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FLEXO Magazine : May 2014
Speed... Cost... Profitability—It’s All About Driving Profits for Customers ST LOUIS, MO—Mark Andy Inc. ushered in its new digital age in front of some 200 people over the course of three days, March 25-27, debuting its Digital Series press to potential customers, but taking the time to demonstrate it Performance Series offerings, as well as Mark Andy Print Products consum- ables division product lines and Mark Andy University ser- vices and seminars. It also shared a glimpse of its Versa Max mid web press on the pro- duction floor. The 20 station, 120-ft. long, 20-ft. high, 26- in. wide press was specially configured for lottery ticket applications. In staging the open house and workflow and equipment demonstra- tions, the press manufacturer partnered with 10 firms: ACTEGA WIT, DuPont Packag- ing Graphics, Esko, Flint Group, Harper Corporation of America, IT Strategies, MacTac, Roto- metrics, tesa tape and Wilson Manufacturing. Kevin Wilken, the recently installed CEO, welcomed del- egates and said, “This is the new Mark Andy. We’re driving profits for customers. Everything we do is all about speed, cost and productivity.” Mark Hanley, IT Strategies, was keynote speaker for the event. He described himself as a digital prognosticator and consultant to digital print vendors in the print for pay mar- ket. “Digital is not in any way a substitute for analog—it’s a parallel and complementary technology,” he said. “Flexo is not going away.” His suggestion to converters present and any of the 3,000 label printers in the U.S .: “Integrate the two. Emphasize printing at a premium standard. ” Later in the day, two converters, Richard Ferreira, Action Packaging and Bruce Riddell, Spectrum Label, joined Hanley and Jeff Feltz, Mark Andy ’s director of new product develop- ment, in a panel discussion detailing their individual digital journeys. In another breakout session, Dave Telken, Mark Andy, stood with a P5 Perfor- mance Series press running behind him and decreed, “Energy is money,” then launched into a presen- tation on savings through efficiency. In espousing lean manufacturing, he said a converter’s focus should be on six elements—flow, employee environment and involvement, work- place organization, quality, operational availability and material movement. While both digital workflows and utilization of a P7 Performance Series flexographic press were demonstrated, the after- noon spotlight was also cast on the new Digital Se- ries press. Feltz served as master of ceremonies and talked up inline productivity in a single pass workflow at speeds up to 250 fpm. Jobs run entailed high resolution, 4 -color pro- cess UV inkjet printing (CMYKOV) + W. Hybrid flexo stations were de- ployed for top coating, metallic, cold foil and more. Specifics included: • Web width of 13.25 -in./336-mm . • Flexo print width of 13-in./330-mm. • Digital print width of 12.5 -in./318-mm. • Flexo station repeat of 5.5 -in. —24-in./140- mm.— 610-mm . • Digital image reso- lution—600 x 600 dpi native • Die repeat—24-in/610-mm . maximum • Unwind and rewind capacity 40-in./1,016-mm . • Digital Front End (DFE): Mark Andy ProWORX—one box solution that permits consistent control between the press and digital file management systems used by converters Dave Telken stands before the P5 Performance Series Press in briefing Open House delegates on Lean Manufacturing. P7 Performance Series press, set for demonstration. Jeff Feltz briefs open house attendees during live demonstration of Digital Series press. Multiple samples from printruns, staged Wed. , March 26, 2014, reflect outcomes achieved on Mark Andy’s Digital Series press. Panelists (L-R) Mark Hanley, IT Strategies; Jeff Feltz, Mark Andy; Rick Ferreira, Action Packaging; and Bruce Riddell, Spectrum Label Corp, discussed their digital journeys, the solutions identified and impact on business. Opaque white label run on Digital Series press. 22 FLEXO | MAY 2014