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Diagraph Buys Laser Cutter

AB Graphic Intl., East Yorkshire, UK, reports the sale of its first new series SabreXtreme laser label cutter to Cleveland-based Diagraph of Northern Ohio. The new version includes enhancements to label-cutting software and will enable the company to specialize in very short run label work.

“The laser cutter has enabled us to greatly improve our ability to economically process small-quantity label jobs,” says Diagraph’s Mark Uvlin. “It also means we can develop as a trade house by taking on the more troublesome small jobs from other label printers that don’t yet have this capability. AB Graphic Intl. cooperated with us to develop and customize the laser for our digital workflow and have been a pleasure to work with.”

Laser technology dispenses with the need for conventional die-cutting tools and the costs associated with production and storage. It also means less waste and faster makeready times. Added to these benefits are no more delivery times to wait for and no heavy lifting of rotary tools.

Produce Hundreds of Die Patterns
SabreXtreme is said to meet the increasing demand for shorter print runs and is capable of producing hundreds of different die patterns a day. The system offers network connection enabling a company’s art department to directly load a library of label-cutting patterns to run.  The patterns are selected by the operator using bar codes printed on work orders.  In addition, the Windows-based software now permits all machine settings to be saved so that the exact performance of a pattern can be duplicated later.

AB Graphic International is a worldwide supplier of label converting and finishing machines with facilities in the UK, Netherlands, Spain, Germany, and the US. The company offers a full range of converting lines either standard or tailored to requirements. New products include the Digicon Series 2 modular label converter, the Digicoat to prepare substrates for digital printing, the Digilam film laminator, and the FSR film rewinder. Specialized applications include pharmaceutical converting lines, off-line RFID, booklet labelling, and Braille machines.

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