Windmill Tapes and Labels has installed AB Graphic International’s Digicon 3 print finishing series into its production line, with specific customisation made for specialised peel-and-reveal (P&R) work to take advantage of the expanding vape market.

Previously, Windmill produced a single-layer P&R label in a three-step process in which the base layer was printed first, followed by lamination and finishing. The Digicon 3 is expected to optimise efficiency by streamlining the process into a single print with its advanced re-registration abilities.

The series can also produce double-sided P&R labels, in which a base print comes with a silicone release and a dual-printed top layer on both the front and adhesive reverse side. Apparently, this configuration is in high demand in the vape market, with Windmill now hoping to gain a competitive advantage in the sector.

Two screen units have also been added in a bid to optimise its operational flexibility and help the company plan and enhance service delivery for its customer base.

Windmill’s Ian Southern commented: “We are delighted with our new Digicon 3 series. Our expansion in the vape sector demanded an advanced finishing press and the Digicon 3 certainly delivers. It enables us to elevate our P&R label production efficiency, strengthening our competitive position.

“As we’ve come to expect from ABG, the installation was impeccable, aligning seamlessly with our timelines. In anticipation, we had readied a new 6000 sqft mezzanine area, which with ABG’s assistance, transitioning of all three of our Digicons to a designated finishing zone under the mezzanine was flawless.

“Our subsequent plan is to encase this area and integrate air conditioning, guaranteeing unwavering production quality throughout the seasons.”

“Windmill’s consistent trust in ABG for their finishing needs is a clear indication of our long-standing relationship,” added Matt Burton, global sales director at ABG. “Our high-quality engineering, unparalleled dependability and all-inclusive assistance provide excellent value. This demonstrates our dedication to keeping our customers ahead of the competition.”

ANYTRON previously unveiled its compact, all-in-one label and packaging press, ANY-PRESS, at Labelexpo Europe 2023. It seeks to deliver continuous label printing and laminating functions.

In other news, Fujifilm’s Acuity Prime Hybrid printer is designed to meet the needs of print service providers working with a range of rigid and flexible material applications – reportedly able to print on substrates up to 2m in width when used as a flatbed machine.

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