In the debut of Automation Arena at this year’s Labelexpo Americas, MPS Systems North America (one of 13 participating suppliers) will demonstrate shrink sleeve printing on their EF 430 -APC advanced flexo press with 100% print automation.
The automated shrink sleeve production element of the Automation Arena is a world first at a trade show. Conventional flexo press shrink sleeve print runs will be produced on the fully-automated MPS EF 430 (10 colour) press – with full-servo control, no gear cylinder connection, intelligent pressure setting and zero waste roll change. Also shown on the press will be UV, hot-air and LED drying technology.
MPS developed Automated Print Control (APC) to provide automated servo control of all relevant press settings for extreme ease of operation.
Present at Labelexpo America will be Tim Fox, President of MPS Systems North America. Fox commented: “The automated shrink sleeve production element of the Automation Arena is the ideal opportunity for printers to see a complete automated production process, and explore this technology further.”
A valuable feature of this EF-APC automated flexo solution in the Automation Arena is the MPS ‘talk to me’ connectivity technology, for Industry 4.0 implementation.
Introduced to the market last year at Labelexpo Europe, ‘talk to me’ is a protocol for exchanging data between Management Information Systems (MIS) and MPS printing presses as well as to pre- and post-press systems, to digitally supply set-up variables to the machines. This technology also provides real-time information from the machines, required for companies to be truly productive and remain competitive.
Automation Arena: the future of label and package printing
Initially introduced at Labelexpo Europe 2017 in Brussels, with MPS also a participating partner, Automation Arena proved to be a popular experience.
Visitors to the Automation Arena in Chicago will see two automated press lines for digital (label) and conventional (shrink sleeve) label production, from job creation through to pre-press, printing, finishing and invoicing.
See the MPS EF automated press running shrink sleeves jobs at the Automation Arena (Hall F), or meet MPS at booth 911 (Hall A) and see live demonstrations of the EF Symjet hybrid press that combines the best of both worlds in flexo and digital printing.