ABG unveils 4th-generation Converter platform

The platform incorporates numerous customer-led innovations, all designed to allow converters to produce more with less

Leading finishing equipment manufacturer, A B Graphic International (ABG), has introduced its 4th-generation Converter platform. The platform incorporates numerous customer-led innovations, all designed to allow converters to produce more with less.  

Able to achieve running speeds of up to 250m/min, the system handles both printed and blank web materials, thereby enhancing productivity and streamlining production cycles. Its flexo technology offers high print quality, registration accuracy and speed.  

With expanded camera placement options, including the ability to position fleyeVision cameras before or after stripping and adapt web paths, the Converter platform enhances visibility and quality control, according to ABG.  

The Converter platform features a more compact footprint. Downtime is minimized through design and innovative engineering, ensuring uninterrupted production and resource savings.  

The platform features a die head, which reduces heat generation during die-cutting. This results in consistent air gap performance with thin liners and precision in die-cutting operations. The extended rewind and waste rewind roll capacity of up to 800m, compared to the previous 700mm limit, allows for longer production runs. The dual-frame unwind feature and offset brake make roll loading and unloading easier. This feature improves operational efficiency, especially for rolls smaller than 200mm.  

The new converter allows customers to run roll to roll, roll to finished product, or roll to sheet, with or without ABG non-stop technology on the unwind or rewind. Easy installation ensures a smooth integration into existing workflows. The Converter platform's full modularity enables customization to meet current and future requirements, providing the flexibility to adapt to evolving industry demands. Additionally, it can be retrofitted with a wide range of ABG modules, making it possible for businesses to expand their offerings without having to invest in a full new machine.  

‘ABG understands the value of time and space for its customers,’ said Matt Burton, ABG's global sales director. ‘The new Converter platform is meticulously designed to minimize downtime, optimize workspace, and reduce the reliance on highly skilled operators. It represents a future-proofed investment that can adapt to evolving needs, keeping businesses at the forefront of the converting industry.’