing director – Innovation, said: We are delighted to have the JetFx – DigiJet module finally installed. And having it retrofitted over a weekend to allow for social distancing, was easily the best install ever. 

The module will enable Springfield to create amazing varnish and foil effects, tactile finishes and embossing/debossing embellishments. Being perfect for short runs, our digital package offers no tooling costs, variable data, personalisation and dramatically reduced lead times. Its a perfect fit that will open many doors to all our customers. 

As a digital embellishment module, JetFx – DigiJet for integration on the Digicon Series 3 converting line, gives an offline, fully digital system allowing for multiple processes in one pass, including spot varnishing, cold foiling and tactile screen. Main features include: two inkjet heads with UV pinning and UV curing, automated cold foil throw-off, a shuttle system for inspection and waste reduction, chill rollers for sensitive materials, pre-press software and food compliant fluids. 

Springfield has been a valued ABG customer for many years and we look forward to seeing the results of their investment in the future. The JetFx – DigiJet module shows that ABG has the ability and expertise to provide a finishing solution that works seamlessly with all technologies within the digital label print environment, whilst adapting to meet the requirements of all consumer label markets. 

With manufacturing facilities in the UK and Germany and a global network of sales/service offices, ABG has been manufacturing innovative print finishing equipment for over 65 years, during which they have installed over 12000 finishing machines throughout the world. 

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Enprom launches new sleeve seaming solution with 3-shaft rewinder

The new eRS2T3 model includes the innovative Smart Wheel system and a  nonstop 3-shaft turret rewinder. 

Leading Spanish converting equipment manufacturer, Enprom, has launched its latest sleeve seaming solution – the eRS2T3. The new machine features a nonstop 3-shaft turret rewinder and is based on Enprom’s patented Smart Wheel innovation – a motorised roller solvent application system providing unmatched seaming reliability. 

The eRS2T3 has been developed to meet the high productivity demands of the labelling marketing. The new machine is driven by 8 servo motors and includes 2 independent tension controls on both the unwinder and rewinder to avoid errors and alterations in the width of the labels.  

Designed to perform splices at 500m/min, the time required to perform a reel discharge cycle is reduced by almost 50%, thereby enabling high speed functionality and can be controlled by a single operator. In addition, the eRS2T3 includes advanced ergonomics and provides an increased focus on safety, incorporating an infrared optical barrier to safeguard operators.    

This latest development creates added-value to the labelling market by improving productivity, increasing efficiency, quality and reducing operating cost and waste by more than 15%. 

Enprom Solutions, jointly acquired by A B Graphic and Kocher+Beck, was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Girona, near Barcelona. Its product range includes equipment for shrink sleeve converting, slitting and rewinding, label finishing, coating and lamination and hybrid converting. 

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ABG’s Flexible Packaging acquisition Enprom supply hybrid converting line to help French packaging firm meet new regulations

Enprom, the latest company to be added to the A B Graphic International family, has recently supplied flexible packaging specialists, Janusac, with a fully customised, hybrid converting line, optimised for recyclability and compostability. The move will allow the French company to meet new stringent government packaging legislation coming into effect on 1st January 2022. 

The new regulations, which are part of France’s anti-waste law for a circular economy, published last February, prohibit the use of plastic packaging for unprocessed fruits and vegetables weighing less than 1.5kg (3.3lb). 

Known as the eS2TA 140, the new machine has already been installed at the converters plant. Increasing Janu’sac’s flexibility, efficiency and overall performance, the solution provides integrating printing, coating, micro/macro perforation by laser equipment, slitting, nonstop automatic rewinding, high productivity and automatic handling, all in a single line. 

With its ability to add lacquer, verso or reverse print in register, protect fresh products thanks to its light and odour barriers, anti-fog surface treatment to extend the life cycle of fresh products and a perforation station to allow the permeability of the product’s container, the eS2TA 140 is an ideal solution in developing a sustainable manufacturing process at the site. 

Commenting on the new hybrid line, Josep Orozco, Enprom Solutions’ managing director & flexible packaging expert, said: “At Enprom, we develop innovative solutions that reduce the impact on the environment, as well as sustainable solutions that guarantee recyclability and compostability. Demand has been generated in the market to adapt production processes to accommodate new materials – this means that in many cases new hybrid lines are required, such as the eS2TA 140, which integrates efficiently with different processes.” 

Enprom Solutions, jointly acquired by A B Graphic and Kocher+Beck, was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Girona, near Barcelona. Its product range includes equipment for shrink sleeve converting, slitting and rewinding, label finishing, coating and lamination and hybrid converting. 

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Enprom’s smart technology set to increase productivity at Emsur

Leading Spanish converting equipment manufacturer, Enprom, has worked with Emsur, the flexible plastic packaging division of global packaging group, the Grupo Lantero, to develop their latest sleeve seaming solution – the eRS2T3. The new machine, which features a nonstop 3-shaft turret rewinder and is based on Enproms patented Smart Wheel innovation – a motorized roller solvent application system. 

With 9 production plants in Europe, Asia and the Americas, Emsur has over 25 years of experience in the development and manufacture of premium flexible packaging solutions for food products. The eRS2T3 will replace one of its sleeve machines at its Madrid plant in Alcalá de Henares, allowing them to increase productivity while guaranteeing the highest standards of efficiency and quality. 

The eRS2T3 has been developed to meet the high productivity demands of the labelling market. The new machine is driven by 8 servo motors and includes 2 independent tension controls on both the unwinder and rewinder to avoid errors and alterations in the width of the labels.  

Designed to perform splices at 500m/min, the time required to perform a reel discharge cycle is reduced by almost 50%, thereby enabling high speed functionality and can be controlled by a single operator. In addition, the eRS2T3 includes advanced ergonomics and provides an increased focus on safety, incorporating an infrared optical barrier to safeguard operators.   

This latest development creates added-value to the labelling market by improving productivity, increasing efficiency, quality and reducing operating cost and waste by more than 15%. 

Enprom Solutions, jointly acquired by A B Graphic and Kocher+Beck, was founded in 2012 and is headquartered in Girona, near Barcelona. Its product range includes equipment for shrink sleeve converting, slitting and rewinding, label finishing, coating and lamination and hybrid converting. 

Excel Labels creates efficiencies with ABG turret rewinder technology

Midlands-based Excel Labels, established in 1992, has seen a marked increase in production efficiencies following investments in application solutions from leading finishing specialists, A B Graphic International (ABG).  

As a leading manufacturer with extensive production facilities, Excel produces labels and tags for nationwide industrial and retail use. The company prides itself on providing its customer base with quality and consistency that is supported by superior service and high levels of technical support.  

A long-standing customer of ABG, having invested in multiple Vectra turret rewinders since 1996, Excel had seen a growth in demand for short run length label rolls used in portable printers. By example, a regular running job had to be die-cut and then finished off-line, much due to the very short meterage making it unsuitable for regular in-line turret finishing. As a consequence, finishing had become manpower intensive with a typical job taking up to 4 days to manually slit and re-roll – a task so time consuming it was commercially unviable.   

Following discussions with ABG, Excel Labels purchased a Vectra ECTR 4 spindle turret rewinder, which, for this investment, included an automatic core loading module enabling cores to be positioned automatically and accurately onto the rewind shaft, thereby enabling a fast cycle time that was simply not possible when loading conventionally by hand. The investment resulted in instant efficiency gains across all roll lengths. 

“With the new ECTR auto core loader, we are now running the small roll work inline as well,” said Excel Label’s managing director, Andrew Keatinge. “And by doing so, we are achieving a speed of 38 metres a minute per 13-metre cut. The job which collectively took us 5 days across two machine processes, now takes just one day processing fully in-line. The productivity results are awesome, saving us not only days of intensive manual work but also our sanity!” 

Since investing in this Vectra ECTR 4 spindle turret rewinder with the automatic core loading option, Excel have now placed a further order for two more ECTR’s with core loaders, and an additional order to retro fit an automatic core loader module onto one of their other 8 ABG turrets. 

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