ABG provides showcase of advanced automation technology for European customers
To showcase the extent of its impressive automation technology to its European customers, leading finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has recently held a series of site visits to three UK label printers, to see how investments in ABG’s advanced automation solutions have resulted in increased workflow efficiencies.
The visits involved 34 people, a small mix of ABG hosts and customers, split into two groups. Each group visited Letchworth based Printed Easy, Mercian Labels in Cannock, Staffs, and Hull based Springfield Solutions.
Printed Easy has a large range of ABG equipment including four DigiLase machines and ABG’s first two automated core cutters, along with a new DigiJet offering, a DigiLite and various sheeters. The company’s workflow is based on a web to print business model focusing on short run, high margin work. Developed around a bespoke Management Information System (MIS) that was built in-house, the company has an innovative algorithm that incorporates ABG’s latest workflow connectivity solution, ABG Connect, which calculates instant, live quotes to customers on their website.
Mercian Labels is a development partner for ABG, running the first ever fully automated Digicon Series 3. It is also the first customer to run the latest version of ABG Connect that incorporates an automatic fleyeVision camera inspection system, as well as an automated Vectra SGTR Turret Rewinder. The machine dramatically reduces the requirement for an operator and can reduce material waste between jobs down to only three metres.
Another key development partner is Springfield Solutions, which is currently beta testing an Ecoleaf unit for ABG, in partnership with Actega. Springfield was previously a beta partner for DigiJet and now runs a unit in full production with huge success. It is a digital business running five screen digital print presses, four of which have a Digicon Series 3 running in line for a one pass production process. The Ecoleaf unit was installed in July on a 530 converter and uses an Actega developed inkjet trigger image solution. Springfield is Actega’s first development partner to use a digital solution instead of a flexo/flatbed screen.
The event was very well received, with all participants impressed with what they saw.
Matt Burton, ABG’s global sales director, said: “The visits to our three UK customers’ facilities were an all round success and I am indebted to them for their time and energy in presenting their automation success stories. I am also very grateful to both Marc Schillemans and Paolo Grasso of Actega, who both presented Ecoleaf technology to our respective groups, and provided excellent demonstrations during the visits. I hope our European customers are now fully conversant with the advanced automation opportunities available from ABG and I look forward to discussing their future requirements.’