ABG’s biggest-ever LabelExpo presence to focus on automation
5 September 2023
Leading finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), is gearing up for its most significant presence at LabelExpo Europe on 11-14 September in Brussels. Building on successful previous exhibitions in the Americas, ABG will be unveiling its automation revolution and a portfolio of latest product innovations. The company will be exhibiting on stand 6A37 and presenting 17 cutting-edge finishing machines across the show.
The central theme of the ABG stand will revolve around ABG Connect, the company's groundbreaking automated workflow solution for the labelling industry. ABG Connect aims to streamline the print and finishing process by seamlessly connecting all stages into one automated workflow. This innovative solution, developed over nearly a decade, brings numerous commercial and efficiency benefits. Collaborations with a leading self-adhesive label converter and MIS specialist CERM, have resulted in a state-of-the-art, plug-and-play solution that uses the latest industry-standard JDF/JMF messaging format to connect customers' management information systems to their ABG finishing lines.
One of ABG Connect's key advantages is its significant boost in productivity and operator efficiency. ABG will demonstrate the unique appeal of ABG Connect by conducting live demonstrations using their Digicon Series 3, in conjunction with CERM and their Omega Horizon multifunctional table-top winding solution.
Notable products on display will include advancements in non-stop winding technology, featuring the non-stop line 530 and the Automatic Servo Unwind (ASU), a new generation of servo non-stop unwind. Additionally, ABG will showcase their latest rewind solution, the ASR+, which incorporates auto-cutting technology. These non-stop winding solutions will operate alongside ABG's new Converter platform, a fully modular converting line that offers higher speeds, new flexo technology, and a smaller footprint. The Converter can be customised to meet individual requirements, as well as retrofit capabilities.
ABG’s 430mm-wide Digicon Series 3 will also feature at the exhibition. Designed to meet the growing demand for wider web converters, this model will be a beverage specification machine, equipped with new flexo technology with higher semi-rotary speeds for enhanced print registration and quality. The 430mm-wide model retains all the existing modules of the 350mm machine, including flatbed screen printing and the Big Foot 50-ton hot foil emboss unit with a swivel head. These modules can be jointly installed on the Digicon Series 3 430, allowing for foiling and embossing in a single pass. Like all Digicon Series 3 machines, the 430mm version is fully compatible with fleyeVision, ABG's camera inspection and editing system, offering automatic selection, 100% inspection, and rejection of rolls with errors, without interrupting production.
ABG will also showcase its latest turret rewinder model, the Vectra, which replaces the Vectra SGTR and ECTR. The Vectra offers faster speeds and solidifies ABG's position as a leader in turret rewinder technology and will be available with and without glue and in all web widths up to 670mm.
Among other products on display, some of which are being showcased for the first time, are a Digicon with screen and Ecoleaf unit for sustainable metallization, DigiLase 4.0, DigiJet 330, DigiLite, SRI3 430 with monochrome inkjet, shrink sleeve seaming (SR), doctoring solutions (DR), an entry-level SRI, in addition to a booklet module. ABG will also have a DigiLite on the Lundberg Tech stand 7B51.
To complete an extensive product lineup, ABG will be showing its non-stop unwind and rewind system on the HP stand - the solution will be integrated into HP Indigo’s V12 line in the future, further enhancing the automation levels offered by the V12. ABG will also showcase their Digicon Series 3 with DigiLase and DigiJet - both machines will be displayed on stand P100 during the show.
Commenting on the forthcoming September show, Matt Burton, ABG's Global Sales Director, said: "LabelExpo Europe will be the largest showcase of our latest innovations yet, with a significant focus on increased automation. As ever, we are eager to engage with new and existing customers, updating them on our market-leading finishing equipment and demonstrating our commitment to fully meeting their expectations and share a beer after such a long time!"
About A B Graphic
Established in 1954, ABG is a market leader in digital finishing equipment. The company has nearly 400 employees worldwide, with more than 200 employed in the UK. During the course of their nearly 70 years of business, ABG has installed over 11,000 machines worldwide for 2,500 customers.
With each site being a centre for excellence for a specific range of products, ABG has manufacturing facilities in the UK, Germany and Spain. Sales and service offices are located in the UK, Germany, USA, France, Holland and Spain, and with a worldwide network of distribution partners, ABG is well placed to provide comprehensive support to businesses globally.