Mark Andy stand during a QCDC-SR animation at Labelexpo Europe 2017 (Source: Mark Andy)
BELGIUM • The US-based label press manufactured announced that Labelexpo Europe 2017 as a record-setting Labelexpo for Mark Andy. The company’s stand featured digital and flexo options from the press manufacturer, as well as inspection and rewind equipment from Rotoflex. Mark Andy Digital Series and Performance Series as well as of the Digital One were demonstrated.
Two demonstrations of the Performance Series P7 were run on the narrow-web platform, showcasing flexible packaging applications and hybrid production with Digital Plus Screen. According to the company Digital Plus Screen, an inline digital print bar launched at the event, serves as cost-effective alternative to traditional rotary screen enabling added capability of printing reverse text, barcodes, and sequential numbering in a single pass.
During the demonstration of the P7 series, two flexible packaging jobs were run by reverse printing on PET, laminating with the proprietary Mark Andy system, all while using low-migration LED inks.
Regarding hybrid printing, with nearly 800,000 lines of code fueling a hybrid press, Mark Andy chose digital and flexo press elements from a single source, integrating them into a OEM hybrid label printing solutions.
Digital Series demonstrations showcased three high-speed job changeovers and three different substrates (traditional white semi-gloss, clear-on-clear PP and a grade 8 estate stock) using three different dies. Additional demo jobs printed included a wine label printed on an estate paper and microbrew labels printed on a semi-gloss stock with VDP elements. Digital Series demos introduced QCDC-SR, a semi-rotary adaptation of the industry-recognized QCDC (Quick Change Die Cut) platform. According to Mark Andy QCDC-SR enables converters to cut varying repeats from the same magnetic die cylinder.
Labelexpo 2017 marked the formal European debut of Digital One, a small footprint digital press launched to market Q3 of 2016. (read more in this post). Advantages of the Digital One are its entry level versatility, affordable price point, and in-line finishing. Demo jobs were printed using CMYK digital print and a holographic cast and cure cold foil from Kurz. Adhesive for the cold-foil was housed in a multi-purpose flexo deck outside the digital print engine.