Donald E. Stephens Convention Center
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Rosemont, IL 60018

'Big Foot,' FAST Track die spotted at AB Graphic booth


FAST Track is touted as the world's fastest semi-rotary diecutting system, while Big Foot is 50-ton foiling/embossing module.

AB Graphic, at Labelexpo booth 3223 is showcasing a wide range of its latest finishing innovation.

“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 finishing machinery specialist AB Graphic International. “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 to the AB Graphic booth are showing strong interest in the newly launched FAST Track die, the fastest semi-rotary die cutting system in the world, running at 150 meters per minute. Explains Bell, “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."

Also at the booth is a full beverage label specification Digicon Series 3 with ABG’s Big Foot 50 Ton hot foiling/embossing module. Here visitors are seeing 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, ABG is showing 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 being shown both on a Digicon Series 3 and a Digilase Laser Die Cutting Unit.  

Also on dislpay is a Digicon Lite 3, ABG’s user-friendly, compact digital finishing solution.

ABG’s Vectra, its brand of turret rewinders, is being demonstrated as well. Vectra features 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.

The German manufactured SRI, Inspection Slitter Rewinder, is on display featuring its own inspection camera – making, ABG says, it the only company to offer a totally integrated solution all from one supplier. These machines are 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," Bell says, "Manufactured in Germany, our FleyeVision professional inspection control system allows operators to be confident of that an 'extra pair of eyes' is 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.