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FLEXO Magazine : November 2010
Plants & Processes Comp-lementary caD, samples and Project Management: abbott-action Brings it all together Keeping up with industry advances, investing in people and utilizing the best technologies makes Abbott- Action an indispensable resource to its customers. A comprehensive supplier of corrugated containers, packag- ing, and display solutions in the Northeast, Abbott-Action is involved in virtually every phase of the corrugated process, from raw materials output and procurement, through design and production and finally delivery. The company employs 125 people with an estimated $25 million in annual sales. Rod Goudreau, Abbott-Action VP of business development, describes the firm’s mission as striving to act as “a support function of our customers. ” He explains that his team never approaches a customer unprepared. “ Our sales reps don’t do cold calls. We actively look at designs to try to find opportunities where someone may have dropped the ball on a design or on the execution of the project. When we walk into that customer, we are not pricing out jobs, we are showing them a solution and trying to help them.” Abbott-Action offers services that cover nearly all aspects of the job—design, prepress, printing, converting and, for one particular customer, even filling. “ We have an extensive design department, which includes not just structural, but also graphic design,” says Goudreau. In this economy, he notes, it’s imperative that the company offer every possible solution. “ We have a great manufacturing group that really pushes the limits of what our presses can do,” he says. Abbott-Action boasts a modified Bobst IRT that runs up to 85lpi, a rotary die cutter with two-color capabilities, and two other small flexo presses. Two label presses offer the ability to laminate graphics to corrugated board. “ We also have one of the best flexo folder/gluers out there,” he adds. Abbott-Action’s graphic department creates about 15 full comps per day from its Canton, MA facility, printing on label stock and laminating the work on corrugated. Its Kongsberg sample-making table gets the most work, helping to finish rigid materials as well as cutting foam for protective packag- ing. Most of the four-color work is done on the Bobst, and the firm operates one of the largest laminators in the U.S. About 60 percent of the work is “brown box. ” T he remainder is display work. • CAD: Advanced 3D design helps troubleshoot struc- tural issues. • Sample table: quick and easy comps. • Project management software: provides automation and a closed-loop system. Jeremy Hood, abbott-action manager of creative services, works on a design in esko artioscaD. Photos courtesy eskoartwork and abbott-action. 76 FLEXO noveMBer 2010 www.flexography.org cOrrugatEd FLX_Nov10_mech.indd 76 11/1/10 2:26 PM
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