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Flexo Magazine : May 2013
Technologies & Techniques QCDC Stations Unlock Capacity & Profitability on Press early Results & incremental Revenues, Make it a 2013 FTA Technical innovation Award Winner By Robert Moran Simplicity...Speed...Ergonomics—when every second counts, bottlenecks must be removed; productivity must be enhanced; accuracy and consistency must be guaranteed; converting capacity cannot be curtailed. Engineers at Mark Andy, Inc. embraced these critical prem- ises in developing Quick Change Die Cut (QCDC) technology. Introduced in September 2012, the design of the new die cut station promotes faster changeovers and enhances matrix stripping speeds. Early field reports attest to: • Orchestration of some die changes in as fast as 30 seconds • Speed increases of up to 50 percent on the most difficult jobs • Longer die life • Limited die damage in the loading/unloading process QCDC PERFORMANCE PROFILE • Created for Mark Andy Performance Series press platforms • Features stiff components and refined, in-line cylinder alignment • Cuts changeover times by 80 percent • Removes stripping speed limits • Dramatically reduces die damage • Delivers consistent cuts without liner strikes and better die line squareness to fit the printed image • Maximizes press speed • Minimizes waste generated 46 FLeXO MAy 2013 www.flexography.org Mark Andy’s quick Change Die Cut (qCDC) technology promotes faster changeovers and enhances matrix stripping speeds.