Mark Andy Goes Digital While Still Embracing Flexo

Mark Andy press photoST. LOUIS, MO—Beta sites have been identified. First units are set for installation this December. Thanks to a newly designed hybrid platformm, Mark Andy’s initial foray into the digital print world is set to begin. Flexography remains a critical component of the multi-process machine.

Unveiling of the latest advanced digital printing platform, Mark Andy Digital Series, is being heralded as a, “a game-changing, wholly configurable system that integrates full color, quality digital printing technology in line with converters’ needs for fast change, web handling, in-line converting and other label and package decoration options.” Corporate executives contend that it provides key advancements in speed, color, quality and flexibility–delivering best-in-class quality at the lowest cost per unit.

Designed through contributions from a dedicated group of highly experienced and innovative digital scientists, engineers and technicians with hundreds of years of inkjet expertise, the new Digital Series promises to deliver a long awaited new and technically advanced total solution for label and package printers and converters.

At the core of the Mark Andy Digital Series is a unique and flexible “hybrid” platform designed to yield significantly more revenues in less time, using less space, less equipment and minimizing labor. It combines the economies and productive advantages of all digital workflows, digital inkjet printing and flexographic printing processes, delivering a dynamic approach to vastly minimize job changeover times and maximize SMED (Singe Minute Exchange of Die) principals of Lean production.

Mark Andys says, “The Digital Series is not a single product or machine, but a group of machine solutions providing varying degrees of performance at different price points. Coupled with the added configurability of fully advanced, integrated and automated in-line flexographic printing and converting, the result is a high-performance, full color (C, M, Y, K, O, V + W) inkjet or hybrid system with running speeds over 200 fpm (61 m/min).” Available for a range of web widths beginning with 13-in. (330mm, it is capable of a range of substrates from sophisticated packaging materials to films to traditional pressure sensitive label stocks.

Targeted at reducing the total cost per label or unit, a significant driving factor for any converte. the Digital Series offers automated inkjet technology, easy functionality, higher rated run speeds, simplicity of operations and extreme flexibility with numerous configurations. Technology is less complex and features no click charges. All of these attributes were maximized to lower work center costs and increase productivity and throughput.

Mark Andy President & CEO, P.J. Desai, explains, “As we expand into the world of digital printing for the label and packaging markets, Mark Andy simply continues to do what it does best as a company, provide the converter with the best solutions incorporating high quality technical innovations that drive customer profitability.”

The line will be commercially available in North America in the spring of 2014 and to the rest of world later in the year.

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