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48 Labels Plus ABG excited with New Product Line-Up to streamline production that within the label printing sector, they can lag a little behind the sheet-fed area, who have been utilising this type of thing for a number of years. But of course, in sheet-fed, they are fairly standardised whereas with labels there are so many variations and permutations and sizes. But everyone now recognises that having information is critical and it will help the industry to perform better.” Mark also said while ABG has been making a laser die-cutter for over 20 years with various versions, their new system has increased the power and uses a single laser. “Our aim is to reduce some of the costs by only using one laser tube.” He added that with the JDF function, the company can now download things like the die-lines from the MIS system, enabling more automation on the machine. “For example, we use the digital press to print a unique barcode on each individual job, and when it reaches the laser the machine will momentarily stop and scan the barcode. It will self-set the die-line into the machine, then allow the operator to do a quick sample to check that everything is OK on the first impression. Then it will automatically start the machine, run it through to the automatic scissor knives and through the rewind, and the operator hasn’t intervened in any part. It has all been done automatically. There is a video is on our website showing how well it works.” For more information on the ABG Horizon contact Currie Group on Tel: 03 9810 8888 Mark said one of the popular products was the Horizon, a partner to their turret rewinder. “We are selling the Horizon to work in tandem with our turret rewinder when we’re running it in-line with a printing press. Normally, you have camera inspection mounted on the press and with our Fleyevision camera - which allows the camera to communicate to the Vectra – you can distinguish between the good and bad rolls. This is achieved via the label closure system, which applies a label to the end of the roll and allows the operator to identify which are good rolls. The bad rolls can be taken through the bi-directional rewinder and can be reworked. We can electronically map that roll with a label on the roll, scan the bar code and it will load the information of the faulty labels on that roll.” He said the process will stop automatically. “The machine zooms along and stops on the faulty label, enabling the operator to act on the problem. Then, because of its bi- directional function, it winds the other way. With others you have to re-run it again, the other way to turn it around. But ABG eliminates that step. We can also offer a camera mounted on the rewinder as another function.” Mark said the Horizon was developed at ABG’s German plant and was one of the new products he was promoting on this trip to the region. One of the big attention-getters at this year’s show was the PDF and JMF features, which ABG has adapted for most of their machines. “We have been working on it for a number of years now,” said Mark. “Most of our customer base uses an MIS system internally, to track and transfer data around the production areas. And we are working with leading partners - like CERM for example - to take the JDF files from CERM, download the electronic data into the machine like a Digicon, including the auto-slitting; the plate technology and various other features. And all this data allows us to automatically set the machine. We can get the label count for instance, whether it is inside or outside of the roll. It can all be done automatically and otherwise it would have to be manually input by the operator. With digital printing, a lot of our customers are increasing the number of jobs per shift, so there will be more and more of this type of automation required to eliminate the need to manually input. ” He said ABG deals with most MIS systems, and JDF is the way they communicate. “JMF is when we export the information from our machine back into the MIS system. We can then output it so the MIS system knows that particular job has been completed.” Mark said they commenced roll-out mainly in Europe and also have some installations in the US. “We recognised quickly that this is going to be a global affair. Our experience shows Now that the order books have been filled, the displays packed away for another exhibition, and manufacturing plants gearing up to supply much-ordered machinery, “Labels Plus” was lucky enough to catch up with ABG Sales Manager for UK Ireland and Australasia, Mark Hyde, on a post-Labelexpo trip Down Under. We asked him how the company fared during the busy period in Chicago? All of us at Labels Plus Magazine wish our readers and advertisers a very merry Festive Season, and Prosperous New Year.
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