MPS – Rewarding five-day Open House during drupa 2016
THE NETHERLANDS • MPS opened its doors at company headquarters in Arnhem during drupa 2016 on June 1 to 7, and reports a rewarding, well-attended event. Visitors were treated to live demonstrations on the MPS EF multi-substrate, EB label solution and the hybrid flexo/digital EF Symjet presses. During the Open House, MPS received over 150 visitors representing 24 different nationalities. A memorable moment during the 5-day open house event was the on-site signing of a new MPS flexo press order with a Polish customer.
The live demonstrations
A private “MPS Express” bus brought drupa visitors to Arnhem where they were welcomed in the pristine Technology & Expertise Centre. After an opening greeting delivered by Aakon Schüssel, sales and marketing director of MPS, the company’s print manager Hans Poortinga kicked off the live demonstrations with a presentation of workflow integration and efficiency benefits between the Label Traxx MIS/ERP module and AVT 100% inspection system. The first press demonstration was the EF multi-substrate press, on which a 3-ply multi-layer label was printed. This complicated print job was demonstrated in high register accuracy with a maximum speed of 120 m/min (394 fpm). Demonstrated next was the EB label solution press, running a job of self-adhesive labels with print on the glue side on 360mm print width material, using delam-relam. Shown were the differences and similarities between the two presses, as the identical image was printed. Subsequently, MPS operators changed the substrate on the EF press to a thin 40 micron BOPP mono film, to prove its capability to print on any substrate.
After enjoying a lunch buffet, the program continued with a demonstration of the BOPP job on the EF, showing the high register accuracy of this press under extreme circumstances such as low web tension. Last but not least, a live demonstration was given on the new hybrid EF SYMJET press, which MPS recently launched into the narrow web label market. Poortinga demonstrated the advantages of hybrid flexo/digital printing by running a self-adhesive label with cold foil application, and a variation in colour, using the integrated digital Domino N610i unit.
A factory tour
The open house program was completed with a factory tour where visitors saw first-hand the impressive 28 metre (92 ft) long offset, flexo, gravure and screen combination press; the largest ever built by MPS. A bag with the latest MPS product brochure and appreciation gifts was handed to visitors before boarding the “MPS Express” bus back to drupa.