Mark Andy / Presstek – First co-sponsored Open House organized
UK • Earlier this month Mark Andy hosted their first co-sponsored Open House with Presstek since the acquisition in December 2017. The event took place from 6 to 8 June and attracted label converters and commercial printers from around the globe to the West London facility.
According to mark Andy, Programming focused on how label converters can adopt affordable digital hybrid technology to stay competitive on the ever-increasing demand for micro to short run work, as well as how commercial printers can better utilize their existing assets with press enhancements that provide high-quality, competitively priced work.
Attendees at the event watched demonstrations of Digital One, an entry-level digital label press designed for profitable micro to short run prime labels. The press is made up of four-colour dry toner printing process and a multi-function flexo deck for spot colours, laminates, adhesives or varnishes.
According to Mark Andy, Digital One provides inline converting and finishing, delivering ready-to-ship label production. Showing versatility and flexibility, the press printed a variety of label jobs including six different variations of beer labels, three different variations of wine labels, gin label, and soap labels. In addition, on-site pictures of attendees were printed and converted on-demand, proving ease-of-use and rapid turnaround delivered by the press.
The Presstek 34DI four-colour digital offset press was also found printing. The 34DI was equipped with the ECO-UV add-on system which instantly dries sheets allowing an immediate second side print or the capability to move straight to finishing. Eliminating drying time bottlenecks reduce downtime and make runs more efficient. The new in-line curing system is now available as a retrofit to any existing Presstek DI press. Attendees saw a variety of different jobs print which included a bath bomb box, PVC cards,and sheet fed labels.
Background: Mark Andy acquired Presstek in December 2017 in order to serve as “one of the only full-complement solutions providers to the global graphic arts and print industry”. Presstek’s Zahara waterless plates division was be not part of this deal: Presstek’s manufacturing facility and waterless plate division become Verico Technology.