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Mark Andy – Printing and converting event in Warsaw

More than 300 converters witnessed digital, flexo, and finishing technologies at Mark Andy’s open house event in Warzaw (Source: Mark Andy)

POLAND • Hailing the recent open house in Warsaw as a resounding success, managing director of Mark Andy Europe, Tom Cavalco, confirmed orders for seven flexo and digital presses as well as two Rotoflex inspection rewinders by the close of the three-day event. The open house attracted more than 300 converters from around Europe, North Africa, South Asia and the Middle East.

Organised as an opportunity for narrow web converters to have a preview of the technology due to be shown at Labelexpo Europe in Brussels later in the year, the open house featured live demonstrations of Mark Andy’s flexo and digital technology.

The demonstrations

Mark Andy’s digital offering was shown in two of the three available hybrid platforms: Digital Series, the production-level UV inkjet inline hybrid and Digital One, the dry toner entry level prime label press.

Making its European debut was the second-generation Performance Series P7 flexo press. This fully servo-driven machine is Mark Andy’s top-of-the-range offering, recently updated with converter-focused enhancements to support ease of operation and improved productivity. For the open house this 430 mm (17”) press was specified with nine UV-flexo units, the full “film package” that includes eight ProLED lamps on chilled impression drums, with a double mercury UV unit in the lower position on the final station.

The Digital Series is a 330 mm (13”) line built on a Performance Series platform. 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 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. Jobs demonstrated were: first, an ice cream to doughnut label for instant change and multi versioning with cast and cure foil, die cutting and inline finishing; and second, a multi version flower label with variable data.

The Rotoflex VSI high-speed inspection slitter rewinder features the latest web transport with Rotoflex eDrive 2.0 and URC 2.0 control system. It has 711 mm (28”) unwind capacity and either 406 mm (16”) or 457 mm (18”) rewind depending on whether a single or double spindle is fitted.

Armin Karl Geiger

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