Mark Andy USA Open House

Highlight hybrid technology

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Mark Andy Digital Pro3 live presentation during Digital Days. Photo Mark Andy

Mark Andy USA invited its label customers from the American market to Digital Days 2022. The two-day event included live demonstrations on three digital hybrid presses with inline finishing solutions available with the Mark Andy product portfolio – digital series HD, digital series iQ, and digital pro 3. Several different jobs, prepared by Mark Andy, were printed on all three presses to allow customers an in-person comparison of the presented equipment in terms of printing quality with embellishments and finishing capabilities.

The digital hybrid presentations were started with the toner-based Digital Pro 3 and presented by Stu Gallop, Mark Andy, vice-president of Digital Sales Development. He described the Digital Pro 3 as an entry-level press devoted to companies beginning their ‘journey’ with digital label printing. Two ‘True Hybrid’ production presses were demonstrated by David Medlar, Mark Andy, vice-president of Engineering & Operations. A flagship Digital Series HD model, designed on the Performance Series 7 platform, was named the market’s most efficient label hybrid press. The company took this opportunity to highlight its 2021 addition to the hybrid family – Digital Series iQ, designed on the Evolution Series platform and built-in cooperation with Domino digital N610i.

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Mark Andy Digital Series IQ in the USA Demo Room.
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The two-day live event also included a tour of Mark Andy Print Products – a vendor of consumables and spare parts for Mark Andy’s users. The live demonstrations were followed by workshops devoted to Mark Andy’s software. The company presented DFE driving modules and sMArt Link, a recently launched system increasing label printing automation. The next part of Digital Days was dedicated to a prepress area: flexo plate making and on-press mounting. Throughout the two-day open house, Mark Andy’s operators and technical specialists answered numerous questions from the participants.

“The second quarter of 2022 was full of events devoted to our current and prospective customers, as well as Mark Andy’s business partners and students of printing faculties – says Lena Chmielewska-Bontron, European Marketing manager Mark Andy. – After three Open House events organized in Warsaw (Poland), we hosted customers in Mark Andy’s North American headquarters in Chesterfield. During Digital Days, we presented three hybrid presses, including two inkjet models and a toner-based one. Besides the equipment, we also showcased DFE’s and new software increasing the automation of the label production process. We presented flexo plate making and on-press mounting techniques and invited our guests to the new Mark Andy Print Products. Recently it moved to a new warehouse for consumables and spare parts, designed according to lean warehousing principles”.

The company also announced its presence at the upcoming Labelexpo trade show in Chicago in September 2022. “A huge interest from participants of Digital Days once again confirmed the increasing popularity of digital hybrid presses in the label production environment. Several weeks ago, we organized a very successful Open House in Europe, showing our most important solutions for this market. I also would like to take this opportunity and invite all the printers to come to check out our digital hybrid presses in Mark Andy’s booth at Labelexpo Americas, this year’s most important trade show devoted to narrow-web label and packaging production. We’ll present proven and well-established presses from the Mark Andy product portfolio at the show. We’ll also announce a completely new solution expanding our toner-based portfolio,” concludes Shannon Stamberger, director of Technology Center Operations Mark Andy USA.

Labelexpo Americas will be held at the Donald E Stephens Convention Center in Chicago from 13-15 September 2022. Mark Andy will showcase its digital hybrid product portfolio at the event and would like to invite customers to see us at stand 319 in Hall A.

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