Mark Andy has introduced three new press models, P9E, P7E and P5E, to its Performance Series product line, as it seeks to meet and support ever-evolving converter needs.

The P9E press is specifically designed for high-quality flexible packaging production. Available in web widths up to 26in (660mm), the flexo press is engineered as a production tool to print film, shrink sleeves, flexible packaging and foil lidding.

P9E is built standard with new servo-controlled impression adjustment, independent servo-driven anilox rolls and servo side adjust at print speeds up to 1,000ft/min. Ergonomic efficiency is at the forefront of the wider 22in and 26in web widths, which include plate cylinder loading support as well as an anilox and chamber drawer. Configured with Mark Andy AI, the Performance Series P9E offers advanced automation with automated registration and impression, job save, eight servo motors per station and a centralized control system. The enhancements reduce manual adjustments and associated downtime while meeting Industry 4.0 demands.

The Mark Andy AI package is intelligent and customized to unique business needs, curbing potential production bottlenecks.

Mark Andy identified increased demand for shrink and pouches, coupled with larger volumes of shorter run lengths, as making P9E a ‘profitable platform’ for short run flexible packaging production.

Jeff Cowan, business development director at Mark Andy, said: ‘Mark Andy has over 800 Performance Series installed worldwide. We continue to develop flexible printing solutions that allow our customers to evolve as their job mix changes. The Performance Series P9E is an extension of our commitment and solves the pain points narrow web converters are facing plus the growing demand for shrink.’

The Performance Series P7E has been engineered to allow converters to expand into new markets, targeting entry-level film and extended content applications. P5E is designed to increase converter profitability for the simplest to most complex label applications.

Cowan added: ‘The P5 and P7 have been best-selling models in the Performance Series line, based primarily on the versatility and productivity. The release of the P5E and P7E demonstrates updated servo architecture allowing for tighter registration and a complete redesign of the converting options all focused on providing a better operator experience.’

All three of the new presses deliver an updated ProLED system with air cooling and modular recirculation dryers, both offering sustainability benefits. The machines are equipped with Mark Andy Thread-It technology, which simplifies press webbing for operators and is claimed to be three times faster than traditional webbing methods. Additional press options include Digital Plus Screen, a digital inkjet replacement for rotary screen printing as well as QCDC-SR (Quick Change Die Cut Semi Rotary) adding advanced capability to flexo equipment that is also available on Mark Andy digital hybrid technology.

The Performance Series P7E and P5E are available now for order, with the official unveiling of the Performance Series P9E at Labelexpo Americas 2018.

Labelexpo Americas 2018 takes place September 25-27 at the Donald E, Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, Illinois

Read Labels & Labeling issue 4, 2018 for a comprehensive preview of Labelexpo Americas 2018

By

David Pittman

Lables & Labeling