ABG brings Big Foot to Labelexpo

ABG is exhibiting 14 machines over four booths at Labelexpo, covering a wide range of finishing applications between its own stand, HP, Domino, and REA.


Currie Group has the distributorship in Australia and New Zealand for ABG machines.


The Digicon Series 3 is ABG’s flagship product, with the company bringing its new fast flatbed screen printing module, Big Foot, a 50 tonne flatbed hot foil unit, and its little sister, the 25 tonne flatbed hot foil unit with a new swivel head allowing foil to be fed both along and across the web.


This will be running two beverage labels, which ABG says highlight the quality and the extensive embellishment capabilities of this digital finishing machine.


ABG’s Digilase is being launched at the show, which it says is perfect for direct from web sticker printing.


A spokesperson from ABG says, “The web path has been reduced, and the necessary lead in/out material has been decreased, resulting in a 85 per cent reduction in waste. The minimum job length is 50 per cent shorter, and file downloading takes just milliseconds, allowing a number of jobs to be processed on the machine at the same time – from unwind, to laser cutting, to rewinding. Years have been spent developing the laser software and all updates can be made quickly and easily without the need for a third party.”


Also on the ABG booth is a Digicon Series 3 with the Jetfx digital embellishment module, an offline, fully digital system creating amazing varnish and foil effects. The Labelexpo module will feature two Jetfx inkjet bars and an overlamination module to allow for the cold foil effect.


The well-established Digicon Lite is also being shown with a sheeter and conveyor option.


Turret rewinders are being shown in several different configurations, including the glueless AutoSet, available as a standalone turret or integrated on a Digicon Series 3.


ABG’s German manufacturing division is bringing six different fleyeVision 100 per cent inspection cameras, including two of these mounted on Slitter Inspection Rewinders. There will also be a Booklet machine on the ABG booth, last shown six years ago, capable of processing up to 36000 booklet labels per hour. A new table top rewinder, Omega Horizon, is also being shown, designed for inspection and re-working of single lanes.


Teaming up with CERM, visitors to the booth are able to watch live production data from the beverage specification Digicon, the AutoSet glueless turret rewinder and an SRI Slitter Inspection Rewinder. This is part of a much wider project the two companies have been working on, to fully automate the finishing production process.     


Over on the HP booth is an inline, fully automated Digicon Series 3 including the patented Fast Track die, running at 150 m/min in semi rotary mode, and the fully integrated AutoSet glueless turret rewinder with quick change mandrels, showcasing printing and finishing ready to ship to customers in a single pass.


A new inline coating machine for the HP Indigo 20000 Digital Press (ILC760) is an addition to ABG’s portfolio of wide web digital production, with the company noting it is ideal for in mould and shrink sleeve production.


The Domino booth is showing a Digicon similar to that on the HP booth with a 100 per cent fleyeVision camera inspection system.


On the REA booth is an SRI mounted with an inkjet printer for variable data.

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