Succeeding the recent success of the European Open House in Warsaw, managing director of Mark Andy Europe, Tom Cavalco, has confirmed orders for seven flexo and digital presses as well as two Rotoflex inspection rewinders, following the close of a three-day event that attracted more than 300 converters from around Europe, North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.
The second-generation Performance Series P7 flexo press is Mark Andy’s top-of-the-range offering, recently updated with converter-focused enhancements to support ease of operation, improved productivity, and increased profit potential. For the Open House, this 430mm press was specified to offer almost limitless inline decoration and converting capabilities: it has nine UV-flexo units, the full ‘film package’ that includes eight ProLED lamps on chilled impression drums and a double mercury UV unit in the lower position on the final station.
The P7 also had a corona treater, web cleaner, delam/relam, cold foil, hot foil, and a Stork screen unit, as well as a constant tension laminator for solvent-free lamination, a compact web translator for peel/reseal labels, QCDC (quick change die cut), a vertical die slot sheeting station and advanced waste wind up. Two jobs were run off for demonstration purposes: a 12-micron PET with inline solvent-free lamination to a 28-micron BOPP film, and a shampoo label using extended gamut 7-colour printing and die cutting at 200m/min. The P7 also has a new high-speed option to run production speeds of 305m/min.
Mark Andy’s digital offering was shown in two of the three available hybrid platforms: Digital Series, the production-level UV inkjet inline hybrid that is fully customisable, and Digital One, the dry toner entry level prime label press. The Digital Series is a 330mm line built on a Performance Series platform, providing a commercial approach for any size job. It is highly configurable according to individual requirements, and at the Open House was shown with one flexo station before and two flexo stations after the inkjet module.
The Digital One press attracted great attention from label converters who do not currently have sufficient business to need a production-level digital solution. Offered with a 330mm web width, the hybrid platform includes a CMYK dry toner unit preceded by a web cleaner, and followed by a flexo station for cold foil or lamination, and finally a die cutting unit.
The Mark Andy Digital +3600 retrofit is an aqueous inkjet module that allows converters to enhance their flexo capabilities with the benefits of digital, without the expense of investing in a new press. The flexibility of inline converting, decorating, and finishing all in a single pass go hand in hand with print speeds of up to 152m/min.
Representing the latest technology in web inspection and finishing was the Rotoflex VSI high-speed inspection slitter rewinder, capable of 305m/min on a 330mm (or 440mm) web width. It features the latest web transport with Rotoflex eDrive 2.0 and URC 2.0 control system. The VSI has 711mm unwind capacity and either 406mm or 457mm rewind depending on whether a single or double spindle is fitted.