Abbey Labels has worked with MPS Systems to integrate a high-speed AB Graphic diecutting module on its newest flexo press to increase efficiencies. The module is part of an expansion program and will more than double the cutting speed on press.

Abbey Labels, a printing company based in the United Kingdom, supplies BRC grade and ISO 14001 approved labels to the food, beverage, cosmetics, industrial, security and pharmaceutical industries from its base in Bury St Edmunds, in Suffolk.

Combining its own expertise with AB Graphic's patented Fast Track Die, and the latest flexo press technology from MPS, it has taken a few years to bring the project to fruition, but chairman Tom Allum says the wait was worth it. "I firmly believe that this press, with this particular option, is a real game-changer not only for us but for the flexo industry."

Allum first came across the original Fast Track Die module at drupa 2016, and recognized the potential that this new high-speed diecutting unit from AB Graphic International could offer. At the show, the module was shown on a Digicon 3 converting unit running inline with an HP Indigo 8000 double-engine digital press. However, the Abbey Labels team wanted more than just another finishing machine with fast capabilities; they wanted the technology integrated on a narrow web flexo press for faster production of labels in one pass.

Allum explains, "The Fast Track Die was demonstrated as an inline solution for a digital press when we first saw it in action in Germany. My immediate reaction was that it would be a better fit on a flexo press, which prints at much higher speeds and so could take full advantage of this super-fast diecutting capability."

Abbey Labels had already partnered with MPS when investing in its two most recent flexo presses, so it was a natural choice to approach the Dutch manufacturer with the idea. Fast forward three years and a new MPS EFS 340 flexo press with a Fast Track Die module has been installed at the company's...

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